Tucker Carlson Leads Fox News To May Cable News Ratings Victory
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was the most-watched host in cable news for May, with Tucker Carlson Tonight delivering an average total audience of 2.937 million viewers, according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen. Carlson also led among viewers 25-54, the demographic group most valued by advertisers, with an audience of 478,000 viewers.
Overall, Fox News Channel had four of the five most-watched shows in prime time—among both total viewers and viewers in the key demo. In prime time, Fox News delivered an average total audience of 2.166 million viewers, followed by MSNBC (1.494 million viewers) and CNN (913,000 viewers). Among viewers 25-54, Fox News led in prime time with 345,000 viewers, followed by CNN (218,000 viewers) and MSNBC (199,000 viewers).
All three networks saw prime time ratings declines compared to the same period one year ago, with CNN dropping most, down 45% among total viewers and down 53% in the key demo. Fox News dropped 37% among total viewers, and down 38% in the key demo. MSNBC experienced the smallest declines, down 22% among total viewers and 32% in the key demo.
The most-watched shows in prime after Tucker Carlson Tonight were FNC’s Hannity (2.634 million viewers) and The Five (2.631 million viewers), MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (2.52 million viewers) and FNC’s The Ingraham Angle (2.055 million viewers).
In the key demo, Tucker Carlson Tonight was followed by Fox News Channel’s Hannity (416,000 viewers), The Five (369,000 viewers), and The Ingraham Angle (356,000 viewers), and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (349,000 viewers).