The Fox News Network that liberals love to hate dominated the February ratings. “Dominated” is putting it mildly. The network finished the month of February as the most-watched network. Sean Hannity’s 9 pm (EST) time slot was the top-rated cable news program, according to Nielsen Media Research.
FNC’s amazing ratings dominance has now stretched into its 32nd straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second-place MSNBC. Fox News also topped cable news in the key demographic of adults ages 24-54, averaging 261,000 viewers compared to 197,000 for CNN and 184,000 for MSNBC.
Conservative Fox News Network
Fox News is the only conservative entity on cable. It is surrounded by far more liberal programming on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and lesser venues. “Hannity” led all other cable programming during prime-time hours, 8-11 p.m. EST, while Fox News averaged 2.6 million viewers to finish ahead of all basic-cable competitors. MSNBC, HGTV, TNT and ESPN; CNN finished tenth.
Hannity’s program averaged 3.2 million viewers, followed by Tucker Carlson’s 3.1 million and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” which finished slightly behind “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” FNC’s “The Five” and “The Ingraham Angle” join Hannity, Carlson and Maddow among the top five, while “Special Report with Bret Baier” finished sixth.
Fake News Falls Further Behind
Then there is CNN which President Trump often calls “fake news.” Their highest rated show was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which finished No. 23 among cable news, behind 14 FNC programs and eight MSNBC shows.