Greg Gutfeld Beats Stephen Colbert for Second Consecutive Month, Crowned New King of Late Night

Fox News star Greg Gutfeld has sent Hollywood back to the drawing board after beating “woke” host Stephen Colbert for the second consecutive month in the Neilson ratings.

Before August, Gutfeld usually came in a close second to Colbert.

However, after two straight months at the top, Gutfeld has been crowned the new king of late night TV.

“Gutfeld!” delivered its highest-rated quarter in the show’s history.

Gutfeld himself has remained the second most-watched late night host in all of broadcast and cable news.

The program started off the fall season as the number one late night show on television.

For August and September, “Gutfeld!” surpassed all broadcast and cable competition, including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

And Gutfeld’s show is growing, unlike the others.

It posted double-digit percent growth since the same quarter last year in total viewers and was up with the A25-54 demographic, averaging 2.1 million viewers and 339,000 with A25-54 this quarter, outpacing ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” And NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in total viewers.

“Gutfeld!” also beat every show on CNN and MSNBC in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.

He also beat Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.

Gutfeld also has the highest median income in all of late night television (ABC, CBS and NBC) in the younger 25-54 demo as well as the most upscale audience in total viewers and A25-54.

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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)

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

TOTAL DAY

  • 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%)

PRIMETIME

  • 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%)

SEPTEMBER 2022 RATINGS FOR THE TOP FIVE PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS: 

Total Viewers: The Five (3,297,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,087,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (2,734,000) Hannity (2,639,000),  Special Report with Bret Baier (2,382,000)

Adults 25-54: Tucker Carlson Tonight (438,000), The Five (420,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (348,000), Hannity (340,000), Gutfeld! (338,000)

SEPTEMBER 2022 VS. SEPTEMBER 2021 NIELSEN NUMBERS (seven day week, L+SD):

TOTAL DAY

  • FNC: 1,406,000 total viewers – down 4% (201,000 in 25-54 – down 17%)
  • CNN: 580,000 total viewers – flat (111,000 in 25-54 – down 13%)
  • MSNBC: 791,000 total viewers – up 10% (82,000 in 25-54 – down 2%)

PRIMETIME

  • FNC: 2,131,000 total viewers – down 15% (280,000 in 25-54 – down 31%)
  • CNN: 682,000 total viewers – down 14% (136,000 in 25-54 – down 27%)
  • MSNBC: 1,233,000 total viewers – down 3% (114,000 in 25-54 – down 26%)
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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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