Dan Bongino, a Fox News host, has risen in the cable news ratings as a major draw to the network with his firebrand style of cutting-edge reporting on the stories Americans are most concerned with.
Bongino covers much of what the rest of the network hosts avoid. A new report found that Bongino’s show on Saturday night was the most-watched primetime show in all of the cable news.
According to rating services, in the 9 p.m. ET time slot, Bongino racked up 1.199 million total viewers. In the same time slot, CNN had 609,000, and MSNBC secured 431,000 total viewers.
In the 8 p.m. ET time slot, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade received 1.19 million total viewers. CNN secured 529,000 total viewers and MSNBC has 463,000 in that same slot.
Bongino’s show was the most-watched primetime show on cable news last Saturday, too.
According to Bongino’s bio:
Daniel John Bongino (born December 4, 1974) is an American conservative political commentator, radio show host, and author. He served as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer from 1995 to 1999 and as a Secret Service agent from 1999 to 2011.
Bongino ran for Congress unsuccessfully as a Republican three times. He currently hosts the syndicated conservative talk radio show The Dan Bongino Show on Westwood One and Unfiltered with Dan Bongino on Fox News.
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In the 9 p.m. ET time slot, Bongino brought in 1.19 million total viewers. In the same time slot, CNN had 219,000 and MSNBC secured 315,000 total viewers. At 8 p.m., Fox News host Brian Kilmeade brought in 1.06 million total viewers, CNN had 282,000, and MSNBC had 282,000.
Beyond Bongino, Fox News continues to dominate cable news as reported by martin Wlash for Conservative Brief, who added:
“Fox News host Greg Gutfeld also received fantastic news this week after his show “Gutfeld!” has ruled late-night television, averaging 2.1 million viewers through 2022, Nielsen Media Research showed, the Washington Times reported.”
“The size of that viewing audience bests both NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and also consistently trumps such cable rivals as Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ and HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ and ‘Real Time With Bill Maher,’” the report said.
The daily line-up of programming on the Fox News Channel is continuing to dominate the cable news industry, and once again, one of the network’s shows was the top-rated program of the week, according to a new analysis of television viewership.
According to AdWeek, in the 25-54 age group, “The Five” was the most-watched program last week, scoring 390,000 in the coveted advertiser demographic, far ahead of Jake Tapper’s 128,000 on CNN and an unmeasurable figure for MSNBC in the same 5 p.m. EDT slot.
Notably, in the 11 p.m. EDT slot, Fox News’ hit late-night comedy show “Gutfeld!” — hosted by The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld — was also dominant last week, averaging 2.2 million viewers, which rivals the broadcast network late-night shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS, Walsh reported.
Fox News dominated in the January cable news ratings as well, drawing more viewers, on average, than both CNN and MSNBC combined. Jesse Watters was part of two shows — The Five and “Jesse Watters Primetime” — that were in the top 5 for viewership in January.
“Fox News still led in total day viewers, averaging 1.35 million viewers, which was down 4% from the same month a year earlier. MSNBC averaged 703,000, up 7%, while CNN posted 524,000, up 7%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 173,000, down 23%, while CNN was up 7% with 107,000 and MSNBC rose 5% to 78,000,” Deadline reported.
The outlet added:
The Five was the top show in total viewers, averaging 3.38 million, followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.19 million, Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.84 million, Hannity with 2.57 million, and Special Report with Bret Baier at 2.42 million.
In the 25-54 demo, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 448,000, followed by The Five with 379,000, Jesse Watters Primetime with 319,000, Hannity with 307,000, and Gutfeld! at 301,000.
Fox News averaged 1.95 million viewers, down 13%, while MSNBC posted 1.05 million, down 9%, and CNN was at 629,000, down 1%. In the 25-54 demo, CNN averaged 144,000, which was up 3%. That still trailed Fox News, which averaged 239,000, down 29%. MSNBC posted 109,000, down 16%.
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The show has become the most watched show in cable news, averaging a total audience of 3.332 million viewers for the week that ended January 22nd, Nielsen ratings showed, Forbes reported.
“After The Five, the highest-rated shows of the week were Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.086 million viewers), Jesse Watters Primetime (2.647 million viewers), Hannity (2.386 million viewers), and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.367 million viewers)—all airing on the Fox News Channel,” the report said.
Forbes reported: “In prime time, Fox News led the cable news networks with an average total audience of 1.996 million viewers—beating CNN and MSNBC combined. Overall, Fox had fully 92 of the 100 highest-rated cable news telecasts for the week. Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, Tucker Carlson Tonight was first with 442,000 viewers, followed by The Five (374,000 viewers), Hannity (303,000 viewers), Jesse Watters Primetime (266,000 viewers) and Special Report with Bret Baier (256,000 viewers).”
And its morning show, “Fox & Friends,” crushed its competitors as well with a total audience of 1.260 million viewers as the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” averaged 760,000 viewers, and “CNN This Morning” had its worst week with 331,000 viewers.