Maddow beats out Hannity as most-watched cable news host in March

Maddow beats out Hannity as most-watched cable news host in March
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MSNBC's "The Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowBudowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good Democratic group launches seven-figure ad campaign on voting rights bill GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message MORE Show" scored the highest ratings in cable news in March, beating out Fox News's "Hannity."

Forbes reported Wednesday that Maddow's show came in with an average total audience of 3.058 million. The numbers mark the show's second best performance to date at the 9 p.m. hour.

Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE's show came in second, garnering an average total audience of 3 million viewers, Forbes reported. 

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Maddow also topped in the number of viewers ages 25–54, the demographic most valued by advertisers, coming in with an average audience of 671,000 viewers. Hannity finished the month with an average of 616,000 viewers in the coveted category.

MSNBC is the only cable news network to have seen a year-over-year growth in ratings in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017. By comparison, both CNN and Fox News saw ratings decline in that period.

Nevertheless, Fox News still came in as the top-rated cable news network overall in the first quarter of 2018, averaging 2,479,000 viewers overall and 494,000 in the 25-54 demographic in primetime.

Still, MSNBC's prime-time lineup ratings are up 8 percent from 2017, while Fox News is down 18 percent and CNN is down 16 percent, according to Forbes.

-Updated 11:53 p.m.