February 2013 was a mixed bag for cable news. While there was lots of news happening, with the exception of the State of the Union and coverage of the Carnival Triumph, not much really broke out among viewers. Fox News, the cable news leader, led the competition with the top 13 programs in total viewers, and the top six in the adults 25-54 demo.
The top FNC program in both categories was, as usual, “The O’Reilly Factor,” which averaged 2.23 million viewers 443,000 viewers, respectively. Somewhat surprisingly, “The Five,” which does not air in primetime, was the number two program in both categories.
MSNBC’s top show in total and demo viewers was “Rachel Maddow,” which averaged 999,000 and 269,000 viewers, respectively, placing 14th in total viewers and seventh in the demo. CNN’s top show in both categories was the 8 PM airing of “AC360,” which averaged 790,000 and 235,000 viewers, respectively, placing 17th in total viewers and 11th in the demo.