Donald Trump was very, very good for Fox News in 2016.
This year, the longtime top cable-news channel claimed the crown of the number one channel in all of cable, beating the previous champ ESPN and trailing only the big four broadcast networks—NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX—in primetime.
Fox News averaged 2.4 million viewers in primetime and 1.4 million in total day, setting new records for the channel, which benefited greatly from both the interest in and its coverage of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The network had 14 of the top 15 programs in total viewers led by The O’Reilly Factor, and seven of the top 10 cable-news programs in the key 25-54 demographic.
Through December 25, 2016, FNC registered a 36 percent increase in total viewers and a 42 percent increase in the key 25-54 demo in primetime compared to 2015. Total Day ratings were up 29 percent in total viewers and 36 percent in the demo.
Sean Hannity, an early supporter of Trump, scored the biggest gains with a 44 percent increase in total viewers and 46 percent increase in the demo.