NEW YORK -- FOX News Digital started off the year by scoring record highs across key industry categories and driving its best month ever in multiplatform views and multiplatform unique visitors, according to Comscore.
Notching double digit growth over January 2019 in various key performance indicators, FOX News Digital Network totaled 1.9 billion multiplatform views (a 24 percent increase from January 2019), over 114 million multiplatform unique visitors (an 8 percent increase from January 2019), and 4.3 billion total multiplatform minutes (a 12 percent increase from January 2019). In multiplatform minutes, FOX News Digital surpassed CNN.com for the 16 consecutive month and earned its second-highest month of multiplatform minutes since the 2016 election. The strong performance to start off the new year also helped drive the FOX News Mobile App ahead of the CNN Mobile App for the 14 month in a row in unique visitors (7.9 million versus 7.4 million).*
In commenting on the month’s data, FOX News Digital Editor-In-Chief Porter Berry said, “On the heels of FOX News Digital delivering its highest growth ever last year, we started 2020 out of the gate with an even stronger performance, and our enhanced editorial strategy yielded record highs. From the airstrike that killed Soleimani, to the Senate’s impeachment trial, to the 2020 presidential election coverage, we are serving our loyal audience with enterprise reporting and compelling, original content on everything from politics, entertainment, and more around the globe.”
FOX News’ journalism was also a key driver of traffic for FOX News Digital. National Security correspondent Jennifer Griffin shattered records with her exclusive breaking news reporting on the escalating situation with Iran on January 7 and earned FOX News Digital its third highest performing day in page views, just behind the 2016 presidential election. Unique devices also followed this trend, with FOX News Digital experiencing its third highest day of unique devices ever behind the 2016 election and day following (11/8/16 and 11/9/16), according to Adobe Analytics. Other top performing stories on FOX News Digital this month included the heartbreaking news of the death of NBA all-star Kobe Bryant with commentary from Bryant family friend and sportscaster Jim Gray, the Senate impeachment live blog and trial updates, as well as the Ukrainian passenger plane struck by a Russian missile.
For the 65 consecutive month, FOX News remained the number one most engaged news brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) among the news competitive set, driving 60.5 million total interactions, according to Socialbakers. January was a record month for FOX News Instagram interactions and YouTube video views, reaching over 20 million interactions and over 302 million video views for the first time ever.
FOX Business also secured its highest month of multiplatform views and multiplatform minutes to date, with 99 million multiplatform views (a 55 percent increase from January 2019) and 183 million multiplatform minutes in January, also its highest month ever in this category (a 138 percent increase from January 2019).**
Multi-Platform Total Views
FOX News Digital – 1,921,000,000 (up 24 percent vs. Jan 2019)
CNN.com – 2,146,000,000 (up 24 percent vs. Jan 2019)
Multi-Platform Total Minutes
FOX News Digital – 4,256,000,000 (up 12 percent vs. Jan 2019)
CNN.com – 3,743,000,000 (up 13 percent vs. Jan 2019)
Multi-Platform Total Unique Visitors
FOX News Digital – 114,491,000 (up 8 percent vs. Jan 2019)
CNN.com – 141,008,000 (up 13 percent vs. Jan 2019)
FOX News Media operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Digital, FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOX News podcasts and the direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service FOX Nation. A top five-cable network, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for 18 consecutive years, while FBN currently ranks as the number one business channel on cable. Owned by FOX Corporation, FOX News Media reaches 200 million people each month.
*Source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Total Digital Audience, Custom-Defined List including CNN.com, NBCNews.com, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, Fox News Digital Network, WashingtonPost.com, NYTimes.com, HuffPost U.S., Wall Street Journal Online, Reuters.com, and USAToday.com, Jan. 2020, U.S. & Comscore Mobile Metrix®, Mobile App Only, [FOX News Mobile App and CNN Mobile App], Jan 2020, U.S.
**Source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Total Digital Audience, Custom-Defined List including FoxBusiness.com, Bloomberg.com, CNBC.com, CNN Business, Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, HuffPost Business, MarketWatch, Motley Fool, MSN Money, TheStreet.com, USA TODAY Money, WSJ Online, Yahoo! Finance, Jan. 2020, U.S.