Fox News Channel Smashes Records After Dominating August In The Ratings


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Fox News smashed another record in August and was the third high-rated network in all of television.

“FOX News Channel (FNC) finished August 2022 as the third most-watched network in all of television during weekday primetime, outpacing ABC and trailing only CBS and NBC. According to Nielsen Media Research, FNC remained cable’s highest-rated network in total day and primetime with total viewers and the top-rated in total day with the 25-54 demo. FNC surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined with total day and primetime viewers and was number one in all of cable with total day and primetime viewers,” Fox News said in a press release.

“FNC also ranked number one in cable news in primetime viewers for the 19th month in a row and notched 96 of the top 100 cable news telecasts for the month. Notably, FNC was the only cable news network to post double-digit gains versus last month and August marked its most-watched month of the summer with every program gaining viewers month-to-month. In total day, FNC delivered 1.5 million viewers, 211,000 with the 25-54 demo and 128,000 with the 18-49 demo. In primetime, FNC netted 2.3 million viewers, 311,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 189,000 in the 18-49 demo. The network also delivered the top four programs in cable news with viewers and the top 15 of the top 16 cable news programs in the 25-54 demo,” the network added.

Popular Fox News host Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. ET show averaged 2.9 million viewers and 397,000 in the 25-54 demo in August.

Fox News noted that Hannity’s program last month was “the third most-watched program in all categories and outpacing the competition on MSNBC and CNN combined. MSNBC’s newly-launched 9 PM/ET program Alex Wagner Tonight delivered a paltry 1.6 million viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo, which Hannity more than doubled.”


Below are some more topline headlines from the press release:

–Gutfeld!” Nets Highest-Rated Month since Launch, Makes Television History as First Late-Night Cable Program to Beat Broadcast for Full Month and Becomes Only Program to Unseat CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for the Month Since 2017

–FNC’s “The Five” is Number One Show in Viewers for Fifth Consecutive Month; “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Highest-Rated in A25-54

–“Hannity” Reigns Supreme at 9PM/ET; More than Doubling MSNBC’s Debut of “Alex Wagner Tonight” in 25-54 Demo

–FNC Beats CNN and MSNBC Combined with Total Day and Primetime Viewers; Outpaces ABC on Broadcast with Weekday Primetime

Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996, smashed another record earlier this year after becoming a host for over 25 years.

Fox News issued a statement at the time, 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.

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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