The year may not quite be over, but preliminary numbers show that Fox News Channel will finish the year as the number one cable news network for the 11th straight year.
Not only is Fox the number one cable news channel, it is also the number three ad-supported channel in all of cable TV in primetime, according to TVNewser. Fox has the top 11 cable news shows in total viewers and the top seven in the key A25-54 demographic.
The unabashedly liberal MSNBC finished a distant second again with “The Rachel Maddow Show” finishing twelfth in total viewers and eighth in the demo.
While both Fox and MSNBC managed to grow their audiences this year, one-time cable news kingpin CNN saw its primetime audience dip slightly, while suffering a double digit decline in the daytime.
CNN is hoping 2013 brings a reversal of fortune with a new president, Jeff Zucker, who apparently is already thinking about tinkering with the network’s morning and primetime lineup.
Despite the gains at MSNBC, the fact remains that Fox News is a ratings juggernaut and isn’t likely to be replaced as number one anytime soon.
The final numbers will be available after the new year.