Cable News Primetime Ratings: CNN Edges Out MSNBC for 2nd Place in the Key Demo

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Fox News claims the No. 1 spot with a steady lead on the competition in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo

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Fox News maintained a steady lead against CNN and MSNBC during last week’s cable primetime in terms of both total viewership and in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 news demographic, though CNN and MSNBC battled it out for second place in the demo.

During primetime from Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 23, Fox News came in first with an average total viewership of 2.56 million. MSNBC took second place at 1.59 million viewers and CNN trailed in third place with 742,000 average viewers, according to official live plus same-day Nielsen data.

In the demo, Fox News took the cake with 346,200 average viewers, as compared to CNN’s 155,400 average viewers in the demo.