How have approval ratings been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of the phrases "approval rating" and "approval ratings" across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade. Approval ratings were mentioned regularly during Obama's two terms, though mentions tended to surge around election years. Mentions abrubtly faded away around December 2015, before steadily increasing from January 2016 through Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017 and have been steadily fading since late 2018. Fox News mentioned them the most during Obama's tenure and the least since Trump's inauguration.