Tucker Carlson And Fox News CRUSH The Competition In April Prime Time Ratings


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Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson was the most-watched host in cable news in April, leading all other shows with an average audience of more than 3 million viewers. Tucker Carlson Tonight also finished first among viewers 25-54 on the month, with an average audience of 523,000 viewers, according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.

In prime time overall, Fox News finished well ahead of the cable news competition with an average audience of 2.24 million viewers, followed by MSNBC (1.6 million viewers) and CNN (1.0 million viewers). All three networks saw big declines in year-over-year ratings, due largely to fall-off from the 2020 presidential campaign. CNN’s drop, 47%, was the steepest, followed by Fox News (down 39%) and MSNBC (down 22%).

In the key demo, Fox News had the largest prime time audience, 368,000 viewers—down 45% from one year ago. CNN took second place in prime with 276,000 viewers, but had the largest year-over-year decline, down 52%. MSNBC finished third with 227,000 viewers, down 32%.

MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show was the highest-rated non-Fox show in April, with the network claiming a fifth consecutive month with Maddow winning the 9 p.m. ET hour with a total audience of 2.82 million viewers.

So Fox News draws more than double the audience that CNN does; no wonder Brian Stelter is obsessed with it.

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