Fox is crushing the competition with the average number of viewers. Namely, from January 3 to 9, 2022, Fox News Channel was the top basic cable network, while CNN witnessed dramatic drops, losing nearly 90% of its early 2021 audience in various categories.

Last year, CNN averaged 2.7 million viewers from January 4 to 10 as the network had a brief post-election bounce, but this week, the network only averaged 548,000 viewers, a startling 80 percent reduction year over year, said report.

Fox News had an average of 1.4 million viewers last week, which is only a decline of 15% when compared with the results from the first full week of 2021. In this period, there was plenty of news regarding the Capitol riot. For the 21st week in a row, Fox News has outdrawn CNN and MSNBC combined. Fox is the basic cable option with the most viewers. They beat ESPN's which counts 1.1 million viewers.

CNN has the most staggering decline when it comes to the demographic group of adults from the age of 25 to 54. Last year, the number of those viewers was 822,000, and last week it was only 113,000 on average. This is a loss of 86%. CNN lost nearly 90% of its audience in the 18-49 demographic in 2021, plummeting from 624,000 to a pitiful 73,000.

In comparison to the same week last year, MSNBC lost 67 percent of its total audience, 80 percent of the key demo, and 83 percent of younger people.
With 223,000 average viewers in the demo, Fox News remains the dominant channel, retaining at least 65 percent of the audience in all categories.

CNN's trouble drawing viewers was most evident during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., when it fell from 4.2 million total viewers in the first week of 2021 to only 705,000 last week, a decline of 83 percent year over year. CNN also lost 89 percent of its primetime viewers in the key demographic, as well as 91 percent of viewers aged 18 to 49.

CNN tweeted about their triumph on the day of the Capitol riot, which was the most-watched day in their history. According to recent statistics, Americans are no longer as interested in the channel as they once were.