Feb 12, 2020 - Economy & Business

Trump's acquittal brings Fox News its best ratings since his election and inauguration

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The week of President Trump's impeachment acquittal was Fox News' fifth most-watched week and its highest since the weeks surrounding the 2016 election and the president's inauguration, AP reports.

Why it matters: Fox News averaged 4.27 million viewers in prime time last week. The basic cable network was bested only by major networks ABC, which televised the Academy Awards, and CBS.

By the numbers: Of the 40 most-watched programs on basic cable last week, 39 were on Fox News. The exception was one episode of Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC.

  • Among its prime time slots, "Hannity" averaged 4.9 million viewers, "Tucker Carlson Tonight" averaged 4.7 million and "The Ingraham Angle" had 4.1 million.

Go deeper: Fox News hits record 2.5 million nightly viewers in 2019

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Trump's State of the Union gets lowest ratings since he took office

President Trump delivers the State of the Union address flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Roughly 37.2 million people tuned in to watch President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, according to Nielsen — the fewest number of people that have tuned into the yearly address so far during his presidency.

Why it matters: The event happened amid an already chaotic news cycle surrounding the president's impeachment trial and the Iowa causes. Axios has reported that generally, viewers are beginning to tune out of lots of political storylines, due mostly to saturation.

"Should be on Fake News CNN": Trump attacks Fox News' Chris Wallace

President Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump slammed Fox News on Tuesday, attacking the network for inviting Democrats as guests and singling out anchor Chris Wallace.

"So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How’s Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!"
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2020 Oscars viewership falls to record low

Bong Joon Ho accepts the award for best director for "Parasite" during the 92nd Oscars. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

23.6 million viewers watched the Oscars award ceremony on Sunday, a 20% drop from last year and its lowest rating ever, Variety reports.

The big picture: Award show viewership overall has been in decline for years. ABC's broadcast, which went without a host for the second consecutive year, was only facing competition from reruns on other major networks on Sunday night.