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.