Fox News pummels rival CNN in TV viewership ratings

Fox News is pummeling CNN in the television ratings.

On Thursday, Fox News’ primetime programs received more than double the viewership of CNN’s primetime programs, Mediaite reported.

The head-to-head numbers

Fox News fans are probably familiar with its primetime lineup, which includes Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m., Sean Hannity at 9 p.m. and Laura Ingraham at 10 p.m. Respectively, their CNN competitors are Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

Mediaite reported that Fox’s hosts had significantly more viewership than CNN’s.

Leading the pack was Tucker Carlson Tonight, which saw 3.2 million viewers compared to Anderson Cooper 36o‘s 1.14 million. Hannity had 2.71 million viewers, over 1 million more than Cuomo Prime Time‘s 1.33 million. And, The Ingraham Angle had 1.33 million viewers to CNN Tonight with Don Lemon‘s 1.06 million.

It was a similar story with the 25-54 age group, a key viewing demographic.

Overall numbers

Fox’s three primetime programs were three of the five most-watched cable news programs on Thursday.

Carlson came in first, Hannity in third and Ingraham in fifth. Second place went to MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which had 2.8 million viewers. Fourth place went to Fox’s The Five, which had 2.65 million viewers. CNN, however, did not make the list.

Averaging all of each network’s primetime numbers, Fox again came in first with an average viewership of 2.74 million viewers. MSNBC took second with an average of 2.18 million viewers. And, trailing far behind with an average of 1.18 million viewers was CNN, although this was enough to put the outlet in third place.

Considering the viewership numbers for the entirety of Thursday, rather than just the primetime programs, then the competition is much closer, although CNN remains firmly behind Fox and MSNBC. Fox averaged 1.53 million viewers, MSNBC averaged 1.33 million, and CNN averaged 904,000.


These numbers appear to follow a trend that we have seen established after former President Donald Trump left the political scene. CNN viewership has plummeted by more than 50% since President Joe Biden was inaugurated earlier this year, according to new data.

Some argue that this is because the network no longer has Trump to rail against, which is exactly what the former president predicted would happen long before he left the White House.

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  1. Just imagine if Fox didn’t screw up the election and the debate with their liberal partician views. They would have even more viewers today. I haven’t watched Fox since, but I know many others who feel the same. I’ve switched to OANN & News Max, if I want the news.
    I don’t need opinions, when I want to hear the truth. Remember opinions are like @$$h0!3$, everyone has one.

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  3. Shocking that Rachel Maddow was on the five most-watched!! How on earth could so many people think she says anything worth listening to — anything?? 🙁

  4. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Why do people want to see or watch CNN? All CNN dose is lie the the citizens of this country about everything. You people need to stop watching all the fake news medias. They only lie to you!

  5. Bad karma brings about bad Karma and CNN LEADS THE PACK. It couldn’t have happened to a nastier, more fake news, larger lying station. Hopefully it will continue to go down further. Hope to have so long to CNN ver soon.

  6. Yea, CNN is going down. No company deserves it more. This is not serious accurate reporting. They simply repeat lies even though they probably know the truth — they get paid for lying.

  7. I don’t watch any of the Democratically controlled lying brain washing stations anymore because they refuse to tell the people the truth about any of the good things that Trump did for America and it’s people while in office. The Democrats are not the same Democrats that I used to be. These new evil Democrats want to control us like China controls it’s people . I truly believe that Biden is in bed with China. Joe Biden is brain damaged idiot that can possibly have millions of Americans killed by his stupid decisions everyday since he has been in office. Biden is opening all the cans of worms that Trump had closed up when in office and now he trying to blame everything on Trump. Now we are getting to see just how low Joe will go to keep him and his son out of prison while he’s in office which I hope for won’t be to much longer for America’s sake

  8. I love all the comments from my fellow patriots! CNN=Censored Non News! Thank God for Tucker!!! I as well can’t believe the ratings that Rachel MANdow gets! God Help this country,the 2022 election can’t get here soon enough! Don’t you love the way little person Jack Dorsey and little person Zuckerberg hide behind the ability to silence all the Left’s wrong doings! Pathetic human beings.

  9. Loved the comment re CNN= censored non news except the censorship is more extensive Even this site is constantly censored from easy reader view Sad that so many Left beneficiaries resort and nasty pediatric behavior and yes I have professionally worked with and studied it doesn’t require degrees however

  10. Why would anyone watch CNN, they are racist against woman, Republicans, anyone who voted for Trump & never tell the truth. Mostly they sit there like putzes telling you their opinion not the news & not a one of their opinion is ever right or trust worthy!

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