During the week of April, Fox News was the most-watched cable network and the top-rated cable television news network in prime-time television, balancing almost 2.3 million audiences and 357,000 in the 25-54 demonstration throughout the 8-11 p.m. ET time period.
In overall day (6 a.m.-6 a.m. ET), Fox was the only cable internet to split 1 million audiences (1.3 million) last week, and balanced 219,000 in the 25-54 demographic.
Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged the biggest audience on cable news for the week, 3.1 million total viewers to opt for 500,000 adults 25-54.
On Saturday, unique coverage of the funeral service of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh helmed by anchor Martha MacCallum delivered 2.3 million audiences and 365,000 in the 25-54 demo from 9 a.m.-Noon ET. Especially, this brought in Fox News’ biggest audience on a Saturday in this timeslot given that pre-election 2020.
Fox had a solid scores week overall. Compared to the previous week (April 5), the network grew +5% in total prime time viewers, and +2% in the prime time demo. In overall day, Fox News likewise grew +5% in overall audiences, and +6% amongst grownups 25-54.
That stated, the network still isn’t quite where it was at this time in 2015. The similar week in 2020 (week of April 13) included early Covid-19 pandemic coverage, which triggered Americans to flock to their Television Set. In addition, all three networks aired the White House day-to-day coronavirus task force instructions. There was just more news in general at this time last year, with the exception of the Derek Chauvin murder trial that ended on Tuesday, April 20.
It will not be a surprise to discover then that compared to the year ago week, Fox News shed -40% of its typical overall prime time audience, and lost nearly half of its audience in the prime time demo (-48%). In total day, the network fell -45% in overall viewers, and -51% in the demo. Fox (and its competitors) will very likely be seeing year-over-year rankings losses through the spring.
After slipping into a second place tie in the prime-time television demonstration throughout the week of April 5, CNN moved previous MSNBC in the classification this past week. While CNN once again stands alone in 2nd location among adults 25-54 in the essential dayparts, the network remains third behind both Fox News and MSNBC in total audiences.
CNN grew +6% of its typical total prime time audience, and an impressive +29% in the prime time demonstration. In overall day, the network grew +8% in total viewers, and +12% the essential A25-54 demo. This growth in overall day viewership makes good sense. CNN has actually been airing coverage of the Chauvin trial throughout the day, a breaking news event that draws in audiences who might not typically tune in to CNN (or cable television news more typically). On the downside for CNN, compared to the very same week the previous year, the network shed -45% of its total prime-time show audience and come by -48% in the prime-time show demo. In overall day, the network fell -41% in overall viewers from last year, and dropped -45% in the total day demonstration.
MSNBC was as soon as again the second-most-watched network on all of standard cable. Like clockwork. However, the network saw losses from the prior week. It fell -1% in total day viewers, and -1% in the overall day demo. The network struggled more in prime-time show, falling -7% in total audiences and -7% in the demonstration.
Versus the same week in 2020, MSNBC shed -27% of its typical overall prime time audience, -37% of its prime-time television demo audience, fell -27% in overall day audiences and -38% in the total day demo. Still having some concerns catching the younger audiences.
The week of March 29, 2021, Monday-Sunday (Nielsen live-same-day data):
|PRIME TIME||Fox News||MSNBC||CNN|
|– Overall Viewers:||2,284,000||1,534,000||1,074,000|
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News MSNBC CNN –
, ESPN, History, Discovery and Food Network were the ten
most-watched basic cable networks in prime time. In total day, Fox News ranked No. 1 again, also followed by MSNBC, and then CNN ahead of HGTV, which finished No. 4,
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