Sean Hannity is not longer king of the hill. He has been dethroned as the most-watched cable news host, and another has taken his place. According to Forbes, "The Rachel Maddow Show" now reigns supreme with an average viewership of 3.058 million to Hannity’s even three.
Admittedly, it’s a pretty slim margin, but it does feel good to know that the “unrivaled King of Cable News” was knocked off his throne by Maddow. The Nielsen ratings don’t line up exactly with the numbers from Forbes, but they still show Maddow taking the top spot from Hannity in overall viewership and the coveted key demographic: 25-54 year-olds. For perspective, Anderson Cooper, CNN’s top host, is ranked 10th in that same key demographic group.
Unfortunately, Fox News still holds the top spot as the nation’s go-to news network with 6 of the top 10 most-watched news programs belonging to Fox, a title it has held since 2002. MSNBC isn’t slacking though, with a primetime lineup that averaged more than 2 million viewers in March, it is definitely holding its own. In fact, March saw an 8% increase in viewers over last year, while Fox saw an 18% decline.