FNC Scores With Katrina Coverage

Aug 30, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox News Channel coverage Sunday of Hurricane Katrina set a high-water ratings mark for the year for the channel. According to data from Nielsen Media Research, Fox’s total-day average of 2.34 million viewers was the highest of 2005. In prime time Sunday, Fox’s audience averaged 4.07 million viewers, second this year only to the 4.9 million who tuned in to Fox’s State of the Union coverage in February.

Fox’s total-day performance was up 247 percent over the comparable day in 2004. Its performance among the core news audience of 25- to 54-year-old viewers was Fox’s best for total day and prime time this year.

For both total day and prime time, in total viewers and the 25-to-54 demo, Fox outperformed CNN and MSNBC combined.

CNN averaged 1.09 million viewers for total day and 2.28 million in prime time, while MSNBC averaged 497,000 and 1.02 million, respectively.