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‘The Five’ Remains Cable News’ Most Watched Show With Whopping Viewership

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Fox News is continuing its record-breaking dominance of every other cable news outlet.

According to the latest viewership data cited by Mediaite, “Fox News won the ratings race on Friday, bringing in some 1.63 million total viewers. MSNBC came in second with 1.04 million total viewers and CNN came in third with 597,000 total average viewers for the day. The Five, yet again, won overall with 3.12 million total viewers and was the most-watched show on all of television for the day. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace led her network overall with 1.5 million total viewers.”

“CNN’s top host was Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. with 904,000 total viewers. Tapper also won his time slot in the key 25-54 age demographic beating both Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Wallace. Tapper brought in 169,000 demo viewers at 4 p.m., leading his network, while Wallace brought in 138,000 and Cavuto raked in some 139,000,” the outlet added.

Meanwhile, here is a breakdown of the total day averages in viewers and the 25-54 demo:

Total viewers:

CNN: 597,000

Fox News: 1.63 million

MSNBC: 1.04 million

25-54 Demo:

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CNN: 115,000

Fox News: 226,000

MSNBC: 117,000

Below are the prime time averages, regarding shows which air from 8-11 p.m. ET, in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

Total viewers:

CNN: 614,000

Fox News: 2.27 million

MSNBC: 1.43 million

25-54 Demo:

CNN: 120,000

Fox News: 299,000

MSNBC: 160,000

Fox News aired 72 of the 100 most-watched cable news telecasts last week, according to viewership data referenced by the network.

“Fox News Channel dominated basic cable from July 11-17, finishing with the largest average audience for the 28th consecutive week,” Fox News reported.

“Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers last week, while no other basic cable channel surpassed the one-million viewer mark. Fox News also came out on top during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., averaging 2.2 million viewers compared to 1.3 million for second-place MSNBC,” the report noted further. “It was the 74th straight week that Fox News outdrew CNN and MSNBC among both total and primetime viewers.”

One of Fox’s best cable news offerings is “The Five,” which once again led all other cable news programs in total viewers last week, and the competition wasn’t even close.

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The program was the most-watched show on cable news, averaging 3.14 million viewers, while another Fox powerhouse, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was the second most-watched show last week with the week 3.12 million total viewers.

“Watters Primetime,” anchored by ‘The Five’ co-host Jesse Watters, took third place in average total viewers with 2.64 million.

Earlier this month, Fox News had 84 of the top 100 cable news shows between July 4 and 10 and averaged 1.3 million viewers. For comparison, MSNBC finished a distant second with 666,000 daily average viewers in that same time frame.

Fox News beat all of the cable news outlets among the key demographic of adults aged 25-54, averaging 198,000 total demo viewers and 288,000 during primetime.

Earlier this month, The Five’s co-hosts celebrated the show’s 11th anniversary by noting all of the friendships, guests, hosts, and success.

“I can’t imagine, those first shows must’ve been terrible looking back,” co-host Jeanine Perino said, praising viewers for making her years spent as a co-host an “awesome” experience.

“One of the things I’ve always been amazed by is that they remember some of the things that happened 11 years ago, and they can tell you exactly what it was and who said it and why it made them laugh,” Pirro added.

Pirro said she is grateful that the show gives her the chance to “pipe off on all the different topics of the day.”

“I love it…I love you all, that’s a great part of it,” she added.

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