Jesse Watters Leaves Competition in Wake, Lands Two Shows in Top Five Cable Ratings

Jesse Watters is continuing his winning streak at Fox News by landing two shows in the top five on cable.

Fox News has been dominating the competition in the cable ratings war.

The network beat off competition through August and is now enjoying an even more dominant start to September.

Last week, Fox News finished with a larger total audience than CNN and MSNBC for the 81st straight week.

Tuesday’s ratings came in saw Fox News have four of the top 5 shows on all of cable with Jesse waters landing two of them.

The US Open came in first followed by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters, and The Five (co-hosted by Jesse Watters).

Fox News averaged 1.4 million total viewers from Aug. 29 through Sept. 4 and was the only basic cable network to surpass the one-million viewer mark.

It was the 35th straight week that Fox News finished as the most-watched cable network among total viewers.

From Fox News: “Attracting 53% of cable news viewers across primetime and 52% in total day, FNC continued to deliver over half the genre’s audience share.

“According to Nielsen MRI Fusion, FNC also remained the most-watched network across the political spectrum with more Independents and Democrats choosing FNC as their preferred network than MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime viewers as well as the A25-54 demo.

“FNC remained the number one network among Hispanic and Asian households in total day viewers.

“Most notably, FNC’s Gutfeld! (2,191,000 P2+, 358,000 A25-54) made television history, becoming 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’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2,156,000 P2+, 377,000 A25-54) for the month of August.

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“This is the first time Colbert has been unseated as late-night’s highest-rated host for a full month in more than five years (January 2017). Additionally, August marked the show’s highest-rated month since launching last April.

“Airing at 11 PM/ET, the program also topped every show on CNN and MSNBC in the younger 25-54 demo. Gutfeld! averaged 2.2 million viewers 358,000 with A25-54 this month, also besting ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1,144,000 P2+, 270,000 A25-54) and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (1,339,000 P2+, 382,000 A25-54) in total viewers.

“FNC’s late-night show also topped Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (383,000 P2+, 148,000 A25-54) across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo.

“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.

“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,” Fox News said.

“Notably, FNC’s The Five and Tucker Carlson Tonight both beat ABC’s The Bachelorette in total viewers.”

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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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