G. McConway
January 13, 2023

Fox News Crushes MSNBC and CNN During Battle for Speaker

During the Speaker election in the House, most networks pulled away from live coverage to report their normal drivel.

Fox News, as would be expected, maintained live coverage throughout the process on Friday night.

The broadcast very much had the feel of a live sporting event, and it paid off.

Fox News @ Night pulled down 3.4 million viewers, crushing every other network.

Great Start

I have to admit, this is not normally the type of TV that I would watch, but I was dialed in for every second to watch the drama unfold.

It was a fairly unique chance to see how the House operates in real time, and our representatives did not disappoint in terms of providing some drama during the course of the evening.

Fox had finished up 2022 as the most-watched cable news channel, taking down the title for the 21st consecutive year.

That big boost on Friday night will get them off to another great start for 2023.

From June 2-8, Fox averaged 1.4 million viewers, beating ESPN (1.2 million), MSNBC (950,000), and CNN (740,000).

During prime-time hours, it was not even close.

Fox pulled in 2.1 million viewers with MSNBC a distant second at 1.4 million. CNN, as usual, was lagging behind, with only 918,000 viewers.

I will say this, however… it does appear that CNN is starting to pull some viewers from both outlets, as numbers are up overall from previous weeks after the big lineup changes that have been made. Even so, it is still the whipping boy of cable news.

The top program for Fox News was “The Five,” which averaged 3.5 million viewers. This is a major accomplishment considering it airs hours before prime-time viewing.

It also goes to show that viewers are getting tired of Tucker Carlson’s schtick and the constant whining by Hannity and Ingraham. Perhaps it is time for Fox News to do a little shakeup before it starts to lose ground.

Source: Fox News

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