Greg Gutfeld Dominates Cable News Ratings as CNN Sinks into Obscurity

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld is dominating cable news with huge ratings numbers while CNN continues to sink into obscurity.

Gutfeld is the breakout host this year in a Fox News lineup full of stars.

The network is delivering think kind of viewing figures that CNN and MSNBC can only dream about.

Fox News dominated again in May and had the most-watched shows on cable news in total audience and in the key 25-54 demographic.

“The Five” finished No. 1 with nearly 3.28 million total viewers.

Tucker Carlson was next with 3,233,000.

Greg Gutfeld had two shows in the top ten, “The Five” and “Gutfeld.”

MSNBC had one show in the top ten, The Rachel Maddow Show, but CNN’s top show, Anderson Cooper 360, came in at No.25 with just 759,000 total viewers.

Gutfeld said earlier about his show: “People don’t go to entertainment for homework.

“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.

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“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.

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

“The thing we did was we said we’re no different than you are.

“We’re looking at this stuff with a jaundiced eye.

“We get it. We’re on your side. So, I think it’s a combination of we’re entertainment, and we’re not homework.

“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?

“My goal was always to flip that,” he said.

“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.”

The 10 most-watched cable news shows in May, according to Adweek:

  1. Fox News | 5 p.m. /The Five: 3,279,000 / 25 telecasts
  2. Fox News | 8 p.m. / Tucker Carlson Tonight: 3,233,000 / 22 telecasts
  3. Fox News | 9 p.m./ Hannity: 2,720,000 / 21 telecasts
  4. Fox News | 7 p.m./ Jesse Watters Primetime: 2,646,000 / 17 telecasts
  5. Fox News | 6 p.m. / Special Report with Bret Baier: 2,475,000 / 25 telecasts
  6. Fox News | 10 p.m./The Ingraham Angle: 2,256,000 / 23 telecasts
  7. Fox News | 11 p.m./Gutfeld! : 2,001,000 / 23 telecasts
  8. MSNBC | 9 p.m./The Rachel Maddow Show: 1,950,000 / 9 telecasts
  9. Fox News | 12 p.m. / Outnumbered: 1,774,000 / 26 telecasts
  10. Fox News | 9-10 a.m./10-11 a.m./America’s Newsroom: 1,709,000 / 50 telecasts
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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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