Fox News Reminds Chris Wallace Who’s Boss, Beats CNN and MSNBC Combined with Total Viewers

Fox News has reminded fallen star Chris Wallace who’s boss by beating both CNN and MSNBC combined in the August Cable Ratings.

Fox was number one in cable news in primetime viewers for the 19th month in a row and had 96 of the top 100 cable news shows for August.

And if that wasn’t humbling enough for Wallace, Fox beat CNN and MSNBC combined with total day and primetime viewers.

In August, Fox was the only cable news network to post double-digit gains versus last month.

And August was the network’s most-watched month of the summer, with every program gaining viewers month-to-month.

Fox was also the third most watched network in primetime beating ABC.

It gets worse for Wallace, however.

Fox News had more Independents and Democrats watching than MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime viewers as well as the 25-54 age demographic.

And Fox News was the number one network among Hispanic and Asian households in total day viewers.

According to Fox News:

“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.

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“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.

“Evening newscast Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights, 6 PM/ET) averaged 2.4 million viewers and 306,000 in the 25-54 demo.

“At 7 PM/ET, FNC’s Jesse Watters Primetime finished as the fourth highest-rated cable news program, averaging 2.9 million viewers and 356,000 in the 25-54 demo, closing another month as the fastest-growing program in cable news.

“At 12 AM/ET, FOX News @ Night, hosted by incoming FOX News Sunday anchor Shannon Bream, surpassed the competition, delivering over 1.1 million viewers and 209,000 in A25-54.”


Total Viewers:

  • The Five (3,389,000),
  • Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,316,000),
  • Hannity (2,915,000),
  • Jesse Watters Primetime (2,856,000),
  • The Rachel Maddow Show (2,726,000)

Adults 25-54:

  • Tucker Carlson Tonight (486,000),
  • The Five (427,000),
  • Hannity (397,000),
  • Gutfeld! (358,000),
  • The Ingraham Angle (358,000)
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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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