Fox News averaged 2.5 million viewers per night in 2019, the most in its 23-year history, making the network the most-watched channel on basic cable.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News beat out ESPN, with its 1.78 million viewers, and third-place MSNBC, which drew an average of 1.75 million viewers in prime time. Fox topped its cable competitors for a fourth straight year, Nielsen said.
CNN finished 22nd, with an average of 972,000 viewers per night.
The top five shows in cable news for 2019 were Fox’s “Hannity,” with 3.3 million, followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” with 3.1 million.
MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was third, with 2.78 million, followed by Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle,” with 2.57 million, and “The Five” at 2.55 million. more