FNC’s “The Five” is Number One Show in Viewers for Fourth Consecutive Month; “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Most-Watched in 25-54 Demographic
FNC Beats CNN and MSNBC Combined with Total Day and Primetime Viewers; Only Network to Post Gains Versus Prior Year with Total Day Viewership
“Gutfeld!” is Second Highest-Rated Show in all of Late Night Television
NEW YORK – August 2, 2022 – FOX News Channel (FNC) finished July 2022 as the third most-watched network in all of television during weekday primetime, trailing only CBS and NBC. According to Nielsen Media Research, FNC remained as cable’s most-watched network in total day and primetime with both total viewers and the 25-54 demo. FNC surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined with total day and primetime viewers and was number one in all of cable with total day and primetime viewers. FNC also ranked number one in cable news in primetime viewers for the 18th month in a row and notched 82 of the top 100 cable telecasts for the month. Notably, FNC was the only cable news network to post gains versus July of 2021 in total day viewers, while CNN and MSNBC experienced declines. In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million viewers, 194,000 with the 25-54 demo and 118,000 with the 18-49 demo. In primetime, FNC netted 2.1 million viewers, 292,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 181,000 with the 18-49 demo. The network also delivered the top four programs in cable news with viewers and the top 15 of the top 16 cable news programs in the 25-54 demo.
FNC continues to make up over half the cable news audience share occupying 51% of viewers across total day and primetime. According to Nielsen MRI Fusion data, FNC continued to be the most watched network among all political spectrums and is watched by more Independents than MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime demo and is the preferred network of Democrats, with more tuning into FNC than both MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime 25-54 demo.
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 first in cable news for the last seven out of eight months. The roundtable program averaged 3.2 million viewers and 410,000 with 25-54 demo and 266,000 in the 18-49 demo, outpacing every show on CNN and 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 3.1 million viewers and 482,000 in the demo, as well as 310,000 in the 18-49 category throughout July. Hannity at 9 PM/ET scored 2.5 million viewers, 343,000 in the 25-54 demo and 204,000 among adults 18-49, topping MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN combined in both categories. At 10 PM/ET, The Ingraham Angle’s Laura Ingraham garnered 2.1 million viewers, 305,000 in the 25-54 demo and 180,000 in 18-49. Notably, FNC’s The Five and Tucker Carlson Tonight both beat ABC’s The Bachelorette in total viewers.
Evening newscast Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights, 6 PM/ET) averaged 2.3 million viewers and 296,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 7 PM/ET, FNC’s Jesse Watters Primetime finished as the third highest-rated cable news program, averaging 2.6 million viewers and 330,000 in the 25-54 demo, closing another month as the fastest-growing program in cable news. At 12 AM/ET, FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream surpassed the competition, delivering over 1 million viewers and 191,000 in A25-54.
FNC’s late night program, Gutfeld!, continued as the second most-watched late night show in all of broadcast and cable. Airing at 11 PM/ET, the program also topped every show on CNN and MSNBC in the younger 25-54 demo. Gutfeld! averaged nearly 2 million viewers 326,000 with A25-54 this month, outpacing ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in total viewers. FNC’s late night show also topped Comedy Central’s The Daily Show across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.
From 4-6 AM/ET, FOX & Friends FIRST garnered 484,000 viewers. FNC’s signature morning show FOX & Friends (weekdays, 6-9 AM/ET) finished July with 1.3 million viewers and 198,000 in the demo, easily outpacing CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe combined across both categories. In fact, the program beat every offering on CNN in total viewers and in the 25-54 demo. FOX & Friends continues to make its mark as the number one cable news program in the mornings in both categories for the 16th 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), delivered 1.6 million viewers and 212,000 in the 25-54 demo. The Faulkner Focus at 11 AM/ET, anchored by Harris Faulkner, notched 1.6 million viewers and 204,000 in the 25-54 demo and bested CNN and MSNBC across the board. At 12 PM/ET, Outnumbered earned 1.7 million viewers and 224,000 in the demo. From 1-3 PM/ET, America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith garnered 1.4 million viewers and 194,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 3 PM/ET, anchor and executive editor Martha MacCallum’s The Story averaged 1.4 million viewers and 199,000 in the 25-54 demo, while Your World with Neil Cavuto at 4 PM/ET also nabbed 1.4 million viewers and 190,000 in the 25-54 category for the month. Notably, FNC’s Outnumbered, America’s Newsroom and The Faulkner Focus topped CBS’ The Talk, NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna and ABC’s GMA3 in viewers.
FNC continued to excel against the competition on weekends throughout the month, outpacing CNN and MSNBC combined with total viewers and the 25-54 demo during primetime on Saturdays and total day and primetime on Sundays. Unfiltered with Dan Bongino (Saturdays, 9PM/ET) was the most-watched program in viewers on Saturday, earning 1.3 million viewers and 163,000 with A25-54. FNC’s 8 PM/ET addition to its Saturday primetime lineup, One Nation helmed by Brian Kilmeade, garnered 1.1 million and 122,000 in the 25-54 demo. FNC’s Lawrence Jones, the youngest Black solo primetime host in cable news, also scored 1.1 million viewers and 125,000 in the demo at 10 PM/ET with Lawrence Jones Cross Country. In the mornings, FNC’s FOX & Friends Weekend was the most-watched program on Saturday in the 25-54 demo, averaging 179,000 viewers and 1.2 million total viewers. Additionally, Cavuto Live at 10 AM/ET rounded out the top three programs in both categories with 1.2 million viewers and 142,000 in the 25-54 demo.
On Sundays, FNC’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo (Sundays, 10 AM/ET) earned the top-rated spot in the coveted 25-54 category, with 206,000 in the demo and 1.5 million viewers. At 8 PM/ET, Life Liberty and Levin earned 1.7 million viewers and 157,000 in the demo, marking the number one program in total viewership. MediaBuzz, hosted by Howard Kurtz at 11 AM/ET, delivered 1.2 million viewers and 140,000 in the 25-54 demo, outpacing CNN’s Reliable Sources across the board for the month and holding a nearly 80% advantage in viewers and a 30% advantage in the demo over the CNN program. Meanwhile, FNC’s Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy (Sundays, 7 PM/ET), outpaced every CNN and MSNBC program in both categories, drawing an audience of 1.5 million viewers and 129,000 in the 25-54 demo, rounding out the top three programs in viewers for the month while The Next Revolution with host Steve Hilton (Sundays, 9 PM/ET) secured 1.3 million viewers and 152,000 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, earning 1.1 million viewers and 158,000 with A25-54 on Sunday.
JULY 2022 RATINGS FOR THE TOP FIVE PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS:
Total Viewers: The Five (3,212,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,103,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (2,636,000), Hannity (2,530,000), The Rachel Maddow Show (2,391,000)
Adults 25-54: Tucker Carlson Tonight (482,000), The Five (410,000), Hannity (343,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (330,000), Gutfeld! (326,000),
JULY 2022 VS. JULY 2021 NIELSEN NUMBERS (seven day week, L+SD):
FNC: 1,350,000 total viewers – up 13% (194,000 in 25-54 – down 5%)
CNN: 541,000 total viewers – down 10% (110,000 in 25-54 – down 15%)
MSNBC: 765,000 total viewers – down 1% (84,000 in 25-54 – down 19%)
FNC: 2,116,000 total viewers – down 1% (292,000 in 25-54- down 13%)
CNN: 731,000 total viewers – down 15% (159,000 in 25-54 – down 18%)
MSNBC: 1,295,000 total viewers – down 2% (133,000 in 25-54 – down 22%)
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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