Network Is Most-Watched Basic Cable Channel


End-of-year ratings are in and Fox News finished off 2021 as the top-rated basic cable channel for the sixth straight year, netting a lot of other wins along the way. MSNBC came in second place, followed by CNN, ESPN and HGTV.

According to Nielsen Media Research ratings data, Fox News secured an average of 1.327 million total viewers in total-day ratings for the year, with 222,000 of those in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54. It was the only cable network to deliver over 2 million total viewers in primetime and 1 million in total-day viewership for the year, on average. CNN averaged 773,000 total average viewers in total-day, with 185,000 of those in the demo, on average. MSNBC nabbed 905,000 total average viewers, of whom 125,000 were in the demo.

“As we embark on our 20th year as the leader in cable news, the last six of which as number one in all…

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