Tucker Carlson’s prime-time dominance has reached across the aisle, attracting more young Democrats than any other prime-time cable news show.
Carlson’s prime-time show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” is the most-watched show among Democrats in the demographic, according to new TV viewership data released by Nielsen/MRI Fusion, reported by Mediaite. key for 25-54 year olds.
The data, from October, showed Carlson drew 101,000 viewers who identified as Democrats in the 25-54 demographic. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and Fox’s “The Five” tied for second place, each drawing 88,000 viewers in the key demo who identified as Democrats. The next two spots are occupied by Sean Hannity, who drew 81,000 young Democratic viewers, and Greg Gutfeld, who drew 73,000.
Maddow still has a significant advantage in the Democrats’ total viewership, drawing a total of 908,000 viewers across all age groups. “The Five” came in second, with 732,000 viewers who identified as Democrats, and Carlson followed closely with 722,000 total Democrats. MSNBC’s Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell rounded out the top five, with Hannity amassing 623,000 Democratic viewers and O’Donnell taking 607,000.
In addition to taking three of the top five spots among Democrats, Fox News’ prime-time programming has a hold on independents. “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Five,” “Hannity,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “The Ingraham Angle” hold the top five spots among self-identified independents. The five shows also occupy the top five spots for Republicans.
As a network, Fox News owns the majority of 24-hour cable news airtime. Fox attracts 56% of the total prime-time audience and 55% of the daytime audience. Fox also leads CNN and MSNBC among independents, and even attracts a plurality of Democrats. Fox garnered a total of 58% of all independents who watched cable news, while MSNBC garnered 25% and CNN only got 17%. Fox was number one among self-identified Democrats, with 39% of total viewership, MSNBC only came in second with 38%, and CNN trailed with just 24%.
Fox News also closed out 2021 as the most-watched channel, not only in all cable news, but in all basic cable television. Carlson’s show also closed the year as the most-watched cable news show. The Daily Wire reports:
Viewers made the conservative cable news network the number one channel on basic cable in the last six of the network’s 25-year run. FNC – which debuted on October 7, 1996 – also outpaced liberal rivals MSNBC and CNN to become the number one cable news choice for two decades… x
The network had 10 of the top 15 cable news programs and nine of the top 15 shows among advertisers’ most coveted demographics: viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” ended the year as the most-watched program on cable news with an average viewership of 3.2 million viewers. Carlson’s conservative populist show, which interviewed the likes of Kyle Rittenhouse to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, proved such a ratings success that Carlson launched a daytime show. “Tucker Carlson Today” began airing on FoxNation in March.
“The Five” came in second with 2.9 million viewers, closely followed by “Hannity” with 2.88 million…
In total, Fox News drew an average audience of 1.3 million viewers through December 13; no other basic cable channel exceeds one million viewers on average.
Fox News showed its continued dominance of cable news in its primetime schedule. FNC’s prime-time ratings in 2021 were almost as high as rivals CNN and MSNBC combined. Fox News ranked first in prime time, followed by sports giant ESPN, MSNBC and CNN.
Fox’s Greg Gutfeld also took home the No. 1 spot in late-night television of 2021, shortly after his late-night comedy show, “Gutfeld!” The show averaged 2.12 million viewers compared to Stephen Colbert’s 1.896 million, and edged out Colbert in the key demographic, with 434,000 viewers aged 25-54 compared to Colbert’s 423,000 viewers in the same group. of age.
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