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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld hit back at liberal co-host Jessica Tarlov over the state of Twitter after Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform.
The exchange on “The Five” began light-hearted until Gutfeld jokingly told Tarlov that she was being “too emotional.” Gutfeld, Tarlov, Dana Perino, Jesse Watters, and Katie Pavlich discussed tweets from Musk, including a snafu he was involved in recently regarding the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
The conversation went off the rails during a brief moment of tension when Tarlov made a comment about Human Resources watching the show, to which Gutfeld hit back.
Tarlov argued Musk was “promoting complete lies,” to which Gutfeld responded that Musk tends to do “a lot of trolling with his tweets.”
“It’s not a joke,” Tarlov said.
“It is,” Gutfeld fired back. “Look at you. You are getting too emotional about this. You should be enjoying the [free speech.]”
Tarlov replied, “Just because I’m at a higher pitch than you doesn’t mean I’m more emotional than you. It’s just estrogen.”
After a lengthy back and forth, Watters reminded Gutfeld he had just “told a woman she was being too emotional.”
Tarlov then said, “HR watches this, by the way” to which Gutfeld responded, “Is that a threat? Good for you.”
Tarlov joked, “I’m not coming back for the D block.”
The daily line-up of programming on the Fox News Channel is continuing to dominate the cable news industry, and once again, one of the network’s shows was the top-rated program of the week, according to a new analysis of television viewership.
According to AdWeek, in the 25-54 age group, “The Five” was the most-watched program last week, scoring 390,000 in the coveted advertiser demographic, far ahead of Jake Tapper’s 128,000 on CNN and an unmeasurable figure for MSNBC in the same 5 p.m. EDT slot.
The outlet noted (in thousands):
Total Day: FNC: 245 | CNN: 105 | MSNBC: 108
Prime: FNC: 345 | CNN: 130 | MSNBC: 179
The outlet also noted (in millions of viewers):
Total Day: FNC: 1.914 | CNN: 540 | MSNBC: 960
Prime: FNC: 2.701 | CNN: 593 | MSNBC: 1.451
Notably, in the 11 p.m. EDT slot, Fox News’ hit late-night comedy show “Gutfeld!” — hosted by The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld — was also dominant last week, averaging 2.2 million viewers, which rivals the broadcast network late-night shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Fox News dominated in the January cable news ratings as well, drawing more viewers, on average, than both CNN and MSNBC combined. Jesse Watters was part of two shows — The Five and “Jesse Watters Primetime” — that were in the top 5 for viewership in January.
“Fox News still led in total day viewers, averaging 1.35 million viewers, which was down 4% from the same month a year earlier. MSNBC averaged 703,000, up 7%, while CNN posted 524,000, up 7%. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 173,000, down 23%, while CNN was up 7% with 107,000 and MSNBC rose 5% to 78,000,” Deadline reported.
The outlet added:
The Five was the top show in total viewers, averaging 3.38 million, followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.19 million, Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.84 million, Hannity with 2.57 million, and Special Report with Bret Baier at 2.42 million.
In the 25-54 demo, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 448,000, followed by The Five with 379,000, Jesse Watters Primetime with 319,000, Hannity with 307,000, and Gutfeld! at 301,000.
Fox News averaged 1.95 million viewers, down 13%, while MSNBC posted 1.05 million, down 9%, and CNN was at 629,000, down 1%. In the 25-54 demo, CNN averaged 144,000, which was up 3%. That still trailed Fox News, which averaged 239,000, down 29%. MSNBC posted 109,000, down 16%.
“The Five” 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).”