Fox News Crushes CNN And MSNBC — Dominates Cable With 9 Of The Top 10 Shows
Fox News dominated the third quarter of 2022 – the sixth straight quarter Fox News was number one in cable news.
They averaged 1.4 million viewers — beating both MSNBC and CNN by a huge margin.
Fox News also won in primetime averaging 2.2 million viewers.
Fox News Channel finished the third quarter of 2022 as cable’s most-watched network among both total and primetime viewers as Americans tuned in for information and analysis during a busy news cycle that featured everything from ongoing economic woes to the FBI raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
The busy quarter also included continued coverage of the war in Ukraine, the death of Queen Elizabeth and around-the-clock political news. Fox News averaged 1.4 million total day viewers during the quarter, crushing No. 2 MSNBC’s average viewership of 783,000 as CNN, ESPN and HGTV also landed in the top five. It was the sixth straight quarter that Fox News finished No. 1 in the category, airing 94 of the top 100 telecasts in cable news along the way.
During the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., Fox News dominated with 2.2 million average viewers to outdraw MSNBC and CNN combined. MSNBC averaged 1.3 million, followed by ESPN, HGTV and Hallmark. CNN settled for a primetime average of only 717,000 and failed to crack the top five as Fox News was the highest-rated cable news network during primetime for the 83rd straight quarter.
Fox News’ Gutfeld once again dominated late-night, averaging over 2 million viewers.
In the head-to-head battle between Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, and her replacement Alex Wagner, Hannity won the rating battle — averaging 2.6 million compared to 1.8 million from Rachel Maddow and Alex Wagner.
Fox News noted that Greg Gutfeld’s show topped “all of late-night for second consecutive month,” but that claim that comes with a big huge asterisk. While his show had its highest rated quarter, it is a late-night show only in one part of the country, as it is not time delayed for the western time zones. So in Los Angeles, it airs at 8 PM.
Also of note: September marked the first full month of MSNBC’s unusual arrangement in which Rachel Maddow anchors on Mondays at 9 PM ET and Alex Wagner hosts the rest of the weeknights.
In its release, Fox News noted that Hannity beat Wagner “by double and triple-digit advantages.” MSNBC said that the Maddow-Wagner combination averaged 1.7 million total viewers at that hour in Q3, with The Rachel Maddow Show averaging 2.5 million and up 15% year over year. Wagner’s show, the network said, averaged 1.6 million viewers, a 36% increase versus MSNBC Prime, the show that filled the slot since Maddow went to one night a week in May.
Fox News was responsible for nine of the top 10 shows in quarter three.
Only The Rachel Maddow Show/Alex Wagner Tonight were able to sneak into the top 10.
The Five was the top show — averaging 3.2 million viewers.
Here’s the 10-most-watched on cable news for Q3 2022, as per live-plus-same-day Nielsen data.
Fox News | 5 p.m. / The Five: 3,295,000 / 62 telecasts
Fox News | 8 p.m. / Tucker Carlson Tonight: 3,153,000 / 54 telecasts
Fox News | 7 p.m./ Jesse Watters Primetime: 2,726,000 / 51 telecasts
Fox News | 9 p.m. / Hannity: 2,682,000 / 51 telecasts
Fox News | 6 p.m. / Special Report with Bret Baier: 2,341,000 / 62 telecasts
Fox News | 10 p.m. / The Ingraham Angle: 2,230,000 / 49 telecasts
Fox News | 11 p.m. / Gutfeld!: 2,082,000 / 58 telecasts
MSNBC | 9 p.m. / The Rachel Maddow Show/Alex Wagner Tonight: 1,868,000 / 35 telecasts
Fox News | 12 p.m. / Outnumbered: 1,800,000 / 62 telecasts
Fox News |11 a.m. / The Faulkner Focus: 1,650,000 / 65 telecasts
The liberal media is losing!
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