According to Nielsen, Fox News has experienced a 37% YoY decline of 1.42 million primetime viewers, according to Deadline Hollywood. Competing network MSNBC, meanwhile, saw an increase in viewers, bringing the network to 1.16 million during primetime, a 14% YoY gain in May.
In third place was CNN, which saw its primetime ratings shrink to 494,000 viewers last month, a 25% decline YoY vs. May 2022.
Fox, meanwhile, averaged some 135,000 viewers in the coveted 25–54 age demographic that advertisers often target during the primetime hours, the analysis shows. That's a 62-percent year-over-year decline. MSNBC had 120,000 demographic viewers, or a 14 percent increase year-over-year, while CNN saw a 25 percent drop to 113,000 viewers in that demographic.
In comparison, Fox News averaged some 2.09 million primetime viewers in the first quarter of 2023. That was likely due to Carlson's influence, as the former host would routinely draw more than 3 million viewers during his 8 p.m. ET show. -Epoch Times
That said, Fox News' "The Five" is still the #1 cable news TV show, averaging 2.6 million viewers, and 267,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age group. Meanwhile, host Jesse Watters averaged over 2 million viewers per episode.