Cable News Ratings: Fox News’ Afternoon Show ‘The Five’ Beats CNN, MSNBC Primetime

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In an August full of political conventions and breaking news, each major cable news network saw high total viewership and Fox News was the top network in cable. Fox News’ “The Five,” an afternoon panel show, beat CNN and MSNBC’s primetime shows while CNN had its most-watched August in 40 years, according to Nielsen Media Research. In primetime in August, Fox News had 3.637 million total average viewers, of whom 638,000 were in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54. MSNBC had the second-highest total of primetime viewers with 2.194 million, on average. Of those, 357,000 were in the demo. CNN saw 1.685 million total average viewers and was in second place for demo viewers with about 454,000 between 25 and 54 watching the channel’s primetime offerings. Fox News had four of the top five programs in cable news, of which three were primetime. Fifth place went to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” show. “The Five” was the third-ranked cable program, a rarity in the primetime-dominated slots. Also Read: MSNBC and CNN Have Daytime Ratings Wins in July, Fox News Is Most-Watched In total, “The Five” averaged 3.446 million total viewers, of whom 527,000 were in the demo. “Maddow,” the only...

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