Ye gads! Fox is top cable news channel

Fox News Channel may drive blood pressures to record highs among liberals but the right-wing cable channel just finished its best ratings year ever and easily tops CNN and MSNBC with viewers.

The only cable channels that do better than Fox News are entertainment ones. MSNBC and CNN aren’t even in the top 10.

In fact, ratings are falling for more liberal-oriented MSNBC and CNN. Even the darlings of the “progressive” community — Keith Olbermann and Rachael Maddow — face erosion of viewers while their favorite targets — Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck — watch their numbers rise.

Most viewers, it appears, prefer their “news” with a conservative slant.Reports The Huffington Post:

2009 was a record year for the Fox News Channel.

The News Corp-owned cable news outlet has just finished its best year among total viewers in its 13-plus year history.

Fox News averaged 2.187 million total viewers in primetime for the year, up 7% from 2008 and enough to place 3rd among all cable channels. In total day, the network averaged 1.192 million total viewers, up 13% from 2008 and enough to place 5th among all cable channels. In the A25-54 demo, the network was up as well: its 540,000 A25-54 total in weekday primetime is up 9% from 2008, and its 319,000 A25-54 weekday total-day average is up 16% from 2008.

Both CNN and MSNBC, meanwhile, are down significantly in all categories.


  1. Sandra Price

    I did not bring it up.  It was Griff who brought up an old link on the subject.  I am not clever enough not to be baited.  I thought I made myself clear that my opinions will never be accepted at CHB.  You can cut anything you desire but it will not stop the problems found in our government.  So I won’t bother. I desperately want to discuss issues but I will not be dragged into issues made months ago just to get your attention.  It always works.  It’s your site and your rules.  It always has been and I respect it.  But it does not touch on what is wrong in American politics.  Are you a peace keeper or a place to discuss what is wrong in America?  You know chief, I do not speak lightly on any subject.  I have thousands of books that I have read and used for research.  But that isn’t good enough when there is always a group who will complain and want me silenced.  This subject of religious influence in our government is back in the news and easily 50 other sites are interested in discussions of what we should do about it.  I want no churches closed!  I donate heavily to the Salvation Army and many charities who do good work for the less fortunate Americans.  But when the government gets involved in any level of religion, it turns into extremist war-like actions.  Read Madison and Jefferson and their words of warnings on this subject.  No!  Better to stop the discussions and keep the wars going in places like the Middle East. 

    I did not want to put you on the spot.  There is nothing more to say.