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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