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Fox News Wins the Viewers Race For 20th Consecutive Week

Despite the holiday week, FNC remained relatively steady from its recent norms: 2.184 million viewers (including 340,000 within the key adults 25-54 demographic) in prime time; 1.231 million viewers (209,000 adults 25-54) in total day (6:00 a.m.-5:59 a.m.), according to Nielsen Media Research.

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For the 20th consecutive week, Fox News Channel was the highest-rated cable news network in both total day and primetime viewers. Despite the holiday week, FNC remained relatively steady from its recent norms: 2.184 million viewers (including 340,000 within the key adults 25-54 demographic) in prime time; 1.231 million viewers (209,000 adults 25-54) in total day (6:00 a.m.-5:59 a.m.), according to Nielsen Media Research.

The week’s top cable news telecast was the Wednesday, June 30th edition of FNC’s “Hannity”, which featured a town hall with Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Averaging 3.54 million viewers, the event was also the week’s top non-sports telecast on all of cable. By its conclusion, news had broke that a Manhattan grand jury indicted the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, on charges of tax crimes in connection with an array of perks and benefits awarded to employees.

Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” remained the top cable news program, based on nightly average. For June 28-July 2, it averaged 3.1 million viewers and 515,000 in the 25-54 demo. It made news itself since June 28 with Carlson’s repeated claim that the National Security Agency spied on him and his TV show. The allegations spurred a rare public statement by the NSA, tweeting out on June 29 (at 8 p.m. ET, the regular start time of Carlson’s show), “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.

CNN was the week’s definitive cable news runner-up in adults 25-54, buoyed by their “4th in America” special on Sunday, July 4 — a successful attempt at being the cable destination on a holiday night, mimicking their New Year’s Eve success. Among the night’s performers included The Beach Boys with John Stamos, Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nelly, Trisha Yearwood, The Harlem Gospel Choir, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The viewer track of the all-night, coast-to-coast celebration was, as follows:

  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET: 1.134 million viewers; 237,000 adults 25-54
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET: 1.319 million viewers; 309,000 adults 25-54
  • 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET: 1.757 million viewers; 389,000 adults 25-54
  • 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET: 1.505 million viewers; 350,000 adults 25-54
  • 11:00 p.m.-midnight ET: 1.095 million viewers; 268,000 adults 25-54
  • midnight-1:00 a.m. ET: 0.775 million viewers; 171,000 adults 25-54
  • 1:00-2:00 a.m. ET: 0.510 million viewers; 114,000 adults 25-54
  • 2:00-3:00 a.m. ET: 0.353 million viewers; 82,000 adults 25-54

Fox News aired its own two-hour Independence Day special from 8-10 p.m. and drew modest figures: 1.241 million total viewers and 167,000 adults 25-54. Preceding the special, at 7 p.m., was “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” which topped CNN in total viewers and more than tripled MSNBC in both categories within the 7-8 p.m. hour, drawing an audience of 1.194 million viewers and 138,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Here are the cable news averages for June 28-July 4, 2021 — cable’s best mark for the week in total viewers based on total day was by Fox News Channel; the 20th consecutive week FNC has accomplished this feat.

Total Day (June 28-July 4 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.231 million viewers; 209,000 adults 25-54 
  • MSNBC: 0.851 million viewers; 112,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.683 million viewers; 147,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (June 28-July 3 @ 8-11 p.m.; July 4 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.184 million viewers; 340,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.404 million viewers; 180,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.982 million viewers; 227,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top CNN program with their respective associated rank) in total viewers:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.537 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.133 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.098 million viewers

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.025 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.966 million viewers

6. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.814 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 7/2/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.778 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.715 million viewers

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.707 million viewers

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.693 million viewers

35. CNN’s 4th In America “2021” (CNN, Sun. 7/4/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.757 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top CNN and HLN programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.550 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.528 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.523 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.512 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.496 million adults 25-54

6. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.434 million adults 25-54

7. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.403 million adults 25-54

8. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.400 million adults 25-54

9. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.398 million adults 25-54

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.396 million adults 25-54

11. CNN’s 4th In America “2021” (CNN, Sun. 7/4/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.389 million adults 25-54

181. Forensic Files “True Lies” (HLN, Mon. 6/28/2021 12:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.169 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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