Fox News was the top-rated channel for total viewers in all of basic cable for the 17th straight week last week, despite the ousting of its former top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly.
Fox averaged 1.4 million viewers in total day and placed 11 cable programs in the top 25 in total viewers for the week of April 24–30.
In the key 25–54 demographic that advertisers covet most, Fox finished fifth overall, with TNT and ESPN taking the top two spots primarily driven by NBA playoff coverage. In this category, CNN finished 11th overall and MSNBC 22nd.
O’Reilly, the top-rated host in cable news for 15 years, was fired from Fox last month after The New York Times reported that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to settle sexual harassment allegations against him.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” took over O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot, with “The Five” moving into Carlson’s previous 9 p.m. spot.
Carlson had the top-rated program on cable news for the week, both in total viewers and in the 25–54 demographic.
In the 9 p.m. battle, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow won in the demographic while “The Five” won in total viewers.