Fox News Leaves MSNBC & CNN in Wake, Lands 94 of Top 100 Shows in Cable News

Fox News has left MSNBC and CNN in its wake during the third quarter by dominating the competition across the board in cable news.

According to the latest figures, Fox News landed 94 of the top 100 shows in cable news for the quarter.

Fox News has now been the highest-rated cable news channel in primetime for 83 consecutive quarters.

It gets worse for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s soon-to-be-demoted Don Lemon, however.

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

The conservative network also beat the left-wing rivals in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 and 18-49 age demographics.

Fox News also won every single weekday hour.

The people have spoken and they like Fox News.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the highest-rated program in cable news in the key 25-54 demo, averaging 3.2 million viewers and 468,000 in the demo.

“Gutfeld!” beat the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in August and September.

Greg Gutfeld’s show is also expected to beat Colbert again in the next quarter, which would cause Hollywood to scramble.

Hannity averaged 2.7 million viewers, 358,000 in A25-54 and 210,000 among adults 18-49, beating MSNBC’s newly-launched program Alex Wagner Tonight by double and triple-digit advantages.

The weekends offered no respite for MSNBC or CNN with Fox dominating there as well.

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On Sundays, “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.

“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.

“MediaBuzz,” hosted by Howard Kurtz, delivered 1.3 million viewers and 158,000 in the 25-54 demo, outpacing CNN’s “Reliable Sources” across the board for the quarter.

According to Fox 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)

3Q’22 VS. 3Q’21 NIELSEN NUMBERS (seven-day week, L+SD):


  • FNC: 1,406,000 total viewers – up 3% (201,000 in 25-54 – down 13%)
  • CNN: 558,000 total viewers – down 7% (110,000 in 25-54 – down 17%)
  • MSNBC: 783,000 total viewers – up 6% (85,000 in 25-54 – down 11%)


  • FNC: 2,189,000 total viewers – down 8% (294,000 in 25-54 – down 23%)
  • CNN: 717,000 total viewers – down 13% (150,000 in 25-54 – down 21%)
  • MSNBC: 1,277,000 total viewers – flat (127,000 in 25-54 – down 22%)
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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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