Greg Gutfeld Makes TV History, Becomes First Late Night Cable Host to Beat Broadcast Networks for Full Month

Fox News star Greg Gutfeld has made television history by becoming the first late night cable news host to beat broadcast networks in the TV ratings for a full month.

The news comes as Fox News continues its unprecedented streak of dominance in the ever-critical cable ratings war.

Fox News Channel 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 demographic.

And Fox News humiliated both MSNBC and CNN by beating them combined in total day and primetime viewers.

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

“Gutfeld!” became 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’s “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.

“Gutfeld!” also had the show’s highest-rated month since launching last April in August.

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

Gutfeld’s show averaged 2.2 million viewers, beating ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1,144,000) and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (1,339,000) in total 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.

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“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.”

AUGUST 2022 VS. AUGUST 2021 NIELSEN NUMBERS:

TOTAL DAY:

  • FNC: 1,487,000 total viewers – up 4% (211,000 in 25-54 – down 12%)
  • CNN: 561,000 total viewers – down 10% (110,000 in 25-54 – down 21%)
  • MSNBC: 804,000 total viewers – up 10% (89,000 in 25-54 – down 9%)

PRIMETIME:

  • FNC: 2,337,000 total viewers – down 6% (311,000 in 25-54- down 22%)
  • CNN: 733,000 total viewers – down 11% (153,000 in 25-54 – down 21%)
  • MSNBC: 1,299,000 total viewers – up 5% (134,000 in 25-54 – down 19%)
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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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