Last week, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show was enjoying its best week ever while leading all of cable news in the key 25-54 demographic and total viewership. This week, however, Fox News’ Hannity has ruled the roost. On Wednesday, the primetime Fox show delivered a dominant performance as it was easily the most-watched cable news program.
According to Nielsen, Fox News averaged a sizzling 3.356 million total viewers and 644,000 in the key demo during the 8 PM to 11 PM primetime hours. MSNBC finished a distant second in both metrics, pulling in 2.439 million viewers overall and 455,000 in the demographic. CNN attracted 344,000 demo viewers and a total audience of 1.028 million.
In the 9 AM to 5 PM daytime slot, Fox captured 1.515 million total viewers and 239,000 in the demo. CNN nabbed 189,000 demo viewers and a total viewership of 763,000. MSNBC averaged 1.012 million viewers overall and 149,000 in the 25-54 metric.
Hannity led across the board with 3.744 million total viewers and 704,000 in the demographic. Hannity’s lead-in show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, finished second in both total viewership (3.254 million) and the key demo (665,000).
Maddow settled for a third-place finish in the demographic (636,000) and total audience (3.082 million). Fox’s The Ingraham Angle took fourth in both metrics, drawing 3.055 million viewers overall and 550,000 in the 25-54 demo.
The top-rated CNN program was the 9 PM broadcast of Cuomo Prime Time, which drew 1.115 million total viewers and 381,000 in the demo.