Accuracy in Media

Fox News notched its 15th consecutive January cable news ratings win on the strength of its coverage of the inauguration and the addition of shows by Martha MacCallum and Tucker Carlson.

In primetime, Fox News averaged 2.84 million total viewers, followed by CNN with 1.164 million and MSNBC with 1.160 million.

In the key 25-54 demographic, Fox again led with an average of 547,000 viewers, which is a 52 percent increase from January 2016, followed by CNN(+45%) with 366,000 and MSNBC with 257,000 (+53%).

While The O’Reilly Factor led all shows with 4 million viewers, the star performers were Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.7 million viewers, up 50 percent from Megyn Kelly’s January 2016 ratings, and The First 100 Days with Martha MacCallum, which averaged 3.5 million viewers, up a whopping 79 percent in the 7 p.m. time slot held by Greta Van Susteren last year.

Overall in January, Fox News was up 35 percentĀ in total prime time viewers and 46 percent in the demo, compared to January 2016.

The results were even better in the daytime, with the network up 45 percent in total viewers and 60 percent in the 25-54 demo.

Most of the Fox lineup were strong performers, with the network having 14 of the top 15 programs in cable news in total viewers and 8 out of the top 10 in the demo.

With the high level of controversy generated by the media about the Trump administration, cable news viewers will likely stay glued to their TV sets for at least the first 100 days of Trump’s time in office. That should easily keep Fox News at the top of the ratings heap for the next several months and beyond.

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  • Mesa Mike

    We were hearing a lot about how well Kelly’s FNC show did in the ratings, besting even O’Reilly’s show at times, and now she gets the ho-hum, also-ran treatment.

    Are we able to trust these numbers? How are they compiled? And I mean the individuals and software, not just the company. Does an independent source verify them — if there is such a thing anymore?

    These statistics resemble federal labor and inflation figures, to name just two. A lot of political hot air that hides behind the noble shield of confidentiality of survey respondents.

  • SingleCut

    Tucker Carlson is great ! I love his show. Glad stuck up Kelly is gone…

  • Martha Bartha

    Allah be Praised!

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  • Amberteka

    I cannot understand McCollum ratings. She is a deep deep Never Trump person.

  • Amberteka

    I watch Lou Dobbs. Stuart Varney. I have learned a lot about Stocks since most of Fox went Never Trump. Sean. Tucker. O’Reilly sometimes. I do like Jesse Waters. I watch The Five. Like Judge Jeanine. I love to hate Bob Beckel. Glad he is back…Fox And Friends…..other than that..ZERO
    TURN OFF immediately……..Martha McCollum. Shepard Smith. The two on at 11. Ditto Bill Hemmer. Sometimes O’Reilly. Totally do not watch on Week Ends. CNN Lite.

    Week End Fox is CNN Lite. Unwatchable. One America News is a nice alternative.