Fox News marked its 149th consecutive month as the most-watched cable news network in May, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers and ranking sixth among all ad-supported cable networks in both total day and primetime. The network had the top 14 shows in total viewers and the top eight shows in the demo in all of cable news.
Despite its dominance, the network drew 264,000 viewers ages 25-54 during primetime -- the lowest it has had in more than 12 years, since August 2001. Its entire primetime lineup -- hosted by Greta Van Susteren, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity -- hit 12-year lows in the demo. The average age, however, of Fox News' viewers is the oldest in the field...Bill O'Reilly's audience average age is 72.
In network news, Diane Sawyer made ratings history in May when her World News became the first evening news program solely hosted by a female to win a sweep month in the industry's most coveted demo. Even as NBC's Nightly News opened up a bigger advantage in total viewers, it was ABC's World News that finished on top in adults 25-54 for the May sweep -- the network's first May victory in seven years and its first in any sweep month in more than six years (both with Charles Gibson as anchor).