Fox News daytime ratings drop by 32% in two weeks since the election

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Cable news network behemoth Fox News dipped in viewership among a key demographic in recent ratings reports, and lost 32% of viewership in daytime.

Nielsen Media Research said that CNN took both top spots among the 25-54 age demographic during primetime on Friday. Anderson Cooper’s show, “AC360,” took the time spot with 604K viewers. Chris Cuomo’s CNN show took the second highest slot.

Fox News’ total viewership also fell an astounding 32% in the two weeks after the Nov. 3 election compared to its viewership the two weeks before the election.

While Fox News’ viewership dropped, the viewership for CNN and MSNBC increased to near parity. In weekday average daytime viewership, Fox News garnered 1.63 million viewers, CNN received 1.68 million viewers, and MSNBC received 1.71 million viewers.

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But despite the precipitous drop in daytime, Fox continues to beat the competition in total numbers of viewers during prime-time hours.

Fox News averaged 2.98 million viewers in prime time, with CNN averaging 2.05 million, and MSNBC seeing an average of 2.18 million viewers.

Critics of Fox News have excoriated the network after they called the state of Arizona for former Vice President Joe Biden on election night while most other outlets were saying the results were too close to call. The state has since been called for Biden by the mainstream news outlets.

President Trump has also turned on the cable news network and has been criticizing Fox News in favor of some of its lesser known competitors. In one instance, he appeared to refer to himself as the “Golden Goose” and blamed them for the 2020 election.

“Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose,” the president tweeted.

“The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!” he added.

In another missive sent out in March, the president accused Fox News of not doing enough to get him and other Republicans re-elected.

Some viewers have posted on social media that they are actively seeking alternative sources of news, including the YouTube channel of BlazeTV host Steven Crowder.

Here’s more about Trump criticizing Fox News:

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Trump tweets a rare criticism of Fox News

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  1. We are all sick and tired of the news media, claiming he or she is guilty of some crime, but nobody ever goes to jail, If more politicians were put in Jail then people would begin believing in the news media again, especially Fox News. We have to prosecute, not exonerate Left Wingers and Communists trying to change our democratic system.

  2. Foxs news is in my past. Newsmax and OAN now have my family as full-time viewers. Fox wanted to be like the liberal media and now they made it, so now they serve the liberals.

    1. OAN and Newsmax should merge and take them all on. Very disappointed with how Fox News has been handling itself in the last year. Only watch Dobbs and Varney now.

  3. I am not surprised that FOX has lost so many viewers, but I seriously doubt that the ex-FOX folks would EVER go to CNN or any of the other garbage media! HA! I call that pure BS! Most people who would have watched FOX were there to get away from the mainstream communist media to begin with, so they would never go back… For the good Americans who put a high value on their news AND their rights & liberties, it would be too painful to watch the lies, deceptions, and crimes of the mainstream media! There is a HUGE spike in ex-FOX viewers starting to watch more of the real news that can be found on numerous Online outlets however. I LOVE that because the consumer should find the better products and remain as American made as possible! Even though the criminals of humanity are doing everything they can to stop the more honest Online news outlets from doing their Patriotic jobs, they are fighting back hard against the criminals of humanity! Many more Americans are waking up to the war being waged upon them every day!!!

  4. Fox has shown that it is a fair-weather network. They have moved to the Left because the Left was able to outfox FOX news. While the Republicans were in the White House, FOX moved to the conservative side and flourished as one of the go-to networks for truth and the American way. Now that it appears that the Radical Liberal Democrats have successfully stolen the Presidential Election, FOX is moving to the Left hoping to garner their limelight. The problem is, that they have been seen for what they are and the Left doesn’t seem to want anything to do with them so they lose all around. Now if President Trump miraculously turns over the election back to him, which is doubtful, FOX news network will never get back the conservative viewers they once had. FOX has shown its true colors to all Americans both Liberal and Conservative and no one wants a manipulative loser. Fairweather fans ALWAYS lose.

  5. FOX news has gone completley nuts. Murdock’s kids or something. Even the Conversation blocks, at the bottom of political news stories on, I kept supporting Trump after phoney election. NOW, I’m SHADOW BANNED without warning or reason! Bye, Bye Fox; hello One America and Newsmax!

  6. I was faithful to Fox for years, even putting up with the donna brazile hiring, But, when they started going against President Trump at election time, I’ve dropped them except for Mark Levin, gone to Newsmax.

  7. I have been watching Fox News since i can remember. But that’s about to end, and here’s why: Hanity does a good job, but really needs to stop blowing his own horn. Laura needs to shut up once in a while, and let here guest talk without interrupting them. Man i would like to reach through the screen sometimes and let her have it. Jon Williams is a racist individual and has never given President his due respect. He always talks down about President Trump. He got al giddy when it appears Creepy old Joe won the election. If he was any kind of news reporter, he would be trying to find out if there was any illegal activity played in this election. That’s a good news reporter.
    Chris Wallace is another sissy, he also hates President Trump, even though his 401k and stocks went through the roof. Walls too has never given President Trump his due respect.
    The other guys and girls on Fox do a pretty good job telling the truth and trying to find out the truth. O wells good luck Fox News.

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