Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Gets Incredible News ‘This is What The Show is About’


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In May 2022, Fox News gained in total viewers and dominated cable news competition such as CNN and MSNBC. For years Conservatives have been force-fed the narrative that their ideas for public policy and their point of view would appeal only to a tiny fringe of Americans.

But that doesn’t make sense- does it? It really doesn’t make sense considering the ratings for the news media that appeals to different political groups.

According to its WIKI page: The Fox News Channel, abbreviated FNC, commonly known as Fox News, and stylized in all caps, is an American multinational conservative cable news television.

Check out where it rates:

“Fox News Channel was the most-watched basic cable network in total day and the third-most-watched in primetime during the week of May 16. The cable news powerhouse also averaged more total primetime viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined for the 45th consecutive week,” Adweek reported.

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Fox News averaged 2.29 million total viewers in primetime this past week, No. 3 behind the networks broadcasting the NBA and NHL playoffs TNT and ESPN—and +3% from what the network averaged in the daypart the previous week (May 9). Fox News also averaged 350,000 adults 25-54 in primetime, which is up +6% from the week prior and No. 3 behind playoffs-carrying TNT (1.335 million), and ESPN (1.09 million)
CNN and MSNBC continue to struggle on the ratings front, at least by their respective standards.

MSNBC finished last week No. 4 on cable in total primetime viewers, failing to crack a million (910,000) for the third consecutive week. Prior to the week of May 2, MSNBC hadn’t averaged fewer than 1 million primetime viewers in a week (outside of holiday weeks) since 2016. The 910,000 primetime viewer average is -7% from what the network averaged in the daypart the previous week. MSNBC also averaged 603,000 total day viewers last week, No. 4 on basic cable and -3% from the prior week. When it came to adults 25-54, MSNBC averaged 90,000 in primetime this past week—which is -6% from the prior week—and 66,000 adults 25-54 in total day, which is -3% from the prior week.

Elsewhere in cable news land, CNN averaged 597,000 total viewers in primetime last week, down -1% from the week prior. CNN’s A25-54 viewership in primetime was -8% from the prior week. Additionally, in total day, CNN lost -4% in total viewers (466,000) and -4% in the key demo (95,000).

How did cable news’ “big three” fare relative to the same week in 2021? (Week of May 17) Fox News gained +9% in average total primetime viewers and +4% from the primetime demo

Martin Walsh reported about the details at Fox, for Conservative Brief:

Fox News has hit 65 consecutive weeks as the most-watched cable news network and host Tucker Carlson has played a huge role in helping reach that accomplishment.

“Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson pushed his network to yet another week as the most-watched cable news network—marking 65 consecutive weeks at number one. For the week ending May 15th, Tucker Carlson Tonight dominated prime time ratings among viewers 25-54, the key demo most valued by advertisers with an average audience of 461,000 viewers,” Forbes reported.

“Fox News led in prime with an average total audience of 2.224 million viewers, well ahead of rival networks MSNBC and CNN. CNN saw its lowest-rated week of the year in primetime—among total viewers and in the key demo—with none of the network’s shows delivering an audience of more than one million viewers, long considered a benchmark of success for prime time shows. Fox News’ margin over CNN was dramatic—delivering 268% of CNN’s prime time audience for the week,” the report added.

As Forbes noted, Carlson has played a huge role in elevating Fox’s ratings well above the competition.

Carlson’s primetime show on Fox News smashed another key barrier earlier this year.

Television viewership data released by Nielsen/MRI Fusion reveals that Carlson’s show is the number one most-watched show among Democrats in the key demographic of 25-54 year-olds.

Anchor Sean Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996, smashed another record earlier this month after becoming a host for nearly 25 years and six months.

Fox News issued a statement celebrating the milestone, saying, “FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Sean Hannity has notched yet another industry milestone, becoming the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history. Today marks 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days at the helm of a primetime cable news program, breaking the previous longstanding record* held by the late talk show host Larry King. As cable news’ most enduring personality, Hannity has been a staple of FNC’s primetime lineup since the launch of the network in 1996, where his candid style and passionate commentary have made him one of the most prominent and influential voices in the country.”

The statement added:

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.

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