Fox News dominates ratings again, CNN lowest ratings ever, MSNBC mulls changes to fix ratings

Once again, for the 13th year in a row, Fox News dominated the cable news industry in 2014. Lisa de Moraes of Deadline Hollywood writes:

As 2014 draws to a close, FNC celebrates its 13th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network, though it too had its disappointments. In total day, FNC is down 4% in total viewers (1.05 million) and same percent in news demo viewers, though it finished laps ahead of its competition in both metrics.

FNC rings out the year ranked No. 4 among ad-supported basic cable networks in overall primetime audience, behind only ESPN, USA Network and TNT; it also ranks No. 4 in total. CNN and MSNBC are way back in the 20s and 30s.

Both competitors of Fox had terrible years.  John Nolte writes on Breitbart:

According to Deadline, during the all-important primetime hours, CNN’s total viewers hit an all-time low. With the even more-important news demo (viewers aged 25-54) in primetime, CNN hit its second-lowest level ever. In total day viewers, CNN again collapsed to an all-time low in the news demo.

Zucker’s unspoken but obvious decision to turn CNN into a hard-left network obsessedwith race-baiting, identity politics, and heartless, mean-girl Palin-bashing mixed with Christian-bashing has backfired spectacularly.

CNN just cut 8% of its total staff, allowing Zucker to claim that CNN is “in our best shape .. financially.” He can also boast that CNN is in second place to MSNBC, but MSNBC is imploding in its own very special way with a loss of 17% of news demo viewers, compared to CNN’s loss of 1%. Fox News increased its already considerable news demo viewership a full 3%.

MSNBC’s effort to become the go-to channel for progressives has flopped in tandem with the failure of President Obama’s progressivism to achieve a anything positive. Richard Morgan in the New York Post describes the frantic attempts of that channel to fix its failing format:

 MSNBC president Phil Griffin, whose cable news network is the only one among the big three to lose primetime viewers this season, told staffers he would look to turn things around by continuing a push for younger viewers in 2015.

Griffin, in a memo sent Monday, also promised “to get on the road — and outside of Washington” to broaden the network’s coverage.

“It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for msnbc,” Griffin wrote.

“We have a long history of finding and nurturing great talent — and with an eye toward 2016 — we continued to build our next generation of top-notch journalists,” Griffin wrote.

The memo then singled out such 20-something hosts as Ronan Farrow, Kasie Hunt and Alex Seitz-Wald.

Right. Putting lofos on the air is just the ticket. No mention of retiring Al Sharpton, who continually embarrasses himself and the network, and who apparently got his job in exchange for laying off criticism of the proposed Comcast-Tine Warner cable merger, a reported deal that merits congressional hearings next year.

Overall, cable news is a declining industry, mostly thanks to the continued growth of the internet as a source of breaking news. But Fox, by dominating the industry, is likely making healthy profits, while the other two have to cut costs.

Once again, for the 13th year in a row, Fox News dominated the cable news industry in 2014. Lisa de Moraes of Deadline Hollywood writes:

As 2014 draws to a close, FNC celebrates its 13th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network, though it too had its disappointments. In total day, FNC is down 4% in total viewers (1.05 million) and same percent in news demo viewers, though it finished laps ahead of its competition in both metrics.

FNC rings out the year ranked No. 4 among ad-supported basic cable networks in overall primetime audience, behind only ESPN, USA Network and TNT; it also ranks No. 4 in total. CNN and MSNBC are way back in the 20s and 30s.

Both competitors of Fox had terrible years.  John Nolte writes on Breitbart:

According to Deadline, during the all-important primetime hours, CNN’s total viewers hit an all-time low. With the even more-important news demo (viewers aged 25-54) in primetime, CNN hit its second-lowest level ever. In total day viewers, CNN again collapsed to an all-time low in the news demo.

Zucker’s unspoken but obvious decision to turn CNN into a hard-left network obsessedwith race-baiting, identity politics, and heartless, mean-girl Palin-bashing mixed with Christian-bashing has backfired spectacularly.

CNN just cut 8% of its total staff, allowing Zucker to claim that CNN is “in our best shape .. financially.” He can also boast that CNN is in second place to MSNBC, but MSNBC is imploding in its own very special way with a loss of 17% of news demo viewers, compared to CNN’s loss of 1%. Fox News increased its already considerable news demo viewership a full 3%.

MSNBC’s effort to become the go-to channel for progressives has flopped in tandem with the failure of President Obama’s progressivism to achieve a anything positive. Richard Morgan in the New York Post describes the frantic attempts of that channel to fix its failing format:

 MSNBC president Phil Griffin, whose cable news network is the only one among the big three to lose primetime viewers this season, told staffers he would look to turn things around by continuing a push for younger viewers in 2015.

Griffin, in a memo sent Monday, also promised “to get on the road — and outside of Washington” to broaden the network’s coverage.

“It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for msnbc,” Griffin wrote.

“We have a long history of finding and nurturing great talent — and with an eye toward 2016 — we continued to build our next generation of top-notch journalists,” Griffin wrote.

The memo then singled out such 20-something hosts as Ronan Farrow, Kasie Hunt and Alex Seitz-Wald.

Right. Putting lofos on the air is just the ticket. No mention of retiring Al Sharpton, who continually embarrasses himself and the network, and who apparently got his job in exchange for laying off criticism of the proposed Comcast-Tine Warner cable merger, a reported deal that merits congressional hearings next year.

Overall, cable news is a declining industry, mostly thanks to the continued growth of the internet as a source of breaking news. But Fox, by dominating the industry, is likely making healthy profits, while the other two have to cut costs.