MSNBC, receiving a significant boost in ratings, was the only cable news network to grow in the first quarter of 2018 compared to that of 2017, going up by 30%. Meanwhile, CNN’s and Fox News’s ratings dropped.
In March, MSNBC broke network records with their programming in prime time, daytime and total day. The prime time viewership averaged at 2.398 million, making them number two among all of cable TV networks. Fox News did maintain its title as top-rated network in cable news, but MSNBC’s prime lineup improved by 8% from the last year, and Fox went down 18 percent while CNN experienced a 16 percent decrease.
These results in ratings from March may be a sign that Fox News’ unchallenged position as the dominant voice in cable news might face one of the most difficult challenges it ever has.