The July 2014 cable network news ratings are out, and the big news is MSNBC's tumble. MSNBC had a firm hold on the number two slot for months, over a faltering CNN. Last month, however, their mumbers slipped to #4 in terms of Total Day Viewing in the key 25-54 demo, and to third place in prime time viewers. On the morning front, MSNBC's Morning Show fell behind CNN's New Day, and Rachel Maddow had her second worst ratings ever.
While this was going on, Fox quietly extended its streak of being the most watched cable news network in America. And Fox's The Five was not only the top news program during its time slot, it
grabbed the most viewers of any cable program at that time slot for the
third time (beating the pants off of Spongebob).
There was more bad news from the July numbers. Even with all of the big breaking news during the month, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC experienced significant declines in viewing from July 2013. MSNBC lost a full third of its total day audience from where it had been a year ago. Fox managed a slight increase (2%) in the prime time audience from its July 2013 numbers. And Fox's The Five was not only the top news program during its slot, it grabbed the most viewers of any cable program at that time slot for the third time (and beating the pants off of Spongebob).
Source: CNN Overtakes MSNBC in July as Ratings Take a Hit, The Hollywood Reporter