Fox News was a winner with its Election Night coverage, but those great ratings seem to have collapsed after its many failed calls for Biden enraged its viewers and fans.
Fox earned itself some of the biggest ratings of any network for its election night coverage. But during the night it made one too-early call after another — all for Biden — angering its usually conservative and Republican viewers.
But by the numbers, Fox crushed the competition on Election Day
Fox won itself 14.158 million average viewers in prime time on election Day. CNN only got 9.47 million viewers, while MSNBC came in third with 7.661 million viewers.
But in the week after the election, Fox’s numbers tanked as its usually loyal fans abandoned the network.
In the days after the election, Fox has been lucky to see five million viewers.
In fact, upstart cable news network Newsmax has been exploding in the ratings and has emerged — at least for now — as the Fox alternative. While Newsmax has not beaten Fox News itself, it has surged past both Fox Business Network and CNBC.
Newsmax also earned more than a half million downloads with its free Newsmax TV APP, and last Tuesday it hit the top 3 position in rankings for downloads on iPhone.
Wednesday through Friday last week, Newsmax TV surpassed Fox Business and CNBC in all key day ratings: https://t.co/eCUYkArnBD
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 10, 2020
It is, of course, too early to see if its botched election night coverage is going to hurt for long-term, but Fox News has been driving leftward for months, now.
Another area where Fox is angering its former fans is by banning talk of the baleful influence of the world’s leading anti-American billionaire, and one-time WWII Nazi Party member George Soros.
The network has also been punishing popular hosts such as Judge Jeanine.
Many wonder if Fox News is in the process of wholly destroying the very things that made it stand out from the left-wing media, and the very things that made it a ratings powerhouse?
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