Fox News Beats Out CNN, MSNBC In Fallout Of Mueller Report

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Fox News had higher ratings during the month of April than CNN or MSNBC.

Much of this month’s coverage was focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which concluded that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

Last month, Fox News continued its total day dominance (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.) getting 1,351,000 total viewers, marking the 34th consecutive month that they’ve beaten the other two cable news networks, according to Nielsen Media Research. They finished with 243,000 viewers in the key 25–54 age demographic.

President of MSNBC Phil Griffin, host of 'The Rachel Maddow Show' Rachel Maddow, host of 'The Last Word' Lawrence O' Donnell and host of 'Hardball' Chris Matthews speak during the 'MSNBC' panel during the NBC Universal portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

President of MSNBC Phil Griffin, host of ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ Rachel Maddow, host of ‘The Last Word’ Lawrence O’ Donnell and host of ‘Hardball’ Chris Matthews … (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Comparatively, MSNBC averaged slightly under a million viewers during the same time period, while CNN managed to have an audience just about half-a-million viewers. Both networks managed to finish with the same number of viewers in the key demo, 141,000. (RELATED: CNN Ratings Continue To Plummet To All-Year Low)

Fox News’ dominance was not only during the day as they won for primetime programming as well.

Their primetime programming featuring Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham averaged 2,395,000 total viewers for the month. Comparatively, MSNBC had 1,660,000 total viewers. Their most-watched news anchor is Rachel Maddow, who experienced a ratings dip following Mueller determining that collusion did not occur.

MNSBC doubled and Fox News tripled CNN for total viewers after they only accumulated an audience of 767,000. The network’s top primetime host Chris Cuomo had 917,000 viewers, which averaged just under 1.3 million viewers in February and 1.6 million in January.

They have faced a tough battle following the special counsel’s conclusion. They hosted five presidential town halls in one night this month, and not one of them beat out the normal nightly lineup on the other networks.

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