(Pew Research Center, Variety)
With the global pandemic raging and the presidential election approaching, most Americans turned to television when looking for unbiased news sources in 2020. Almost half of all Americans (45%) still watch television news, and in 2020, this was more evident than ever.
The growing trust in TV news reflected on the ratings. All cable news networks saw massive viewership increases in 2020 — CNN was up 83%, Fox News 43%, and MSNBC 23% year-over-year. Major networks were also up, with rating increases of 42% from 2019.
In late March and early April 2020, more than 31 million people watched one of the network TV news broadcasts (ABC, CBS, and NBC) — 10 million more viewers than the previous year.