How is the US Supreme Court being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of the court across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade, showing mentions were relatively stable from 2009 to 2015, but from 2016 to present have been highly bursty.
MSNBC has mentioned the court the most over the past decade, followed closely by Fox News, with CNN a distant third.
While personality-driven shows dominate the list of top shows mentioning the court the most, news shows also feature prominently.
Looking at the daily seconds of airtime since the start of last year in which the court was mentioned somewhere in the onscreen text, most of the 2020-2021 mentions center around Ruth Ginsburg's death in September 2020 and her replacement.
Overall, since last year all three channels have devoted roughly equal amounts of airtime to showing the Supreme Court's name somewhere in their onscreen text, with Fox News devoting 111.3 hours, followed by MSNBC's 105.5 hours and CNN's 99.8 hours.