March 12, 2007

Cable News Daytime Median Audience

CNN MSNBC Fox News All
1998 502.2 143.5 56.4 702.1
1999 486.9 169.2 98 754.1
2000 414.3 231.9 183.6 829.8
2001 612.3 341.3 429.5 1383.1
2002 591 277.7 669.9 1538.6
2003 707.3 325.8 1022.2 2055.3
2004 490.5 234.9 888.6 1614
2005 525.2 241.4 965.9 1732.5
2006 472.2 244.3 824.2 1540.7

Fox News surpassed CNN in viewers in 2000. By 2005, Fox News had nearly twice the daytime audience of CNN and almost three times that of MSNBC. In 2006, it saw its first ever dip in daytime viewers. MSNBC was the only cable news channel to see an uptick.