More Democrats watch Fox News during prime time than CNN: data
More Democrats are watching Fox News during prime time than CNN, according to data from Per Nielsen MRI Fusion.
The data shows Fox News is watched by 29 percent of liberal prime-time viewers compared to CNN, which garners 25 percent of those viewers.
Only MSNBC, which is watched by 46 percent of liberal viewers during prime time, has a larger liberal audience at that time than Fox News.
During the day, CNN has a larger liberal audience than Fox News — barely — with 29 percent of Democrats tuning into CNN and 28 percent tuning into Fox News.
Fox News is known for its popularity among Republicans, with a majority of conservatives picking Fox News for both day and prime-time coverage.
Fox News also beats both CNN and MSNBC for the largest number of independents watching the network during both the day and prime time.
“So in a news monetization, as you mentioned, our share of audience is, you know, now 55 percent of cable news viewers, is incredibly impressive. It’s a lot of hard work to build that share and maintain it,” Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said during an earnings call Wednesday.
“One of the interesting things as a byproduct of that share is really the breadth of our audience as well. We have more independents watching Fox News than anyone else. And interestingly, we have just about an equal amount of Democrats watching Fox News as watch CNN, according to Nielsen,” Murdoch added.
The data comes after Fox News was found to be the most popular network for election coverage Tuesday.
When the Virginia’s governor race was called, Fox News had 2.8 million viewers. At the same time, CNN and MSNBC had audiences of 716,000 and 800,000 respectively.
The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.