FNC’s “The Five” Continues Reign as Number One Show in Viewers; “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is Most-Watched in A25-54 Demographic
One Year After Launch, “Gutfeld!” Delivers Wins over CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
FNC’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” Soars as Cable News’ Fastest-Growing Program
NEW YORK – April 26, 2022 – FOX News Channel (FNC) finished April of 2022 as cable’s most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined across the board, outpacing the competition in total day viewers, the key 25-54 demographic and in the A18-49 younger demo. FNC also ranked number one in all of basic cable in total day viewers for the 14th month in a row and notched 66 of the top 100 cable telecasts. Notably, FNC was the only cable news network to post gains versus April of 2021 in total viewers, while CNN and MSNBC experienced double digit declines across the board in all categories. In total day, FNC delivered 1.5 million viewers, 248,000 with the A25-54 demographic and 153,000 with A18-49. In primetime, FNC netted 2.4 million viewers, 364,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 222,000 with A18-49. Additionally, FNC’s cable news audience share increased to 55 percent across total day and primetime viewers. The network also delivered the top 12 programs in cable news with viewers and the top 14 programs in the younger 25-54 demo. Additionally, since the start of the war in Ukraine, FNC has remained the go-to destination for breaking news coverage, earning double digit advantages over CNN and widening to triple digits over MSNBC across the board.
At 8 PM/ET, Tucker Carlson Tonight continued as the highest-rated program in cable news in the younger 25-54 demo, averaging 3.4 million viewers and 560,000 in the demo, as well as 342,000 in the 18-49 category throughout April. Hannity at 9 PM/ET scored 2.9 million viewers, 450,000 in A25-54 and 267,000 among adults 18-49, topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN combined in both categories. Hannity also notched a historic television milestone this past month, becoming the longest-running cable news host in primetime. At 10 PM/ET, The Ingraham Angle’s Laura Ingraham remained the most-watched female in cable news, garnering 2.3 million viewers, 357,000 in the 25-54 demo and 212,000 in 18-49, while MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show experienced its lowest-rated month in the demo since November 2015.
At 5 PM/ET, FNC’s late afternoon offering The Five continued to make television history, earning the top-rated spot in viewers for the month and finishing the last four out of five months leading cable news. The roundtable program averaged 3.5 million viewers and 510,000 with A25-54, outpacing every show on CNN and MSNBC across the board. Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights, 6 PM/ET) averaged 2.6 million viewers and 396,000 in A25-54, dominating its timeslot and rounding out the top five spots in both viewers and in the demo for the month of April. At 7 PM/ET, FNC’s newly-launched Jesse Watters Primetime finished April as the third highest-rated cable news program, averaging 2.9 million viewers and 426,000 in A25-54, finishing the month as the fastest-growing program in cable news. On MSNBC during the same hour, The ReidOut notched its lowest-rated month in history across both categories. At 12 AM/ET, FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream surpassed the competition, delivering over 1 million viewers and 210,000 in A25-54.
FNC’s late night program, Gutfeld!, marked its one year anniversary since launch and continued as the second most-watched late night host in all of broadcast and cable. Airing at 11 PM/ET, the program also topped every show on CNN and MSNBC in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo. Gutfeld! averaged nearly 2 million viewers 340,000 with A25-54 this month, outpacing ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in total viewers. Additionally, the program surpassed CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on several occasions in viewers throughout the month. FNC’s late night show also topped Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo. Gutfeld! has the highest median income in all of late night television (ABC, CBS and NBC) in the younger 25-54 demo as well as the most upscale audience in total viewers and A25-54.
From 4-6 AM/ET, FOX & Friends FIRST garnered 550,000 viewers. FNC’s signature morning show FOX & Friends (weekdays, 6-9 AM/ET) finished April with 1.4 million viewers and 253,000 in the demo, easily outpacing CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe combined across both categories. FNC’s FOX & Friends made its mark as the number one cable news program in the mornings in both categories for the 13th consecutive month.
FNC’s daytime lineup, kicking off with two-hour morning news program, America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino (weekdays, 9-11 AM/ET), saw 1.9 million viewers and 293,000 in the 25-54 demo. The Faulkner Focus at 11 AM/ET, anchored by Harris Faulkner, notched 1.8 million viewers and 269,000 in the 25-54 demo and bested CNN and MSNBC across the board. At 12 PM/ET, Outnumbered earned 1.9 million viewers and 299,000 in the demo. From 1-3 PM/ET, America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith garnered 1.6 million viewers and 251,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 3 PM/ET, anchor Martha MacCallum’s The Story averaged 1.6 million viewers and 250,000 in the 25-54 demo, while Your World with Neil Cavuto at 4 PM/ET also nabbed 1.7 million viewers and 264,000 in the 25-54 category for the month. Meanwhile Deadline: White House on MSNBC earned its lowest-rated month in history in the demo. Notably, FNC’s Outnumbered, America Reports, The Story, The Faulkner Focus and America’s Newsroom topped CBS’ The Talk and NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna in viewers.
FNC continued to excel against the competition throughout the weekend for the month, outpacing CNN and MSNBC combined across all categories and dayparts. CAVUTO Live (Saturdays, 10 AM-12 PM/ET) was the most-watched program in viewers on Saturday, earning 1.5 million viewers and 244,000 with A25-54. FNC’s 8 PM/ET addition to its Saturday primetime lineup, One Nation helmed by Brian Kilmeade, garnered 1.3 million and 162,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 9 PM/ET, Unfiltered with Dan Bongino delivered 1.4 million viewers and 173,000 with A25-54, scoring the second most-watched program in overall viewers. FNC’s Lawrence Jones, the youngest Black solo host of a program in cable news, scored 1.1 million viewers and 134,000 in the demo at 10 PM/ET with Lawrence Jones Cross Country and rounded out the top five programs in viewers in April on Saturdays.
On Sundays, FNC’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo (Sundays, 10 AM/ET) earned the top-rated spot in both viewers and the coveted 25-54 category, with 1.9 million viewers and 283,000 in the demo. MediaBuzz, hosted by Howard Kurtz at 11 AM/ET, delivered 1.5 million viewers and 221,000 in the 25-54 demo, outpacing CNN’s Reliable Sources across the board for the month and held a 95% advantage in viewers and a 71% advantage in the demo over the CNN program, which averaged 774,000 viewers and 129,000 with A25-54, down double digits across the board versus the prior year. Meanwhile, FNC’s Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy (Sundays, 7 PM/ET), outpaced every CNN weekday program in total viewers, drawing an audience of 1.6 million viewers and 175,000 in the 25-54 demo, rounding out the top three programs in viewers for the month. At 8 PM/ET, Life Liberty and Levin earned 1.8 million viewers and 217,000 in the demo, while The Next Revolution with host Steve Hilton (Sundays, 9 PM/ET) secured 1.4 million viewers and 182,000 in the demo. Notably, FOX & Friends Weekend (weekends from 6-10 AM/ET) outdrew CNN and MSNBC every hour in total viewers and the 25-54 demo during the month, earnings 1.3 million viewers and 233,000 with A25-54.
APRIL 2022 RATINGS FOR THE TOP FIVE PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS:
Total Viewers: The Five (3,494,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,389,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (2,924,000), Hannity (2,886,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,598,000)
Adults 25-54: Tucker Carlson Tonight (560,000), The Five (510,000), Hannity (450,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (426,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (396,000)
APRIL 2022 VS. APRIL 2021 NIELSEN NUMBERS (seven day week, L+SD):
FNC: 1,521,000 total viewers – up 25% (248,000 in 25-54 – up 16%)
CNN: 582,000 total viewers – down 26% (132,000 in 25-54 – down 35%)
MSNBC: 668,000 total viewers – down 30% (75,000 in 25-54 – down 46%)
FNC: 2,363,000 total viewers – up 6% (364,000 in 25-54 – down 1%)
CNN: 694,000 total viewers – down 33% (168,000 in 25-54 – down 39%)
MSNBC: 1,116,000 total viewers – down 29% (124,000 in 25-54 – down 45%)
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service and has been the number one network in basic cable for the last six years and the most-watched television news channel for more than 20 consecutive years, currently attracting more than 50% of the cable news viewing audience according to Nielsen Media Research. Notably, Nielsen/MRI Fusion has consistently shown FNC to be the network of choice for more Democrat and Independent viewers, with the most politically diverse audience in cable news. Additionally, a 2021 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index report stated FOX News leads the news industry in both brand loyalty, engagement, and expectations while a 2022 Brand Keys poll showed FNC dominating morning and evening news in customer loyalty engagement. Owned by Fox Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 80 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top 15 programs in the genre.
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