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CNN Posts Lowest Day In Ratings Since July 2000; ‘The Five’ Comes In #1 Again

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Fox News is continuing its streak of smashing all other cable news channels and outlets, according to the latest viewership data.

And more to the point, the smash afternoon panel program, “The Five,” is among the network’s most dominant.

By comparison, however, CNN — America’s original 24-7-365 cable news offering — continues posting dismal viewership numbers.

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“CNN capped off a weak week in the ratings on Friday, dipping to the network’s lowest Friday in the key 25-54 age demographic since July 14th, 2000. CNN brought in a total day average of 60,000 demo viewers, just higher than the network’s 59,000 demo viewers in July 2000,” Mediaite reported.

“Fox News topped the ratings in the demo and in terms of total viewers on Friday, bringing in 221,000 demo viewers and 1.56 million average total viewers. MSNBC came in second place with 83,000 demo viewers and 818,000 average total viewers. CNN landed in third place with 303,000 total viewers,” the outlet added.

May was also a very big month for Fox News and “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.

“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.

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

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Besides “The Five,” Watters also hosts his own show, “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 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.

Host Greg Gutfeld, who is also a co-host on “The Five,” has his own show that is dominating late-night cable news ratings.

“My show is deliberately surreal and absurd, because I’m absurd. I call it the Dean Wormer effect. Dean Wormer was the bad guy in “Animal House” and was always kind of the hood ornament of what a Republican was, and everybody else has fun, right? … My goal was always to flip that. So that we’re the people having fun, and the left, Democrats, are the scolds. You see that now, with even Bill Maher saying, my god, my side is humorless and the other side is having fun.”

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.

The network’s top-rated “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is also a ratings powerhouse, beating out all competition in his prime-time hour by a large margin.

Below are the 10 most-watched cable news shows from May:

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–Fox News | 5 p.m. /The Five: 3,279,000 / 25 telecasts

–Fox News | 8 p.m. / Tucker Carlson Tonight: 3,233,000 / 22 telecasts

–Fox News | 9 p.m./ Hannity: 2,720,000 / 21 telecasts

–Fox News | 7 p.m./ Jesse Watters Primetime: 2,646,000 / 17 telecasts

–Fox News | 6 p.m. / Special Report with Bret Baier: 2,475,000 / 25 telecasts

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–Fox News | 10 p.m./The Ingraham Angle: 2,256,000 / 23 telecasts

–Fox News | 11 p.m./Gutfeld! : 2,001,000 / 23 telecasts

–MSNBC | 9 p.m./The Rachel Maddow Show: 1,950,000 / 9 telecasts

–Fox News | 12 p.m. / Outnumbered: 1,774,000 / 26 telecasts

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–Fox News | 9-10 a.m./10-11 a.m./America’s Newsroom: 1,709,000 / 50 telecasts

Meanwhile, anchor Sean Hannity recently became the longest-running prime-time cable news host.

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

“Sean’s authenticity and insightful commentary have created one of the most enduring connections with our audience and it’s been an honor to watch him over the years. A FOX News original, he has helped innovate the industry, and we are incredibly proud of his extraordinary success,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said of Hannity’s longevity and success.

Hannity said, “I am extremely grateful to FOX News Media and to our loyal, dedicated viewers whom I am proud to serve every night.”

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