FNC Also Dominates All of Cable in Primetime for Month of August 

FNC Tops Cable News Competition in Total Day and Primetime in Total Viewers for 188 Months in a Row

During the month of August, FOX News Channel (FNC) topped all of basic cable for the 14th consecutive month in total day, delivering 1.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, FNC averaged 2.2 million viewers in primetime, notching six of the past eight months as the leading cable network in primetime in total viewers. FNC has also been the most-watched cable news network in total day and primetime with P2+ for 188 consecutive months.

Additionally, FNC continues to dominate CNN and MSNBC in total day and primetime with both P2+ and Adults 25-54 and is up in both categories versus August 2016.  In primetime, FNC averaged 2,206,000 (up 6%) beating CNN’s 1,194,000 and MSNBC’s 1,835,000 in total viewers. With Adults 25-54, FNC garnered 466,000 (up 25%) topping CNN’s 418,000 and MSNBC’s 410,000.  In total day, FNC averaged 1,351,000 (up 8%) in total viewers, dominating CNN’s 835,000 and MSNBC’s 1,007,000.  In the 25-54 demo, FNC averaged 303,000 (up 28%) and ranked ahead of CNN with 277,000 and MSNBC with 231,000.

Kicking off each morning from 6-9AM/ET, FNC’s signature morning program FOX & Friends marked 190 months as the number one cable news program in its timeslot, averaging 1.5 million total viewers (up 22%) and 338,000 in A25-54 (up 28%) . At 9AM/ET, America’s Newsroom delivered 1.6 million viewers in P2+ (up 8%) and 336,000 in A25-54 (up 27%). FNC’s afternoon ensemble program at 12PM/ET, Outnumbered, garnered 1.5 million total viewers (up 5%) and 312,000 in the A25-54 demo (up 23%). During the 3PM/ET hour, FNC’s Shepard Smith Reporting averaged 1.4 million viewers in P2+ (up 3%) and 270,000 in A25-54 (up 33%). Your World with Neil Cavuto at 4PM/ET delivered 1.4 million viewers in P2+ and averaged 290,000 in A25-54 (up 28%).

During FNC’s early evening and primetime programming, the network’s new program The FOX News Specialists at 5PM/ET garnered 1.6 million in total viewers and 328,000 in the A25-54 demo. Anchored by chief political anchor Bret Baier at 6PM/ET, Special Report averaged 2 million viewers with P2+ and 393,000 in A25-54. The Story with Martha MacCallum at 7PM/ET delivered 1.9 million in total viewers and 405,000 in A25-54. At 8PM/ET, Tucker Carlson Tonight garnered 2.5 million in total viewers and 513,000 in A25-54. During the 9PM/ET hour, The Five averaged 2.4 million viewers with P2+ and 510,000 in A25-54. Hannity (10PM/ET) was FNC’s most-watched program for the month of August, delivering 2.7 million in total viewers and 590,000 in A25-54. 


Total Viewers: The Rachel Maddow Show (2,783,000), Hannity (2,679,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,483,000), Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (2,352,000), The Five (2,351,000)

Adults 25-54: The Rachel Maddow Show (630,000), Hannity (590,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (513,000), The Five (510,000), Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (506,000)

AUGUST 2017 VS. AUGUST 2016 NIELSEN NUMBERS (7 day week, L+SD):


FNC: 1,351,000 total viewers – up 8% (303,000 in 25-54 – up 28%)

CNN: 835,000 total viewers – up 23% (277,000 in 25-54 – up 39%)

MSNBC: 1,007,000 total viewers – up 55% (231,000 in 25-54 – up 40%)


FNC: 2,206,000 total viewers – up 6% (466,000 in 25-54 – up 25%)

CNN: 1,194,000 total viewers – up 41% (418,000 in 25-54 – up 54%)

MSNBC: 1,835,000 total viewers – up 63% (410,000 in 25-54 – up 55%)

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news.  A top five cable network, FNC has been the most-watched news channel in the country for more than 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


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