Fox News: Crushing the Ratings Competition for 25 Years

( – The Fox News Channel debuted on October 7, 1996. Now, 25 years later, its daily lineup is absolutely crushing its rival networks in the world of cable television. The top executives with outlets like CNN and MSNBC probably feel the need to have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol by their coffee cups on the morning the Nielsen ratings are published.

The most prized demographic for these networks is the 25-54 age group (A25-54 in ratings-speak), and Fox is the dominator. According to, its Nielsen live-plus-same-day viewership was 2.66 million/417,000 (total/A25-54) for the week of September 13, which was more than the other two networks combined.

At the very top of the list of cable news was Tucker Carlson Tonight. His show drew 3.42 million/596,000 on average that week. The Five finished with 3.11 million (#2)/449,000 (#3), and Sean Hannity rounded out the trifecta at 3.07 million (#3)/478,000 (#2). By comparison, Hannity’s direct competition on MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show — the highest rated on that network — averaged 2.2 million in total viewers according to an article published on Newsweek.

Not only is Fox wiping the floor with the other newsies, but it’s also on track to become the most-watched network in all of basic cable for the sixth consecutive year.

With the relaxation of many pandemic restrictions and the always newsworthy President Donald Trump leaving office, networks are seeing 30-50% fewer people tuning in across the board. And while the overall mountain might be smaller, Fox News Channel is still sitting on top as king of it.

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