January 2016 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 For 14 Years

By Chris Ariens 

Fox News Channel just hit another ratings milestone. The network has now been the No. 1 cable news channel for 14 years running, a streak that began in January, 2002 when it overtook CNN for the first time.

For the month of January, the network was up double digits across the board. With a boost from the GOP debate on Jan. 28, FNC was up +30 percent in total viewers for full day viewing, beating both CNN and MSNBC combined. FNC was also up +23 percent in the A25-54 demo and had the top 14 programs in cable news.

The ratings for January, 2016 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Prime time (Mon-Sun): 2,120,000 total viewers / 390,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,255,000 total viewers / 235,000 A25-54

In prime time, the network was up +43 percent in both viewers and the demo. The O‚ÄôReilly Factor continued as the No. 1 program having its best month since November 2012. The Kelly File was also up double digits vs. last January. And Hannity showed the most growth up, +50 percent in viewers and up +47 percent in the demo. Bret Baier‘s program at 6 p.m. and Greta Van Susteren‘s at 7 p.m. were also both up double digits in viewers.

For the month, FNC was the 2nd most-watched cable network, behind ESPN.