Fox News Channel announced Tuesday that it will no longer air in the United Kingdom.
Twenty First Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, said in a statement that the news outlet popular with conservatives will instead shift its attention more to the U.S. The change went into effect Tuesday afternoon, the Daily Caller reported.
“Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience,” the statement read, noting that Fox News had only a few thousand daytime viewers in the U.K.
“We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K.” the statement added.
Fox News had plenty of competition in the United Kingdom. The channel went up against both the BBC, ITV and Fox News’ sister channel, Sky News.
The announcement came on the same day that Fox News touted its August ratings in the U.S.
“During the month of August, Fox News Channel (FNC) topped all of basic cable for the 14th consecutive month in total day, delivering 1.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, FNC averaged 2.2 million viewers in primetime, notching six of the past eight months as the leading cable network in primetime in total viewers,” Fox News said in a statement.
Fox News’ 2.2 million primetime viewer average topped both CNN and MSNBC. CNN’s average primetime audience in August was 1,194,000. MSNBC had an average of 1,835,000 primetime viewers during the same month. But while it held the top slot in overall viewers, Fox News did not take No. 1 in the top-rated primetime cable news programs. MNSBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” snagged that title, averaging 2,783,000 viewers each night.
Fox News’ “Hannity” came in second place with an average of 2,679,000 viewers each night. FNC held third place with “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” attracting an average of 2,483,000 nightly viewers. MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” (2,352,000) and Fox News’ “The Five” (2,351,000) rounded out the top five cable news programs in August.