Fox News Channel has just finished the second quarter of 2103 as the #1 cable news network for 46 straight quarters. But while boasting 9 of the top 10 shows on cable news among younger viewers, FNC had its lowest weekday primetime performance in the A25-54 demo, in more than 12 years. Which may be why the network is planning changes to primetime.
The ratings for Q2 2013, (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):
- Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,889,000 Total Viewers / 317,000 A25-54
- Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,179,000 Total Viewers / 238,000 A25-54
In primetime, total viewership grew +5%, but the network lost -11% of the younger viewer audience it had drawn at the same point in 2012.
“Fox and Friends” marks 140 consecutive months (since Nov. 2001) at #1 in its timeslot. The afternoon show hosted by Megyn Kelly, who will move to primetime for Fox News later this year, had its second-best quarter ever in total viewers.
All programs from 6AM to midnight are up year-to-year in total viewers. In fact, during each hour, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers.