CNN viewership CRATERS post-debate as Fox News dominates cable news

Fox News has crushed leftist media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC for 90 consecutive quarters and is posting stunning double-digit growth among every single category year-to-year.

Despite the highly anticipated, and now infamous presidential debate last week, CNN failed to retain an audience as viewership plummeted by 92% post-debate… add to that humiliation the 96% drop-off in the coveted 25 – 54 demo.  In short, CNN lost 65% and 78% of its audience, respectively, according to Nielsen Media research.


“Fox News crushed cable news competition during the second quarter of 2024, topping primetime for the 90th consecutive quarter as CNN hit a 33-year low in a critical category,” Fox News reported.

The media outlet shared its ratings courtesy of Nielsen Media Research:

Fox News averaged 1.3 million total day viewers, compared to 810,000 for MSNBC and a dismal 473,000 for struggling CNN. From 7-11 p.m. ET, Fox News’ lineup of ‘The Ingraham Angle,” “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Hannity,” and Gutfeld!” averaged over 2 million viewers, while MSNBC managed 1.2 million and CNN settled for only 618,000.

Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both measurables, and has been No. 1 in all of cable among total day viewers for 13 consecutive quarters.

“The Five” averaged 3.1 million viewers to finish as the most-watched cable news program during the second quarter. “The Five,” with Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, Jeanine Pirro, Jessica Tarlov and Harold Ford Jr., is the first non-primetime program ever to top all of cable news for 11 consecutive quarters.

“Jesse Watters Primetime” averaged 2.7 million viewers to finish second, followed by “Hannity,” “Gutfeld!,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “The Ingraham Angle,” and “Outnumbered” as Fox News Channel offerings occupied the top seven spots.

MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” was the most-watched program not on Fox News. With an average of 1.6 million viewers, it finished a distant eighth in the rankings. The gap between Fox and Trump-hating MSNBC is enormous. That gap is a yawning chasm when it comes to CNN though.

One almost feels sorry for Jake Tapper. Almost. His show only averaged 716,000 viewers and finished 29th. It was beat out by 14 Fox News shows and 14 MSNBC offerings.

Americans seem to be tuning into Fox News more and more as the truth about the Biden White House and Democrats slowly surfaces.

“‘FOX & Friends’ finished the quarter with 1.1 million viewers and has now topped MSNBC and CNN morning shows for more than three straight years. ‘America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino,’ ‘The Faulkner Focus,’ ‘America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith,’ Martha MacCallum’s ‘The Story,’ and ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto’ also had strong quarters to help keep Fox News ahead of cable news competition during the day,” Fox News noted.

“Life, Liberty & Levin” was the most-watched weekend cable news program of the quarter. Host Mark Levin’s passionate and inciteful commentary is drawing viewers in who are desperate for actual news. CNN and MSNBC once again did not even come close.

And the pain just keeps getting worse for the leftist media — especially when it comes to late-night viewership.

“Fox News programs didn’t only thump cable news competition, as ‘Gutfeld!’ outdrew CBS’ ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,’ ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers,’ and CBS’ ‘After Midnight,'” Fox News wrote.

“Fox News dominated the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, finishing with the 14 most-watched cable news programs. ‘Gutfeld!’ was the most-watched show in the critical category, averaging 295,000 demo viewers,” the outlet shared.

CNN and MSNBC cratered long ago in the ratings as Fox News continued to grow and thrive. And the left still doesn’t have a clue why… but America does:

Fox News averaged 154,000 demo viewers compared to 85,000 for CNN and 83,000 for MSNBC. From 7-11 p.m. ET, Fox News averaged 214,000 advertiser-coveted viewers with CNN drawing 120,000 and MSNBC managing only 113,000.

Fox News was the only network to show growth across the board versus 2023, while CNN and MSNBC both shed double digits in the key 25-54 demo. CNN hit a new low among demo viewers, delivering its smallest younger audience since 1991, despite hosting last week’s presidential debate.


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