Since the election, pundits from both sides of the aisle have been talking about how the media got everything wrong. Indeed, the common belief was Donald Trump was doomed to lose, but… that’s not what happened. Throughout the election, people on the right — particularly the alt-right — have complained about media bias and encouraged people to abandon traditional media outlets for alternative news sources.
The results are in, and while alternate media sources have gained ground, the major news networks are still dominant — and they’re getting stronger
The Republicans won big in November, and unsurprisingly, Fox News, the only major news network that leans even remotely to the right, also had a big month. In fact, it was the network’s second best month ever. Fox News continues to dominate all other cable news networks, but CNN and MSNBC also experienced significant growth in November.
Let’s take a look at the per-day numbers from this month and the same month last year:
- FNC: 1,966,000, +61% (466,000 in key 25-54 demo, +106%)
- CNN: 995,000 total viewers – up 76% (346,000 in 25-54 – up 102%)
- MSNBC: 736,000 total viewers – up 84% (195,000 in 25-54 – up 105%)
And here are the primetime numbers:
- FNC: 3,283,000 total viewers – up 71% (778,000 in 25-54 – up 121%)
- CNN: 1,529,000 total viewers – up 132% (608,000 in 25-54 – up 163%)
- MSNBC: 1,335,000 total viewers – up 104% (358,000 in 25-54 – up 137%)
The election results might have surprised hundreds of millions of citizens and almost every so-called expert, but it doesn’t look like people are fleeing the major news outlets.