‘The Five’ Makes TV Ratings History, Tops All Cable News for Four Consecutive Quarters

Fox News’s hit show “The Five” is continuing to smash records and make cable ratings history.

“The Five” made history by becoming the first non-primetime show to top all of cable news for four consecutive quarters.

The news comes as Fox News continues its winning streak.

Fox News Channel dominated the ratings for the third quarter finishing as cable’s most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers.

The network has now gone 83 consecutive quarters as the highest-rated cable news channel in primetime.

Fox News easily crushed CNN and MSNBC beating them combined in total day and primetime with total viewers.

In the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics, Fox News crushed both networks for the quarter as well.

Fox News finished the quarter ranked number one in all of basic cable in total day viewers for the sixth quarter in a row, winning every single weekday hour with double and triple-digit percent advantages.

It gets better for Fox and worse for MSNBC and CNN.

Fox News had 94 of the top 100 shows in cable news. In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million viewers, 201,000 with the A25-54 demographic and 122,000 with A18-49.

In primetime, FNC netted 2.2 million viewers, 294,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 180,000 with A18-49.

Fox News’s audience share shockingly increased to over 50% across all key dayparts and categories as more Democrats and Independents tuned in to Fox over any other network.

During the third quarter of 2022, Fox News had the top seven programs in cable news in total viewers and the top 15 programs in the younger 25-54 demo.

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According to Fox News:

At 5 PM/ET, FNC’s powerhouse The Five continued to shatter records by becoming the first non-primetime program to top all of cable news for four consecutive quarters in cable news history, averaging 3.3 million viewers and 418,000 in A25-54, outpacing every show on CNN and MSNBC across the board. 

Additionally, The Five beat ABC’s The Bachelorette in total viewers.

Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights, 6 PM/ET)  averaged 2.3 million viewers and 304,000 in A25-54, dominating its timeslot. 

At 7 PM/ET, FNC’s newly launched Jesse Watters Primetime finished the quarter as the third highest-rated cable news program, averaging 2.7 million viewers and 342,000 in A25-54, solidifying the third quarter as the fastest-growing program in cable news. 

At 12 AM/ET, FOX News @ Night surpassed the competition, delivering 1.1 million viewers and 197,000 in A25-54.

At 8 PM/ET, Tucker Carlson Tonight continued its reign as the highest-rated program in cable news in the younger 25-54 demo, averaging 3.2 million viewers and 468,000 in the demo, as well as 295,000 in the 18-49 category for the quarter. 

Hannity at 9 PM/ET averaged 2.7 million viewers, 358,000 in A25-54 and 210,000 among adults 18-49, topping MSNBC’s newly-launched program Alex Wagner Tonight by double and triple-digit advantages. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tonight delivered the largest declines, losing 29% in total viewers and nearly 50% with the 25-54 demo. 

In the same hour, Hannity attracted 70% more total viewers on average, and 144% with the 25-54 demo.

The Ingraham Angle host Laura Ingraham remained the most-watched female in cable news at 10 PM/ET, garnering 2.2 million viewers, 318,000 in the 25-54 demo and 189,000 in 18-49.

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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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