Fox News viewership slips post-election, prodded by Trump

With his followers prodded by President Donald Trump, Fox News viewership slipped the two weeks after Election Day compared to the two weeks prior

Did the actor, who posted his proclamation nearly two weeks ago, know what he was talking about?

The post-election, weekday average daytime viewership of 1.63 million was roughly equivalent to that of CNN (1.68 million) and MSNBC (1.71 million). CNN was up 33% and MSNBC up 9% during that time period, Nielsen said.

It's not unusual for a cable news network popular with fans of a certain candidate to see its audience to drop off when that candidate loses; MSNBC's ratings briefly collapsed four years ago when Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

For the year to date, Fox has been averaging 2.06 million viewers in daytime, compared to MSNBC’s 1.41 million, CNN’s 1.17 million and Newsmax’s 85,000, Nielsen said.

It's important to emphasize that the decline is only a two-week slice of time. Fox's prime-time viewership, while down 38% in the two weeks post-election, is still well ahead of its rivals.

Fox News was the top-rated cable network in prime time last week, averaging 2.98 million viewers. ESPN averaged 2.58 million, MSNBC had 2.18 million, CNN had 2.05 million and Hallmark had 1.43 million.

NBC was the top-rated broadcast network last week with an average of 6.3 million viewers. Fox had 5.8 million, CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 4.2 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 990,000 and Ion Television 980,000.

ABC's “World News Tonight” led the evening news programs with an average of 9.7 million. NBC's “Nightly News” had 8.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.9 million.

For the week of Nov. 16-22, the top 20 programs, their networks and viewerships:

1. NFL Football: Kansas City at Las Vegas, NBC, 19.57 million.

2. NFL Football: Arizona at Seattle, Fox, 15.23 million.

3. “NFL Postgame” (Sunday), Fox, 14.46 million.

4. “NFL Pregame” (Sunday), NBC, 14.25 million.

5. NFL Football: Minnesota at Chicago, ESPN, 11.9 million.

6. “NCIS,” CBS, 10.39 million.

7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.3 million.

8. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 8.87 million.

9. “NFL Pregame” (Thursday), Fox, 8.66 million.

10. “FBI,” CBS, 8.25 million.

11. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.88 million.

12. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.78 million.

13. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.55 million.

14. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.31 million.

15. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.93 million.

16. “This is Us,” NBC, 6.58 million.

17. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 6.42 million.

18. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 6.38 million.

19. “Monday Night Kickoff,” ESPN, 6.12 million.

20. “Grey's Anatomy,” ABC, 5.99 million.