February marked CNN’s lowest-rated month in a decade, with the network’s prime-time programming down 42% among viewers aged 25 to 54 — the key demographic valued by advertisers — compared to the same month a year ago. CNN drew an average prime-time audience of 122,000 viewers in the key demo, compared to Fox News Channel’s 299,000 viewers (down 33%). MSNBC was third overall with 119,000 viewers (down 15%).
Among total viewers, Fox News led prime time with 2.262 million viewers, followed by MSNBC (1.165 million viewers) and CNN (587,000 viewers). All networks saw year-over-year declines, with CNN dropping the most at 24%. Fox News was down 14% and MSNBC was down the least, down 2%.
Fox News had 94 of the top 100 most-watched TV shows in February, marking two straight years as the top-rated network in cable news, both among television viewers and key demo viewers.
The most-watched show in cable news for the month was FNC The fivewhich attracted an average total audience of 3.310 million viewers, followed by Tucker Carlson tonight (3.303 million viewers), Jesse Watters in prime time (2.833 million viewers), Hannity (2.684 million viewers), and Special feature with Bret Baier (2.439 million viewers) – all aired on Fox News.
In the key demo, Tucker Carlson tonight ends the month in first place with an average audience of 461,000 viewers, followed by The five (371,000 viewers), Hannity (355,000 viewers), Gutfeld! (322,000 viewers), and Jesse Watters in prime time (314,000 viewers) – all airing on Fox News.
For full-day ratings, Fox News easily won the month with an average total audience of 1.437 million viewers (down 14% from a year ago), followed by MSNBC (711 000 viewers, down just 1%) and CNN (474,000 viewers, down 24%). In the key demo, Fox News finished first with 189,000 viewers (down 35% from a year ago), followed by CNN (89,000 viewers, down 41%) and MSNBC (80,000 viewers). , down 6%).
CNN’s struggling morning show, CNN this morning, averaged 360,000 total viewers and only 73,000 viewers during the key demo in February, the show’s lowest-rated month since its launch last November. The Fox News Channel fox and friends landed the top spot of the month with 1.2 million total viewers and 170,000 viewers in the key demo.