March 13, 2006

Cable News Cumulative Audience

CNN Fox News MSNBC HLN*
Jan. 2005 76.8 64.4 50.4 54.1
Feb. 2005 53.5 52.3 39 40.4
Mar. 2005 61.4 56.3 43.4 46.5
Apr. 2005 67.8 58.6 44.8 48.8
May 2005 59.6 53.5 41.9 48.1
Jun. 2005 58.1 57.4 41 48.2
Jul. 2005 71.2 62.9 46.8 54
Aug. 2005 63.9 58.2 44.2 49.4
Sep. 2005 101.1 87.2 68.7 67.9
Oct. 2005 70.1 61.7 46.8 51.4
Nov. 2005 56.6 52.8 44.7 46.3
Dec. 2005 59.9 53.1 42.2 46

While Fox was gaining on CNN in “cume” audience, or the number of different individuals who watch over the course of a week, in the latter half of 2005 CNN managed to hold onto its lead. Meanwhile, CNN’s Headline News now rivals MSNBC.