Fox News Channel has achieved historic ratings once again. The news network already has the top three news shows on television, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, and The Kelly File. Once again, the FNC topped the charts, ranking as number one this month in total day viewership among all cable networks. According to a Fox News Press release, “FOX News Channel topped basic cable in total day for the month of May, according to Nielsen Media Research.”
It was also the third time in 2016 that Fox has been ranked as number one, setting a milestone for the company as the first time it has achieved first place for three consecutive months in the calendar year. Even though FNC came in first place overall, the network still ranked 3rd behind NBA playoff dominated TNT and ESPN during the prime-time hours of viewing.
“FNC is the only cable news channel that is up in all measurements — up year-to-year as well as month-to-month. May also marks the network’s 173rd month as the as the most-watched cable news channel,” the company stated. If the trend continues through the end of 2016, FNC will have dominated the airwaves as the “most-watched cable news channel” for 15 years straight.
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The channel’s dominance is due in part to its top five programs (showing total viewers for May): “The O’Reilly Factor (3,019,000);The Kelly File (2,500,000); Hannity (2,078,000); Special Report w/ Bret Baier (1,960,000); The Five (1,898,000).”
According to the Nielson ratings, Fox News is crushing the competition. The press release maintains, “In total day, FNC is up 19% in total viewers with 1,165,000, besting both CNN and MSNBC combined, and up 11% in the 25-54 demo with 216,000, again surpassing both CNN and MSNBC. Additionally, FNC is up in total day compared to last month (+6% in P2+; +1% in 25-54) while CNN and MSNBC are down in both measurements.”
A big part of Fox News’ May ratings success was its dominance in the 25-54 demographic. The O’Reilly Factor led the way with 492,000 average viewers in the key demo, while Hannity followed closely with 460,000.
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