History: Fox Beats CNN, MSNBC for 16 Years Running


For the 16th straight year, Fox News topped all comers in the cable news ratings war.

Nielsen Media Research found that for total day and primetime viewers FNC continues to outpace rivals MSNBC and CNN.

For the month of January, Fox averaged 1.5 million in total viewers throughout the day and 2.5 million viewers during prime time.

The most-watched program on cable news is “Hannity” with approximately 3.3 million viewers tuning in nightly throughout January. MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” followed, with just over 3 million watching.
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Rounding out the top five in cable news prime time were FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (2.98 million), “The Ingraham Angle” (2.58 million) and “The Five” (2.54 million).

Fox appears to have weathered the major shake-up in its long-standing prime-time lineup that began in 2016.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” outpaces “The O’Reilly Factor” in the key 25 to 54 demographic with 597,000 viewers to 564,000 for the 8 p.m. prime time slot.

Additionally, “Hannity,” the only holdover from the old line up, has performed strongly moving from 10 p.m. to “The Kelly File’s” former 9 p.m. position.

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Further, “The Story with Martha MacCallum” is garnering an average of 2.3 million viewers.

Great Van Susteren’s “On The Record” used to draw an audience of about 1.75 million, Newsmax reported.

MSNBC has enjoyed the greatest turn in fortunes when compared to January 2017.

Its total prime-time audience is up 61 percent to an average of 1.7 million viewers.

Meanwhile, CNN has seen a reversal in its numbers.

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According to Nielsen, in the month of January CNN averaged 927,000 viewers during prime time, down 20 percent compared to January 2017.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Phoenix, Arizona
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith