Fox News Has Held Number One Spot For Surprising Number Of Years

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Fox News Channel has held the number one spot in cable news for over 16 years, according to a Tuesday report.

Fox News hosts three of the five most watched cable news programs in the U.S. “Hannity” was the most watched, averaging an audience of 3.2 million; “Tucker Carlson Tonight” came in third place. “The Ingraham Angle” ranked fourth and “Special Report with Bret Baier” was fifth. All said shows average between 2.5 million and 2.9 million viewers a night, according to The Washington Times, which received the numbers from Nielsen Media Research.

MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” placed second and was the only show in the top five not on Fox News, averaging 2.9 million viewers nightly.

The numbers also show Fox News receives nearly 1.4 million viewers during the day — the highest out of any other cable news channel. MSNBC placed second in total viewers throughout the day, with 1 million viewers on average. CNN was third with 713,000.

During prime time hours, Fox News also placed first with 2.5 million viewers a night. MSNBC placed in a close second with 1.8 million viewers; and again, CNN placed third with 985,000 viewers during prime time hours.

Fourteen of the top 20 cable news programs in total viewers during the day are Fox News shows.

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