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Fox News' ratings tank after Dish Network blackout

Fox News' ratings tank after Dish Network blackout
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Last week, I told you that Dish had dropped Fox News after negotiations between the two companies fell apart. Well, the blackout doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon and now Fox News is starting to feel the negative impact of all of those lost viewers. The channel's ratings have taken a hit since the disagreement began.

For the week ended Dec. 28, the first full week since the blackout began, Fox News averaged 939,000 prime-time viewers. That’s down from 1.65 million viewers the previous week and 1.68 million the week before that, according to data from Nielsen Media.

Even if you account for the holiday slowdown that most channels face, the numbers didn't look good for Fox News. During the same week last year, the channel picked up 1.06 million pairs of eyeballs. On the plus side for Fox, it still beat out CNN and MSNBC in the ratings.

The real losers here are the viewers. Those numbers likely mean that there's a lot of Dish customers out there who want to watch Fox News but can't.

Fox News viewers, meanwhile, have been venting their frustrations on social media and through emails and phone calls to Dish. Some have canceled their subscriptions, while others are demanding refunds for the blackout period. Dish’s customer agreement essentially gives Dish permission to change or delete programming however it wants.

Tired of bickering companies and rising costs? Click here to learn more about cutting the cord on cable. For Dish customers waiting this whole thing out, some Fox News' content - like Fox News Sunday - is available on Hulu.

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