Q2 2013 Ratings: Fox News #1 for 11 1/2 Years

By Chris Ariens 

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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.

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