FOX News Channel ends its 25th anniversary year as the most-viewed basic cable network for the sixth consecutive year on all day and prime time in total viewers


FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” topped Cable News in Total Viewers, A25-54 and A18-49

FNC achieves highest cable news audience share of 2021 with most politically diverse audience

“The Five” Draws Cable News’ Second Largest Audience by Total Viewers, Second Highest Ranked Year in Notches History

“Hannity” is second most viewed on Cable News in demo 25-54; Laura Ingraham’s “The Ingraham Angle” Marks Most Viewed Woman in Cable News for Second Year in a Row with A25-54

FNC’s late night program “Gutfeld!” Dismantling the late-night hierarchy, Greg Gutfeld ends the year as the second most-watched late-night host on all of television

FNC’s new daytime schedule shows double-digit increases as recently launched schedules dominate respective time slots

NEW YORK, December 15, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – FOX News Channel (FNC) closed its 25e anniversary by dominating all of basic cable during total day and prime time for the sixth consecutive year, according to Nielsen Media Research. During prime time, FNC attracted an average of 2,365,000 viewers and 374,000 on A25-54 and 233,000 on A18-49. Meanwhile, over the course of the total day, the network saw 1,328,000 viewers and 223,000 in the younger demo of 25-54 and 135,000 in A18-49. The network was the most watched basic cable network, wiping out CNN and MSNBC across the board, and the only cable network to deliver more than two million prime-time viewers and one million total per day. According to data from Nielsen / MRI Fusion, this year more Independents and Democrats turned to FNC than CNN while offering the largest independent audience in cable news, making FNC’s audience the number one. more politically diverse (graphic attached) in cable news. Notably, FNC holds 44% of the audience for wired information in the total audience for the day and 41% of the audience with A25-54. During prime time, the network has a 47% audience share of all viewers and 43% of the young demo A25-54. As a result, FNC increased its wired news audience share with A25-54 from 2020 to 2021.

Commenting on the 2021 ratings, FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said, “As we enter our 20th year as a cable news leader, the last six of which being number one in the world. overall, I’m incredibly proud of the incomparable success we’ve had on FOX News Channel. Not only were we the only network to increase our audience share, but we did so while changing our programming and transforming the entire late night television landscape, ensuring our continued momentum for many years to come. future.”

Tucker Carlson tonight finished 2021 as the top rated cable news program, averaging 3,219,000 viewers, 537,000 with A25-54 and 340,000 with A18-49. At 5 p.m. / ET, FNC late afternoon program The five (weekdays 5:00 p.m. ET) topped all daytime and prime-time shows on CNN and MSNBC, delivering the second-largest cable news audience in total with 2,924,000 viewers and 422,000 in the 25-54 demo, making it the only non-prime-time show to rank in the top five, marking its second-highest spot in the program’s history. In the younger A25-54 demo, Hannity at 9 PM/ET was the second highest rated cable news program with 463,000 A25-54 and saw 2,881,000 total viewers. At 10 p.m. ET, Laura Ingraham finished the second year in a row as the most-watched woman on cable news with A25-54 as the host of Ingraham’s Angle. FNC programs included 10 of the top 15 cable news programs, including Tucker Carlson tonight, The five, Hannity, Ingraham’s Angle, Special report with Bret Baier, FOX News Primetime, Gutfeld!, Outnumbered, America’s Newsroom and The Faulkner Focus. The network also landed nine of the top 15 programs in the 25-54 demo, including Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, The Five, The Ingraham Angle, Special Report with Bret Baier, Gutfeld !, FOX News Primetime, outnumbered and American press room.

This year, FNC entered the nocturnal space with Gutfeld!, hosted by Greg Gutfeld, and quickly became the home of late night television’s second highest rated program (1,693,000 P2 + and 324,000 A25-54), topping ABC’s broadcast offerings Jimmy Kimmel Live !, NBC Tonight’s show Comedy Central’s The daily show and TBS ‘ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, among other broadcast and cable programs. Gutfeld! was also the first late-night TV host to dethrone CBS’s Stephen Colbert as the most-watched late-night TV host for a full week since 2018, ending several weeks in 2021 with the highest ratings of all late night television. Following Gutfeld! at 00h00 / ET, FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream, which debuted in its new time slot earlier this year, improved the time slot ratings across the board. Also in 2021, FNC launched new daytime programming on January 18e, increasing the network’s daytime ratings by double digits in total viewers (+ 12%) and the younger demo of 25-54 (+ 27%) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / ET.

In 2021, Special report with Bret Baier at 6:00 p.m. ET grabbed 2.1 million viewers and 332,000 in the 25-54 demo while FOX News Primetime at 7 p.m. ET got 1.87 million viewers and 307,000 in the 25-54 demo.

FNC’s signature morning franchise, FOX & his friends, remained cable’s busiest morning show, starting weekdays at 4 a.m. / ET with FOX and his friends first delivering 468,000 viewers and 95,000 in the 25-54 demo while FOX and friends (6-9 AM / ET) continued to rank as the highest-rated morning show on cable, averaging 1.2 million viewers and 211,000 in the 25-54 demo. FNC’s new daytime lineup posted double-digit gains from the previous month. Starting with American press room (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. / ET), co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino drew an audience of 1.5 million viewers and 247,000 on A25-54. At 11:00 a.m. ET, Harris Faulkner’s Faulkner’s focus delivered 1,470,000 viewers and 236,000 in the younger 25-54 demo. the FNC Outnumbered (weekdays at 12:00 p.m. ET) with co-hosts Harris Faulkner, Emily Compagno and Kayleigh McEnany had an audience of 1.58 million viewers and 250,000 on A25-54. Reports from America with John Roberts and Sandra Smith (weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET), attracted 1.4 million viewers and 237,000 on A25-54. At 3 p.m. / ET, The story with Martha MacCallum delivered 1.4 million viewers and 230,000 in the youngest demo while Your world with Neil Cavuto averaged 1.42 million viewers and 237,000 in the 25-54 demo.

FNC’s weekend programming continued to exert its audience strength, starting with FOX & Friends Weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 6-10 a.m. / ET) tops CNN and MSNBC across the board with 1.2 million viewers and 197,000 with A25-54. Cavuto Live (10 a.m. / ET) crushed the competition on Saturday mornings, averaging 1.2 million viewers and 194,000 on A25-54. At 6 p.m. / ET on Saturday, FOX Report with Jon Scott delivered 1 million viewers and 141,000 in A25-54. the FNC The big show on Saturday garnered an audience of 917,000 viewers and 137,000 on A25-54. In prime time on Saturdays, FNC dominated CNN and MSNBC, starting with Watters’ world at 8 p.m. ET (1 868 000 P2 +; 226 000 A25-54), the best rated program of the weekend in total number of viewers, Justice with Judge Jeanine at 9 p.m. ET (1,816,000 P2 +; 209,000 A25-54) and the new Unfiltered with Dan Bongino at 10 p.m. ET (1,538,000 P2 +; 218,000 25-54). Sunday morning futures with Maria Bartiromo (Sundays at 10 a.m. / ET) was the highest rated weekend program this year in young demo A25-54, averaging 1.65 million viewers and 249,000 in A25-54. At 11 a.m. / ET, MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz landed 1.3 million viewers and 211,000 in demo 25-54, crushing CNN Reliable sources at all levels. the FNC The big sunday show at 5:00 pm / ET was the highest rated program of its time, with 917,000 viewers and 137,000 with A25-54. At 7:00 p.m. ET, the FNC was recently launched Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy leading the competition with 1.4 million viewers and 172,000 on A25-54 and at 8 p.m. ET, Life, Liberty & Levin landed Sunday’s largest audience in total viewership with 1.6 million viewers and 195,000 in the 25-54 demo. The next revolution with Steve Hilton won its time slot with total viewers, delivering 1.3 million viewers and 180,000 in A25-54.

Nielsen Cable News ratings for 2021 (12/28 / 20-12 / 09/21) versus 2020 (12/30 / 19-12 / 27/20)

Prime Time:

FNC: 2,365,000 P2 + (down 34%); 374,000 25-54 (down 41%)
CNN: 1,103,000 P2 + (down 38%); 276,000 25-54 (down 46%)
MSNBC: 1,554,000 P2 + (down 27%); 220,000 25-54 (down 38%)

Total day:

FNC: 1,328,000 P2 + (down 29%); 223,000 25-54 (down 35%)
CNN: 787,000 P2 + (down 31%); 190,000 25-54 (down 39%)
MSNBC: 919,000 P2 + (down 26%); 128,000 25-54 (down 36%)

About the FOX news channel

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour news service that provides breaking news as well as political and business news. The premier basic cable network, FNC has been the most-watched television news channel for nearly 20 consecutive years. According to Nielsen Media Research, FNC currently attracts over 50% of cable viewers. Notably, a Nielsen / MRI Fusion report from 2021 showed that the network garners the largest independent audience in cable news, while FNC’s prime time offers the second-largest liberal audience in cable news. Additionally, a 2021 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index report stated that FOX News is the leader in the news industry in terms of brand loyalty, engagement and expectations. Owned by FOX Corp, FNC is available in 80 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, consistently ranking among the top 10 programs of its kind.

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