According to Mediaite, Fox News topped the ratings in the demo and also in terms of total viewers on Friday. They brought in 221,000 demo viewers and 1.56 million average total viewers.
CNN brought in their record lowest day with an average of just 60,000 demo viewers, slightly higher than the network’s 59,000 demo viewers in July 2000.
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MSNBC came in second place with only 83,000 demo viewers and 818,000 average total viewers. CNN was in third place with 303,000 total viewers.
A full breakdown of all of Friday’s cable news ratings can be found here.
Here are the total day averages in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic:
Fox News: 1.56 million
Fox News: 221,000
Here are the prime time averages (shows aired from 8-11 p.m.) in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic:
Fox News: 2.27 million
MSNBC: 1.1 million
Fox News: 296,000
Fox News has recently been pulling in the best viewer totals of all cable news networks.
In May, Fox News Channel’s “The Five” finished as the No. 1 cable news program. May happened to be a busy month featuring the ongoing war in Ukraine, political analysis and information, and breaking coverage of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.
Fox News reported:
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld’s program averaged 2.2 million viewers from March 28 to April 1 to easily outdraw CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” and MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle” combined. “Gutfeld!” Quadrupled Lemon’s audience and topped ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The success of “Gutfeld!” Helped Fox News finish the week as the most-watched basic cable network, as it averaged 1.6 million total viewers. MSNBC averaged 698,000 to finish second, followed by TBS’ average audience of 640,000. It marked the 33rd consecutive week that Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined among total day viewers.
Fox News was No. 1 among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, too, averaging 271,000 demo viewers to top second-place TBS at 269,000.
Variety also shared about how “The Five” is topping expectations and ratings:
The most-watched program at the Fox Corp. cable outlet for the past two quarters hasn’t been one of the opinion hours hosted by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, or Laura Ingraham. Instead, the Fox News show with the biggest overall audience is “The Five”, a panel program that producers believe airs views from the right (four of the five hosts) and left (a single host, who rotates among three regulars). The show, which airs at 5 p.m.–not typically a bulwark of top viewing in the TV business– lured an average audience of around 3.68 million for the first three months of the year. Fox News’ second most-watched program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” won an average of nearly 3.63 million. Carlson’s show retains its lead in the demographic most favored by advertisers, people between 25 and 54.