Not since the Iraq War in 2003 has Fox News been the most watched television channel for six straight weeks. But after the Republican presidential debates of last week, Fox News has set a new record. Fox News has now become the cable network with the most views per day for seven weeks in a row, surpassing CNN, MSNBC and others.
The record setting week was helped in part by the debates which were the most watched show for any network. To put the new record into perspective, it is the first time Fox News has led for seven straight weeks, a winning streak that the network has never had in its 20 years of existence.
CNN came in 4th in prime time watching and 9th in the total number of views per day. MSNBC was 23rd in prime time viewing and 25th in views per day.
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The news may not be much of a surprise to Fox News. As Western Journalism has reported, Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show, The O’Reilly Factor, has been the leading cable news program for 15 years running.
Coming in 2nd, behind O’Reilly is Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File. Rounding out the top 3 television news programs is another Fox program, Sean Hannity’s Hannity show. O’Reilly’s and Hannity’s shows are pre-taped, but Kelly’s show is live every night, a factor which Kelly says gives her an advantage because she can preview the other two and sync in with the day’s top stories.