Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events

Fox News topped ratings for coverage of the anniversary events for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Thursday, beating competitors such as CNN and MSNBC.

Throughout the day, Fox News averaged 1.6 million viewers as cable news highlighted the one-year anniversary of supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE storming the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE’s electoral win, according to early Nielsen Media research. 

Fox News was the top-rated cable news network during coverage of Biden's and Vice President Harris's speeches commemorating Jan. 6, with 1.6 million viewers. 


Fox News shows featuring interviews with members of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot were also viewed by millions.

Select Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE's (R-Wy.) interview with Fox News host Bret Baier saw 2.5 million viewers.

Neil Cavuto interviewed another Jan. 6 committee member, Rep. Adam Kingziner (R-Ill.), and garnered 1.5 million viewers. 

The Jan. 6 committee has discovered in its investigation that multiple Fox News hosts attempted to urge the president to call off his supporters during the Capitol riot. 

Fox News hosts Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamLaura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events Division reigns over Jan. 6 anniversary MORE, Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second Are the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? MORE and Brian Kilmeade all messaged former chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? MORE to convince him to have Trump urge his supporters to leave the Capitol.


Some Fox News hosts including Ingraham and Tucker Carlson later tried to push conspiracies about the riot. Ingraham suggested that members of the far-left antifa movement had infiltrated the mob, NBC News reported at the time. She later shared an article noting that a viral story claiming members of antifa had been identified in the crowd was false.

Data from Nielsen Media showed that CNN did not hit 1.5 million viewers at any hour in the day on Jan. 6. Fox News led CNN and MSNBC in prime time with an average of more than 2.8 million viewers.

Updated: Jan. 10 at 11:55 a.m. with additional information.