While progressives love to talk about how they’re really the dominant force in American politics, not every indicator is all puppies and roses for them. Take the cable news hosts.
For example, conservative firebrand Sean Hannity maintained his role as king of the cable news mountain according to a recent report. “Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity crushed the cable news competition in February, finishing first with an average audience of 3.3 million total viewers. February marked Hannity’s fifth straight month as the unrivaled King of Cable News, maintaining a wide lead over MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow, who finished the month in third place overall,” the report said.
Coming in second was Fox’s Tucker Carlson, which makes the cable news network the clear leader of the cable news wars.
In addition, Fox also boasted four of the top five cable news shows. Laura Ingraham’s The Ingraham Angle finishing fourth in the ratings, right behind Maddow. Special Report with Bret Baier rounded out the top five.
The report had more about Fox’s dominance, writing, “Fox News also won the 11 p.m. hour, where Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream had an average audience of 1.5 million viewers, edging out MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.”
The network has been the number one basic cable network—not just news network but all basic cable networks—for the last 20 months. It has been the leading cable news network for 194 months straight.
In fact, with that kind of news dominance, one might be hard-pressed to grasp how progressives have gained anything in the last year or so. Of course, it’s also important to remember that news ratings aren’t exactly a benchmark for political ideology. For one thing, Fox News is the only basic cable news network with a right-leaning focus. And while MSNBC is the only one of the primary trio of networks to openly embrace its leftists leanings, CNN only maintains a thin veneer of impartiality over a deep leftism it tries to pretend doesn’t exist.
Because of that, the networks split the progressive viewer base while Fox News doesn’t have the competition.
Still, it’s a promising sign heading into the midterm elections later this year. If nothing else, it’s a nice reminder that the left isn’t nearly as dominant as they like to pretend and that those who are surrounded by blue on an electoral map are far from alone.