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Fox News just got fantastic news about one of its flagship shows, “The Five.”
The show has become the most watched show in cable news, averaging a total audience of 3.332 million viewers for the week that ended January 22nd, Nielsen ratings showed, Forbes reported.
“After The Five, the highest-rated shows of the week were Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.086 million viewers), Jesse Watters Primetime (2.647 million viewers), Hannity (2.386 million viewers), and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.367 million viewers)—all airing on the Fox News Channel,” the report said.
Forbes reported: “In prime time, Fox News led the cable news networks with an average total audience of 1.996 million viewers—beating CNN and MSNBC combined. Overall, Fox had fully 92 of the 100 highest-rated cable news telecasts for the week. Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, Tucker Carlson Tonight was first with 442,000 viewers, followed by The Five (374,000 viewers), Hannity (303,000 viewers), Jesse Watters Primetime (266,000 viewers) and Special Report with Bret Baier (256,000 viewers).”
And its morning show, “Fox & Friends” crushed its competitors with a total audience of 1.260 million viewers as the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” averaged 760,000 viewers and “CNN This Morning” had its worst week with 331,000 viewers.
And the Fox News show “Gutfeld” continued to crush its competition with 2.010 million viewers, ahead of the ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” which averaged 1.819 million viewers and “The Tonight Show” on NBC hosted by Jimmy Fallon which averaged 1.278 million viewers.
His Fox News show “Gutfeld!” has ruled late-night television, averaging 2.1 million viewers through 2022, Nielsen Media Research showed, the Washington Times reported.
“The size of that viewing audience bests both NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and also consistently trumps such cable rivals as Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ and HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ and ‘Real Time With Bill Maher,’” the report said.
Vox, known to be more of a liberal news organization, opined that “The biggest comedy show on late-night right now is not on ABC or NBC or CBS or Fox. It’s not on Comedy Central. It’s certainly not streaming. It’s on Fox News, and its name is ‘Gutfeld!’”
CNN is reportedly working on its own late-night show to compete with Gutfeld, examining more progressive candidates for the job.
“Brass at the famously progressive news network have reportedly floated names such as Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, Arsenio Hall, and Jon Stewart, as candidates, to offer a nontraditional, late-night-esque take on the day’s news. Fox News has found success with ‘Gutfeld!,’ the late-night comedy show hosted by Greg Gutfeld,” the Daily Mail said.
But Gutfeld has been a ratings champion for Fox News with “The Five,” a show he cohosts, as the top show in cable news, Nielsen said.
Gutfeld said people are tired of “human sh*t” on their porches after a video went viral last week of a man spraying a homeless woman with a water hose in San Francisco, California.
During a segment on the popular Fox News program “The Five,” the panel discussed a video that went viral on social media last week showing an antique dealer spraying a woman with a water hose outside of his business. A bystander caught part of the incident on video and uploaded it to social media, which generated a lot of attention.
“I started recording the guy, and this guy is, like, pouring water on plants, and then I saw the lady like this, and I was, like, ‘Oh no, that’s a lady,’” the man who recorded the video said.
San Francisco gallery owner seen spraying homeless woman responds to viral video:
“What they saw is very regrettable. I feel awful, not just because I want to get out of trouble…but because I'd put a tremendous amount of effort into helping this woman.” @KPIXtv
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— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) January 11, 2023
The conversation on “The Five” then turned into the co-hosts discussing homelessness nationwide, which led to Gutfeld saying he has been a longtime advocate for “autonomous” areas where people can engage in vagrancy.
“I would support this, it’s what I have been talking about for a while, an autonomous zone for people who wish to be homeless,” he said. “This is where you can go and practice this experimental lifestyle. And if you are back in the city panhandling, we will take you back there. Or we will get you help. But you are going to go back to that place because that’s where it is legal.”
Co-host Geraldo Rivera asked Gutfeld: “What do you think of that lady squirting the hose on the homeless lady?”
Gutfeld responded, “I think everybody is at the edge of their frustration. You can say, ‘My gosh, that’s heartless.’ Well, maybe that person gets up every day and sees human shit on his front door.”