Despite how much they’ve lied, propagandized and twisted the truth to fit their narrative, Fox News has still been able to hold their ratings at some of the highest in the business. One major reason is the fact that while actual news is being told and dispersed through different networks, Fox News was the place for all those who sought out the lies in their own head and be reaffirmed of that narrative nightly. As evil as he was, Roger Ailes was a genius when it came to targeting a market for his misinformation.
However, it looks like that era of misinformation may be coming to an end. At least at the moment.
For five straight days, Fox News fell behind MSNBC and CNN in a key demographic — adults 25-54.
CNN release says Fox News was #3 in prime time ratings for 5 straight days last week, for first time in 17 years. pic.twitter.com/6o9edrKLpE
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) May 22, 2017
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 20, 2017
According to Media Matters:
“Fox News came in last place among the three cable news channels among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. And it wasn’t a fluke.
In a development that has sparked murmurs throughout the cable news business, Fox News in recent weeks has regularly finished in last place among advertising-friendly viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, or “demo” viewers, as they’re known in the industry. (In terms of total viewers, Fox News does better, thanks to its large stable of viewers over the age of 54.)
“For first time this century, they aren’t in first place,” noted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough last week. “In fact, for the first time this century, they are in third place.” Added CNN’s Brian Stelter, “This is an extraordinary moment in the cable news race.”
And yes, a lot of this is President Donald Trump’s fault.”
Could it be that people are finally fed up with the misinformation? Maybe. Could it be that people are depressed by the news and don’t want to hear anything bad about Trump? Maybe. However, it certainly does look like Trump is taking Fox News down with him, and for that, we can all be grateful.
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