Jesse Watters Makes Cable News History as Show Delivers Highest-Ever Ratings for Primetime Slot

Fox News star Jesse Watters has made cable news history by delivering record-breaking viewer numbers for his hit primetime show.

His show “Jesse Watters Primetime” secured the highest-ever ratings for the 7 pm slot this year.

Watters also stars in the number one show on cable, “The Five.”

“The Five” also set a new record by becoming the first non-primetime cable program in television history to finish the year as cable’s most-watched in total viewers.

But Watters has multiple co-stars on that “The Five,” making what he is doing with his solo show even more impressive.

Jesse Watters Primetime (weeknights, 7 PM/ET) was not only 2022’s fastest-growing cable news show, beating the competition across the board with 2.9 million viewers and 396,000 in the 25-54 age demographic, but it also delivered the highest-rated 7 PM/ET hour in cable news history.

Fox News dominated MSNBC and CNN delivering 92 of the top 100 cable news shows in 2022.

Fox News delivered the third highest-rated year in cable news history for 2022 in total day viewers.

Fox News was the number one cable network in primetime and total day in viewers again and finished 2022 as the highest-rated cable news network for the 21st straight year.

Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in primetime and total day across both categories, finishing the year as the only cable news network to notch more than 2 million in primetime viewers and 1 million in total day viewers.

MSNBC and CNN had their lowest-rated years of all time in total day viewers with the younger A25-54 demo.

Fox News had the top 13 out of 15 programs on cable news with total viewers.

Fox News had the top 15 rated shows in A25-54 and the 13 highest-rated shows with the 18-49 demo.

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Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said:

“From America’s choice on election night to the home of late night’s smash hit show, 2022 was a testament to our unmatched skill in delivering the most innovative news and opinion programming to our audience which continues to rank as the most politically diverse in cable news.

“I am beyond proud of our entire team’s incredible achievements this year.”

Nielsen Cable News Ratings for 2022 (12/27/21-12/13/22) vs. 2021 (12/28/20-12/26/21):


  • FNC: 2,330,000 P2+ (down 1%); 346,000 25-54 (down 7%)
  • CNN: 730,000 P2+ (down 33%); 174,000 25-54 (down 36%)
  • MSNBC: 1,208,000 P2+ (down 21%); 133,000 25-54 (down 39%)

Total Day:

  • FNC: 1,489,000 P2+ (up 12%); 231,000 25-54 (up 3%)
  • CNN: 568,000 P2+ (down 27%); 123,000 25-54 (down 35%)
  • MSNBC: 733,000 P2+ (down 19%); 83,000 25-54 (down 35%)
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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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