Fox News Tops September And 3rd Quarter Ratings, But MSNBC Is Only Major News Network To Make Gains Vs. 2022

Fox News topped the September and third quarter ratings, but its audience and that of CNN continued to erode vs. 2022 while MSNBC made some slight gains.

In September, Fox News won primetime, averaging 1.69 million viewers, off by 21% versus the same month last year. MSNBC averaged 1.22 million, a drop of 2%, while CNN posted 548,000, a drop of 20%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 187,000, off by 33%, compared to MSNBC with 116,000, a gain of 2%, and CNN averaged 109,000, falling by 20%.

In total day, Fox News averaged 1.07 million, a drop of 24% from a year earlier, while MSNBC averaged 792,000, an increase of less than 1%. CNN averaged 457,000, off by 21%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 131,000, falling by 35%, while CNN posted 85,000, a drop of 23%, and MSNBC averaged 84,000, a gain of 2%.

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In the third quarter primetime, Fox News averaged 1.75 million, a drop of 20%, versus MSNBC with 1.29 million, a gain of less than 1%, and CNN posted 596,000, falling by 17%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 192,000, a drop of 35%, compared to MSNBC with 129,000, a gain of 2%, and CNN with 119,000, falling by 21%.

In total day in the third quarter, Fox News averaged 1.1 million, off by 22%, compared to MSNBC with 813,000, an increase of 4%, and CNN with 471,000, off by 16%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 132,000, a drop of 34%, compared to MSNBC with 88,000, an increase of 4%, and CNN with the same 88,000, a drop of 20%.

The figures are from Nielsen via Fox News and MSNBC.

MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs on Mondays, averaged 2.6 million total viewers in the third quarter, and 262,000 in the 25-54 demo. MSNBC noted that it was the most-watched primetime cable news shows.

Among shows that run throughout the week, Fox News’s The Five was the top show, averaging 2.66 million viewers, followed by Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.4 million, Hannity with 2.23 million, Gutfeld! with 1.94 million and The Ingraham Angle with 1.9 million.

Among viewers 25-54, The Five topped with 273,000, followed by Gutfeld! with 267,000, Hannity with 241,000, Jesse Watters Primetime with 231,000 and The Ingraham Angle with 181,000.

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