2020 Was All About Cable News. But Broadcast News Still Draws Millions More Viewers.

WORLD NEWS TONIGHT – David Muir
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DAVID MUIR

Cable news is big news. People, especially those who work in news, love to talk about cable news – its impact, its people, what it does right, what it does wrong. Mediaite regularly summarizes nightly ratings for cable news, and although each night the questions are mostly the same – did Rachel Maddow get more viewers than Tucker Carlson? Did Fox win in total viewers, again? Is CNN still winning the demo? – the answers, whether they change or not, are an interesting barometer of audience preferences.

But while shows on cable news, particularly during prime time, seem to get all the attention, one fact seems to get lost in
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