‘The Five’ Makes History, Becomes First Non-Primetime Show to Top All Cable News for Three Consecutive Quarters

Fox News is continuing to dominate cable ratings and has just made history with another record.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News Channel has just finished the second quarter of 2022 as cable’s most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers.

This makes 82 consecutive quarters for Fox News as the highest-rated cable news channel in primetime.

Fox News also crushed the competition and beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total day and primetime with total viewers while easily beating both networks in the 25-54 and 18-49 demos for the month of June.

“The Five,” hosted by Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, and Jeanine Pirro, continued its record-shattering run and became the first non-primetime program to top all of cable news for three consecutive quarters in cable news history.

Fox News issued a statement that said:

FNC also ranked number one in all of basic cable in total day viewers for the fifth quarter in a row, winning every single weekday hour with double and triple-digit percent advantages while delivering 96 of the top 100 telecasts in cable news.

Notably, FNC was the only cable news network to post gains versus 2021 in total viewers and A25-54 as CNN and MSNBC were down double digits across the board. In total day, FNC delivered 1.5 million viewers, 229,000 with the A25-54 demographic and 140,000 with A18-49.

In primetime, FNC netted 2.3 million viewers, 345,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 211,000 with A18-49.

Additionally, FNC’s cable news audience share increased to over 50% across all key dayparts and categories as more Democrats and Independents tuned in to FNC over any other network, according to data from Nielsen MRI Fusion.

During the second quarter of 2022, FNC delivered the top 8 programs in cable news in total viewers and the top 15 programs in the younger 25-54 demo while CNN and MSNBC delivered double-digit declines versus 2021 in both total day and primetime with declines in every program with MSNBC notched its lowest-rated quarter since 2003 in total day demo.

Additionally, FNC continued to serve as the go-to destination for breaking news coverage, earning double digit advantages over CNN and widening to triple digits over MSNBC across the board for stories including the war in Ukraine, the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas and the overturning of Roe v. Wade, among others.

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 three consecutive quarters in cable news history, averaging 3.3 million viewers and 461,000 in A25-54, outpacing every show on CNN and MSNBC across the board.

Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights, 6 PM/ET)  averaged 2.5 million viewers and 355,000 in A25-54, dominating its timeslot.

At 7 PM/ET, FNC’s newly launched Jesse Watters Primetime finished the quarter as the fourth highest-rated cable news program, averaging 2.7 million viewers and 374,000 in A25-54, solidifying its second quarter as the fastest-growing program in cable news.

At 12 AM/ET, FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream surpassed the competition, delivering 1.1 million viewers and 218,000 in A25-54.

From 4-6 AM/ET, FOX & Friends FIRST garnered 554,000 viewers. FNC’s signature morning show FOX & Friends (weekdays, 6-9 AM/ET) finished the quarter with 1.4 million viewers and 240,000 in the demo, easily outpacing CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe combined across both categories and routinely topping all daytime and primetime programming on CNN and MSNBC.

FNC’s FOX & Friends made its mark as the number one cable news program in the mornings with both categories for the 15th consecutive month as CNN’s New Day delivered its lowest-rated month in total viewership since July 2015.


Total Viewers:

The Five (3,299,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,233,000), Hannity (2,726,000) Jesse Watters Primetime (2,688,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,463,000)

Adults 25-54:

Tucker Carlson Tonight (522,000), The Five (461,000), Hannity (421,000), Jesse Watters Primetime (374,000), The Ingraham Angle (361,000)

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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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