The top three cable news networks enjoyed some big ratings boosts in 2018, but MSNBC is so far pacing to win December––as of now placing #1 in primetime in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic.
And in a remarkably news-packed December, from Michael Cohen‘s sentencing to Michael Flynn‘s sentencing hearing, Rachel Maddow currently holds the top spot overall as the most-watched cable news program.
In primetime, MSNBC has averaged 2.51 million total viewers, followed by Fox News with 2.47 million and CNN with 1.3 million.
In the 25-54 demo, MSNBC is winning again with 573,000 viewers to Fox’s 424,000 and CNN’s 375,000.
Lawrence O’Donnell at 10 p.m. and Brian Williams at 11 p.m. are also winning in their respective time-slots in the final month of 2018.
Fox News, however, remains the top cable news network of 2018 overall in the ratings, with Sean Hannity at the top at 9 p.m.
MSNBC beat CNN in total day viewers in 2018, while CNN ended up scoring a win in the 25-54 demo in total day.
Meanwhile, Fox Business Network is enjoying a second year in a row beating CNBC in Business Day ratings, and notched its highest rated year ever in total viewers.
Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that the December ratings are to date, and not finalized.
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