Fox News Channel dominated February ratings, finishing the month as the most-watched network with “Hannity” as top-rated cable news program, according to Nielsen Media Research.
FNC picked up the total-day crown for the 32nd straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second-place MSNBC. Nickelodeon, HGTV and ID Discovery rounded out the top five; CNN averaged 707,000 viewers to place sixth.
Fox News also topped cable news in the key demographic of adults ages 24-54, averaging 261,000 viewers compared to 197,000 for CNN and 184,000 for MSNBC.
“Hannity” led the charge during prime-time hours, 8-11 p.m. ET, while Fox News averaged 2.6 million viewers to finish ahead of all basic-cable competitors. MSNBC, HGTV, TNT and ESPN joined FNC among the top five networks, while CNN finished tenth.
Sean Hannity’s program averaged 3.2 million viewers, followed by Tucker Carlson’s 3.1 million and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” which finished slightly behind “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” FNC's “The Five” and “The Ingraham Angle” join Hannity, Carlson and Maddow among the top five, while “Special Report with Bret Baier” finished sixth.
CNN’s most-watched program was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which finished No. 23 among cable news, behind 14 FNC programs and eight MSNBC shows.
FNC’s State of the Union coverage was the No. 1 cable telecast for the entire month, with 11.3 million viewers.