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Fox News Makes Monthly Ratings History For Primetime Viewership

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Posted: Apr 29, 2020 10:45 AM
Fox News Makes Monthly Ratings History For Primetime Viewership

Source: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Fox News made primetime ratings history for its network in the month of April, reaching its largest audience in the network's history for primetime and for the second-highest rated in total day behind its 2003 coverage of the Iraq War, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Among all of basic cable, the Fox News Channel was also the most-watched cable network for both total day and primetime, along with continuing its streak for 46 consecutive months as number one across all of cable in total day.

In total day, Fox News got 2.2 million viewers and 448,000 with the 25-54 age demographic, while in primetime, the network delivered 3.7 million viewers and 671,000 in the 25-54 age demo. Anchor Bret Baier's "Special Report" was number one for total viewers, 5.3 million, and for the age demo, 1.1 million, as that is usually when President Trump holds the White House's coronavirus task force briefings.

This meant Baier's timeslot beat out broadcast morning shows and evening entertainment programs in total viewers including ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS's "Face The Nation," NBC's "Today Show," "Ellen's Game of Games," and ABC's "Shark Tank."

Compared to April of 2019, Fox News saw an increase of 66% for total day viewership and 84% in the 25-54 age demo.

CNN came in second for April for total day, getting 1.4 million total day viewers and 395,000 for the 25-54 age demo. MSNBC is in third for the month, with 1.3 million for total day viewers. MSNBC came in second for its primetime lineup, getting 2 million viewers and CNN coming in third with 1.9 million viewers.