This shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s still worrisome nonetheless.
Fox News will finish 2016 as the most-watched network in all of cable for the first time in its history, beating out non-news channels such as ESPN, USA Network and TBS.
Fox News ranks fifth in all of television, trailing only broadcast stations NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox.
“As we close out our 20th year, FOX News continues to redefine television news and break ratings records, proving it is indeed the most watched and most trusted television news source in the country,” co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said in the joint statement.
According to Nielsen research, Fox News averaged 2.4 million viewers in prime time and 1.4 million viewers in total day — up 36 percent compared to 2015.
Fox’s top show was the “The O’Reilly Factor”, followed by “The Kelly File” and “Hannity.”
CNN finished second with an average of 1.3 million viewers in prime time, its best showing since 1995 — a year before Fox News and MSNBC came into existence.
MSNBC came in third, and enjoyed its most-watched year ever, averaging 1.08 million viewers in prime time.
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