For the first time ever, a lot of people are watching MSNBC

Fox News’ ratings keep sinking and Bill O’Reilly is taking them to task

The NBCUniversal-owned outlet was the most-watched cable-news network in weekday primetime in both the advertiser demo and overall viewers for the week of May 15th, marking the first time the network has triumphed over both Fox News and CNN in the same week in its history.

CNN and MSNBC have been competing with their coverage of President Donald Trump's recent controversies, including the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Sean Hannity reassured viewers Tuesday that he is staying at Fox News, after the network signaled a lower tolerance for conspiracy mongering by retracting an article about the killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

Networks and the big-name personalities that fill their air have some major decisions to make - ones that will go a long way toward determining whether the future of cable news looks familiar or radically different. ESPN's coverage of the Golden State/San Antonio NBA series gave it the fourth and fifth best-rated programs of the week, with coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery coming in eighth.

Moreover, the head-in-the-sand approach of Fox's conservative prime-time anchors may have lulled many of those who remained loyal to the channel to sleep.

Rachel Maddow remains the biggest story in cable news.

Regardless, the departure of O'Reilly was arguably most responsible for the end of Fox News's dominance. Fox News Channel, the television presenters' former employer, has lost its grip as America's most-watched cable-news channel.

CNN has ranked #1 in cable news in Total Day among adults 25-54 for six straight days, through Friday - its longest winning streak in that ratings race in six years. Last week marked its second consecutive one atop the demo in primetime, and the first ever with a win among total viewers.

To be fair, Fox isn't losing viewers - for now it's just bragging rights to No. 1 that are in play.

Whether it's permanent or temporary, the current ratings malaise certainly raises larger questions for Fox News as it confronts a key transition period and figures out how to cover the Trump administration.

MSNBC progressive hosts Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell averaged 2.44 million total viewers and 611,000 viewers ages 25 to 54, a coveted demographic, according to Nielsen data.

Carlson's decline at 8 p.m. must be especially troubling for Fox News executives since it's a valuable time slot the network absolutely dominated for more than a decade with O'Reilly at the helm.

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