Fox News Channel coasted to a first-place finish in the October cable news ratings, sweeping the top five most-watched prime time shows for the month and delivering an average prime time audience of 2.292 million viewers. MSNBC finished second in prime with 1.177 million viewers, followed by CNN, which failed to break one million, delivering just 624,000 viewers (down 6% from the same period last year). Fox News was down just 1% year-over-year, and MSNBC saw a decline of 2%.
Among viewers 25-54—the key demographic most valued by advertisers—Fox News led with 295,000 viewers (down 15% from 2021), followed by CNN (134,000 viewers, down just 3%) and MSNBC (114,000 viewers, with the largest decline among the cable news networks: 20%.). Forbes