(FreedomBeacon.com)- According to Nielsen Media Research statistics, Fox News Channel defeated CNN and MSNBC in total day and primetime viewing for the 73rd consecutive week, indicating that Americans went to the network for news and commentary.
From July 4 to 10, Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers, making it the only basic cable network to reach the million-viewer milestone. With an average audience of 666,000, MSNBC came in second. CNN, Hallmark, and HGTV completed the top five.
Fox News almost quadrupled Hallmark, which averaged 1.1 million people to rank second, during the primetime hours of 8 to 11 p.m. ET, averaging just under two million viewers thanks to the lineup of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity,” and “The Ingraham Angle.” In primetime, TLC, MSNBC, and HGTV made up the top five.
On Friday night, during prime time, Fox News had four times as many viewers as MSNBC in the age category of 25-54.
Fox News was the most watched cable news network overall in terms of total viewers and the demo, but during prime time, CNN and MSNBC were no match for Fox News.
With 366,000 viewers during prime time, Fox News took first place in the demo. CNN finished in second place with 140,000 viewers in the demo, while MSNBC finished in third place with only 88,000 viewers.
Fox News won the race for the most viewers during prime time with an average of 2.21 million people. MSNBC finished in second place during prime time with an average of 1.20 million people, while CNN finished in third place with only 660,000 total average viewers during prime time.
Here is a full breakdown of Friday’s cable news ratings by show:
Fox News: 1.59 million
Fox News: 230,000
Here are the prime time averages — encompassing shows which air from 8-11 p.m. — in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.
Fox News: 2.21 million
MSNBC: 1.20 million
Fox News: 366,000