It’s almost old news that Fox News is dominating the cable ratings, as the conservative channel consistently beats out its rivals in terms of TV viewership.
As the fourth quarter of 2021 draws to a close, Fox News again crushed rivals including CNN and MSNBC in virtually every measurable category — a stunning way for the cable network to wrap up its 25th year in existence.
Crushing its rivals
For Fox, the last quarter brought them the most number of total viewers in both daytime and primetime, and in both of those time periods among the key advertiser demographic of adults age 25-54. Fox also dominated during business hours and on weekends.
According to a report from the network, Fox was the home of the top 12 most-watched cable news programs, as well as 14 of the top 15.
Incredibly, of the three main cable news networks, Fox drew 57% of the total audience in the fourth quarter, its second-highest market share ever.
More good news
Perhaps even more astounding is the fact that Fox’s The Five became the first non-primetime cable news program to finish out a quarter as the most-watched cable news show, pulling in an average of 3.3 million viewers, according to Fox.
What’s more, a full 16 of Fox’s programs set individual records for viewership during 2021’s fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, numerous programs on CNN and MSNBC set new lows in terms of viewers over the same time period, even in primetime.
The Wrap reports that Fox ultimately ranked No. 1 out of 124 channels in all of basic cable, beating out ESPN at No. 2 and MSNBC and CNN, which trailed behind in the third and fourth spots, respectively.
Dominating all of cable TV
According to The Hill, this is the sixth consecutive year that Fox News has crushed its rivals to be named the most-watched cable news channel.
“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,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“Not only were we the only network to grow our audience share,” Scott said, “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.”