FOX NEWS … And Still the Undisputed Ratings Champ of 2013 – More Viewers Than Combined Averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN


From Variety, FOX News channel is far and away the #1 cable news network in 2013. Just how much have they distanced themselves from the competition? Fox News channeled had more views in prime-time than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined.

Averaged viewers:

  1. Fox News Channel: 1.774 million
  2. MSNBC with 645,000
  3. CNN with 578,000
  4. HLN with 403,000


Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news network ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN.

It was a down year in terms of overall audience, as every newsie but HLN showed primetime declines from their Presidential Election-driven tallies of 2012.

According to Nielsen data through Dec. 8, Fox News Channel averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime (down 13% from 2012) and 297,000 adults 25-54 (down 30%). It was followed by MSNBC with 645,000 viewers and 203,000 adults 25-54 (down 29% in both); CNN with 578,000 (down 15%) and 187,000 adults 25-54 (down 16%); and HLN with 403,000 total viewer (up 21%) and 142,000 in the demo (up 27%).

Among all basic cable networks in 2013, FNC ranked sixth in primetime while MSNBC was 29th and CNN was 31st. In total day, Fox ran fourth while CNN was 28th and MSNBC ran 30th; in 2012, CNN finished behind MSNBC. CNN and HLN showed some year-over-year gains on a total-day basis, while FNC and MSNBC were down.

HA, Weasel Zippers adds, Media Matters unavailable for comment. But the LEFTIES live an an alternate universe and believe that they can still keep their healthcare insurance if they like it or any other Kool-Aid that Obama pours.

UPDATE I: Thanks Pirates Cove for for “If All You See” link

Posted December 17, 2013 by
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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “FOX NEWS … And Still the Undisputed Ratings Champ of 2013 – More Viewers Than Combined Averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN”

    1. Frank on December 17th, 2013 9:29 am

      “…if they like it or any other Kool-Aid that Obama pours”

      There certainly is a lot of that going around, to be sure. Reminds me of you last decade.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on December 17th, 2013 11:07 am

      Fox provides a good line up for the evening hours. They do attempt to have a balanced approach that is often funny. A little laughter during the serious stuff is all right.

      Gretta and Bill show their liberal leanings on a regular basis, but it is too soon to know how well Megan will do. Hanity will continue be conservative on his show.

    3. If All You See… » Pirate's Cove on December 17th, 2013 11:53 am

      [...] blog of the day is Scared Monkeys, with a post on how well Fox News is doing in the ratings [...]
      SM: Thanks for the link Pirates Cove!

    4. Jase on December 17th, 2013 5:08 pm

      83% of fox viewers are above 55? Wow, that’s a killer for advertising $$. No wonder they shifted their lineup and pretty much moved Hannity out. I’d be curious to see Megan Kelly’s demographics.
      SM: Are you kidding? Do you really think FOX is hurting for ad $’s as compared to the other cable news networks, I mean seriously, are you that much of a hater?

      That’s why FOX now has a sports channel and a business channel. Yup, really hurting.

    5. Jase on December 18th, 2013 9:58 pm

      I see “R” is so blinded he knee jerk reacted without doing a simple 5 second google search.
      Their Advertising dollars were down 10% at the end of their first quarter (ending 9/30). Hence why the lineup flipping.

      I mean, seriously, have you drank so much fox koolaid that you’ll defend a a tv channel no matter what the facts actually are? It’s a freakin’ cable news channel.
      SM: Its not about drinking any Kool-aid and UI hardly defend FOX, I disagree with them on many occasions. However, the fact that you have to find fault in them when they are the king of cable news is comical. Who would you rather be Fox or MSNBC or CNN, hmm? They made changes to shake things up, not because they are getting zero ratings.I love people who make comments about others, maybe you might want to ask yourself why you feel the need to always attacking them? Figure that out at the next Media Matters meet up.

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