Fox’s Hannity Is No. 1 In May Cable News Ratings; MSNBC’s Maddow Has Worst Month Since Trump Inauguration

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 20: Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Sean Hannity (L) interviews U.S. President Donald Trump before a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump is in townGETTY IMAGES



May 30, 2019

The Trump era has been very, very good to Sean Hannity. The Fox News Channel host finished May as the top-rated host in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.138 million viewers. Hannity’s prime-time colleague, Tucker Carlson, finished second with 2.761 million viewers. In all, Fox News had 10 of the 15 top-rated shows in cable news as the network posted its 209th first-place finish according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, meanwhile, posted its lowest-rated month since Donald Trump took office, finishing May in third place overall with a total audience of 2.61 million viewers. Maddow’s MSNBC colleagues Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Hayes also finished in the top ten overall, with O’Donnell’s The Last Word drawing 2 million total viewers (6th place overall), and Hayes’ All In reaching 1.6 million viewers (9th place overall).

CNN continued to struggle in third place, with none of the network’s prime-time shows breaking one million total viewers. Cuomo Prime Time, the network’s highest-rated show, drew an audience of 938,000 total viewers, finishing in 25th place overall, behind programs airing on Fox and MSNBC in daytime and late night when viewership is typically significantly lower than in prime. CNN’s Anderson Cooper finished the month in 26th place, with a total audience of 916,000 viewers.


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  1. Does anyone ever post any ratings for CBC News Network, CTV News Channel or BC 1? Last that I heard (about 3 years ago) was that CNN had higher ratings in Canada than any of the Canadian news channels. CBCNN at that time was more popular than CTV News Channel and Toronto’s CP24 was number one in the GTA for news.

    As interesting as the news battle is in the US, it would be nice to hear something about the popularity of the Canadian news channels too.

  2. Maddow was riding the Russian collusion thing for a couple of years and now that it is showing to have been a hoax dreamed up by Clinton et al she is seeing her ratings drop accordingly.

    This just shows how much Trump has meant to the traditional media. Without him MSNBC would probably have recycled half their staff by now and CNN would have fired most of their staff (although sounds like thats happening anyways).

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