- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fox News remains the most watched network in the cable realm, and it has bested close rivals MSNBC and CNN in the ratings for 18 consecutive years. Now comes another media victory: 2019 was a very good year for FoxNews.com, the news organization’s online presence.

The site enjoyed a record 19.5 billion visits to its website last year. Yes, that is billion with a “b” — making Fox News the most visited news organization in the world according to industry numbers from Comscore Media Matrix and other sources.

The network’s online popularity increased by 12% over 2018.

Among its competitors, Fox News slipped by CNN, which drew a total of 18.6 billion visits last year, The New York Times (13.1 billion) and The Washington Post (6.1 billion).

Management is crediting good journalism for the unprecedented popularity.

“Our enterprise reporting propelled Fox News Digital to its best year ever, averaging over 100 million monthly unique visitors for the first time in history,” said Porter Berry, Fox News Digital editor-in-chief — who also lauds the dedication of staffers who consistently and quickly produce “compelling and informative content.”

The competition is watching. CNN’s senior management now tells its digital staff to “take some cues from Fox News,” according to a report from The Daily Beast.

And what about social media? For the 64th consecutive month, Fox News remained the top “most engaged news brand” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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