Fox News Channel has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.
Fox News will end 2022 as the most-watched cable network in all of television for the seventh straight year, with “The Five” making history as the first non-primetime program to lead cable news in viewers for an entire year, and Laura Ingraham finished. as the highest rated female host.
In a year full of events such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, important midterm elections, widespread economic problems, the impact of the COVID pandemic, Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, former President Trump’s raid, Americans tuned into Fox News they came Mar-a-Lago residence and other major news.
“From America’s Choice to The Late Night Show House, Election Night 2022 demonstrated our unparalleled ability to deliver the most innovative news and opinion programming to our audience, which is becoming the most politically diverse in television news. I am proud of the incredible accomplishments of our entire team this year,” said Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News Media.
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Fox News averaged 1.5 million daily viewers, up 12 percent from 2021. Despite a news-heavy year, MSNBC lost an average of 733,000 viewers, 19% of its 2021 audience, while CNN lost just 586,000 viewers, 27% from last year. number of viewers.
2022 marked the 21st year in a row that Fox News finished as the most-watched cable news channel.
When it comes to the adults 25 to 54 demographic, Fox News also tied for first place with MSNBC and CNN. Fox News averaged 231,000 in the demo, compared to 123,000 for CNN and just 83,000 for MSNBC.
Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers in the 8:00-11:00 p.m. slot, compared to 1.2 million for MSNBC and 730,000 for CNN. The same was true among the primetime demo, as Fox News averaged 346,000 viewers, compared to 174,000 for CNN and 133,000 for MSNBC.
Fox News Channel finished with its third-highest ratings year, while CNN and MSNBC saw their lowest-rated years among the demo. FNC programming accounted for 92 of the top 100 cable news shows throughout 2022.
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Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Janine Pirro’s “Five” finished as the most watched cable news program despite airing well before primetime hours, which traditionally dominate viewers. It’s the first time a program that starts outside of the coveted 8-11 ET primetime window has earned the top spot.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was second with an average of 3.3 million viewers, while “Jesse Watters Primetime” was third with an average of 2.9 million viewers. “Hannity” was fourth with an average of 2.8 million viewers, and “Special Report with Bret Baier” averaged 2.5 million viewers.
“The Ingram Angle,” “Gutfeld!,” “Op Number” and “America’s Newsroom with Bill Hammer and Dana Perino” ranked six through nine as Fox News programs rounded out the top ten.
No. 10 goes to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Alex Wagner, who have shared the liberal network’s 9 p.m. ET slot since deciding to run it only on Mondays earlier this year as The Rachel Maddow Show, and the other four left the night to Wagner. .
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“Faulkner Focus,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “American Report with John Roberts and Sandra Smith” and “The Story with Martha McCallum” all topped all other MSNBC and CNN Fox News featured in the top 13. 15 cable news shows of 2022.
The most-watched CNN program was “Anderson Cooper 360,” which ranked 23rd with just 874,000 average nightly viewers. CNN’s long-planned merger brought it to the new former Warner Bros. earlier this year. Discovery has struggled to find its identity since taking control. Since then, the network has scrapped its hyped streaming service, laid off hundreds of employees, and failed to find a permanent replacement for the 9 p.m. ET slot that Chris Cuomo held until he was fired last year.
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“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched show among key demographics, with 523,000 viewers in advertisers’ most coveted 25-54 demographic. Fox News crushed CNN and MSNBC in the critical category as 15 different FNC programs topped everything else on cable news.
With CNN without a permanent host, “Hannity” dominated the 9 p.m. time slot, and MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight” and CNN’s “CNN Tonight” topped both overall and demo viewers.
“FOX & Friends” continued the competition, finishing as the most-watched morning cable news program for the 22nd year in a row. “FOX & Friends First” also advanced competitively in total viewers and the demo.
On Saturdays, “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” ended up with the largest audience in cable news, while the newly launched programs “One Nation with Brian Kilmead” and “Lawrence Jones Cross” also won their timeslots.
“Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” was cable news’ most-watched weekend show, and “FOX News Sunday with Shannon Bream” was the only public affairs program to help grow its audience among the key demos. completed.
All data provided by Nielsen Media Research.