The year-end cable TV ratings are in and, once again, the Fox News Channel has come out on top. The network dominated not just its cable news rivals but all of cable TV’s offerings during the “primetime” hours, even breaking its own previous records.
It’s also been a stunning year for Fox host Sean Hannity, whose career is more successful than it’s ever been. His primetime program “Hannity” was rated as the most-watched cable TV program overall for the third year in a row with an average of 3.3 million viewers every night, the Washington Examiner reported.
Most-watched cable program overall
In a post to Twitter on Wednesday, Hannity thanked his viewers, writing, “You made this happen. We pledge to work harder than ever in 2020. In 328 Days We The People have the ability to shock the world again.”
The second most-watched primetime program on cable TV over the year was that of fellow Fox host Tucker Carlson, who, despite being the subject of concerted backlash and calls for boycotts, still averaged 3 million viewers per night.
On the whole, Fox News’ primetime lineup came in first with an average of 2.5 million viewers, and in terms of total day viewers, Fox programs claimed nine of the top 15 slots. Cable news rival MSNBC came in second to Fox with 1.75 million average viewers while CNN trailed far behind with an average of 972,000 viewers, numbers that were down 3% and 2% from the prior year, respectively.
Fox leads cable TV
“Once again, Fox News Channel’s team of leading journalists and opinion hosts have led the network to a record-breaking ratings year as the number one network in all of cable for the fourth consecutive year,” said Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President/Executive Editor Jay Wallace in a statement.
The duo added, “FNC continues to exert its dominance in cable television as the country experiences what may be one of the most fervent news cycles in history and we are proud to provide our audience with news and opinion they can trust across a variety of programming.”
Fox most certainly did dominate primetime on cable, beating out ESPN, MSNBC, HGTV, and TBS as the top five networks.
In terms of total day viewers, Fox also dominated with an average of 1.4 million viewers, the only network to top the 1 million mark. Rounding out the top five during the day was MSNBC, ESPN, Nickelodeon, and HGTV.
You’ll note that CNN is nowhere to be seen in either list. Its highest-rated show was “Cuomo Primetime” with Chris Cuomo, which ranked as number 24 overall and trailed behind 14 Fox News programs and nine MSNBC shows.
Hannity leads key 25-54 demo
Hannity also claimed the top spot among the key demographic of adults ages 25-54 with an average of 528,000 viewers.
Fox noted that it was the only cable news network to gain viewers in primetime this year, making it possible for the network to top both the primetime and daytime categories for the fourth straight year, and proving once again that it is, far and away, the most balanced and most-watched news network on cable.