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Fox News Entered 2018 With Highest Ratings Compared to MSNBC, CNN — It Just Ran a Victory Lap

Fox News is rounding out 2018 by being the top network for the third consecutive year, with MSNBC and CNN trailing behind.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News scored the highest-rated prime time ever, with Sean Hannity’s show, “Hannity,” leading all cable news shows with 3.275 million viewers, Fox News provided to IJR.

This is Hannity’s second consecutive year landing the top spot.

Hannity beat out MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, whose show brought in 2.881 million viewers, according to Mediaite. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took third.

Fox News took in four of the top five spots for programs:

Out of the top 10 shows, Fox News took seven of those spots, including “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” and “America’s Newsroom.”

Fox News had the numbers over CNN with 2.475 million viewers in prime time and 1.441 million total day viewers, compared to CNN’s 990,000 prime-time viewers and 704,000 during the day.

From 2017 to 2018, Fox News’ prime-time viewership increased by 3 percent, but its total day viewership was down 4 percent.

MSNBC’s viewership was up by 12 percent in both prime-time and total day viewership, while CNN was down 6 percent in prime time and down 9 percent in total day viewers.

Compared to the 2.475 million in prime time for 2018 as the most-watched network, Fox News rounded out 2017 with 2.424 million prime-time viewers, and in 2016, it had 2.429 million prime-time viewers.

The Media Research Center recently released a study claiming that 92 percent of the broadcast news coverage on President Donald Trump was negative. The president has a history of praising Fox News, once claiming it was “MUCH more important in the United States than CNN.”

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