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Fox News Hits 65 Consecutive Weeks At #1 In Prime Time; Tucker Smashes Another Record

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Fox News continues to smash ratings records and several top hosts have played a huge role.

Fox News has hit 65 consecutive weeks as the most-watched cable news network and host Tucker Carlson has played a huge role in helping reach that accomplishment.

“Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson pushed his network to yet another week as the most-watched cable news network—marking 65 consecutive weeks at number one. For the week ending May 15th, Tucker Carlson Tonight dominated prime time ratings among viewers 25-54, the key demo most valued by advertisers with an average audience of 461,000 viewers,” Forbes reported.

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“Fox News led in prime with an average total audience of 2.224 million viewers, well ahead of rival networks MSNBC and CNN. CNN saw its lowest-rated week of the year in primetime—among total viewers and in the key demo—with none of the network’s shows delivering an audience of more than one million viewers, long considered a benchmark of success for prime time shows. Fox News’ margin over CNN was dramatic—delivering 268% of CNN’s prime time audience for the week,” the report added.

As Forbes noted, Carlson has played a huge role in elevating Fox’s ratings well above the competition.

Carlson’s primetime show on Fox News smashed another key barrier earlier this year.

Television viewership data released by Nielsen/MRI Fusion reveals that Carlson’s show is the number one most-watched show among Democrats in the key demographic of 25-54 year-olds.

Anchor Sean Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996, smashed another record earlier this month after becoming a host for nearly 25 years and six months.

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Fox News issued a statement celebrating the milestone, saying, “FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Sean Hannity has notched yet another industry milestone, becoming the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history. Today marks 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days at the helm of a primetime cable news program, breaking the previous longstanding record* held by the late talk show host Larry King. As cable news’ most enduring personality, Hannity has been a staple of FNC’s primetime lineup since the launch of the network in 1996, where his candid style and passionate commentary have made him one of the most prominent and influential voices in the country.”

The statement added:

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service and has been the number one network in basic cable for the last six years and the most-watched television news channel for more than 20 consecutive years, currently attracting more than 50% of the cable news viewing audience according to Nielsen Media Research.

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Notably, Nielsen/MRI Fusion has consistently shown FNC to be the network of choice for more Democrat and Independent viewers, with the most politically diverse audience in cable news. Additionally, a 2021 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index report stated FOX News leads the news industry in both brand loyalty, engagement, and expectations while a 2022 Brand Keys poll showed FNC dominating morning and evening news in customer loyalty engagement. Owned by Fox Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 80 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top 15 programs in the genre.

“Sean’s authenticity and insightful commentary have created one of the most enduring connections with our audience and it’s been an honor to watch him over the years. A FOX News original, he has helped innovate the industry, and we are incredibly proud of his extraordinary success,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said of Hannity’s longevity and success.

Hannity said, “I am extremely grateful to FOX News Media and to our loyal, dedicated viewers whom I am proud to serve every night.”

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This has also been a huge year for Jesse Watters, who is a co-host on “The Five” and now has his own show on the network.

Waters took over as the permanent host of the 7 PM EST weekday time slot this week on Fox News and he raked in 3.8 million total viewers on his first day. That represented the network’s best ratings in that timeslot in more than a year.

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