Fox News Bests CNN, MSNBC In Ratings For Barr Testimony Coverage

Mike Brest | Reporter

Fox News outpaced both CNN and MSNBC in their coverage of Attorney General William Barr’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

The hearing was meant to allow the committee to question Barr’s decision-making involving his handling of the Mueller report, which mainly focused on a four-page summary of the report he wrote back in March and its full release last month. (RELATED: Investigate The Steele Dossier As Russian Disinformation, Intel Experts Say)

Fox News’ coverage of the hearing received 2,157,000 viewers with 304,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic, according to Early Nielsen Media Research.

Comparatively, CNN averaged 1.2 million viewers and 257,000 in the age range while MSNBC delivered 1.7 million viewers and only 193,000 in the demo. (RELATED: Fox News’ Prime-Time Ratings Double Those For Warren And Gillibrand)

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1: U.S. Attorney General William Barr, is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr testified on the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 1: U.S. Attorney General William Barr, is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr testified on the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The networks’ ratings for their prime time coverage Wednesday night also had Fox News outpacing the other two networks with MSNBC finishing ahead of CNN.

MSNBC’s public relations Twitter account tweeted out the ratings explaining that they beat CNN, but they did not mention that Fox News beat them.

This ratings trend has become a new normal for the cable news television networks with Fox News consistently attracting more viewers than the other networks.

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