CNN & MSNBC Hit Rock Bottom in 2022, Get Lowest Ratings of All Time in Top Demographic

Both MSNBC and CNN have continued to hemorrhage viewers this year, with the leftist networks hitting new record lows in 2022.

The 2022 television ratings are in, and once again, Fox News has dominated across the board.

Fox News had 92 of the top 100 cable news shows in 2022.

The network also delivered the third highest-rated year in cable news history for 2022 in total day viewers.

Fox News was the number one cable network in primetime and total day in viewers again and finished 2022 as the highest-rated cable news network for the 21st straight year.

Meanwhile, CNN and MSNBC also made history, but the wrong kind.

Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in primetime and total day across both categories, finishing the year as the only cable news network to notch more than 2 million in primetime viewers and 1 million in total day viewers.

MSNBC and CNN had their lowest-rated years of all time in total day viewers with the top advertiser-coveted younger 25-54 age demographic.

Fox News also had the most diverse audience in cable news, according to Neilsen.

More Democrats, Independents, and Republicans tune in to Fox than any other network in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.

Fox News scored the top 13 out of 15 programs in cable news with total viewers and had the top 15 rated shows in A25-54 and the 13 highest-rated shows with the 18-49 age demo.

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said:

“From America’s choice on election night to the home of late night’s smash hit show, 2022 was a testament to our unmatched skill in delivering the most innovative news and opinion programming to our audience which continues to rank as the most politically diverse in cable news.

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“I am beyond proud of our entire team’s incredible achievements this year.”

According to Fox News:

“FNC’s signature morning franchise FOX & Friends continued to dominate the cable news’ wake-up program landscape.

“FOX & Friends (6-9 AM/ET) was the highest-rated morning show for the 22nd consecutive year, topping CNN and MSNBC combined in viewers and the younger demo with 1.4 million viewers and 232,000 in the A25-54 demo.

“FOX & Friends also outpaced every primetime and daytime program on CNN for the year across the board and every MSNBC program in the younger A25-54 demo.

“FNC’s early AM show FOX & Friends First (weekday, 4-6 AM/ET), with co-hosts Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus, topped the competition in both categories, delivering 559,000 viewers and 113,000 in A25-54.

“FNC’s daytime lineup continued as cable’s most-watched destination for the latest in news. Each program posted increases versus 2021, beginning with America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino (9-11 AM/ET) which averaged 1.8 million total viewers and 259,000 in the 25-54 demo.”

Nielsen Cable News Ratings for 2022 (12/27/21-12/13/22) vs. 2021 (12/28/20-12/26/21):


  • FNC: 2,330,000 P2+ (down 1%); 346,000 25-54 (down 7%)
  • CNN: 730,000 P2+ (down 33%); 174,000 25-54 (down 36%)
  • MSNBC: 1,208,000 P2+ (down 21%); 133,000 25-54 (down 39%)

Total Day:

  • FNC: 1,489,000 P2+ (up 12%); 231,000 25-54 (up 3%)
  • CNN: 568,000 P2+ (down 27%); 123,000 25-54 (down 35%)
  • MSNBC: 733,000 P2+ (down 19%); 83,000 25-54 (down 35%)
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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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