(RepublicanInformer.com)- For the sixth year in a row, Fox News will end 2021 as the number one channel on basic cable. This year will also be Fox News’ 20th straight year as the number one cable news network.
According to Nielsen/MRI Fusion, Fox is watched by more Democrats than CNN and more Independents tune in to Fox News than are tuning in to either CNN or MSNBC.
Unsurprisingly, Conservatives prefer Fox News over the other two cable networks by a wide margin, with 62 percent of conservative viewers tuning in. Only 24 percent of Conservatives watch MSNBC which is still ten percent more than those who tune in to CNN.
Meanwhile, 29 percent of Liberals are also watching Fox News. Sure, that’s nowhere near as big a group as the far-Left MSNBC which draws 46 percent of Liberals. But it is more than the 25 percent of Liberals who tolerate CNN.
While no cable news channel enjoys a majority of Independents, Fox attracted the most with 45 percent. Only 31 percent of Independents watch MSNBC, while CNN drew only 24 percent.
One possible reason Fox News is far and away the most-watched cable news network of 2021 is, unlike CNN and MSNBC, Fox isn’t obsessing about Donald Trump and the 3-hour riot at the Capitol on January 6.
Throughout the year, Fox News programs dominated the top five cable news shows. The only competition to Fox’s powerhouse programming has been MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who, though often hitting in the top five or six, still lags far behind in numbers.
Tucker Carlson Tonight is ending the year as the number-one-rated program on Fox News. He is followed by The Five, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle. Late-night hit “Gutfeld,” which premiered in April, has, in recent months, beat out traditional late-night programming like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Daily Show.
Fox averaged 1.3 million total day viewers in 2021. MSNBC and CNN both failed to break a million, with MSNBC averaging 919,000 and CNN stuck down at 787,000.
Primetime is even better for Fox. It averaged 2.3 million viewers in 2021 and enjoyed an average of 374,000 in the coveted 25-54 demographic.
Meanwhile, CNN averaged 1.1 million viewers during primetime and 276,000 in the 25-54 demo. MSNBC’s average primetime audience was 1.55 million with only 220,000 in the 25-54 demo.