Fox News is Again the Most-Watched Basic Cable Channel of the Year


FNC Delivers Highest-Rated Year in Network History in Total Day Viewership

FNC Delivers Network Highs in Social Media and Digital

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FOX News Channel (FNC) marked its second consecutive year as the most-watched basic cable network in primetime and total day in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, averaging 2.4 million viewers in primetime and 1.5 million viewers in total day. FNC also notched its highest-rated year in network history on a 24-hour basis in total viewers and led the way in primetime with both total viewers and the Adults 25-54 demographic.

In commenting on the network’s record ratings, FNC’s President of Programming Suzanne Scott said, “Throughout this past year, FOX News has continued to prove its dominance in the television landscape despite many changes and one of the most intense news years on record. For a news channel to experience growth following an election year is unprecedented and we are grateful to our loyal viewers for once again making us the most-watched network in all of cable.”

In primetime and total day, FNC made gains and/or was flat in both total viewers and A25-54 versus the 2016 election year, which was the network’s highest-rated year in history. In primetime, FNC delivered 2,422,000 viewers (flat vs. 2016) and 488,000 with Adults 25-54 (+1%). In total day, FNC notched another milestone victory with 1,501,000 in total viewers (+8% from last year). In the key 25-54 demo, FNC remained on top in cable news with 321,000 (+15%). Additionally, in cable news, FNC secured 15 of the top 20 programs in total viewers with 12 of the top 20 programs with A25-54. Furthermore, FNC’s The Five, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity claimed three of the top five programs in the younger 18-49 demographic.



  1. FOX is the only news channel I watch or listen to now. I changed my cable provider in order to specifically NOT get CNN, MSNBC, or any of the MSM channels.

  2. From one Richard to another, I’d suggest Mr Zimmerman re-up for at least MSNBC which is vastly superior than stumblebum CNN. It’s good to know what the other side in politics/culture is advancing. Sort of the “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” approach to cable news watching.

    No surprise that I’m socially liberal and fiscally conservative. But I pay Shaw a few extra bucks per month to get FOX News Channel and Bloomberg. I wish Shaw carried FOX Business, but settle for Bloomberg to get a counterweight (albeit much milder than FOX Business) to CNBC.

    Soaking up contrary views isn’t always easy: I regularly yell or throw rolled-up socks at the screen. But in these historic and volatile times we’ve endured since 9/11, I think it’s vital to see all portions of the Big Picture.

  3. PS: Prone to at least considering conspiracy theories, I’m not the target demographic for any cable news network.

    One thing FOX, CNN and MSNBC share in common: smirking at, deriding or ignoring completely subjects like JFK/RFK assassination conspiracies, alien contact, fixed financial systems and, perhaps most importantly, the risk of electro magnetic pulses frying electrical grids. (The latter nightmare could be easily avoided if cheapskate utilities were simply ordered to reinforce systems.)


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