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‘The Five’ Most Watched Cable News Show In Q2; Fox News Dominates CNN, MSNBC

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The popular Fox News show “The Five” continues to dominate cable news ratings.

Newly released data reveals that Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in the second quarter of this year, both in primetime and total daily viewers.

The most-watched show on Fox News in the second quarter was “The Five,” which averaged 3,299,000 to make it the top-rated cable news show.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” came in second with 3,233,000 viewers.

“Cable news’ most-watched show hauled in an average of 3.30 million total viewers per original broadcast in Q2. Tucker Carlson Tonight took second place, averaging 3.23 million total viewers in Q2, followed by Hannity at 9 p.m. (2.73 million), Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 p.m. (2.69 million) with Special Report with Bret Baier rounding out the top five in average total viewers (2.46 million),” AdWeek reported.

“The eight most-watched shows of the quarter were all Fox News shows. MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (which featured guest hosts for much of the quarter) came in at No. 9. with a 1.8 million total viewer average at 9 p.m.,” AdWeek added.

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CNN and MSNBC struggled mightily in the second quarter of this year.

Here are the 10-most-watched cable news for Q2:

Fox News | 5 p.m. / The Five: 3,299,000 / 62 telecasts

Fox News | 8 p.m. / Tucker Carlson Tonight: 3,233,000 / 59 telecasts

Fox News | 9 p.m. / Hannity: 2,726,000 / 55 telecasts

Fox News | 7 p.m./ Jesse Watters Primetime: 2,688,000 / 47 telecasts

Fox News | 6 p.m. / Special Report with Bret Baier: 2,463,000 / 61 telecasts

Fox News | 10 p.m. / The Ingraham Angle: 2,217,000 / 57 telecasts

Fox News | 11 p.m. / Gutfeld!: 1,982,000 / 59 telecasts

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Fox News | 12 p.m. / Outnumbered: 1,806,000 / 62 telecasts

MSNBC | 9 p.m. / The Rachel Maddow Show: 1,798,000 / 35 telecasts

Fox News | 9-10 a.m. & 10-11 a.m. / America’s Newsroom: 1,720,000 / 125 telecasts

This has also been a huge year for host Greg Gutfeld, who co-hosts “The Five” and has a popular late-night show on the weekends.

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Gutfeld’s weekend late-night show has been delivering massive viewership.

Like the way CNN is all but guaranteed to remain a favorite punching bag for Fox News Channel’s late-night host Greg Gutfeld, whose 11 pm show “Gutfeld!” has been a ratings powerhouse since its launch a little over a year ago now. Monday, by the way, was an important day for Gutfeld as well, marking the debut of a newer, expanded studio for his show — the second-most-watched late-night program in all of broadcast and cable.

In fact, you could argue that at least some of Gutfeld’s success (an average of almost 2 million viewers in April alone, topping Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon) is best understood within the context of missteps and ratings decline at CNN. To say nothing of the ideological like-mindedness across most of the late-night landscape.

“People don’t go to entertainment for homework,” Gutfeld told Forbes. “You don’t pay for homework. And it feels like there’s been this modern kind of woke culture where everything is being informed with a lesson you have to learn — it’s like, I don’t need to be lectured. I didn’t come here to be told how this is oppression and I have to, like, learn about these things. I came to be entertained.”

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“If you’ve been watching my stuff, I spend a lot of time talking about media. Because I know the internal flaws of it. The Gutfeld show became successful because it came at exactly the right time.” he said. “People have had it with being told that every institution in your life is somehow oppressor vs. oppressed.”

“My show is deliberately surreal and absurd because I’m absurd. I call it the Dean Wormer effect. Dean Wormer was the bad guy in Animal House and was always kind of the hood ornament of what a Republican was, and everybody else has fun, right? … My goal was always to flip that. So that we’re the people having fun, and the left, Democrats, are the scolds. You see that now, with even Bill Maher saying, my God, my side is humorless and the other side is having fun.”

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