Ainsley Earhardt Beats Combined Audience of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN’s New Day

Ainsley Earhardt and her co-hosts on “Fox & Friends” have managed to beat the combined audience of both MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN’s New Day.

The win comes as Fox News Channel continued its historic ratings run in August, shattering multiple TV ratings records in the process.

Fox News finished August 2022 as the third most-watched network in all of television, beating ABC and trailing only CBS and NBC.

According to Nielsen, Fox News was cable’s highest-rated network in total day and primetime with total viewers and the top-rated in total day with the 25-54 demo.

And Fox News beat its main rivals, MSNBC and CNN, combined in total day and primetime viewers.

The conservative network ranked number one in cable news in primetime viewers for the 19th month in a row and had an unbelievable 96 of the top 100 cable news shows for the month.

Fox News continued to dominate the lucrative morning hours.

Fox & Friends finished August with 1.3 million viewers and 212,000 in the top demographic and beat CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe combined across both categories.

The show was so dominant it beat every show on CNN in total viewers and in the lucrative 25-54 age demo.

Fox & Friends continues to have the number one cable news program in the mornings in both categories for 17 consecutive months.

Greg Gutfeld and his show “Gutfeld!” had an amazing month, becoming the first late-night cable program to finish the month as the most-watched late-night show in all of broadcast and cable, outpacing CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for the month of August.

This is the first time Colbert has been knocked from the top spot as late night’s highest-rated host for a full month in more than five years.

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“Attracting 53% of cable news viewers across primetime and 52% in total day, FNC continued to deliver over half the genre’s audience share.

“According to Nielsen MRI Fusion, FNC also remained the most-watched network across the political spectrum with more Independents and Democrats choosing FNC as their preferred network than MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime viewers as well as the A25-54 demo.

“FNC remained the number one network among Hispanic and Asian households in total day viewers.

“Most notably, FNC’s ‘Gutfeld!’ (2,191,000 P2+, 358,000 A25-54) made television history, becoming the first late-night cable program to finish the month as the most-watched late-night show in all of broadcast and cable, outpacing CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2,156,000 P2+, 377,000 A25-54) for the month of August.

“This is the first time Colbert has been unseated as late-night’s highest-rated host for a full month in more than five years (January 2017).

“Additionally, August marked the show’s highest-rated month since launching last April.

“Airing at 11 PM/ET, the program also topped every show on CNN and MSNBC in the younger 25-54 demo.

“‘Gutfeld!’ averaged 2.2 million viewers 358,000 with A25-54 this month, also besting ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ (1,144,000 P2+, 270,000 A25-54) and NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ (1,339,000 P2+, 382,000 A25-54) in total viewers.

“FNC’s late-night show also topped Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ (383,000 P2+, 148,000 A25-54) across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.

“At 5 PM/ET, FNC’s late afternoon offering ‘The Five’ continued as the top-rated show in viewers for the fifth consecutive month and finishing first in cable news for the last eight out of nine months.

“The roundtable program averaged 3.4 million viewers, 427,000 with 25-54 demo and 270,000 in the 18-49 demo, outpacing every show on CNN and MSNBC across the board. At 8 PM/ET, ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ continued as the highest-rated program in cable news in the younger 25-54 demo, averaging 3.3 million viewers and 486,000 in the demo, as well as 301,000 in the 18-49 category throughout July.

“‘Hannity’ at 9 PM/ET scored 2.9 million viewers, 397,000 in the 25-54 demo and 235,000 among adults 18-49, achieving the third most-watched program in all categories and outpacing the competition on MSNBC and CNN combined.

“MSNBC’s newly-launched 9 PM/ET program ‘Alex Wagner Tonight’ delivered a paltry 1.6 million viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo, which ‘Hannity’ more than doubled.

“At 10 PM/ET, ‘The Ingraham Angle’ garnered 2.5 million viewers, 358,000 in the 25-54 demo and 218,000 in 18-49.

“Notably, FNC’s ‘The Five’ and ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ both beat ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ in total viewers,” Fox News said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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