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No Surprise: Fox Still Leads in Cable Ratings

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 09:18 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Fox News is set to end 2013 continuing its commanding ratings lead over other cable news networks.

On average, Fox drew more viewers than its three main rivals, CNN, MSNBC and HLN, combined, reports Variety.

All the news stations except HLN lost viewers in this non-election year.

Nielsen reported that as of Dec. 8, Fox News Channel averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime and 297,000 age 25-54. Number two MSNBC had little more than one-third of the Fox audience, sitting at an average 645,000 primetime viewers of whom 203,000 were between 25-54.

Next came CNN with 578,000 and 187,000 in the valued 25-54 category.

CNN's affiliated channel, HLN—formerly Headline News— had 403,000 total viewers with 142,000 in the 25-54 grouping.

Fox News ranked sixth in primetime among all basic cable networks for the year. MSNBC ranked 29th and CNN came in 31st.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned network modified it primetime line-up in October. "The Kelly File" at 9 p.m with Megyn Kelly brought in 23 percent more viewers, 13 percent of these in the 25-54 category, the figures show.

"The O'Reilly Factor" continues to hold Fox's top slot with 2.78 million viewers.

In order to better compete with Fox, CNN plans to ease back on its news coverage, according to Breitbart. Already the most-watched CNN show is the ravel-based "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown."

MSNBC has meanwhile also been increasingly shifting away from breaking news to focus on politics with a liberal spin. Two prominent hosts, Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, left the station amid controversy last month.

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