Fox News just broke the record for the most watched cable network ever, despite conflicting reports that conservative media has been on a downwards spiral.
According to Independent Journal Review, Fox News beat out all other mainstream media, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC for the most popular, most watched programming among all cable channels.
Fox News’ shows averaged 1.7 million total day viewers and 2.8 million prime time viewers in the first quarter of 2017, making it the No. 1 most watched network for 61 quarters in a row.
According to Forbes, “The O’Reilly Factor” holds the title for most viewers, with an average of 4 million.
The Wrap released numbers from other cable news shows in comparison. While MSNBC, Fox News and CNN all gained viewers in the first quarter of 2017, Fox News still came out on top.
In fact, Fox News lead among key demographic viewers, those aged 25-54. Among that age group, the conservative news network averaged 359,000 viewers.
That was in sharp contrast to CNN’s average of 265,000 and MSNBC’s average of 183,000 viewers in the demographic. Fox News also grew 32 percent among those viewers.
This news came after reports that viewers were favoring liberal-leaning media after President Donald Trump’s election.
For example, on March 27, The Hill reported that “Conservative media outlets have suffered through a tumultuous few weeks punctuated by infighting and public controversy, underscoring the difficulty some are having adjusting to the new levels of attention and scrutiny that comes with their elevated status in the age of Trump.”
The article even alleged that many mainstream media organizations were viewing conservative outlets with “suspicion and hostility” after the 2016 presidential election.
However, that doesn’t mean viewers feel the same way. While it is true that tensions toward the mainstream media have grown since President Trump’s election, it is completely false that his administration has depleted Americans’ interest in conservative media. If anything, his presidency has helped conservative news grow.
Just look at the numbers.
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