Recently, Fox News Channel led the pack in cable news ratings during October. This past month has been filled with plentiful news-worthy events, where the ratings demonstrated that consumers trusted Fox News for coverage over other left-leaning networks.
Throughout October, the news was filled with horrific events, such as the violent Hamas attack on Israel and the ensuing conflict that has broken out. Furthermore, Republican politics have undergone a major shakeup with the newly elected House Speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson. Among other noteworthy events, Fox News dominated the news market, capturing the majority of ratings across key metrics.
According to the latest reports, Fox News averaged 1.4 million total day viewers. When looking at the same metric for the other big networks, MSNBC brought in 895,000, and CNN only attained 600,000. Regarding the key advertising demographic of 25-54-year-olds, Fox News averaged 174,000 total day viewers, CNN with 124,000, and MSNBC far behind at only 98,000.
Furthermore, during the primetime hours from 8 – 11 p.m., Fox News averaged approximately 2.1 million viewers, with MSNBC following behind at 1.3 million and CNN straggling behind with only 722,000. Reportedly, these primetime viewership metrics led Fox News Channel to continue its 33-month reign as the number-one cable news channel.
Notably, “The Five,” co-hosted by Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, Jeanine Pirro, Harold Ford, Jr., and Jessica Tarlov, claimed the title of most watched cable news program on television. “The Five” averaged 3 million total viewers despite not airing during primetime hours, known to be slots held for the most popular shows.
FNC experienced a plunge in ratings after it parted ways with one of its most popular hosts, Tucker Carlson. Carlson drove a significant portion of viewership at the network that was lost following his ousting. For example, FNC averaged roughly 2.6 million viewers in primetime in the weeks before Carlson left. After Tucker was fired, the network declined to 1.6 million, a nearly 40 percent drop. While Fox News appears to have recovered some ground since Tucker’s exit, recent reports have demonstrated the network is short of where it used to be. However, this has not prevented the conservative channel from dominating the cable news market.
The American Tribune originally reported on a statement from Fox News Media when the story broke that Tucker Carlson would be leaving the network. “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor. Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named,” according to the statement.
“FOX News Media operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Digital, FOX News Audio, FOX News Books, the direct-to-consumer streaming services FOX Nation and FOX News International and the free ad-supported television service FOX Weather. Currently the number one cable network, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 21 consecutive years, while FBN ranks among the top business channels on cable. Fox Corporation owns FOX News Media, which reaches nearly 200 million people monthly,” it continued discussing the overall success of the network.
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