Cable news is a gauge to show America’s viewing tendencies, and America is liking conservative news.
Liberals like to berate conservative talk shows but numbers don’t lie.
Fox News has been dominating the cable news market for some time, and Deadline reported May numbers on that success:
The network drew 2.27 million total viewers in primetime, up 4% from May 2021. MSNBC averaged 1.02 million, down 32%, while CNN averaged 660,000, down 28%. In the 25-54 demographic, Fox News topped with an average of 351,000 viewers, compared to 150,000 for CNN and 105,000 for MSNBC.
In total day, Fox News averaged 1.46 million, up 23%. MSNBC posted 634,000, down 24%, and CNN averaged 500,000, down 19%. Fox News was the top-rated cable network overall in total day viewers. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News topped with an average of 229,000, followed by 106,000 for CNN and 70,000 for MSNBC.
The Five was the top show in total viewers among cable news networks, averaging 3.28 million viewers, followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.2 million, Hannity with 2.7 million, Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.6 million, and Special Report with Bret Baier with 2.48 million.
“In the 25-54 demo, Tucker Carlson Tonight was on top with an average of 522,000 viewers, followed by The Five with 447,000, Hannity with 428,000, The Ingraham Angle with 382,000, and Jesse Watters Primetime at 362,000,” Deadline reported.
The hit show “The Five” once again led all cable news shows in total viewers and it wasn’t even close, Conservative Brief reported..
“Fox News Channel was the most-watched basic cable network in total day and the third-most-watched in primetime. The cable news powerhouse also averaged more total primetime viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined for the 45th consecutive week,” AdWeek reported.
AdWeek also noted how far-left networks CNN and MSNBC continue to struggle:
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.
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).
Take note: Tucker Carlson is the most-watched host on Fox News every Friday night and Fox News Channel is the most watched network.
Tucker is on top, having been dominating for a long time, and now is soaring past competitors.
Conservative Brief reported that AdWeek found that Carlson’s 8 p.m. show had 3.13 million total viewers and 485,000 views in the advertiser-coveted demo of 25-54 demographic.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes’ show only garnered just 1.43 million total viewers and 152,000 in the 25-54 demo.
In the same time slot, CNN’s Anderson Cooper pulled in only 686,000 total viewers and just 131,000 in the 25-54 demo.
Not only is Tucker popular with Republicans, but television viewership data found that Carlson’s show is the number one most-watched show among Democrats in the key demographic of 25-54 year-olds, Conservative Brief reported.
“The data showed that Carlson pulled in 101,000 viewers who self-identified as Democrats in the 25-54 demographic. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and Fox’s “The Five” were tied for second place, each attracting 88,000 viewers in the key demo who self-identified as Democrats. The next two spots are occupied by Sean Hannity, who took in 81,000 young Democrat viewers, and Greg Gutfeld, who pulled 73,000,” the report found.
Carlson edged out fellow anchor Sean Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996 and also recently became the longest-running prime-time cable news host.
After Carlson reported on the Black lives matter movement, some advertisers threatened to pull out, but FNC viewers instead tuned in to Carlson in record numbers, breaking Hannity numbers.
The Wrap reported that in the entire year of 2021 Carlson had the highest-rated program in all cable news.
The New York Times published a three-part series on Carlson this past Saturday and said that Carlson’s focus on hot topics such as immigration is keeping America tuned in.
“Every second that goes on that network now gets scrutinized,” a former Fox employee told the Times.
A Fox spokesperson also told the Times,” We couldn’t be prouder of our entire team, whose commitment to excellence in journalism and opinion has led FOX News Media to all-time ratings records and delivered the best in class to our viewers.”
In a statement shared with Insider, Justin Wells, a senior executive producer for Carlson’s show, said, “Tucker Carlson Programming embraces diversity of thought and presents various points of view in an industry where contrarian thought and the search for truth are often ignored.”