MSNBC Bests CNN and Fox News in Viewer Grouwth Across Key Dayparts

MSNBC Bests CNN and Fox News in Viewer Grouwth Across Key Dayparts

For the month of January 2017, MSNBC racked up the most growth for total viewers in cable news across key dayparts. MSNBC outpaced the competition in total day M-Su 6a-6a (+53% vs. CNN's +37% and FNC's +45%), M-F prime 8-11pm (+62% vs. CNN's +34% and FNC's +27%), and dayside M-F 9am-5pm (+60% vs. CNN's +36% and FNC's +48%).

In the key news A25-54 demographic, MSNBC's weekday prime M-F 8-11pm was up +54%, topping CNN (+38%) and Fox News (+35%) for the month.

Among all cable networks, MSNBC ranked 6th in M-F prime 8-11pm for total viewers (up from 16th place in January 2016), beating 9th place CNN (1,432,836 vs. 1,239,580). In the A25-54 demo, MSNBC ranked #22 among all cable networks (up from #33 in January 2016). For full day M-F 6a-2a, MSNBC ranked 10th overall in total viewers (up from #17) and #22 in the A25-54 demo (up from #37 in January 2016).

Now in its 10th year on MSNBC, "Morning Joe" continued its winning streak over CNN's third-place "New Day" in total viewers, besting CNN for the 23rd month in a row. "Morning Joe" was up +24% in total viewers (625,000 vs. CNN's 488,000) and +13% in A25-54 over last year, posting its best January total viewer delivery ever for any show on MSNBC during the time period.

MSNBC's shift to breaking news in dayside (M-F 9am-5pm) last year continues to pay strong dividends as the daypart's year over year growth in total viewers continues to soar over the competition, posting gains of +60% (vs. CNN's +36% and FNC's +48%). In the A25-54 demo, MSNBC dayside posted gains of +49% over January 2016.

NOTE: Data based on Nielsen Live+Same Day for the period 12/26/16-1/29/17. Individual show data represents regular programming only.

JANUARY 2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

MORNING JOE (M-F 6-9am)

  • "Morning Joe" continued its winning streak over CNN's third-place "New Day" in total viewers for the 23rd month in a row.
  • "Morning Joe" was up 24% in total viewers (625,000 vs. CNN's 488,000) and +13% in A25-54 over last year.
  • "Morning Joe" posted its best January total viewer delivery ever for any show during the time period.
  • "Morning Joe" averaged 625,000 total viewers (ahead of CNN's 488,000) and 143,000 viewers A25-54.

DAYSIDE (M-F 9am-5pm)

  • MSNBC dayside's year-to-year growth in total viewers continues to soar over the competition, posting gains of +60% (vs. CNN's +36% and FNC's +48%).
  • In the A25-54 demo, MSNBC dayside posted gains of +49% over January 2016.
  • "Andrea Mitchell Reports" (M-F 12-1pm) delivered more growth than CNN and Fox News in both total viewers and A25-54 demo. "Andrea Mitchell Reports" was up +56% in total viewers (vs. CNN's +29% and FNC's +32%) and +41% in the demo (vs. CNN's +36% and FNC's +40%).
  • "Andrea Mitchell Reports" averaged 625,000 total viewers and 120,000 viewers A25-54.

EARLY EVENING (M-F 5-8pm)

  • "MTP Daily with Chuck Todd" was up +39% in total viewers and +42% in the demo over January 2016.
  • "MTP Daily" averaged 770,000 total viewers and 143,000 viewers A25-54.
  • "For the Record with Greta," which debuted on MSNBC in January 9, 2017, far outpaced the growth of CNN and Fox News in both total viewers (+61% vs. CNN's +34% and FNC's +42%) and the A25-54 demo (+83% vs. CNN's +39% and FNC's +64%) compared to January 2016.
  • "For the Record" averaged 829,000 total viewers and 181,000 viewers A25-54.
  • "Hardball with Chris Matthews" topped third-ranked CNN among total viewers for the sixth straight month.
  • "Hardball" was up +29% in total viewers and +44% in the demo over January 2016.
  • "Hardball" averaged 1.155 million total viewers and 236,000 viewers A25-54.

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