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Americans flocked to Fox News last week for information and analysis during a busy news cycle as the economy, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, COVID, violence across the country and all things political continue to make headlines.
Fox News averaged 1.5 million viewers from May 16-22, beating all basic cable as no other network topped 1 million viewers. ESPN finished second with an average viewership of 831,000 while TNT finished third with an average viewership of 788,000.
Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during prime time from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., outpacing all basic cable competitors except postseason-heavy TNT and ESPN. the NBA. Fox News crushed other cable news offerings in the category, as MSNBC averaged 910,000 viewers and CNN failed to crack the top ten with a dismal average viewership of just 597,000. It was the 45th week in a row that Fox News topped CNN and MSNBC combined in prime time.
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Fox News’ advantage over CNN and MSNBC was even more staggering among the demographic coveted by adult advertisers aged 25-54. Fox News averaged 222,000 demo viewers, compared to 95,000 for CNN and just 66,000 for MSNBC.
MSNBC continued to struggle in the critical demo, finishing behind 26 other basic cable channels, including Freeform, Bravo, FXX, BET, AMC, Paramount, TLC and Nickelodeon.
Fox News’ prime-time lineup of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” averaged 350,000 nightly demo viewers while CNN settled for 123,000 and MSNBC only got 123,000. attracted only 90,000 average viewers in the key category.
Overall, Fox News Channel aired 98 of the 100 most-watched cable news shows last week and swept the top 15.
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“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched cable news program of the week among total viewers and advertiser-coveted demo, averaging 3.2 million total viewers and 505,000 in the demo.
“The Five” averaged 3.2 million to finish second, followed by “Hannity,” “Jesse Watters Primetime” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
“Gutfield! averaged two million viewers topping NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and daytime offerings “Outnumbered,” “The Faulkner Focus” and “America’s Newsroom” all topped “Today with Hoda and Jenna.” from NBC.
“FOX & Friends” averaged 1.4 million viewers to nearly triple the turnout of CNN’s long-debating “New Day,” which averaged just 378,000 viewers. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” settled for an average viewership of 783,000 as “FOX & Friends” has now topped the cable news morning competition for 61 straight weeks.
“Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” averaged 1.4 million viewers to finish as the most-watched cable news program on Saturday, while “Sunday Morning Futures” averaged 1.7 million viewers to win the crown of the weekend.
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On Fox Business Network, an average of 237,000 viewers per weekday tuned in as FBN surpassed CNBC’s audience of 225,000. It was Fox Business’ most-watched week during the business day since presidential election week 2020 and “Kudlow” topped all business programming for the fifth week in a row.
All data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research