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Jesse Watters Continues Dominance of Cable News Ratings With Pair of Top Five Shows

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Life is good for Fox News host Jesse Watters.

The anchor of “Jesse Watters Primetime” and co-host of Fox News’ popular “The Five” program has seen both of those programs become part of the top five cable news broadcasts in the country for yet another ratings week.

As Watters moved up, his network dominated ratings overall, with six shows in the top 15 while rival CNN only landed one program in that category with just four in the top 50, reported ShowBuzzDaily.

Meanwhile, fellow network star Tucker Carlson’s Fox program led cable news ratings overall, while Fox News programs finished in third, fourth, and fifth place this week. “The Five” came in at No. 4, and “Jesse Watters Primetime” finished No. 5.

Here are the total day viewers this week:

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  • CNN: 587,000
  • Fox News: 1.84 million
  • MSNBC: 1.04 million

Also, here are the viewership numbers for the 25-54 demographic, which is coveted by advertisers — Fox News led as well:

  • CNN: 124,000
  • Fox News: 246,000
  • MSNBC: 116,000

This is what the total primetime viewer demographics average looked like:

  • CNN: 736,000
  • Fox News: 2.74 million
  • MSNBC: 1.69 million

And the 25-54 demo:

  • CNN: 179,000
  • Fox News: 386,000
  • MSNBC: 172,000

Fox News’ dominance of cable news has been the norm for more than a year.

Per the network:

“The Five” averaged 3.2 million viewers to finish as the most-watched cable news offering, as Fox News finished with 84 of the top 100 cable news telecasts for the week.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “The Ingraham Angle” joined “The Five” among the five most-popular shows.

“Tucker” averaged 505,000 viewers among the advertiser-coveted demographic to win the critical ratings category.

“FOX & Friends” continued its dominant streak, averaging 1.2 million viewers to top morning show competition on CNN and MSNBC for the 68th straight week.

CNN’s “New Day” averaged a dismal 385,000 viewers and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” settled for and average audience of 832,000.

Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996, recently became the longest-running prime-time cable news host.

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“Fox News’ lowest-rated show in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic nearly doubled MSNBC’s highest-rated show in the demo on Tuesday,” Mediaite reported in May. “Fox News not only swept the demo across all time slots, its lowest-rated show still outperformed CNN and MSNBC’s highest-rated program by a wide margin. Fox’s America Reports at 2 p.m. was its lowest performer in the demo, bringing in 221,000 viewers.”

“CNN’s top-rated show in the demo, meanwhile, was Erin Burnett’s OutFront — bringing in 147,000 demo viewers. MSNBC’s top-rated show was its 9 p.m. MSNBC Prime, which brought in 116,000 demo viewers, a little more than half of America Reports’ 221,000,” the report added.

Fox News issued a statement celebrating the Hannity milestone: “FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Sean Hannity has notched yet another industry milestone, becoming the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history. Today marks 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days at the helm of a primetime cable news program, breaking the previous longstanding record* held by the late talk show host Larry King. As cable news’ most enduring personality, Hannity has been a staple of FNC’s primetime lineup since the launch of the network in 1996, where his candid style and passionate commentary have made him one of the most prominent and influential voices in the country.”

The statement added:

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service and has been the number one network in basic cable for the last six years and the most-watched television news channel for more than 20 consecutive years, currently attracting more than 50% of the cable news viewing audience according to Nielsen Media Research.

“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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