Fox News, the most watched cable news channel in the United States in 2019, averaged a primetime audience of 2.5 million, reaching an all-time high in its 23-year history.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the conservative-leaning channel far outstripped its immediate pursuers such as ESPN, which ranked second with 1.78 million viewers, or MSNBC, which ranked third with 1.75 million viewers, reported The Hill.
Among the top five cable news programs in 2019 are Fox’s “Hannity” with 3.3 million, followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with 3.1 million.
Third place is occupied by the only program not owned by Fox, MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” with 2.78 million viewers. In fourth place is Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” with 2.57 million followed by “The Five” with 2.55 million.
Crisis on CNN
Leftist CNN, which is highly critical of President Donald Trump, instead ranked 22nd, with an average of 972,000 viewers in prime time, which differences from Fox News in nighttime audience by about 1.5 million daily viewers.
CNN’s numbers could be due to the fact that it is suffering from a prolonged credibility crisis, which has led it to lose followers until it recently registered the minimum audience of the last three years, during the week of Nov. 25, according to the Daily Caller.
This was not the first crash for the network in 2019, but the first in a series. Suffice it to say that in July Forbes reported that CNN’s ratings fell by 40% during prime time.
In fact, CNN has been repeatedly criticized by President Trump, for inciting Americans against him and spreading “fake news.”
Among the list of false news promulgated by the network would be the media orchestrations on the false accusations of rape that fell on Judge Brett Kavanaugh—nominated by Trump for the Supreme Court—or the false racist attack of the students of the High School of Kovington, among others.
“Wow! CNN Ratings are WAY DOWN, record lows,” the president tweeted in May. “People are getting tired of so many Fake Stories and Anti-Trump lies.”
It is worth noting that a new analysis of more than 1 million respondents, cited by Axios, reflected that in all its variants, “Fox News is the most-watched outlet in 299 of the nation’s 436 districts by a margin of at least 2%. Meanwhile, only 63 districts watch CNN by the same margin, and MSNBC is the most-watched network in just one historically Democratic California district.”