According to ratings data released by Nielsen, Carlson’s Tucker Carlson Tonight was the highest-rated hour in cable news for May, with 2,671,000 total viewers. Also, Tucker Carlson Tonight was the most watched program cable news overall for the quarter.
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Fox News continues to reign supreme in cable news ratings and Tucker Carlson’s program topped Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC as the most watched in prime time.
For 62 straight quarters, Fox has been the most-watched cable news network — a streak that dates back to 2001.
In addition, Fox News now can boast four consecutive quarters as the most-watched basic cable network.
FNC’s viewership is up double digits from the second quarter of 2016.
“In total day, FNC averaged 1.5 million in total viewers (up 27 percent) and 314,000 (up 46 percent). In prime time, FNC delivered 2.4 million in total viewers (up 19 percent) and 472,000 (up 34 percent) in the 25-54 demo,” the network stated in a release.
The most watched program on Fox and cable news overall for the quarter was Tucker Carlson Tonight, which averaged 2.7 million viewers to MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show’s 2.52 million and Hannity’s 2.51 million.
Carlson’s program saw a 16-percent increase for the quarter for the key 25-54 demographic, the group most valuable to advertisers.
Despite the success of Maddow’s show, MSNBC averages about 700,000 fewer viewers than Fox (2.7 million versus 2 million) during prime time.
The New York Times reported MSNBC’s much improved ratings over a year ago are fueled by its evening opinion shows, with Maddow moving to No. 1 in the 25-54 demographic “on the strength of monologues devoted to President Trump’s ties to Russia, and with Lawrence O’Donnell speaking openly about impeachment.”
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