Fox News Channel continued its dominance in the ratings as it finished January as the No. 1 cable news channel for the 17th consecutive year. In addition to being tops in cable news, Fox has also been the most-watched basic cable network in total day viewership for 31 straight months and was the second most-watched network in basic cable trailing only ESPN in January.
Fox also beat CNN and MSNBC in total viewers in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic.
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a joint statement, “We are thrilled to kick off 2019 with a major milestone in marking 17 consecutive years as the number one cable news network due in no small part to our incredibly loyal audience. Our premiere team of journalists and opinion hosts continue to dominate the competition, proving once again they are the best in the business.”
Fox averaged 2,205,000 viewers,in primetime, beating MSNBC (1,977,000) and CNN (1,214,000) in total viewers. In the 25-54 demo, FNC averaged 382,000 viewers, trailed by CNN with 363,000 viewers and MSNBC with 349,000 viewers.
In total day, FNC garnered 1,329,000 total viewers followed by MSNBC’s 1,138,000 and CNN’s 821,000. In the adult 25-54 demographic, the network averaged 244,000 — edging out CNN with 234,000 and MSNBC with 198,000 viewers.
Fox programming performed well across the board with six of the top 10 cable news programs led by Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight, though MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show was the top cable news program in January.