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Fox News Regains Top Position in Ratings War

The week of Sept. 11 saw Fox News has reclaim its position as the top-ranked cable network in total day viewers, one week after falling to second place, according to Adweek.

Fox News lost out to The Weather Channel for the week of Sept. 4, as many viewers tuned in to the weather-focused station for coverage of Hurricane Irma.

Until The Weather Channel pulled ahead for one week, Fox News was basic cable’s most-watched network for 35 consecutive weeks.

Fox News also experienced a 16-week run as basic cable’s most-watched network in prime time. However the run ended the week of Sept. 11, when the return of Monday Night Football catapulted ESPN into first place.

Although Fox News seems to be winning the ratings war, the network has seen a decline in its audience from the same point in time last year, with a 13-percent reduction in primetime viewers and a 4-percent loss in total day viewers.

However, Fox News is making changes to its prime-time line-up that Sean Hannity, who hosts a show on the network, believes will positively affect the network’s ratings.

Hannity will be returning to its original 9 p.m. time slot starting on Sept. 25. A new addition to Fox News’ programming, The Ingraham Angle, hosted by conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, will be broadcast at 10 p.m. beginning Oct. 30.

Tucker Carlson Tonight will continue in the 8 p.m. time slot. Moreover, on Sept. 25, when Hannity moves to 9 p.m., The Five will return to its original broadcast time of 5 p.m.

“All my career, I’ve started out behind the eight ball,” Hannity said regarding ratings. “In the month of August, for example, we were number two in cable because, for some bizarre reason, conspiracy theory TV is working right now.”

When referencing “conspiracy theory TV,” Hannity was reportedly speaking of MSNBC, which has experienced a ratings surge in some time slots since the election of President Donald Trump.

“With your help, and if you help us spread the word,” Hannity said, “give us a little time, we’re planning on being number one.”

For the week of Sept. 11, MSNBC finished third in prime-time viewers, and fourth in total day viewers. The network has seen an 36-percent year-over-year increase in prime-time ratings and a 28 percent rise in total day viewers.

CNN finished tenth in total prime-time viewers, and seventh in total day viewers for the week of Sept. 11. Still, the network’s viewership has increased since the same time last year, with 15-percent growth in its rime time audience and a 13-percent rise in its total day viewers.

MSNBC came in ahead of CNN in total viewers, but CNN attracted more viewers in the 25-54 age demographic in prime-time and total day audiences.

The top five most-watched networks in basic cable during prime-time slots for the week of Sept. 11 were ESPN (2,867,000 viewers), Fox News (2,111,000 viewers), MSNBC (1,625,000 viewers), USA (1,496,000 viewers) and HGTV (1,366,000 viewers).