Fox News, MSNBC and CNN can all claimed being “top” in February 2021.
After completing 3rd in January for the first time in twenty years, Fox News went back to its No. 1 spot in February in overall prime-time television audiences. Nevertheless, the network is still below its 2020 rate.
MSNBC was the most-watched network on all of cable television for February throughout the 24-hour day, marking a very first for NBC News’ politics-focused cable outlet. That stated, the network, which ended up No. 2 in the demonstration throughout prime-time show and overall day in January, dropped to 3rd location in that measurement.
CNN went from being the most-watched cable network in January, to falling back its Fox News and MSNBC rivals in average total audiences this previous February. Nevertheless, the network still continues to take the most adults 25-54, marking 4 consecutive months at No. 1 in the measurement.
So what about the programming? MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow offered new MSNBC president Rashida Jones a great welcome present, averaging the biggest audience on all of cable for the 2nd successive month, as The Rachel Maddow Show took more than 3.5 million audiences.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson marked back-to-back months at No. 2 throughout cable television news. His program was follow by Hannity (No. 3) and The Five (No. 4). MSNBC’s Latest thing with Lawrence O’Donnell rounded out the top 5 for February in typical overall audiences.
After a monster January, CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time fell back down to Earth, moving from No. 3 down to No. 14 in average overall audiences. Anderson Cooper 360 was CNN’s most-watched show for February (No. 13).
In Addition, Fox News’ America’s Newsroom won the mid-morning time period in total viewers, and Outnumbered won the Noon slot in total audiences. MSNBC made a reasonable number of time slot wins later in the day. Due Date: White House hosted by Nicolle Wallace was the most-watched program at 4 p.m. The Beat with Ari Melber was the most-watched program at 6 p.m., The ReidOut was the most-watched show at 7 p.m., and The Last Word with Brian Williams was the most-watched show at 11 p.m.
. According to Nielsen information, here are the top 20 regularly-scheduled cable news programs for the month of January, sorted by typical overall audiences. This data does include time-shifting and leaves out re-airs.
|Rank||Net||Program Call||Start Time (ET)||P2+
|1||MSNBC||The Rachel Maddow Show||9 p.m.||3,541,000||20|
|2||Fox News||Tucker Carlson Tonight||8 p.m.||3,390,000||17|
|3||Fox News||Hannity||9 p.m.||2,937,000||19|
|4||Fox News||The Five||5 p.m.||2,846,000||20|
|5||MSNBC||The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell||10 p.m.||2,553,000||20|
|6||MSNBC||All In with Chris Hayes||8 p.m.||2,297,000||20|
|7||MSNBC||Due Date: White House||4 p.m.||2,274,000||19|
|8||Fox News||The Ingraham Angle||10 p.m.||2,193,000||20|
|9||MSNBC||The ReidOut||7 p.m.||2,083,000||20|
|10||MSNBC||The Beat with Ari Melber||6 p.m.||2,066,000||18|
|11||MSNBC||The 11th Hour with Brian Williams||11 p.m.||2,047,000||20|
|12||Fox News||Special Report with Bret Baier||6 p.m.||2,037,000||21|
|13||CNN||Anderson Cooper 360||8 p.m.||1,926,000||23|
|14||CNN||Cuomo Primetime||9 p.m.||1,915,000||24|
|15||CNN||Erin Burnett Outfront||7 p.m.||1,833,000||19|
|16||Fox News||Fox News Primetime||7 p.m.||1,781,000||20|
|17||CNN||The Circumstance Room with Wolf Blitzer||5-7 p.m.||1,621,000||35|
|18||CNN||The Lead with Jake Tapper||4 p.m.||1,578,000||16|
|19||Fox News||Outnumbered||12 p.m.||1,493,000||17|
|20||Fox News||America’s Newsroom||9-11 a.m.||1,414,000||40|
The Rachel Maddow Show ended up No. 1 for February not just in average overall audience, but it likewise topped the cable news landscape in February amongst adults 25-54 (567,000).
Tucker Carlson followed, balancing 515,000 demo viewers last month. Anderson Cooper 360 (480,000), Cuomo Prime-time Television (466,000) and Hannity (435,000) complete the top 5 amog adults 25-54.
CNN put one of the most programs in the top 10 amongst grownups 25-54 (5 ), and the most in the leading 20 (8 ).
In addition, CNN’s Inside Politics with John King won the Midday hour in the demo, different editions of CNN Newsroom won their particular time slots in the demonstration, Jake Tapper won 4 p.m., Wolf Blitzer won 6 p.m., Erin Burnett won 7 p.m., and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was the top-rated show in the demonstration at 10 p.m.
. Here is the top 20 for February among grownups 25-54:
|Rank||Net||Program Call||Start Time (ET)||A25-54
|1||MSNBC||The Rachel Maddow Show||9 p.m.||567,000||20|
|2||Fox News||Tucker Carlson Tonight||8 p.m.||515,000||17|
|3||CNN||Anderson Cooper 360||8 p.m.||480,000||23|
|4||CNN||Cuomo Prime Time||9 p.m.||466,000||24|
|5||Fox News||Hannity||9 p.m.||435,000||19|
|6||CNN||Erin Burnett Outfront||7 p.m.||433,000||19|
|7||CNN||CNN Tonight with Don Lemon||10 p.m.-Midnight||392,000||35|
|8||CNN||The Scenario Room with Wolf Blitzer||5-7 p.m.||390,000||35|
|9||MSNBC||Latest Thing with Lawrence O’Donnell||10 p.m.||376,000||20|
|10||Fox News||The Five||5 p.m.||370,000||20|
|11||MSNBC||All In with Chris Hayes||8 p.m.||365,000||20|
|12||Fox News||The Ingraham Angle||10 p.m.||357,000||20|
|13||CNN||The Lead with Jake Tapper||4 p.m.||347,000||16|
|14||MSNBC||The ReidOut||7 p.m.||341,000||20|
|15||CNN||Inside Politics with John King||12 p.m.||324,000||14|
|16||MSNBC||The 11th Hour with Brian Williams||11 p.m.||311,000||20|
|17||MSNBC||The Beat with Ari Melber||6 p.m.||301,000||18|
|18||CNN||CNN Newsroom||9 a.m.-Noon./ 1-4 p.m.||301,000||99|
|19||MSNBC||Deadline: White House||4 p.m.|
|20||Fox News||Special Report with Bret Baier||6 p.m.|
. Here are the broadened program rankers for the month of February, shown in coming down order from most to least total audiences, followed by the adults 25-54 audience ranker:
Feb. 2021 Cable Television News Program Ranker (Total Audiences)
February 2021 Cable News Show Ranker (Grownups 25-54)