Fox News Host Jesse Watters Gets Huge News After His Show Debuts


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There is no doubt that Fox News continues to dominate all cable news programs in terms of ratings.

A whopping 3.4 million viewers tuned in to the hit cable news show “The Five” on Monday, making the program once again the most watched for all cable news shows. The show’s leading rating even beat out Tucker Carlson Tonight, which had 3.3 million viewers. Despite that, Tucker Carlson did the best of all shows in the key 25-54 age demographic, bringing in 535,000 viewers.

The most impressive statistic, however, was the fact that Fox News beat both ABC and NBC across primetime on Monday night, averaging 2.69 million total viewers. The total number of viewers for ABC in prime time was 2.42 million, while the total number of viewers for NBC in prime time was 2.17 million.

Mediaite estimates show the total day averages for all cable news programs in total viewers as well as the 25-54 age demographic:

Total viewers:

CNN: 583,000

Fox News: 1.85 million

MSNBC: 818,000

25-54 Demo:

CNN: 123,000

Fox News: 274,000

MSNBC: 96,000

The following are the prime time ratings — comprising shows that air from 8-11 p.m. — in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic.

Total viewers:

CNN: 711,000

Fox News: 2.70 million

MSNBC: 1.52 million

25-54 Demo:

CNN: 151,000

Fox News: 424,000

MSNBC: 176,000

Jesse Watters has also had a sensational year, as he is a co-host of Fox News’ hit primetime show “The Five” and now has his own show on the network.

In his first day hosting the time slot at 7 pm EST on weekdays, Watters drew an audience of 3.8 million viewers on Fox News. This is unprecedented for a permanent host of the network. With those ratings, the network recorded its best ratings for the timeslot for more than a year.

In fact, Watters’ debut scored double the viewership for the hour compared to the same day in 2021 and more viewers than every “Fox News Primetime” telecast since the show launched last year with a rotating cast of hosts.

In fact, Watters drew more viewers — including 537,000 in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54 — than Fox News has gotten at the 7 p.m. slot since early 2021.

Notably, “Jesse Watters Primetime” got more viewers than ABC’s “The Bachelor.” CNN’s 7 p.m. offering, “Erin Burnett OutFront,” drew 700,000 total average viewers, while MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” netted 1.2 million, giving “Jesse Watters Primetime” a 446% advantage and a 216% advantage over each of them respectively.

During a recent interview, Watters spoke about his new show and what he looks forward to with it in the long-term.

He described that viewers can expect “an entertaining hour with news and politics and culture, crime, tabloid — everything.”

“We’re also going to be debuting something,” he said. “You know how my mom’s always texting me? We didn’t think that was fair for just my mom to be able to text me, so we’re going to be putting out a number where the whole country can text me. We’re going to have an open line of communication with the country, so I’ll be listening to them.”

A promise he made was that his viewers would be actively involved in the show.

“That’s what the show is about: Listening and then rallying for the people. We’ll be having a segment at the end of each show where I will be putting people’s texts on the air and I’ll be responding to them because we want to hear from the people,” the host said.

“I’m going to be deciding the entire hour what I want to do. It’s my show,” the host said. “The producers on ‘The Five’ usually kind of set the rundown, with some input from the hosts … and it’s a very entertaining show and that’s why people tune in, but this more of a solo hosting gig and this is my hour so I’m going to be doing topics that I care about, whether it’s getting fatter paychecks, whether it’s controlling the border, whether it’s political correctness.”

There has also been a new co-host added to “The Five” in Jeanine Pirro, who stepped down from her own weekend show, “Justice,” in order to become part of the echelon of hosts.

According to Deadline, an entertainment industry publication, “Fox News again topped the cable news ratings for April, as its total day audience and primetime audience grew while other news networks saw erosion.”

“Fox News averaged 1.52 million total viewers during the month, up 25% compared to the same month in 2021, compared to 668,000 for MSNBC, down 30%, and 582,000 for CNN, off by 26%. In the adults 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 248,000, up 16%, compared to 132,000 for CNN, down 35%, and 75,000 for MSNBC, down 46%.”

There is no doubt that the war in Ukraine continues to be a dominant news story, but CNN and MSNBC still saw significant drops in the number of viewers compared to last year. The two networks have gaps in their primetime schedules for 9 p.m. that need to be filled.

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