Chris Ariens of TVNewser writes that the recently released ratings for the new Fox Business Network show that it’s running at about the same pace as the early days of Fox News.
Ariens writes, “The first public ratings release of Fox Business shows the 9-month-old network is performing close to what Fox News Channel was doing in its first year.
“In July 1997 Fox News averaged 14,000 viewers in Total Day and 25,000 viewers in prime time. The network launched in October 1996. Fox Business is averaging about 8,000 in business day and 20,000 in prime time. FNC is also a general interest news channel while FBN is niche network, in a much more crowded, and mostly digital, environment. FBN is only on one analog cable system: NYC’s Time Warner.
“FBN is still far behind market leader CNBC. The NBCU channel averages 284,000 viewers during the day and 191,000 in prime time. FBN is available in close to 40 million homes while CNBC is in 94 million.”
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