List: Top Ten Cable News Shows in the USA
Date: December 2006
Source: Nielsen Media Research figures at Journalism.org
Base: Average audience figures reflect all persons ages 2 and up (P2+) in USA.
Notes: In 2006, Fox News was the dominant news channel in the USA, both in terms of overall audience and individual shows. In 2006, more than half the people watching cable news were watching Fox News. The mean audience for Fox News in prime time was 1.4 million in 2006 – more than triple the viewership of MSNBC (378,000) and almost double that of CNN (739,000). More than half (55%) of all viewers watching prime-time cable news in 2006 were tuned into Fox News. During the day, 54% of the viewers watching the three main cable news channels were tuned to Fox, again about double CNN and more than triple MSNBC. Fox News averaged 824,000 viewers, against 472,000 for CNN and 244,000 for MSNBC.
By program, Fox News had nine of the top 10 shows, according to Nielsen rankings. Only CNN’s Larry King broke the monopoly, coming at at No. 7. The ‘O’Reilly Factor’ was the most-watched show on cable news, averaging 2 million viewers a night.
|Show||Channel||Average Audience (in 000s)|
|The O’Reilly Factor||Fox News||2094|
|Hannity & Colmes||Fox News||1526|
|On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteran||Fox News||1322|
|The Fox Report w/ Shepard Smith||Fox News||1317|
|Special Report w/ Brit Hume||Fox News||1309|
|The O’Reilly Factor (repeat)||Fox News||1057|
|Larry King Live||CNN||1027|
|The Big Story w/ John Gibson||Fox News||979|
|Studio B w/ Shepard Smith||Fox News||920|
|Your World w/ Neil Cavuto||Fox News||880|
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