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Fox News Crushes Competition As Cnn Draws Smallest Weekly Audience In Seven Years

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Fox News Channel crushed cable news competition last week while CNN hit historic lows in multiple categories including having its smallest total day audience in seven years.

Fox News averaged 1.5 million total day viewers from Feb. 7-13, finishing as the only basic cable network to surpass the one-million viewer benchmark. USA, MSNBC, HGTV and Hallmark rounded out the top five while CNN averaged only 444,000 viewers to settle for eighth. It was CNN’s worst performance in the category since November 2015.

CNN’s struggles were even more alarming during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, where Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon have found it difficult to attract viewers since the network terminated Chris Cuomo last year.

CNN averaged a dismal 491,000 primetime viewers compared to 2.4 million for Fox News to top the liberal network by 385%. It was Fox News’ biggest advantage over CNN since August 2015 when then-candidate Donald Trump took the stage for his first GOP primary debate.

Fox News finished No. 1 among all basic cable offering during primetime. USA, MSNBC, INSP and Hallmark rounded out the top five while HGTV, History, ESPN, Discovery, TNT, TBS, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, TV Land, A&E and SyFy all finished with a larger audience than CNN.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3.5 million viewers to finish as the most-watched cable news program of the week. “The Five” averaged just below “Tucker” to finish second, followed by “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Hannity” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” as Fox News had 81 of the top 100 cable telecasts for the week.

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