It wasn’t exhausting to foretell who would end the 12 months the winner of the cable information rankings race, however predicting simply how exhausting CNN would faceplant is one other matter.
The more and more brazenly left-leaning community, which has suffered a loss in viewership in recent times, noticed one other 9% decline in complete viewers, in accordance with Dwell+7 Nielsen rankings for 2019. Its main left-leaning competitor, MSNBC, additionally noticed a decline in complete viewers, however at a 3rd of the speed of CNN. MSNBC’s complete viewers practically doubled that of CNN.
In the meantime, Fox Information notched a brand new report excessive in complete viewers and common primetime viewers.
Nielsen’s full-year rankings for 2019 discovered Fox Information, ESPN, and MSNBC atop the cable information networks, in that order, whereas CNN completed far beneath, at twenty second general.
“Fox Information averaged 2.5 million viewers per evening in 2019, probably the most in its 23-year historical past, making the community the most-watched channel on fundamental cable,” The Hill experiences. “In keeping with Nielsen Media Analysis, Fox Information beat out ESPN, with its 1.78 million viewers, and third-place MSNBC, which drew a mean of 1.75 million viewers in prime time.”
Fox’s dominant efficiency in 2019 makes 4 years in a row that the right-leaning community has beat out the cable competitors.
Fox’s highest rated primetime present was “Hannity,” drawing 3.3 million viewers by common. “Hannity” has now been Fox’s highest performing present for 3 years operating, Deadline notes.
“Hannity” additionally topped the checklist of the most-watched exhibits in cable, serving to Fox safe 4 of the highest 5 spots: 1) “Hannity” (3.3 million), 2) “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (3.1 million), 3) “The Rachel Maddow Present” (2.78 million), the lone non-Fox present, 4) “Ingraham Angle” (2.57 million), and 5) “The 5” (2.55 million).
As famous by The Hill, Carlson and Maddow “switched locations” this 12 months, as Maddow’s MSNBC present earned second place, edging out Carlson at third, in 2018.
None of CNN’s exhibits made the highest 5 checklist. Actually, it’s top-rated present, “Cuomo Prime Time,” introduced in a few third of the viewers Fox’s prime present drew and fewer than half that of MSNBC’s most-watched present. “Cuomo” averaged simply 1.13 million complete viewers, and pulled in about 290,000 within the goal information demo, adults 25-54.
In complete viewers for 2019, CNN was down in twenty second place, averaging simply 972,000 viewers per evening — solely a bit of higher than half that of MSNBC and a 3rd of Fox’s common viewership.
In keeping with Nielsen’s information, CNN is down 9 p.c over the earlier 12 months. MSNBC additionally misplaced viewers, however at a a lot decrease proportion, its complete viewership dropping 3 p.c over 2018. Fox Information, however, elevated its complete viewers by 3 p.c.
Deadline tries to spotlight some positives for each MSNBC and CNN amid the grim general numbers, however finally ends up acknowledging that Trump’s most popular community nonetheless beats out each in head-to-head competitors:
At the same time as they have been far behind Fox Information in complete viewers, MSNBC and CNN talked up program highlights. MSNBC’s Deadline: White Home with Nicole Wallace topped the 4 PM time slot in complete viewers, whereas The eleventh Hour with Brian Williams ranked first in that class for a 3rd 12 months in a row. Morning Joe, a frequent President Donald Trump goal, averaged 1.1 million complete viewers for what the community mentioned was a report for the fourth 12 months in a row, albeit it nonetheless trails Fox Information’ Fox & Mates.