BELIEVE IT: FOX NEWS TOPS THE RATINGS
It has been suggested that there’s is a “war” on against Fox News as the network completes critical personnel changes and launches new programming. Certainly critics hope viewers are under the impression that Fox is suffering in the ratings.
But they are not, and this is indisputable. The network still rules. For the 22nd week in a row, Fox News remains the mostwatched cable network of all, besting HGTV, USA and TBS, say the latest Nielsen Media Research findings. Additionally, Fox News programs made up 15 of the top 30 telecasts on basic cable.
And no matter what you might hear about ratings minutiae, Fox News outranked both MSNBC and CNN in prime time, drawing 2.2 million viewers compared to MSNBC’s 1.3 million and CNN’s 1.1 million. Fox also triumphed when breaking news about terrorist attacks in London terror emerged: Fox News was the No. 1 cable news network Saturday evening with 2.1 million viewers; CNN garnered 1.2 million and MSNBC a telling 628,000 viewers.
“Fox News is still strong despite the turmoil,” says Jeff McCall,a DePauw University communications professor, in an op-ed for the Indianapolis Star.
“For all the controversy surrounding Fox News Channel in recent months, one could conclude the channel is in ratings trouble. Surprisingly, however, the network’s prime time audience in May was 11 percent higher than for May 2016,” Mr. McCall continues.
“MSNBC and CNN have seen even larger growth, but those gains have not come at the expense of Fox. MSNBC, in particular, has expanded its audience with a laserlike focus on the Trump administration’s daily dramas. The question for MSNBC now is whether the anti-Trump fervor that fueled its ratings gains has staying power.”
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is among the network’s anchors enjoying increased ratings. Despite turmoil, Fox tops its competition.