Fox keeps top spot in cable news ratings war, earns more primetime viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined

Fox News continues to leave its more liberal cable news competitors in the dust when it comes to the ratings war, garnering more primetime viewers for the week of April 11 than CNN and MSNBC combined.

Between April 11 and April 17, Fox News averaged 2.3 million daily primetime viewers, The Washington Times reported, citing Nielsen Media Research. MSNBC, meanwhile, averaged 1.2 million viewers and CNN averaged 694,000.

According to The Times, it was the 40th consecutive week where Fox has averaged more primetime viewers than its two liberal rivals combined.

It’s not just primetime where Fox News is cleaning up.

“The cable news powerhouse also averaged more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined for the 35th consecutive week,” according to Adweek.

Fox averaged 1.5 million total day viewers, compared to 671,000 for MSNBC and 592,000 for CNN.

Even compared to cable networks that don’t broadcast 24/7 news and commentary, Fox did well.

“Notably, Fox News aired 93 of the top 100 cable newscasts during the week — and also topped such non-news rivals as TNT, HGTV, History and Discovery,” according to The Times.

“With 3.6 million viewers, ‘The Five’ averaged more viewers than ESPN’s NBA playoffs — as did ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ which has an audience of 3.4 million. ‘Hannity,’ meanwhile, weighed in with 3 million viewers.”

Tucker Carlson’s show, and the network as a whole, continue to be popular among the key 25-54 age demographic.

The program “remained the top-rated cable news show among adults 25-54—averaging 560,000 this past week—and Fox News as a network secured the top 15 cable news shows of the week in the demo and 14 of the top 15 in total viewers,” according to Adweek.

Fox also appears to be winning the morning show ratings race.

“‘Fox & Friends’ drew 1.4 million, compared to 446,000 viewers who chose CNN’s ‘New Day’ and 786,000 who preferred MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’ This marks the 56th straight week ‘Fox & Friends’ has topped the cable news competition in the mornings across all categories, according to Nielsen,” The Times reported.