Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Fox News Finds Itself in Third Place Looking Up at MSNBC, CNN

Fox News Finds Itself in Third Place Looking Up at MSNBC, CNN

The week of May 15 kicked off with the bombshell that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats, followed the next day with a report that he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Rounding out the top five were MSNBC, with 1.8 million viewers; ESPN, with 1.7 million; and CNN, with 1.4 million.

The NBA playoffs made TNT the week's most popular cable network.

After the network hired former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, a split with O'Donnell would further indicate that MSNBC simply does not want to embrace the role of anti-Trump agitator.

Keep in mind, a year ago Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly were posting blockbuster numbers at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. for Fox News. It averaged 3.45 million viewers in prime time to Fox News Channel's 2.17 million, MSNBC's 1.79 million, ESPN's 1.69 million and USA's 1.45 million.

MSNBC's recent primetime ratings winning streak was halted Monday night as breaking coverage of the explosion around the United Kingdom's Manchester Arena on Monday shuffled the recent pecking order of the cable-news networks.

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Fox has rebuilt its prime-time lineup to replace the lost personalities, with Tucker Carlson replacing O'Reilly at 8 p.m., the round-table talkshow "The Five" in Kelly's old spot at 9 p.m. and longtime conservative firebrand Sean Hannity staying at 10 p.m.

There hasn't been a horse race like this in cable news in quite some time. if ever. With Bill O'Reilly now out of play in the 8 o'clock time slot for more than a month, Cooper placed No. 1 for the hour Monday through Friday.

To be fair, Fox isn't losing viewers - for now it's just bragging rights to No. 1 that are in play.

The big picture is this: Cable news, as a medium, is careening toward a defining moment that could transform it significantly or return it to the status quo of the past decade. Fox snared 884,000 viewers between 25 and 54, compared with 729,000 for CNN and 444,000 for MSNBC. Fox News, meanwhile, finished in third place in that category for the first time since June 2000.

Whether it's permanent or temporary, the current ratings malaise certainly raises larger questions for Fox News as it confronts a key transition period and figures out how to cover the Trump administration.

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