Cable News Ratings: Fox News’ Afternoon Show ‘The Five’ Beats CNN, MSNBC Primetime

CNN saw significant growth over last August in total viewership and key demo viewership, marking its most-watched August in 40 years

In an August full of political conventions and breaking news, each major cable news network saw high total viewership and Fox News was the top network in cable. Fox News’ “The Five,” an afternoon panel show, beat CNN and MSNBC’s primetime shows while CNN had its most-watched August in 40 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In primetime in August, Fox News had 3.637 million total average viewers, of whom 638,000 were in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54. MSNBC had the second-highest total of primetime viewers with 2.194 million, on average. Of those, 357,000 were in the demo. CNN saw 1.685 million total average viewers and was in second place for demo viewers with about 454,000 between 25 and 54 watching the channel’s primetime offerings.

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Lindsey Ellefson

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