Ten years ago this week, Fox News celebrated a milestone.
Just a few months after the 9/11 attacks as the U.S. military began the fight in Afghanistan, the 5-year-old Fox News Channel, for the first time, won the ratings month in Total Viewers and the ad-friendly, A25-54 demo. Fox News overtook CNN that month, January 2002, and hasn’t looked back.
“We are extremely proud of the phenomenal achievement created by the hard work and talent of the FOX News Channel employees and recognize how difficult it is for a cable network to sustain this level of dominance for a decade,” says Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes. “America has clearly embraced fair and balanced news.”
At this point, Fox News has a 147% advantage over CNN and a 144% advantage over MSNBC in Total Day viewership. In the A25-54 demo, FNC tops CNN by 92% and MSNBC by 101%.