‘The Five’ Crushes Entire CNN Lineup, Beats 7 Hours of CNN Combined in One Hour

Fox News’s hit show “The Five” is continuing its winning streak and crushing rival networks’ offerings.

Friday, January 13 was a bad day for struggling CNN.

But for one show on Fox News, it was a historic day.

“The Five,” starring Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Jeanine Pirro, and Jesse Watters, is the number one show on cable news, despite not airing in primetime.

That is history-making on its own but what they did to CNN on Friday will go down in the record books.

The 5 pm hour on Fox News had more viewers than the combined CNN audiences of Jake Tapper at 5 pm, Wolf Blitzer at 6 pm, Erin Burnett at 7 pm, Anderson Cooper at 8 pm/9 pm and Laura Coates and Alisyn Camerota at 10 pm/11 pm.

Joe Concha said: “In all my years covering this stuff, I have never seen anything like this before.

“One show at 5 pm (The Five) beats *seven hours of programming combined* on a rival network (CNN)? That’s insane.”

The only non-sports show on cable with more viewers than “The Five” is the smash hit “Yellowstone.”

According to The LA Times:

Nielsen data for 2022 rank the Fox News round table program “The Five” as the most-watched show in cable news with an average of 3.5 million viewers.

The figure tops “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which averaged 3.3 million viewers for the year. The figure for the Fox News prime-time show is up 3% over 2021 when it was the most-watched program for the year.

But “The Five” grew more, up 17% over 2021.

The program, which airs live at 5 p.m. Eastern and 2 p.m. Pacific, is also the first cable news show outside of prime time to finish the year on top.

The only non-sports cable program with a larger audience than “The Five” is Paramount Network’s hit drama “Yellowstone.”

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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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