MSNBC Ekes Out First Quarterly Win in Total-Day Viewers, But Fox News Wins All of March

FNC also wins primetime for the quarter

MSNBC eked out a narrow victory over its cable rivals in total day viewers in the first quarter for the first time ever. The win was close: MSNBC averaged 1.38 million viewers while CNN averaged 1.36 million and Fox News averaged 1.34 million.

As a result, MSNBC’s total-day quarterly ratings beat Fox News’ for the first time since 2001 — though Fox News mounted a comeback for the month of March (more on that below).

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Lindsey Ellefson

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