Fox News barely won in total viewers in cable news ratings during the month of May against MSNBC, and it was by a slim margin, according to Nielsen research. Fox’s ratings are going in the wrong direction and, in the weekday night race, MSNBC won. Maddow’s show finished as most watched. Fox’s Tucker Carlson won first place in total viewers.
To recap, Fox News is losing in the weekday night race and in most watched cable show.
CNN and MSNBC were never close to Fox News in past ratings, but they’ve lost key players, Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren. Some of the loss is also explained by the fact that Trump haters are flocking to the hate-Trump networks.
In early April, before O’Reilly was fired and as the scandal broke, The O’Reilly Factor averaged more than 3.7 million total viewers and 652,000 in the 25-54 year old demographic.
By way of comparison, in February 2015, O’Reilly averaged 705,000 viewers ages 25 to 54 and, at his worst, he averaged 516,000.
Things have changed with O’Reilly gone.
In the highly important 25- to 54-year-old demographic for the full week of Monday, May 22, through Sunday, May 28, Fox led the way with an average of 453,000 adults. MSNBC was second with 417,000, and CNN third with 399,000.
Fox is still the most watched by a slight margin.
However, MSNBC won the weekday night race from Monday to Friday with 532,000 viewers. Fox was next with 524,000 and CNN third with 455,000.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow finished as the most-watched program in the demographic, averaging 637,000 viewers in the category.
Fox’s Tucker Carlson took first with an average of 2.7 million total viewers per night.
Bill O’Reilly had averaged 5 to 6 million a night in two airings of his show per night.
The #1 cable news personality for the month of May was MSNBC’s failed, former Air America host Rachel Maddow, who is also a bizarre conspiracy theorist.