FOX News is once again finishing the year at the top of the cable news game.
The network may have gotten off to a slow start due to their coverage of the 2020 election. Many Trump fans signed off, never to return.
Someone at FOX News must have gotten the message because over the course of the year, they returned to their more conservative roots. Hosts like Tucker Carlson and Greg Gutfeld were elevated while never-Trumpers like Chris Stirewalt, Jonah Goldberg, and Steve Hayes left the channel.
Just last week, Chris Wallace signed off for the last time.
Maybe some fans came back, after all.
From FOX News:
Fox News Channel closes 2021 as most-watched cable network for sixth straight year
Fox News Channel finished off its 25th anniversary year as the most-watched network across all of basic cable for the sixth straight year.
Fox News, which launched on Oct. 7, 1996, dominated all of basic cable in total day and primetime viewership to close the anniversary year with plenty to celebrate a quarter-century after Rupert Murdoch launched the network.
“As we embark on our 20th year as the leader in cable news, the last six of which as number one in all of cable, I am incredibly proud of the unrivaled success we’ve had at Fox News Channel,” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.
Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers from the start of 2021 through Dec. 13, while no other basic cable offering cracked the one-million viewer barrier.
MSNBC finished second with an average audience of 915,000 and CNN settled for third place with 783,000. ESPN and HGTV joined the cable news channels among the top five.
Fox News dominated the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, averaging 2.4 million viewers compared to 1.7 million for second-place ESPN. MSNBC averaged 1.5 million viewers to finish fourth, as CNN held off HGTV for the fourth spot by averaging 1.1 million primetime viewers. Fox News was the only cable network to finish with over two million viewers in primetime and one million in total day.
Trump supporters who were angered by the 2020 election coverage may want to give FOX another look.
It seems like they heard the criticism and acted.