Fox News tops basic cable ratings for 29th consecutive month

Fox News tops basic cable ratings for 29th consecutive month
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Fox News topped MSNBC and CNN in the cable news ratings race in November, according to Nielsen Media Research, in addition to being the most-watched channel on basic cable for the 29th consecutive month.

In primetime, Fox News averaged 2.439 million viewers. MSNBC was second among the cable news networks with 1.835 million and CNN third with 1.119 million. 


In the 25-to-54 year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, Fox News delivered 478,000 viewers to CNN's 374,000 and MSNBC's 332,000. 

In the total day category, which encompasses the 24-hour period of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., Fox News averaged 1.475 million viewers to MSNBC's 1.024 million and CNN's 761,000. In the advertiser-friendly demographic, Fox News averaged 293,000 viewers to CNN's 231,000 and MSNBC's 181,000. 

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CNN's most-watched program was again "Cuomo Prime Time," which averaged 1.218 million total viewers, finishing 23rd overall in cable news. Chris Cuomo made the jump to primetime from mornings in June. 

The top-5 cable networks for total day were Fox News, Hallmark Channel, ESPN, MSNBC and Nickelodeon, with CNN finishing 6th.