Fox News Keeps Primetime Ratings Crown With 7-Day Week

MSNBC finishes first in primetime basic cable for first time ever

Twenty-one years later, it has finally nabbed a big one: the biggest weekday prime-time cable audience, not only against news networks, but all networks on the cable landscape.

MSNBC finished ahead of Fox News as the most-watched cable network during weekday primetime, averaging 2.34 million viewers, so both networks essentially have something to brag about.

But 2017 brought lots of changes to Fox News, with Kelly defecting to NBC News early in the year and the cable news network parting ways with Bill O'Reilly amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and bad behavior.

Fox News Channel once again dominated all of basic cable in weekday total day, averaging 1.4 million total viewers, besting MSNBC's 1.12M. Nonetheless, the fact that MSNBC (and No. 2 Fox News) managed to draw more weeknight viewers than entertainment outlets such as Disney, USA, and HGTV is a sign of just how much President Trump has boosted the cable-news biz. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" beat CNN's "New Day" for the 30th week in a row, and MSNBC beat CNN in dayside viewers for the fifth week in a row. Her show garnered 2.94 million total viewers in May.

Much of the credit for the prime time switcheroo goes to The Rachel Maddow Show that has been trouncing CNN and Fox News from 9-10pm for four straight weeks.

That doesn't mean Fox News has lost all of its power.

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