Ever since Donald Trump threw his hat into the presidential ring, Fox News has seemingly been trying to derail his presidency, and people apparently aren’t too happy about it.
For the last 14 years, Fox has maintained ratings dominance over all of the other cable news networks, but that’s starting to change, according to a ratings analysis by CNN. For the fifth time in eight months, CNN ranked number one in ratings over every other network, including Fox.
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CNN ranked #1 in cable news in prime time in April. CNN beat Fox News for the fifth time in the last eight months in M-Su prime time (four of the past eight in M-F prime) among adults 25-54. The last time CNN had this many prime time wins in an eight-month period versus Fox News was over 14 years ago (Nov. 2001).
CNN also handily topped MSNBC this month in all dayparts, with CNN besting MSNBC for the 22nd straight month in Total Day (among both total viewers and among adults 25-54) and in prime time (among 25-54). In total viewers, CNN has now beaten MSNBC for the fifth straight month (or seven out of eight months) in prime time.
CNN continued to top MSNBC by wide margins during the day (9am-4pm) – posting a +36% advantage in total viewers (630k vs. MSNBC’s 464k) and +58% more among adults 25-54 (161k vs. 102k).
While the actual reason for CNN beating Fox is unknown, one thing is for certain – there’s numerous people displeased with how Fox has covered Trump, and it appears as if they followed through with threats to stop watching the network as a result. That, combined with a growing interest in this particular election is likely what led to CNN amassing more viewers than the rest.
Regardless, for Fox to be dethroned after all this time is quite shocking. Whether or not this continues to be a trend remains to be seen; however, it’s definitely not good news for the network that’s dominated ratings for more than a decade.