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MSNBC beats Fox in key ratings for first time in 17 years

The Hill logo The Hill 12/27/2018 Emily Birnbaum
a sign on the side of a building: MSNBC beats Fox in key ratings for first time in 17 years © Getty Images MSNBC beats Fox in key ratings for first time in 17 years MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first time in 17 years, topping its competitors in total average viewers for the first time since 2000, according to a news release from MSNBC.

MSNBC averaged 1,558,000 total viewers during the "sales day" (6 a.m. to 2 a.m.) between Dec. 17-21, while Fox News averaged 1,541,000 total viewers. CNN, meanwhile, averaged 975,000.

Among people between the ages of 25 and 54, a key demographic for cable news networks, MSNBC also finished the week as the No. 1.

In prime time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), MSNBC continued to lead Fox News and CNN in total viewers and among that key age group for the fourth week in a row.

MSNBC prime time last week averaged 2,578,000 total viewers, compared to Fox's 2,240,000 and CNN's 1,398,000. Of those viewers, 471,000 thousand were between the ages of 25 and 54 for MSNBC, while 355,000 were in that demographic for Fox and 415,000 for CNN.

This number among the 25-54 age group was a significant drop for Fox, which typically leads the pack.

The latest data means MSNBC could be on track to top Fox News in prime time for the month of December.

"The Rachel Maddow Show" by Dec. 21 was the top-rated program across all cable news networks, with her show "Maddow" averaging 3,213,000 total viewers.


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