2012 saw Fox News mark 11 years as the number one cable news channel in total viewers and the demo, though the election didn’t provide much in the way of a ratings bump, with the network only up a bit in total viewers, and down slightly in the demo.
- Primetime: 2.043 million total viewers/ 423,000 A25-54
- Total Day: 1.152 million total viewers/ 273,000 A25-54
Unlike CNN, which was down in both total and demo viewers just about every hour, and MSNBC, which was up in both categories just about every hour, Fox News had some high points and low points, with most of its programs roughly on par with their 2011 performances. That said, the network still drew more viewers than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in primetime. It was also the second-highest delivery for the network ever in total viewers.
The network’s dayside news programming saw the most consistency, with the 10 AM edition of “America’s Newsroom” and the 11AM and 12PM installments of “Happening Now” posting growth in both total and demo viewers. “America Live” at 1 PM and 2 PM was up double digits in the demo and high single digits in total viewers compared to 2011.