The Top Cable News Programs in November 2016 Were…

By A.J. Katz 

During the month of November, Fox News claimed 14 of the top 15 cable news programs in total viewers and 13 of the top 15 in the 25-54 demo, which is preferred by advertisers of news programs. Perhaps more surprisingly, FNC also had the top five cable news programs in the younger 18-49 demo, with eight shows ranked in the top 10, more than any other cable news network.

Bill O’Reilly had the No. 1 cable news program for November in total viewers as well as younger viewers, A25-54 and even A18-49. The Factor averaged over 4 million total viewers this past month, and has maintained cable news’ top spot for 192 months.

Megyn Kelly had a solid November, as The Kelly File posted its best month since launch and finished No.2 in total viewers. Sean Hannity finished No. 2 in the demo, and delivered its strongest ratings since Oct. 2013, when the program moved to 10 p.m. ET. The Five, America’s Newsroom, and Special Report with Bret Baier also hit series-highs. Tucker Carlson Tonight got off to a good start, posting double digits percent improvements in the 7 p.m. timeslot from Nov. 2015.

Anderson Cooper 360 was CNN’s top program for the month, and ranks as the highest-rated non-FNC program in A18-49 (No. 6) and A25-54 (No. 10). CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Inside Politics with John King and Erin Burnett OutFront were other CNN programs which resonated with the A18-49 crew in November.

Rachel Maddow had MSNBC’s most-watched and highest-rated show of the month. It was also the No. 1 non-FNC program of November in total viewers (No. 15). Maddow ranked No. 16 in A25-54, and No. 17 in A18-49. The next closest MSNBC program in 25-54 was The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (No. 24), and the next closest in 18-49 was The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (No. 26).


Cable News Program Ranker: November 2016 (Total Viewers)

Cable News Program Ranker: November 2016 (A25-54)

Cable News Program Ranker: November 2016 (A18-49)