Fox News tops yearly ratings rankings

Fox News was the most watched cable news channel in America for the sixth consecutive year in 2021. 

Fox averaged 1.3 million in total day viewers this year, compared to 919,000 at MSNBC and 787,000 watching CNN. In prime time, Fox averaged 2.3 million viewers, including an average of 374,000 within the industry’s coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic. 

Nielsen data shows that Fox held 44 percent of the cable news audience in total day viewership and 47 percent of audience share in total viewers in prime time in 2021, an increase from last year. 

Fox’s top-rated program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” averaged 3.1 million viewers a night this year. Sean Hannity’s program, the network’s second highest-rated, averaged 2.8 million. 

“As we embark on our 20th year as the leader in cable news, the last six of which as number one in all of cable, I am incredibly proud of the unrivaled success we’ve had at FOX News Channel,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Not only were we the only network to grow our audience share, but we did so while changing our lineup and transforming the entire late-night television landscape in the process, ensuring our continued momentum for many years to come,” she said.

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