Well, Tucker Carlson has long dominated primetime news programming on television, and always has been.
On Friday night, newly released data found that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched cable news show.
Carlson’s 8 p.m. Total viewers were 3.13 million, with 485,000 views in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic, the AdWeek report says.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 686,000 total viewers and only 131,000 in the 25-54 demo at the same time slot. And with 1.43 million total viewers and 152,000 in the 25-54 demo, Chris Hayes of MSNBC didn’t fare much better.
The viewership figures for cable news shows were released by Deadline.
In a Deadline report, Carlson, as well as Fox News dominated the viewership as their audience continued to grow in May.
Carlson’s show is the most-watched among Democrats in the important demographic of 25-54 year-olds, the television viewership figures states.
The report found that the data showed that Carlson pulled in 101,000 viewers who self-identified as Democrats in the 25-54 demographic. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and Fox’s “The Five” were tied for second place, each attracting 88,000 viewers in the key demo who self-identified as Democrats. The next two spots are occupied by Sean Hannity, who took in 81,000 young Democrat viewers, and Greg Gutfeld, who pulled 73,000.
In terms of overall viewers, Fox has three of the top five shows watched by Democrats, while MSNBC has the other two.
Unfortunately for CNN and MSNBC, according to the same data, the top five most-watched programs among Independents are all on Fox. Tucker Carlson, The Five, Hannity, Special Report with Bret Baier, and The Ingraham Angle are the five most popular shows among self-identified Independents, in order of popularity.
The Deadline also added:
Foxnews drew 2.27 million total viewers in primetime, up 4% from May 2021. MSNBC averaged 1.02 million, down 32%, while CNN averaged 660,000, down 28%. In the 25-54 demographic, Fox News topped with an average of 351,000 viewers, compared to 150,000 for CNN and 105,000 for MSNBC.
In total day, Fox News averaged 1.46 million, up 23%. MSNBC posted 634,000, down 24%, and CNN averaged 500,000, down 19%. Fox News was the top-rated cable network overall in total day viewers. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News topped with an average of 229,000, followed by 106,000 for CNN and 70,000 for MSNBC.
The Five was the top show in total viewers among cable news networks, averaging 3.28 million viewers, followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.2 million, Hannity with 2.7 million, Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.6 million, and Special Report with Bret Baier with 2.48 million. Stating that, Fox News won all cable news competition in May.
Well, it’s no surprise that Fox sweeps the top five watched programs, especially Carlson.