Jesse Watters’ New Show Routs CNN in Ratings Battle, Gets 3M More Viewers Than Jim Acosta

Jesse Watters’ new show on Fox News is a hit according to early ratings, blowing rival networks out of the water in primetime.

“Jesse Watters Primetime” didn’t just crush the competition getting 3.8 million total viewers in its debut, but it embarrassed the other networks.

Watters’ new show received double the viewership for the timeslot compared to the same day in 2021.

Watters also got more viewers than every “Fox News Primetime” broadcast since the show started using a rotating crew of co-hosts.

Jesse’s show got more viewers, 537,000, in the age demographic the advertisers care most about, 25 to 54, than Fox News has had at the 7 p.m. slot in over a year and that Jim Acosta got in total viewers for his primetime tryout at CNN on the same night.

And Jesse beat CNN’s direct competition, Erin Burnet, by 446% and he beat Joy Reid on MSNBC by 216%.

On the same night Jesse Watters’ show premiered, on CNN Jim Acosta had his first-night tryout for a primetime show by way of a special called “Democracy in Peril.”

Watters crushed Acosta with 3,803,000 viewers (537,000 in 25-54 demo) while Acosta got a paltry 511,000 viewers (103,000 in 25-54 demo).

According to Mediaite, “CNN’s prime time 9 p.m. special Democracy in Peril, which is anchored this week by Jim Acosta, pulled in just 511,000 total average viewers on Monday night — a full 3.3 million fewer viewers than Watters.

“Watters also beat Tucker Carlson in total viewers, though Carlson won the demo.

“CNN’s prime time 9 p.m. special Democracy in Peril, which is anchored this week by Jim Acosta, pulled in just 511,000 total average viewers on Monday night — a full 3.3 million fewer viewers than Watters.”

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From The Wrap:

Notably, “Jesse Watters Primetime” got more viewers than ABC’s “The Bachelor.” CNN’s 7 p.m. offering, “Erin Burnett OutFront,” drew 700,000 total average viewers, while MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” netted 1.2 million, giving “Jesse Watters Primetime” a 446% advantage and a 216% advantage over each of them respectively.

“The Five,” which Watters also co-hosts, was the top-rated cable program on Monday, pulling in 3.9 million total average viewers, of whom 588,000 were in the demo.

Additionally, FNC’s “The Five” at 5 PM/ET remained the top-rated live program in all of cable, with 3.9 million total viewers and 588,000 in the demo.

From Fox News:

“Watters initially began guest hosting the vacant 7 p.m. hour as part of a rotation of Fox News personalities who took the reins of the coveted time slot when the network shook up its programming slate early last year.

…Watters was named the permanent host earlier this month, and he will continue co-hosting “The Five,” in addition to his new show, but has given up the “Watters World” weekend gig.

“The Five” averaged a staggering 3.3 million viewers during the fourth quarter of 2021 to become the first non-primetime program in cable news history to finish an entire quarter as the most-watched show.

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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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