While Fox News has dominated cable news for the better part of 20 years, it has also been the most-watched basic cable network for the past five years, with its highest ratings ever in 2020.
Yet Fox’s ratings have dipped since Election Day, with average viewership reportedly down approximately 20% compared to pre-November levels.
Over the first full week of 2021 (Jan. 4 through Jan. 10), CNN ranked first among cable networks (roughly 2.8 million viewers per day; 4.2 million in primetime) followed by MSNBC (2.3 million per day ;3.8 million in primetime) and Fox News in third (1.7 million per day; 3.2 million in primetime).
Over the first two weeks of 2021, Fox averaged nearly 800,000 fewer total day viewers than MSNBC, and around 1 million fewer than CNN, according to Mediate, and every day since Jan. 4, Fox has trailed both MSNBC and CNN in the crucial age 25-54 demographic.
Jan. 6, the day the U.S Capitol was ransacked, was CNN’s most-watched day in the network’s history, and in primetime that evening, CNN averaged 8.2 million viewers, nearly double the viewership of Fox News (4.6 million).
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