The TV May ratings are in and Fox News still holds the top. Fox News continues to best rivals MSNBC and CNN as the most-watched cable news channel among daytime and prime time viewers for 197 consecutive months. According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News’s Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow finished with the most-watched cable news shows of May
As a Forbes writer put it, the latest ratings for the month of May looked an awful lot like a Fox domination.
“What happened to the rise of MSNBC?” the article from Mark Joyella read. “After showing historic growth — and a few months in 2017 when Rachel Maddow took the title of most-watched host in all of cable news, beating Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity — the just-released results of the May ratings period look very familiar: Fox News won — everything.”
Fox News had 2.381 million viewers on average in prime time, with 1.384 million for MSNBC and 835,000 for CNN. In total day viewers, Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers to MSNBC’s 911,000 and CNN’s 654,000.
In the total viewers category, “Hannity” captured the top spot, with 3.261 million tuning in on weeknights. “The Rachel Maddow Show” notched second, with 2.627 million viewers, and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished third, with 2.617 million. Rounding out the top five were Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle” with 2.589 million and “The Five” with 2.153 million.
According to Western Journal, Fox News’ rating success could be a sign that “the anti-Trump fever is breaking, that has to be somewhat unsettling for Democrats, particularly since it’s just a few months away from the midterms. As it stands, the polls have already shown the “blue wave” is maybe a blue faucet at best.”