Dan Bongino’s Hit Fox News Show Dominates 3rd Quarter, Finishes as Most-Watched Saturday Show

Dan Bongino’s hit show on Fox News has dominated the third quarter, finishing as the most-watched Saturday program in total viewer numbers.

Fox News Channel continued its winning streak in the TV ratings for the third quarter to become cable’s most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers.

This makes an astounding 83 consecutive quarters where Fox News was the highest-rated cable news channel in primetime.

Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total day and primetime with total viewers, combined.

The conservative network also beat the leftist rivals both in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 and 18-49 demographics.

Fox News also finished the quarter ranked number one in all of basic cable in total day viewers for the sixth quarter in a row.

The conservative network won every single weekday hour with double and triple-digit percent advantages.

The dominance of Fox News and the repudiation of CNN and MSNBC cannot be overstated.

Fox News had 94 of the top 100 shows in cable news.

During the third quarter of 2022, Fox News had the top seven programs in cable news in total viewers and the top 15 programs in the younger 25-54 demo.

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Fox News even dominated the weekends where “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” was the most-watched show in total viewers for the quarter on Saturday with 1.3 million viewers.

In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million viewers, 201,000 with the A25-54 demographic and 122,000 with A18-49.

In primetime, FNC netted 2.2 million viewers, 294,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 180,000 with A18-49.

Fox even beat CNN with bread and butter breaking news– earning triple-digit advantages over CNN and MSNBC across the board for stories including the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

According to Fox News:

FNC continued to excel against the competition throughout the weekend for the quarter, outpacing CNN and MSNBC combined across both dayparts and in total viewers.

Unfiltered with Dan Bongino (Saturdays, 9 PM/ET) was the most-watched program in total viewers for the quarter on Saturday, earning 1.3 million viewers and 153,000 with A25-54.

In the 25-54 demo, the Saturday edition of FNC’s signature franchise FOX & Friends earned the top spot with 191,000 demo viewers for FOX & Friends Weekend. FNC’s 8 PM/ET addition to the Saturday primetime lineup, One Nation helmed by Brian Kilmeade, nabbed 1.1 million and 112,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Lawrence Jones, who made history earlier this year becoming the youngest Black solo host of a program in cable news with the addition of Lawrence Jones Cross Country (Saturdays, 10 PM/ET), continued to post strong numbers with 1.1 million viewers and 124,000 in the demo, rounding out the top five programs in total viewers for the third quarter.

In the mornings, FNC’s Cavuto Live anchored by Neil Cavuto continued to draw a strong audience with 1.2 million viewers from 10 AM – 12 PM/ET and 161,000 in the 25-54 demo, landing in the top three for both categories.

On Sundays, FNC’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo earned the top-rated spot in the coveted 25-54 category during the third quarter, with over 208,000 in the demo and 1.6 million total viewers. 

FNC’s Life, Liberty & Levin outpaced every CNN program in both categories, drawing the largest audience of the quarter with 1.8 million viewers and 156,000 in the 25-54 demo. At 11 AM/ET, MediaBuzz, hosted by Howard Kurtz, delivered 1.3 million viewers and 158,000 in the 25-54 demo, outpacing CNN’s then-Reliable Sources across the board for the quarter.

Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy earned 1.5 million viewers and 129,000 in the demo, while The Next Revolution with host Steve Hilton secured 1.3 million viewers and 135,000 in the demo. Notably, FOX & Friends Weekend on Sundays outdrew CNN and MSNBC every hour in total viewers and the 25-54 demo during the quarter, with 1.1 million viewers and 167,000 in the demo. MSNBC’s newly-launched weekend show Symone has been outpaced by FNC in the 4 PM/ET hour by triple-digits among total viewers and the 25-54 demo, notching 415,000 total viewers and 38,000 in the 25-54 demo since launch.

THIRD QUARTER 2022 RATINGS FOR THE TOP FIVE PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS:

Total Viewers: The Five (3,295,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,153,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (2,726,000) Hannity (2,682,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,341,000)

Adults 25-54: Tucker Carlson Tonight (468,000), The Five (418,000), Hannity (358,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (342,000), Gutfeld! (339,000)

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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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