President Donald Trump’s favorite media outlet, Fox News, had cable news ratings that were higher than CNN and MSNBC combined this month, a critical time with the midterm elections coming up next week.
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Fox News scored the top spot over its competitors with an average of 2.8 million prime time viewers total in October, a 25 percent increase from a year ago, according to Nielsen Media Research on Wednesday. MSNBC, which broadcasts the show Morning Joe that is frequently critical of Trump and Fox News, came in second with an average of 1.58 million viewers. CNN, which Trump despises and accuses of broadcasting “fake news,” placed third with an average of 931,000 viewers.
The conservative channel snagged the top five spots for cable news program.
In first place with 3.5 million viewers average was Hannity hosted by Sean Hannity, who reportedly talks regularly with Trump over the phone. Second was Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.23 million viewers average. Third was The Ingraham Angle with 2.97 million viewers average and hosted by Laura Ingraham, who had a sit-down interview with Trump in the White House on Monday night. Fox News’ The Five came in fourth with 2.84 million viewers average and Special Report with Bret Baier landed fifth with 2.66 million