Nielsen Media Research released data on February TV ratings Tuesday and Fox News continues to dominate — pummeling MSNBC and an utterly-anemic CNN, which finished third overall in prime time.
Fox News finishes the month with 1.9 million viewers in 8 to 11 PM prime time, a 6 percent rise from last February and the 146th consecutive month on top. MSNBC pulled just over 700,000 viewers for the same period, while CNN couldn’t even muster 400,000.
“The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” are the big winners for Fox, pulling in well over 2 million viewers apiece.
MSNBC struggled across the board, but liberal commentator Ed Schultz performed particularly poorly. “The Ed Show” ushered in a new low for his sixth-month stint at the 5 p.m. time slot, drawing in just 570,000 viewers — the poorest performance at 5 PM for the network in three-and-a-half years.
But CNN was the true loser in February. The network’s ratings keep dropping like a rock, and this month continued the rolling disaster. Erin Burnett’s “Out Front” garnered the fewest viewers in the 7 to 8 PM time slot since 1991 — before Fox News was even a glimmer in Rupert Murdoch’s eye.
CNN, the first cable news network in history, also saw its third-lowest prime time ratings ever, and lost a quarter of its total audience between this year and last.
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