According to The Associated Press, cable news viewership increased dramatically during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Fox News Channel leading the way and CNN reporting the most dramatic gains.
Between the start of the battle last Wednesday and Sunday night, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC averaged 6.4 million viewers in prime time.
According to Nielsen, this is up from their January average of 4 million.
Fox averaged 2.32 million viewers for the whole day between Wednesday and Sunday, up 64% from the calmer news month of January.
CNN’s audience increased by 178 percent from 633,000 in January to 1.75 million last week. MSNBC’s war coverage drew 980,000 viewers, up 51% from January.
These figures follow a pattern: CNN has the most significant rises during major news events, while its rivals, who are more focused on political debate, are more stable during quiet periods.
In terms of entertainment, the long-running series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit resumed last week, with 5.8 million viewers tuning in for the premiere.
With this plus the Chicago Fire and its spinoffs, renowned producer Dick Wolf now has four shows in the Nielsen top 12.
With an average of 3.17 million viewers in prime time, Fox News Channel dominated the cable networks. CNN received 1.5 million viewers, MSNBC received 1.39 million, ESPN received 1.15 million, and HGTV received 1.1 million.
World News on ABC Last week, Tonight won the evening news ratings fight, averaging 9 million people. The NBC Nightly News attracted 7.6 million viewers, while the CBS Evening News attracted 5.3 million. – Associated Press