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Fox News concluded in April as a Most viewed basic cable network Among both today’s total and prime-time viewers, Americans sought news and analysis on topics including The continuing Russian invasion Ukraine, the politics of everything and Elon Musk’s quest to buy Twitter.
Fox News averaged 1.5 million viewers until they became the only network to surpass the 1 million viewer benchmark, with MSNBC’s #2 average viewership of just 668,000. It was the 14th consecutive month that Fox News had the number one viewership spot for today.
During prime hours from 8-11 p.m., Fox News averaged 2.4 million viewers compared to 1.7 million viewers for NBA Playoffs-Heavy TNT.
Fox News beat all related cable news networks combined across the board, and its advantage over MSNBC was particularly strong among the 25-54-year-old advertiser’s coveted demographic. Fox News averaged 248,000 viewers, compared to MSNBC’s 75,000. During its prime, Fox News averaged 364,000 viewers of the coveted category while MSNBC managed only 124,000 viewers.
MSNBC’s primetime performance between the demo was canceled by 25 different cable primary options, including Syfy, FXX, TV Land, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, and Bravo.
“The Five” ended in April as the most-watched cable news show, with an average of 3.5 million viewers as Fox News programs swept the top 12 spots. The Round Table program has now topped satellite news for four of the past five months, despite airing before prime hours. which traditionally dominate viewership.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3.4 million to take second place, followed by “Jesse Waters Primetime,” “Hannity,” “Special Report with Brett Baer,” and “Ingraham Angel,” Gutfield! Outnumbered, America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino, The Faulkner Focus, Your World with Neil Cavuto, and The Story with Martha MacCallum. As a result, Fox News was responsible for 66 of the month’s top 100 television channels.
Sean Hannity, who has been with the network since its launch in 1996, became the longest-running prime-time cable news host this month, breaking a long-time record previously held by famed talk show host Larry King.
Laura Ingraham has finished as the most watched solo female host on the news channels and “Gutfeld!” He beat ABC on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. Greg Gutfield also fronted CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” several times during the month of April.
The most-watched non-Fox News news show was MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which ranked 13th. However, namesake host Rachel Maddow will only be working on Mondays starting next month as she’s backtracking. TV workload to focus on other projects, despite earning $30 million annually.
Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 560,000 viewers to finish as the most-watched news program among the main demo, while Madhu’s decision to cut back on her show to one day a week comes after her least month on the show since November 2015. .
“FOX & Friends” averaged 1.4 million viewers and 253,000 among the demo to finish the morning news show #1 for the thirteenth consecutive month in both categories. “CAVUTO Live” averaged 1.5 million viewers to take first place on Saturday’s most-watched show, while “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” averaged 1.9 million viewers to take first place on Sundays.
All data provided by Nielsen Media Research.