Impeachment Inquiry Hearings Hand Fox News Its Highest Rated Week of 2019

Channel topped broadcast and cable news networks in total day viewership during first week of hearings

Fox News beat the other broadcast and cable news networks in viewership during both days of the impeachment inquiry hearing coverage last week to deliver its highest-rated week of the year in total day viewership.

The week of Nov. 11 brought in Fox News’ highest viewership since the 2018 midterm election, according to Nielsen ratings.

From Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, Fox News brought in 1.7 million total viewers, with 272,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic. MSNBC brought in 1.3 million total viewers with 198,000 in the key demo, while CNN brought in 823,000, of which 195,000 were in the key demo.

On day two of the hearings, which took place Nov. 15, Fox News saw 2.8 million average viewers from 9:00 a.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, 412,000 of whom were in the key age demographic. MSNBC averaged 2.7 million total viewers in that time span. 393,000 of those were in the 25-54 age demographic. On CNN, the average viewers for that time period were 1.8 million, of which 381,000 were in the demo.

Though Fox News was the early ratings winner among cable news channels on the first day of hearings, Nov. 13, ABC actually topped the key adults 25-54 demographic when looking across all of TV.

Early Nielsen research shows that Fox News averaged 2.9 million total viewers, with 444,000 in the main news demo tuning in from 10 a.m ET to 4 p.m. ET, which is when the hearings were taking place.

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