Fox News in Hot Water

News: Video Reports
by David Nussman  •  •  January 19, 2021   

Viewership struggles, new rivals

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Fox News is struggling, according to new numbers. In viewership ratings, Fox News has been stuck in third place much of the past two weeks — behind CNN in first and MSNBC in second.

This is a major switch from previous trends, as 2020 was Fox's fifth consecutive year as the most-watched news channel on television. Fox is responding by tweaking its program schedule. Fox began its decline after election night, when the network prematurely called Arizona for Biden.

Reportedly, President Trump and his staff tried to get Fox to reconsider the early call. Trump supporters were infuriated with the network. Many conservatives began tuning out Fox in favor of alternative news sources. For the first time in Fox's history, it's facing sizable conservative competition — from smaller outfits like Newsmax.

Another conservative source, One America News Network, has also seen a rise in viewership since election day. President Trump has given shout-outs to these alternative sources — likely a factor in their recent growth. The evening of Dec. 7, Newsmax even beat Fox in the key demographic of ages 25–54.

Though it's still one of the biggest names in the game, these trends mean Fox is being threatened by competitors on the right.

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