MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA
Cable TV is home to a set of television channels whose news broadcasts have become an important information source for many Americans. In 2018, both the evening and daytime cable news audiences increased. Financially, these cable news channels have set themselves apart from other news media with their comparatively robust business model. Explore the patterns and longitudinal data about cable news below.
According to Comscore TV Essentials® data, viewership increased for the three major cable news channels (CNN, Fox News and MSNBC) in 2018. The average combined audience (defined as the average number of TVs tuned to a program throughout a time period) for the prime news time slot (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) of these three networks increased 8%, to about 1.25 million. (Audience data for the three major financial networks – CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg – is not included here.) The average audience for the daytime news time slot (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) increased by 5%.
Pew Research Center
Previous versions of this fact sheet included audience data stretching back to 2007. That data is available in the 2017 archived fact sheet.
Total revenue across the three channels increased by 4% in
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