MSNBC, riding anti-Trump wave, was the top cable network last week
Comcast-owned MSNBC seized the mantle last week as the No. 1 cable network for the first time in its 21-year history as millions of Americans are tuning in to cable news for a Trump fix.
Conservative-leaning Fox News on Tuesday confirmed that MSNBC beat it in overall audience during prime time last week, the most coveted time on TV for selling ads. But Fox News, which has been the consistent cable audience leader for years, said it was beating the left-leaning MSNBC in other TV metrics for the month and year. Fox News has been plagued for months by the Bill O’Reilly sexual-harassment scandal, the departure of Fox News founder Roger Ailes under a similar cloud, and host Megyn Kelly’s defection, among other issues.
A Rise to the Top in Weekly Ratings …For the first time in its 21-year history, MSNBC last week was the most-watched cable network, including its cable-news rivals, during weekday prime-time hours.Weekly total viewers, in thousands, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.
… And a Surge in Viewers Since 2015Viewership at MSNBC has steadily risen since 2015, and has fallen at Fox News and CNN so far this year.Quarterly total viewers, in thousands, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.
Data for the third quarter of 2017 are through July 23.Staff Graphic
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