February was a busy news month. There was the buildup to Biden’s SOTU address and Russia invaded Ukraine, among other things.
Cable news viewers favored FOX News over CNN and MSNBC and it wasn’t even close.
FOX News beat both other networks combined.
FOX News reports:
Fox News viewership dominates CNN, MSNBC combined during news-heavy February
Fox News finished February as the No. 1 basic cable network among both total and primetime viewers as beleaguered CNN continued to struggle.
Fox News averaged 1.7 million viewers during the news-heavy month that included ongoing coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while no other basic cable network surpassed the one-million viewer benchmark. MSNBC finished second with 719,000 and USA finished third with 662,000 average viewers. CNN settled for fourth, averaging 621,000 to finish more than a million viewers behind Fox News.
Americans flocked to Fox News from 8-11 p.m., when its primetime lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham crushed all basic cable offerings while averaging 2.6 million viewers.
MSNBC averaged 1.2 million to finish second, followed by USA, HGTV, TNT, ESPN, Hallmark, INSP, History and TLC. CNN’s long-struggling primetime lineup of Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon averaged only 774,000 to finish outside the top ten as the network has floundered since Chris Cuomo was fired late last year.
Fox News’ viewership has now crushed CNN and MSNBC combined among both total day and primetime for seven straight months. Fox News also crushed the liberal networks among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, averaging 292,000 total demo viewers and 443,000 during primetime to beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both categories.
CNN used to lead when it comes to war coverage. No more.
Despite huge breaking news in the form of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, cable news viewers turned away from the longtime leader in covering major world news, CNN, and flocked to Fox News Channel. https://t.co/uSlbnt9DVx
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 6, 2022
Jesse Watters is the month’s breakout star.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) February 28, 2022
CNN and MSNBC have serious credibility problems.