CNN Down 12 Percent As Fox News Notches Major Ratings Milestone


Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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Fox News just notched its 200th consecutive month as the most-watched network in cable news as competitor CNN is down in both primetime and total day ratings.

According to Nielsen Media Research, August was Fox’s consecutive month as the number one cable news network in primetime and total day. FNC averaged 1,299,000 viewers in total day and 2,299,000 viewers in primetime, supremely outpacing both CNN and MSNBC.

Additionally, Fox News experienced a 4 percent increase in primetime viewers. While MSNBC finished second in primetime and total day, they were the only cable news network to experience growth in both categories.

CNN continued to severely struggle with its ratings, experiencing a 12 percent drop in primetime viewers and a massive 15 percent drop in total day. CNN’s primetime viewership reached just 1,052,000.

Despite the addition of CNN’s touted “Chris Cuomo Primetime” program, the network still failed to crack the top five in primetime ratings, finishing sixth behind Fox, MSNBC, HGTV, USA, and History. CNN finished fifth in total day behind Fox, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, and HGTV.

Fox News’ “Hannity” trumped MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” boasting 3,079,000 viewers across the month to Maddow’s 2,882,000.

Fox Business Network also earned its 15th consecutive month as the top network in business news.

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