Fox News dominates ratings in August

Fox News dominates ratings in August
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In the first full month since Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes’s resignation, the news network enjoyed some of its strongest ratings ever.

In August, Fox News marked its 176th straight month beating MSNBC and CNN throughout the day and in prime time. And the network topped not only its competitors, but all of basic cable.  


According to Nielsen Research, Fox News registered 2,083,000 total viewers, with 374,000 in the sought-after 25-54 age demographic, in prime time. The 2 million-plus total viewers for Fox in prime time topped CNN and MSNBC combined. 

Despite the big month, Fox was still down 9 percent in total viewers and 29 percent in the 25-54 demographic from 2015. Last year's August number was skewed upward due to the 24 million viewers who tuned in for the first GOP presidential debate carried by the network. 

For second place, CNN and MSNBC battled to a split decision.  

MSNBC topped CNN in total prime-time viewership for the second straight month, but CNN bested MSNBC in prime time in the 25-54 demographic.  

As for the networks' early shows, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" won the month in both total viewers and in the 25-54 demographic over CNN's "New Day."  

In the race for top cable news program, Fox's "The O’Reilly Factor" finished No. 1 for the 189th consecutive month in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic. 

Fox's "The Kelly File" and "Hannity" placed second and third.

"Hannity" showed the most growth, with 2.3 million viewers — an increase of 27 percent — and 482,000 in the 25-54 demographic, up 19 percent.  

Ailes resigned from Fox News in July after being accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit.