The conservative Fox News network continued its dominating reign as the cable news behemoth by handily beating its Left-leaning competition CNN and MSNBC in February ratings – so much so that more people watched Fox than the two liberal news sources combined.
For the eighth month in arrow, the Nielsen ratings show that more viewers watch Fox News than other basic cable networks, with the conservative news source beating out is competitors by an impressive margin.
Last month, 1.75 million viewers tuned in to Fox News, with Nickelodeon drawing 1.15 million viewers and HGTV pulling in 902,000.
Where’s the competition?
When it came to the attracting the viewership of the age group that news networks seek most (25- to 54-year-olds), Fox News had little trouble trouncing its liberal rivals.
“The 21st Century-owned cable news network was also up 39 percent in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, with 592,000 total viewers,” TheBlaze reported. “In total viewers and the key demographic, Fox beat MSNBC and CNN in both categories combined.”
Looking more specifically at the most-viewed cable news shows, it was also found that Fox decimated the competition, boasting 13 of the top 15 programs offered in cable news overall.
The only two news programs that broke into the top 15 with Fox are produced by MSNBC – the network that Megyn Kelly joined after leaving Fox News, where she was often seen battling now-President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Coming in seventh was MSNBC’s The Rachael Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell came in 13th – the only non-Fox programs on the list.
Even though Fox’s numbers last month were impressive, they merely reflected a trend that has overtaken the cable news business for more than 15 years in a row, with February reflecting the overwhelming popularity that the conservative news network received as the nation’s favorite cable source for presidential election coverage.
“February 2017 was the network’s 182nd consecutive month as the most-watched cable news channel in total viewers,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia announced. “It was also the network’s highest rated month since November 2016.”
Not looking back
Fox News does not appear to be regretting the loss of Kelly as its news anchor after replacing her with what many consider a more conservative choice.
“Fox News has been shuffling personnel around, with Tucker Carlson taking over Megyn Kelly’s spot after she left for MSNBC,” Garcia noted. “Ratings have increased dramatically with the new anchor, who has used his program to debate combatively many figures on the Left, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
The numbers reveal that Kelly is far from being missed – from a ratings standpoint, at least.
“Compared to Megyn Kelly’s performance as host of The Kelly File in February of 2016, Carlson is up 31 percent in total viewers with 3.28 million and is up 55 percent in the key demographic with 695,000 viewers,” Garcia added.
Kelly was not the only one to leave Fox News for the more progressive and less-popular MSNBC, as Greta Van Susteren also indicated she was hired by MSNBC after she parted ways with the conservative news network.
Many Americans fed up with the Left-leaning rants and bias of the liberal news media have switched to the more conservative non-liberally charged Fox News, but members of its crew have also been noted as giving Trump a hard time as the nation’s leading Republican figure.
“While many have seen Fox News as the pro-Trump news outlet, he had attacked them for what he saw as bias in the past, and some Fox personalities have been very critical of the 45th president, including Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace over Trump’s attacks on the media,” Garcia pointed out.
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