CNN falls sharply in ratings after election; Fox News grows

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Television host Bill O'Reilly attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

This is posted Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With the election of Donald Trump, Fox News has actually seen ratings grow since November 8.

CNN and MSNBC, on the other hand, have watched viewership fall off sharply.

“I believe Fox News’ prospects for 2017 to be very strong,” Fox News’ James Murdoch said at a conference this week, adding that ratings “are less down than we expected.” Murdoch also said CNN and MSNBC numbers have dropped “quite a bit more” than Fox’s, partly because they had risen so much more during the campaign.

Over the years, the Fox News audience has been more loyal and less prone to breaking news cycles than CNN or MSNBC.

TVNewser did a quick check and found overall ratings for Fox News grew 16 percent from 1.57 million during the two months prior to Election Day to 1.823 million since November 8.

CNN has seen its ratings fall 19 percent from 946,000 to 765,000. MSNBC dropped even more – 32 percent – from 825,000 to 559,000.

During primetime, Fox News has held its audience at about 2.9 million viewers before and after the election.

CNN dropped from 1.65 million to 960,000, a 42 percent fall off while MSNBC fell a comparable 38 percent, from 1.55 million to 959,000.


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