“Hannity” Delivers 4.4 Million Total Viewers and 711,000 A25-54 Sweeping all of Cable News in both Total Viewers and Younger News Demo

According to early Nielsen Media data, FOX News Channel’s (FNC) coverage of the first open impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives outpaced all broadcast and cable news networks in total viewers. Led by FNC’s all-star political team featuring Special Report’s Bret Baier, The Story’s Martha MacCallum, FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, The Daily Briefing’s Dana Perino, The Five’s Juan Williams alongside America’s Newsroom co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, FNC averaged 2.9 million total viewers and 444,000 in the 25-54 demographic on November 13th from 10AM-4PM/ET. FNC was up across the board versus same time last year – up 99 percent in total viewers and up 66 percent in the demographic. Meanwhile, MSNBC averaged 2.7 million viewers and 364,000 in the demo and CNN averaged just 1.8 million viewers and 427,000 viewers in the demo. FNC also had a double-digit advantage over all three broadcast networks in total viewers– a 44 percent advantage over ABC (2,008,000 in P2+), a 47 percent over CBS (1,970,000 in P2+) and a 73 percent advantage over NBC (1,676,000 in P2+). FNC also came in second only behind ABC (496,000) in the 25-54 demo, outpacing CBS (384,000), NBC (440,000), CNN (427,000) and MSNBC (364,000) in the news demo.

In comparison to previous hearings, FNC delivered 3 million total viewers for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on July 24, 2019 and 2.8 million total viewers for special coverage of the release of the Mueller report on April 18th, 2019 from 9:30AM-1PM/ET while FNC’s special coverage of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony on June 8th, 2017 averaged 3.1 million total viewers.

Additionally, in primetime, FNC was the most-watched cable news network from 8-11PM/ET with nearly 4 million viewers and 635,000 viewers in the 25-54 younger demo, sweeping CNN and MSNBC across both categories. Hannity was the number one rated show in all of cable news last night with 4.4 million total viewers and 711,000 A25-54 while Tucker Carlson Tonight ranked second with 3,966,000 total viewers (648,000 A25-54).

According to Adobe Analytics, Fox News Digital (Web + Mobile App) outperformed both the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearing days in terms of Unique Devices, and delivered a 16 percent increase over the 2019 to date average. Additionally, the Fox New Go Authenticated Live Stream on November 13th had its highest day of Media Initiates and Unique Devices since Midterm Election post-day coverage (11/7/18).  In the news competitive set, FOX News remained the number one most engaged news brand on social media on 11/13/19 (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram combined). Additionally, FNC’s concurrent streams peaked at close to 100K concurrent livestreams.

***All must be attributed to: Early Nielsen Media Research

Wednesday, November 13th

10a-4p cable news (Impeachment Hearing Coverage) / Broadcast Coverage


P2+ AA (000) A25-54 AA (000)
FNC 2,898 444
CNN 1,844 427
MSNBC 2,686 364
ABC 2,008 496
CBS 1,970 384
NBC 1,676 440
8-11p (prime)
Network P2+ AA (000) A25-54 AA (000)
FNC 3,956 635
CNN 1,303 352
MSNBC 2,812 510
Network P2+ AA (000) A25-54 AA (000)
FNC 3,966 648
CNN 1,438 391
MSNBC 2,190 396
Network P2+ AA (000) A25-54 AA (000)
FNC 4,426 711
CNN 1,330 365
MSNBC 3,631 697
Network P2+ AA (000) A25-54 AA (000)
FNC 3,477 546
CNN 1,140 300
MSNBC 2,614 438


FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 17 consecutive years.  According to a 2019 Suffolk University poll, FOX News is the most trusted source for television news or commentary in the country, while a 2019 Brand Keys Emotion Engagement Brand Analysis survey found that FOX News was the most trusted cable news brand. A 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey also found that among Americans who could name an objective news source, FOX News is the top-cited outlet. Owned by FOX Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


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