Fox News finds itself in unaccustomed spot

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MSNBC's weekday prime averaged 2.44 million, just barely edging out Fox News' 2.40 million and leaving CNN in last place with 1.65 million. The audience spikes appeared to be driven by a series of news breaks surrounding the government's ongoing investigation into Russian interference with USA elections, and suspicion that Trump campaign staffers could have had some involvement.

Fox News did still win the total-day viewership crown with 1.5 million, to MSNBC's 1.2 million and CNN's 1.08 million.

The NBA playoffs made TNT the week's most popular cable network.

While left-leaning news organisations have also been accused of distorting the truth when it comes to President Trump, it is Fox News now taking the majority of heat for completely ignoring aspects of the continually developing story in the White House. Fox News viewers may still be expecting more substance in prime time.

Over time, Fox News will learn if last week's third-place finish is a bump in the road after shuffling its prime-time lineup or a shift in the cable news landscape where it has been the perennial ratings leader since 2002.

In the key 25-54 demo, CNN finished second behind MSNBC with 588,000 viewers, while Fox came in third with 497,000.

About one month later, Fox News has a completely different news lineup, and the results thus far have been nothing short of disastrous.


All three networks are up significantly from the same period a year ago - and even with its string of nights at No. 3, FNC is still winning the month of May in both primetime and total day.

Anti-Trump viewers have been flocking to programs where they can see hosts - on late-night comedy as well as the news - who share their frustration or anger over the administration.

"I do cable news in kind of a weird way".

The Rachel Maddow Show led the charge for the network, beating out Tucker Carlson, "The Five" and Sean Hannity.

Led by the red-hot Rachel Maddow show, MSNBC averaged 2.44 million viewers last week to Fox's 2.41 million, Nielsen said. Fox snared 884,000 viewers between 25 and 54, compared with 729,000 for CNN and 444,000 for MSNBC.

MSNBC found itself in unprecedented ratings territory for the week of May 15: in first place across the board in primetime.

When it comes to that all-important advertising age group, Fox News fared a little worse.

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