On Tuesday evening, the disparity between Fox News’ ratings and those of its cable news competitors was remarkable:
More people watched Fox News than all of its cable news competitors combined, and CNN came in a dismal fourth. CNN’s ratings have been in a tailspin. Shockingly, CNN finished October out of the list of the top 30 cable channels. Fox News, meanwhile, was the third highest-rated cable channel in prime time, after USA and ESPN.
Some might argue that Tuesday’s ratings were skewed because it was mostly Republicans who were fired up about that day’s elections. True enough, as the election results showed. But lots of Democrats watch Fox too–in fact, around 30 percent of Fox’s audience are Democrats. A couple of nights ago we were watching Bill O’Reilly’s show, and he pointed out that more Democrats watch Fox News than CNN and MSNBC combined, even though those networks cater almost exclusively to the left–one more reason why the Obama administration’s attacks on Fox are painfully stupid.
For the foreseeable future, Fox News stands alone atop the world of cable news. If this were a boxing match, Fox vs. CNN, MSNBC and CNN Headline News, they would stop it: it’s a TKO.
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