With hope and Ratings …

With the hope everyone is enjoying and having a memorable holiday here are the ratings since we have been away.
The individual dates below go from a week ago Tuesday through Christmas Day.
That is followed by adweek stories on 2017 for Fox. MSNBC and CNN you may like.

Total Viewers Tuesday (12/19). Fox wins day and night. All slots 4-11.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.903 | CNN: 739 | MSNBC: 1.217 | HLN: 208
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.753 | CNN: 911 | MSNBC: 2.235 | HLN: 263
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.686
Five:
2.533
Baier:
2.480
MacCallum:
2.303
Carlson:
3.052
Hannity:
2.773
Ingraham:
2.432
Bream:
1.739
CNN Tapper:
884
Blitzer:
945
Blitzer:
816
Burnett:
905
Cooper:
1.051
Cooper:
868
Lemon:
812
Lemon:
714
MSNBC Wallace:
1.103
MTPDaily:
1.234
Melber:
1.329
Matthews:
1.732
Hayes:
1.765
Maddow:
2.735
O’Donnell:
2.203
Wlms:
1.486
HLN Michaela:
94
S.E.Cupp:
93
Banfield:
125
Banfield:
123
Files:
185
Files:
259
Files:
345
Files:
394

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox dominates day and night. Win every time slot easily.

  • Total day: FNC: 2.080 | CNN: 681 | MSNBC: 1.115 | HLN: 220
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.070 | CNN: 816 | MSNBC: 2.060 | HLN: 323
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
2.055
Five:
2.714
Baier:
2.833
MacCallum:
2.557
Carlson:
3.259
Hannity:
3.147
Ingraham:
2.804
Bream:
1.820
CNN Tapper:
785
Blitzer:
811
Blitzer:
684
Burnett:
751
Cooper:
816
Cooper:
790
Lemon:
838
Lemon:
711
MSNBC Wallace:
904
MTPDaily:
1.010
Melber:
1.143
Matthews:
1.453
Hayes:
1.552
Maddow:
2.558
O’Donnell:
2.066
Wlms:
1.381
HLN Michaela:
78
S.E.Cupp:
60
Banfield:
106
Banfield:
164
Files:
266
Files:
317
Files:
386
Files:
400

Total Viewers THURSDAY. Another Fox sweep of day and night and all time slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.937 | CNN: 675 | MSNBC: 1.152 | HLN: 217
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.723 | CNN: 811 | MSNBC: 2.051 | HLN: 264
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.776
Five:
2.702
Baier:
2.732
MacCallum:
2.331
Carlson:
2.871
Hannity:
2.799
Ingraham:
2.498
Bream:
1.643
CNN Tapper:
691
Blitzer:
789
Blitzer:
787
Burnett:
771
Cooper:
873
Special:
786
Lemon:
774
Lemon:
636
MSNBC Wallace:
971
MTPDaily:
1.058
Melber:
1.214
Matthews:
1.696
Hayes:
1.754
Maddow:
2.606
O’Donnell:
1.792
Wlms:
1.463
HLN Michaela:
61
S.E.Cupp:
65
Banfield:
106
Banfield:
153
Files:
188
Files:
254
Files:
351
Files:
446

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox wins day and night and 4-7 plus 10 slots. MSNBC 9 &11.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.709 | CNN: 566 | MSNBC: 1.088 | HLN: 197
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.231 | CNN: 532 | MSNBC: 1.881 | HLN: 238
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.471
Five:
2.319
Baier:
2.327
MacCallum:
2.007
Carlson:
2.591
Hannity:
2.255
Ingraham:
1.846
Bream:
1.232
CNN Tapper:
731
Blitzer:
712
Blitzer:
568
Burnett:
553
Special:
676
Bell:
553
Bell:
367
Bell:
348
MSNBC Wallace:
979
MTPDaily:
1.054
Melber:
1.164
Matthews:
1.514
Hayes:
1.569
Maddow:
2.286
O’Donnell:
1.780
Wlms:
1.469
HLN Michaela:
70
Files:
80
Files:
139
Files:
199
Files:
249
Files:
235
Files:
232
Files:
310

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Another weekend of Fox domination. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.229 | CNN:  572 |  MSNBC: 566 | HLN: 273
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.550 | CNN: 484 | MSNBC: 576 | HLN: 298
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
869
NwsHQ:
949
NwsHQ:
1.130
Report:
1.175
Watters:
1.768
Pirro:
1.488
Gutfeld:
1.394
Watters:
1.019
CNN Nwsrm:
530
Nwsrm:
584
Smerc:
552
Nwsrm:
584
70s:
477
70s:
474
70s:
502
70s:
445
MSNBC News:
614
News:
627
Hayes:
539
Maddow:
675
Velshi:
584
Spcl.:
575
Spcl.:
570
Dateline:
341
HLN Files:
236
Files:
265
Files:
217
Files:
214
Files:
252
Files:
294
Files:
348
Files:
387

Total Viewers SUNDAY, CHRISTMAS EVE. LOW AUDIENCE — FOX WIN.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.009 | CNN: 495 | MSNBC: 393 | HLN: 262
  • Prime time: FNC: 870 | CNN: 397 | MSNBC: 278 | HLN: 289
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
771
Five:
906
NwsHQ:
838
Report:
835
BaierSpcl.:
950
KlmdeSpcl.:
877
BaierSpcl.:
784
BaierSpcl.:
757
CNN Nwsrm:
348
Bourdain:
373
Nwsrm:
289
Bourdain:
314
Bourdain:
378
Bourdain:
429
Bourdain:
383
Bourdain:
370
MSNBC News:
449
Hayes:
424
MTP:
388
Williams:
390
Hedlinrs:
339
Spcl.:
273
Spcl.:
221
Dateline:
244
HLN Spcl.:
162
Files:
176
Files:
107
Files:
126
Files:
242
Files:
293
Files:
330
Files:
432

2017 Ratings: Fox News Is Most-Watched Cable Network For Second Consecutive Year.

By A.J. Katz Comment

For the second year in a row, Fox News was the most-watched cable television network. Fox News posted double digit growth in total day and its 1.5 million viewer average is Fox News’s largest average audience on a 24-hour basis since the network launched in 1996.

And the blockbuster ratings came despite the departures of the network’s two biggest stars.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,421,000 Total Viewers /  486,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,501,000 Total Viewers /  320,000 A25-54

The year began with the stunning departure of Fox News prime time host, Megyn Kelly, who left Fox News for NBC News. In the spring, Kelly’s lead-in, cable TV’s most-watched personality for two decades, Bill O’Reilly, exited due to sexual harassment complaints. Those departures, and others, set off a host of programming changes that continued into October.

“Throughout this past year, Fox News has continued to prove its dominance in the television landscape despite many changes and one of the most intense news years on record,” said Fox News programming president Suzanne Scott.

Fox News was flat in prime time viewers, but was up +1 percent in the ad-friendly adults 25-54 demo compared to 2016.

“For a news channel to experience growth following an election year is unprecedented and we are grateful to our loyal viewers for once again making us the most-watched network in all of cable,” Scott added.

The network’s juggernaut morning program, Fox & Friends, had its most-watched year in network history, averaging nearly 1.6 million total viewers (up +25 percent from 2016).

Other daytime programs which won their respective hours include Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulker, which averaged 1.59 million total viewers at 1 p.m. and The Daily Briefing withDana Perino, which averaged 1.56 million total viewers at 2 p.m.

At 5 p.m., The Five averaged 2.7 million total viewers and 475,000 in A25-54. At 6 p.m., the network’s political news program Special Report with Bret Baier averaged 2.4 million total viewers and 444,000 in the A25-54. At 7 p.m. ET, The Story with Martha MacCallum delivered 2.1 million total viewers and 413,000 in A25-54.

Then there’s the network’s signature prime time daypart. For the first time in network history, Hannity topped all of cable news with 3.18 million viewers and 645,000 in A25-54. That’s double digit growth versus 2016.

At 8 p.m., Tucker Carlson Tonight was the second-most watched program for the year in total viewers with 2.7 million viewers and averaged 540,000 with A25-54.  At 10 p.m., The Ingraham Angle, ranked No. 5 in total viewers with 2.5 million and No. 4 with A25-54 since it launched back in the fall.

2017 Ratings: MSNBC Has Best Year Ever, Sees Most Growth On Cable

By A.J. Katz 

Cable TV news is as popular as it has ever been and the biggest gainer of the big three cable networks is MSNBC.

The NBCU network grew its prime time audience by more than half a million viewers this year (+550,000) versus 2016. No other cable network saw that type of year-over-year total audience growth.

MSNBC finished 2017 as the third-most-watched basic cable network in Monday – Sunday prime time, only behind powerhouses Fox News and ESPN. The network also finished No. 3 in total day viewers, behind Fox News and Nickelodeon.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,631,000 Total Viewers / 370,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 889,000 Total Viewers / 203,000 A25-54

During the Obama years, the network’s prime time slate delivered solid audiences. But it’s taken the election of Pres. Trump, and the coverage of his administration, to make MSNBC a consistent Top 5 network.

MSNBC was up +51 percent in total prime time viewers and up +37 percent in the prime time demo. Across the total day, MSNBC saw +47 percent growth in viewers, and was up +33 percent in the demo.

This was also the first time MSNBC scored a yearly victory over CNN in the prime time demo, measuring Monday – Sunday. MSNBC averaged 370,000 adults 25-54 to CNN’s 369,000.

Several MSNBC programs set network records. Brian Williams was No. 1 in cable news at 11 p.m. Morning Joe shattered records for the second consecutive year, both in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo, and defeated CNN in total viewers for the 8th straight year.

Rachel Maddow, which earned two News and Documentary Emmys in 2017, defeated CNN’s 9 p.m. hour for the 8th straight year. In addition to the critical accolades, The Rachel Maddow Show delivered the largest total audience and A25-54 demo audience for any MSNBC program ever (2.55 million total viewers, 586,000 adults 25-54.)

Maddow finished as the No. 2 show on cable news, behind Hannity, in the A25-54 demo.

Each program’s A25-54 delivery in 2017 is worth noting. Hannity’s 645,000 adults 25-54 average comes from only 57 telecasts in the 9 p.m. hour, while Maddow’s 586,000 adults 25-54 delivery comes from 245 telecasts in the hour. (Hannity moved to 9 p.m. in September.)

At 10 p.m., The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell beat CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, both in total viewers and in the demo.

The newly-launched Deadline: White House, hosted by Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle and The Beat with Ari Melber all defeated CNN in total viewers this year, and delivered the network’s largest yearly audience ever in their respective hours. MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson at 10 a.m.; Andrea Mitchell Reports at 12 p.m.; and AM Joy, hosted by Joy Reid at 10am on Saturdays also defeated CNN counterparts in total viewers.

In addition to the aforementioned shows, MTP Daily, hosted by Chuck Todd, Hardball with Chris Matthews, All In with Chris Hayes also delivered the network’s largest audiences ever in their respective timeslots.

2017 Ratings: CNN Has Its Largest Audience Ever, But Sees Prime Time Losses

By A.J. Katz 

For CNN, 2017 was a year like no other. And no, we’re not just talking about the unprecedented social media attacks launched at the network by the President of the United States. We’re also talking about ratings.

2017 was CNN’s most-watched year in network history. The 779,000 total viewer average (No. 5 across all of basic cable) is up +3 percent from 2016.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,055,000 Total Viewers / 369,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun):  779,000 Total Viewers /  256,000 A25-54

CNN was up even more in the all-important adults 25-54 demo, up +10 percent in total day compared to the network’s delivery in 2016, an election year.

CNN is especially strong in presidential election years during prime time, broadcasting major political debates, town halls and other events. So it’s not a total shock then that CNN was down in prime time audience this year, a non-election year. The network dropped -16 percent in total viewers, and was down -15 percent in the prime time demo (A25-54) compared to last year.

That said, CNN improved upon its 2009 prime time ratings performance among adults 25-54 this year by double digits. up +44 percent.

Several CNN programs smashed previous network ratings records in 2017, including: New Day with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota, The Lead with Jake Tapper, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. All of these shows are up double digits versus last year in the A25-54 demo.

The network was especially strong in the coveted demo on weekends, defeating both Fox News and MSNBC on weekend afternoons, and on Sunday evenings. CNN led on Sunday evenings with its original series, including Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, and This is Life with Lisa Ling, among others.

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