Although Fox News was long considered a favorite among conservatives when it comes to cable television, many viewers are now expressing dissatisfaction with the network, and it’s showing in their ratings.
The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday that Fox News came in third place for ratings on Saturday following last week’s election, trailing both CNN and MSNBC.
Fall from grace
According to the Examiner, Nielsen ratings showed CNN having 4.2 million viewers on Saturday and MSNBC with 3 million. Fox News only managed to get 1.7 million people watching.
Fox News’ election night coverage did not go over well with many of its viewers, particularly its decision to call Arizona for former Vice President Biden early on election night despite the two candidates being in an extremely tight race.
Since then, Biden’s lead over the president in Arizona has continued to gradually shrink, standing at less than half a percentage point by Wednesday afternoon.
Fox News personalities have also reacted with hostility to the Trump campaign’s allegations of voting irregularities, with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto cutting away from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany when she attempted to raise the issue.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we have to be very clear,” Cavuto interjected. “She’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”
Divide between Trump and Fox
Tensions between Trump and Fox News have been brewing for some time, with the president criticizing the network in a series of tweets earlier this spring.
“@FoxNews just doesn’t get what’s happening!” the president tweeted on April 26. “They are being fed Democrat talking points, and they play them without hesitation or research.”
Trump suggested that the addition of former House Speaker Paul Ryan to the board of Fox News’ parent company may be part of the reason for the change.
“[F]ox keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct. They put RINO Paul Ryan on their Board,” Trump tweeted.
An article in Vanity Fair seems to lend credence to that theory. The magazine quoted an anonymous Fox executive as saying, “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it.”