The most-watched cable television network in 2017 is Fox News. This comes as no surprise as last year Fox News was also declared a cable network with most viewers.
Deadline reported that Fox News on average has 2.4 million primetime viewers and 1.5 million viewers during the day. The statistics are from Nielsen rating information. According to the Deadline report, Fox News beat Nickelodeon and MSNBC, with the two networks taking the second and third place in total viewership.
The statistics also show that the Fox News primetime viewership was almost equal to the one in 2016, where it’s daytime viewership grew.
These numbers come as a surprise since the primetime hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly left the network earlier this year. Megyn left for a new role that she took with NBC News, where O’Reilly left Fox News this April because of the sexual misconduct charges that were applied to him.
Right now Fox News primetime hosts are Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The highest-rated cable news show of the year belongs to Hannity who averaged more than 3.2 million viewers each night.
This year, President Donald Trump has regularly mentioned the mainstream media networks, calling them “fake news,” while that doesn’t apply to Fox News, which he often praises. This November, Trump said in a tweet about Fox News that the network is “MUCH more important in the United States than CNN.”
In Deadline’s report, CNN got the fifth place. For daytime viewership, the network had around 783,000 viewers on average, and on primetime viewership, CNN ranked No. 10 with just over 1 million average viewers. The fall in CNN’s popularity is often related to President Trump’s regular attacks on Twitter.