In 2016, Americans watched, listened to and read a lot more news. Adults 18 and over spent over 72.5 billion minutes consuming news in the average week in 2016 — an 18% increase from the prior year — with most of the increase coming from national cable news networks. (Nielsen Total Audience Report, Q4 2016)
In this deep dive into Cable TV News Trends, we examine this increase. We look at which sources showed the greatest increase, the profile of news consumers by age/income, and the impact Trump has had on news consumption.