FOX’s “The Five” Becomes First Non-Primetime Cable Show To Rank #1 In Viewers For A Full Year
Fox News’ “The Five” just made history.
The Five was the first ever non-primetime show to be ranked number one for an entire year – it averaged 3.432 million viewers.
“@TheFive” Rules Cable Becoming the First Non-Primetime Program to Rank Number One in Viewers for a Full Year!!@greggutfeld @DanaPerino @JesseBWatters @JudgeJeanine @JessicaTarlov
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— Cable News Watch (@CableNewsWatch) December 16, 2022
Fox News Channel’s The Five was the most-watched show in cable news in 2022, making history as the first show airing outside of prime time to finish a full year at number one. The Five had an average total audience of 3.432 million viewers—despite airing at 5 p.m., hours ahead of prime, when viewership is typically the highest.
Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight finished the year in first place, with an average audience of 523,000 viewers according to full year ratings data compiled by Nielsen.
FNC’s Gutfeld! also made history, finishing the year as television’s second highest-rated show in late night, behind only CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The show delivered an average total audience of 2.045 million viewers and 345,000 viewers in the key demo.
Overall, Fox News dominated cable news ratings.
They had far more viewers than CNN and MSNBC in both overall viewers and among the key demographic for advertisers.
Fox News will finish 2022 as the most-watched cable network in all of television for the seventh straight year, “The Five” made history as the first non-primetime program to ever lead cable news viewership for an entire year, and Laura Ingraham finished as the highest-rated female host.
Fox News averaged 1.5 million total day viewers, a 12% increase compared to 2021. Despite the news-heavy year, MSNBC averaged 733,000 viewers to shed 19% of its 2021 audience and CNN managed only 586,000 average viewers to lose 27% of last year’s viewership.
When it comes to the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, Fox News also topped MSNBC and CNN combined. Fox News averaged 231,000 demo viewers compared to 123,000 for CNN and only 83,000 for MSNBC.
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