Fox News Channel’s “The Five” finished October as the most-watched show in cable news to help the network outdraw MSNBC and CNN Combination Important ratings
Fox News celebrated its 25th birthday in October and averaged 1.4million viewers to be No. The network ranked 1 among all basic cable channels, with no other networks achieving the same feat. MSNBC came third with 680,000 and ESPN placed second with 892,000 viewers. CNN managed 487,000 viewers on average and did not crack the top 5.
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Fox News ended the busy news month with 55% of total cable news viewership, as compared to 26% and 19% respectively for MSNBC.
The Five was the cable news show with the highest average viewership of 3.1million viewers. It was the first time that Fox News’ signature roundtable program finished a month with the largest audience in cable news, an accomplishment that is even more significant when considering it airs at 5 p.m. ET, and competes with primetime programming that has historically drawn larger audiences.
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Average viewers for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which was second in the list, were 3.1 million. “Hannity”, however, had a third-place finish with 2.7 million. The Top Five included “Special Report with Bret Bailey” and “The Ingraham Angle”, which were Fox News programs that made up 13 out of 15 most-watched cable news shows.
MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” settled for sixth place, finishing as the most-watched program that isn’t on Fox News.
CNN’s most popular program was the scandal-plagued “Cuomo Prime Time,” which averaged 811,000 nightly viewers to finish behind 15 Fox News and seven MSNBC programs. “Cuomo Prim Time,” despite being CNN’s most-watched show, had its worst month in 2017 since its launch.
Tucker Carlson Tonight finished first in the highly-coveted demographic of 25-54-year-olds, with an average 483,000 viewers. “The Five,” “Hannity,” “The Ingraham Angle,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “Gutfeld!,” “Fox News Primetime,” “America’s Newsroom,” “Outnumbered,” “The Faulkner Focus” and “America Reports” all finished with larger demo audiences than anything CNN or MSNBC had to offer as Fox News programs swept the top ten and finished with 15 of the 16 most-popular shows in the category.
MSNBC’s best demo performer was “Maddow,” which finished No. 12 among cable news programs and CNN’s was “Erin Burnett OutFront,” which settled for No. 17.
Only Fox News, which is dominated by the NFL, was more popular during primetime between 8-11 p.m. FNC finished second, with an average of 2.3 million viewers. ET was third in this category. TBS and MSNBC rounded out the top 5, while Hallmark Channel was third with just 6611,000 viewers. CNN was not in the top 10, as its primetime average of 661,000 viewers left it.
Fox News won by over 240% more primetime viewers than CNN and 150% greater primetime demo, to win its biggest victory against the liberal network since 2014.
“Gutfeld!” It celebrated its sixth month anniversary as No. It was the No. 1 cable program at 11 p.m. ET timeslot, and outdrew ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”
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“Fox & Friends” was the most-watched cable news morning show for the seventh-straight month, averaging 1.3 million viewers as CNN’s struggling “New Day” averaged only 384,000.
CNN had its lowest monthly audience in the weekday total viewers as well as primetime demo, since 2014. Every weekday program has seen a decline in these categories.
MSNBC had also significant problems attracting viewers in October.
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The performance of the progressive network among key demo was its worst since 2004. “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” had the lowest audience in this category ever.
“America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino,” “The Faulkner Focus,” “Outnumbered,” “America Reports with John Roberts and Sandra Smith,” Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” and “Your World with Neil Cavuto” all had strong months to help Fox News’ daytime lineup crush cable news competition.
Nielsen Media Research, all data.