Another quarter, another win for Fox News in total viewership.
FNC was the most-watched basic cable network in the first quarter of 2018, both in prime time and in total daytime. It’s now 7 straight quarter-day wins. Additionally, FNC is a top five basic cable network for six consecutive quarters with the 25-54 demo in a total day.
Despite being the most-watched cable network during the day and the most-watched cable news network in all relevant daytime slots for the 65th consecutive quarter (since 2002), FNC recorded a double-digit drop from the first quarter of 2017, Fox News’ most-watched quarter. , and the beginnings of the Trump administration. Fox News had -13% of total viewers and -14% of total viewers during prime time, and -16% of total viewers and -16% of total viewers during the day ( 6:00 AM — —1-6—-%–16%–16%, in total demo viewers.
On the prime-time programming side – Sean Hannity continues its reign as the most-watched cable news host, and its program was the only one that managed to eclipse 3,000 total viewers in Q1. But MSNBC Rachel Maddow is the most-watched cable news host among adults 25-54, the demo that matters most to TV news announcers. But Maddow’s margin of victory in the demo was extremely slim. She beat Hannity by just 2,000 demo viewers, according to data from Nielsen Live+ on the day.
Tucker-Carlson managed to dominate the 8 a.m. timeslot, while Laura Ingraham won 22 hours, both in total viewers and 25-54 demo viewers.
Fox News still managed to claim 14 of the top 20 cable news programs by total viewership and 12 of the top 20 in the 25-54 demo.
FOX NEWS CHANNEL RESIDES TOP CABLE IN BOTH LANDSCAPE NEWS AND TOTAL DAY PRIMETIME 65 CONSECUTIVE WARDS
FNC Dominates All Basic Cable in a Total Day for Seven Straight Quarters
Hannity Crushes Q1 2018 as Most-Watched Program on Cable News
FOX News Channel (FNC), which continues to dominate, has scored 65 consecutive quarters as the highest-rated cable news channel in both daytime and primetime with P2+, according to Nielsen Media Research. In total daytime, FNC also topped basic cable in total viewership, landing seven straight quarters as the highest-rated basic cable network in total daytime. Additionally, FNC was a top five basic cable network for six consecutive quarters with the 25-54 demographic in a total day.
In 1Q’18, FNC averaged 1,445,000 million total viewers and 300,000 with A25-54 in total daytime. In prime time, FNC drew 2,479,000 total viewers and 494,000 in the 25-54 demographic. Additionally, FNC topped MSNBC and CNN in prime time and total daytime with P2+ and A25-54.
Additionally, the network claimed 14 of the top 20 cable news programs by total viewership and 12 of the top 20 in the 25-54 demo. FNC’s primetime programs were among the top four programs both by total viewers and with the A25-54 demo featuring Hannity ranking as the most-watched program of all cable news with 3,196. 000 total viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo, Tucker Carlson Tonight had 2,908,000 total viewers and 586,000 in the demo and The Ingraham Angle averaged 2,487,000 total viewers and 505,000 in the 25 demo -54.
At the start of the day, at 5 a.m./ET, FOX & Friends First averaged 666,000 total viewers and 175,000 in the 25-54 demo. The network’s flagship morning show, FOX & Friends (6-9 a.m. ET), drew 1,533,000 total viewers and 345,000 in the 25-54 demographic. As of 9 a.m. ET, the US newsroom averaged 1,751,000 with P2+ and 318,000 in the youngest 25-54 demo. FNC’s afternoon ensemble program, Outnumbered (12PM/ET), drew 1,642,000 total viewers and 305,000 in the demo. As of 1 p.m. ET, shorthanded overtime averaged 1,498,000 total viewers and 305,000 in the 25-54 demographic. The Daily Briefing at 2:00 p.m./ET drew 1,454,000 total viewers and 291,000 with A25-54. As of 3:00 p.m./ET, Shepard Smith Reporting delivered 1,437,000 total viewers and 293,000 in the demo. At 4 p.m. ET, Your World with Neil Cavuto has garnered 1,494,000 million with P2+ and 285,000 viewers with A25-54.
Among FNC’s evening and primetime lineup, The Five (5:00 p.m./ET) averaged 2,343,000 total viewers and aired 431,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 6:00 p.m./ET, Special Report with Bret Baier drew 2,361,000 total viewers and 443,000 in the 25-54 demo. The story with Martha MacCallum at 7 p.m. ET averaged 2,175,000 with P2+ and 439,000 in the younger 25-54 demo. At 8 p.m. ET, Tucker Carlson Tonight delivered 2,908,000 total viewers and 586,000 in the demo. Ingraham’s angle at 10 p.m. ET drew 2,487,000 total viewers and 505,000 in the 25-54 demographic. As of 9 p.m. ET, Hannity delivered 3,196,000 total viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo, topping all cable news with P2+.
RATINGS OF THE TOP 5 PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS:
Total Viewers: Hannity (3,196,000), Rachel Maddow Show (2,993,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,908,000), The Ingraham Angle (2,487,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,361,000)
Adults 25-54: The Rachel Maddow Show (664,000), Hannity (662,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (586,000), The Ingraham Angle (505,000), Last Word with O’Donnell (492,000)
1Q’18 AGAINST. NIELSEN NUMBERS 1Q’17 (week 7 days, L+SD):
FNC: 1,445,000 total viewers – down 16% (300,000 in 25-54 – down 16%)
CNN: 713,000 total viewers – down 13% (232,000 in 25-54 – down 12%)
MTHE SNBC: 1,008,000 total viewers – up 30% (221,000 at 25-54 – up 21%)
PRIMETIME: 8-11 p.m. ET
FNC: 2,479,000 total viewers – down 13% (494,000 at 25-54 – down 14%)
CNN: 985,000 total viewers – down 17% (341,000 in 25-54 – down 16%)
MSNBC: 1,859,000 total viewers – up 30% (405,000 in 25-54 – up 20%)
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour comprehensive news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one cable network, FNC has been the most-watched news television channel for 16 years and according to a Gallup Foundation/Knight Survey, is the most objective news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in over 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, regularly notching the top ten programs in the genre.