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FOX News Channel Dominates Cable News Viewership for 11th Consecutive Year

  FOX News Channel Dominates Cable News Viewership for 11th Consecutive Year

               FNC Ranks #3 in Basic Cable Prime Time for 2012

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 13, 2012

FOX News Channel (FNC) continued to dominate in 2012 as the most-watched cable
news channel among both total viewers and Adults 24-54 for the 11^th
consecutive year, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC will complete the
year with the top 11 programs in total viewership, marking FNC’s second
highest-rated delivery ever in total viewers for both Prime Time and Total
Day.

Among basic cable networks, FNC ranked third in Prime Time viewership, behind
only USA Network and ESPN while eclipsing CNN and MSNBC which rank 29^th and
19^th, respectively. In Total Day, FNC was fourth among all cable networks,
while CNN was 31^st and MSNBC ranked 24^th.

In Prime Time, FNC continued its ratings supremacy by besting CNN, MSNBC and
HLN combined in total viewers with an average of 2,071,000 (up 11%) compared
to CNN’s 670,000 (down 3%) and MSNBC’s 913,000 (up 18%). In 25-54 demo, FNC
surpassed CNN and MSNBC, clocking in 431,000 viewers (up 1%) while CNN
averaged 219,000 (down 1%) and MSNBC averaged 290,000 (up 20%).

In Total Day, FNC commanded the lead in cable news for both categories with an
average of 1,158,000 in total viewers (up 8%). Meanwhile, CNN notched 408,000
(down 15%), which nearly matched MSNBC’s 498,000 (up 15%). In the key
demographic, FNC delivered 276,000 (up 1%) compared to CNN’s 131,000 (down
18%) and MSNBC’s 166,000 (up 12%).

Also, FNC claimed the top 11 programs in cable news based on total viewers and
eight of the top 10 programs in Adults 25-54. FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor was
the top ranked show in both total viewers (2,973,000) and Adults 25-54
(578,000). Rounding out the top five programs in total viewers include:
Hannity (2,299,000); Special Report with Bret Baier (1,950,000); On The Record
with Greta Van Susteren (1,867,000) and The Five (1,830,000). In the key
demographic, the remaining top ranked programs are: Hannity (503,000); On the
Record with Greta Van Susteren (413,000); FOX Report with Shepard Smith
(390,000) and Special Report with Bret Baier (389,000).

FNC’s key daytime news programming was up across the board.In addition, FNC’s
signature morning show Fox & Friends and the late night show Red Eye delivered
their highest-rated year ever in total viewers. The O’Reilly Factor, FOX &
Friends and America’s Newsroom all ranked number one  in all of basic cable
within their individual time slots.

Contact:

FOX News Media:
Irena Briganti, 212-301-3608
Carly Shanahan, 212-301-3851
 
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