Fox News’ ‘The Five’ Sets New Second Quarter Viewership Record As Network Dominates CNN, MSNBC

As CNN and MSNBC continue to lag far behind Fox News in the cable news race, one of the latter network’s offerings is continuing to dominate.

“The Five” became the most-watched cable news program in the second quarter, according to AdWeek, which averaged 3,299,000 to make it the top-rated cable news show. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” came in second with 3,233,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, newly released data reveals that Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in the second quarter of this year, both in primetime and total daily viewers.

“Cable news’ most-watched show hauled in an average of 3.30 million total viewers per original broadcast in Q2. Tucker Carlson Tonight took second place, averaging 3.23 million total viewers in Q2, followed by Hannity at 9 p.m. (2.73 million), Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 p.m. (2.69 million) with Special Report with Bret Baier rounding out the top five in average total viewers (2.46 million),” AdWeek reported.

“The eight most-watched shows of the quarter were all Fox News shows. MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (which featured guest hosts for much of the quarter) came in at No. 9. with a 1.8 million total viewer average at 9 p.m.,” AdWeek added.

CNN and MSNBC continued to struggle mightily in the second quarter of the year.

Here are the 10-most-watched cable news for Q2:

Fox News | 5 p.m. / The Five: 3,299,000 / 62 telecasts

Fox News | 8 p.m. / Tucker Carlson Tonight: 3,233,000 / 59 telecasts

Fox News | 9 p.m. / Hannity: 2,726,000 / 55 telecasts

Fox News | 7 p.m./ Jesse Watters Primetime: 2,688,000 / 47 telecasts

Fox News | 6 p.m. / Special Report with Bret Baier: 2,463,000 / 61 telecasts

Fox News | 10 p.m. / The Ingraham Angle: 2,217,000 / 57 telecasts

Fox News | 11 p.m. / Gutfeld!: 1,982,000 / 59 telecasts

Fox News | 12 p.m. / Outnumbered: 1,806,000 / 62 telecasts

MSNBC | 9 p.m. / The Rachel Maddow Show: 1,798,000 / 35 telecasts

Fox News | 9-10 a.m. & 10-11 a.m. / America’s Newsroom: 1,720,000 / 125 telecasts

This has also been a huge year for host Greg Gutfeld, who co-hosts “The Five” and has a popular daily late-night show.

“People don’t go to entertainment for homework,” Gutfeld told Forbes. “You don’t pay for homework. And it feels like there’s been this modern kind of woke culture where everything is being informed with a lesson you have to learn — it’s like, I don’t need to be lectured.

“I didn’t come here to be told how this is oppression and I have to, like, learn about these things. I came to be entertained,” he added.

“If you’ve been watching my stuff, I spend a lot of time talking about media. Because I know the internal flaws of it. The Gutfeld show became successful because it came at exactly the right time.” he said.

“People have had it with being told that every institution in your life is somehow oppressor vs. oppressed.”

“My show is deliberately surreal and absurd because I’m absurd. I call it the Dean Wormer effect. Dean Wormer was the bad guy in ‘Animal House’ and was always kind of the hood ornament of what a Republican was, and everybody else has fun, right?” Gutfeld continued.

“My goal was always to flip that. So that we’re the people having fun, and the left, Democrats, are the scolds. You see that now, with even Bill Maher saying, my God, my side is humorless and the other side is having fun,” he said.


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