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‘The Five’ Dominates Cable News in Total Viewers And Key Demo

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Fox News’ popular late-afternoon panel show “The Five” has long dominated cable news ratings and is continuing to do so, according to the most recent viewership data.

The show also blasted its competition on Monday, pulling in 3.53 million total viewers, while the second-highest-rated show on all of cable news was “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” raking up 3.11 million total viewers, according to data.

“In the key 25-54 age demographic, The Five also landed in first place with 498,000 viewers. Tucker Carlson brought in 409,000 viewers to come in second in the demo. Rachel Maddow led MSNBC with 2.28 million total viewers, making her the most-watched female host on Monday night as she just beat out Laura Ingraham’s 2.02 million total viewers. Jake Tapper led CNN with 541,000 total viewers at 5 p.m.,” Mediaite reported.

Here is a further breakdown of ratings:

Total viewers:

CNN: 397,000

Fox News: 1.70 million

MSNBC: 933,000

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25-54 Demo:

CNN: 77,000

Fox News: 246,000

MSNBC: 103,000

Here are the prime time averages — encompassing shows which air from 8-11 p.m. — in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

Total viewers:

CNN: 491,000

Fox News: 2.53 million

MSNBC: 1.71 million

25-54 Demo:

CNN: 102,000

Fox News: 313,000

MSNBC: 166,000

One of The Five’s regular co-hosts, Greg Gutfeld, has also had a big 2022, having launched an increasingly popular late-night show on the network earlier this year.

Gutfeld’s 11 p.m. show on Fox News landed second in all of cable news on Friday in the main 25-54 demographic,  beating out The Ingraham Angle (with guest host Jason Chaffetz) and “The Five,” which he co-hosts.

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Gutfeld’s show also brought in a staggering 2.02 million total viewers, which beat out Ingraham’s show at 1.9 million. “Gutfeld!” fell just short of beating “The Five,” which drew 2.92 million total viewers.

Another of the network’s newest rising stars, Jesse Watters, is the host or co-host of two of Fox News’ top-rated programs, including The Five.

“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 for the week ending May 30.

“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),” the report continued.

Besides “The Five,” Watters also hosts his own program, “Jesse Watters Primetime.” That program came in third place as the most-watched show on Fox News, and beat out Sean Hannity, Bret Baier, and Laura Ingraham the same week.

“The Five was the most-watched show of the week, both in total viewers (3.19 million) and among adults 25-54 (469,000). Tucker Carlson Tonight came in second in average total viewers (2.97 million), followed by Jesse Watters Primetime at No. 3 (2.53 million viewers at 9 p.m.), Hannity at No. 4 (2.46 million at 7 p.m.), and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.285 million viewers at 6 p.m.) rounding out the five-most-watched,” the report stated.

In May, “The Five” was the most-watched show on cable news in both total audience and among the key 25-54 age demographic.

The show averaged nearly 3.28 million total viewers in the 5 p.m. hour during May 2022.

“People don’t go to entertainment for homework,” Gutfeld told Forbes. “You don’t pay for homework. And it feels like there’s been this modern kind of woke culture where everything is being informed with a lesson you have to learn — it’s like, I don’t need to be lectured. I didn’t come here to be told how this is oppression and I have to, like, learn about these things. I came to be entertained.”

“If you’ve been watching my stuff, I spend a lot of time talking about media. Because I know the internal flaws of it. The Gutfeld show became successful because it came at exactly the right time.” he said. “People have had it with being told that every institution in your life is somehow oppressor vs. oppressed.”

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