March 13, 2006

Cable News Prime Time Viewership

CNN MSNBC Fox News Total
Jan. 1998 932 161 84 1177
Feb. 1998 1138 218 132 1488
Mar. 1998 932 165 97 1194
Apr. 1998 767 136 80 983
May. 1998 672 123 91 886
Jun. 1998 677 155 84 916
Jul. 1998 731 157 92 980
Aug. 1998 1220 236 215 1671
Sep. 1998 1182 315 269 1766
Oct. 1998 811 235 204 1250
Nov. 1998 923 247 207 1377
Dec. 1998 1174 310 240 1724
Jan. 1999 1031 256 281 1568
Feb. 1999 876 234 277 1387
Mar. 1999 881 255 293 1429
Apr. 1999 1242 460 345 2047
May. 1999 686 244 229 1159
Jun. 1999 584 170 211 965
Jul. 1999 856 350 283 1489
Aug. 1999 628 203 220 1051
Sep. 1999 669 221 201 1091
Oct. 1999 658 205 244 1107
Nov. 1999 560 192 251 1003
Dec. 1999 589 239 313 1141
Jan. 2000 765 283 298 1346
Feb. 2000 753 262 281 1296
Mar. 2000 701 278 283 1262
Apr. 2000 596 236 320 1152
May. 2000 408 210 246 864
Jun. 2000 498 235 293 1026
Jul. 2000 461 250 277 988
Aug. 2000 774 326 373 1473
Sep. 2000 515 313 349 1177
Oct. 2000 837 321 639 1797
Nov. 2000 1640 790 1010 3440
Dec. 2000 1099 603 881 2583
Jan. 2001 756 344 612 1712
Feb. 2001 748 321 653 1722
Mar. 2001 624 348 693 1665
Apr. 2001 595 304 556 1455
May 2001 498 281 506 1285
Jun. 2001 584 301 533 1418
Jul. 2001 666 300 663 1629
Aug. 2001 709 334 604 1647
Sep. 2001 2116 981 1478 4575
Oct. 2001 1939 1002 1530 4471
Nov. 2001 1319 680 1227 3226
Dec. 2001 1288 547 1243 3078
Jan. 2002 923 355 1094 2372
Feb. 2002 820 333 1219 2372
Mar. 2002 943 340 1244 2527
Apr. 2002 994 366 1165 2525
May 2002 808 305 1032 2145
Jun. 2002 860 325 1083 2268
Jul. 2002 931 421 1113 2465
Aug. 2002 847 352 1047 2246
Sep. 2002 855 341 1181 2377
Oct. 2002 1187 435 1566 3188
Nov. 2002 918 383 1432 2733
Dec. 2002 729 379 1046 2154
Jan. 2003 870 372 1226 2468
Feb. 2003 1204 427 1783 3414
Mar. 2003 2379 1094 3221 6694
Apr. 2003 2262 1147 3534 6943
May 2003 814 284 1634 2732
Jun. 2003 754 256 1430 2440
Jul. 2003 681 269 1286 2236
Aug. 2003 768 279 1262 2309
Sep. 2003 735 279 1260 2274
Oct. 2003 760 262 1127 2149
Nov. 2003 849 290 1287 2426
Dec. 2003 860 330 1402 2592
Jan. 2004 768 352 1351 2471
Feb. 2004 785 330 1294 2409
Mar. 2004 811 313 1467 2591
Apr. 2004 819 327 1469 2615
May 2004 708 284 1235 2227
Jun. 2004 923 372 1478 2773
Jul. 2004 717 316 1360 2393
Aug. 2004 903 441 1563 2907
Sep. 2004 978 492 2317 3787
Oct. 2004 1015 488 2358 3861
Nov. 2004 954 436 2134 3524
Dec. 2004 632 291 1627 2550
Jan. 2005 861 298 1570 2729
Feb. 2005 620 286 1528 2434
Mar. 2005 871 334 1621 2826
Apr. 2005 872 337 1476 2685
May 2005 601 284 1376 2261
Jun. 2005 675 307 1693 2675
Jul. 2005 706 279 1877 2862
Aug. 2005 743 350 2080 3173
Sep. 2005 1994 816 2814 5624
Oct. 2005 812 354 1678 2844
Nov. 2005 690 401 1578 2669
Dec. 2005 653 347 1535 2535

Just as during the day, the viewership of cable news in prime time is highly sensitive to events. It can spike as high as 9 million people watching at some moments during peak events, and fewer than 2.5 million at other times.