Not a good thing for the country.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Fox News averaged 2.5 million viewers per night in 2019, the most in its 23-year history, making the network the most-watched channel on basic cable.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News beat out ESPN, with its 1.78 million viewers, and third-place MSNBC, which drew an average of 1.75 million viewers in prime time. Fox topped its cable competitors for a fourth straight year, Nielsen said.

CNN finished 22nd, with an average of 972,000 viewers per night.

The top five shows in cable news for 2019 were Fox’s “Hannity,” with 3.3 million, followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” with 3.1 million.

MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was third, with 2.78 million, followed by Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle,” with 2.57 million, and “The Five” at 2.55 million.

Carlson and Maddow switched places in the 2019 rankings compared to the previous year, when Maddow claimed the No. 2 ranking.

I would suggest that part of the reason that Fox News saw such a dramatic increase in viewership had a lot to do with the fact that Trump mentions them on an almost daily basis. 

And that means that even more people are being exposed to right wing propaganda which creates an alternative reality in which the Democrats are the devil and Trump is God’s chosen leader for America. 

I am somewhat heartened to see that Rachel Maddow continues to hold her place in the top five cable news programs, though it is unsettling to see her surrounded by Fox News programs whose job it is to deny the facts that she works to hard to report. 

My hope is that in 2020, with Trump continuing to implode, that Americans will start looking for factual reporting on his decliine from cable news outlets who do not have a vested interest in making him look sane and competent. 

Maybe if that happens Rachel Maddow will finally make it to the first place position that she so clearly deserves.