2023 ended the way it usually does in the ratings, with Fox News on top. Despite undergoing changes to its roster and programming schedule, the dominant outlet finished first among all networks. Fox has now held the top spot among all cable networks for eight years straight.
Looking at the network’s seven-day primetime performance, Fox averaged 1.85 million viewers, which was down by 20% year-over-year. The network also produced 1.22 million viewers in total day, which was down 18% from 2022. Fox also swept the top five daily shows with The Five being the most watched at 2.89 million viewers. Occupying spots 2-5 were Jesse Watters Primetime (2.49 million), Hannity (2.36 million), Special Report with Bret Baier (2.07 million), and The Ingraham Angle (1.96 million).
MSNBC also had reasons to feel optimistic. The network was the only one of the top three to show slight growth.
For 2023, MSNBC delivered 1.22 million viewers in seven-day primetime, up 2% year-over-year. The network also attracted 780K in total day, up 6% from 2022. The top performing shows on MSNBC for 2023 were Alex Wagner Tonight/The Rachel Maddow Show, which finished 7th overall with 1.61 million. Maddow’s show, which airs only on Mondays, delivered larger numbers at 2.4 million viewers.
The news for CNN was less positive. The network finished 2023 down 19% in seven-day primetime with 582K viewers. CNN was also down 15% in total day with 479K. The top show for the year on the network belonged to Andersoon Cooper 360, which averaged 743K through December 12th. The show finished 29th among all cable news programs.
With an election year upon us, all three should benefit from increased interest. Other networks such as NewsNation and Newsmax should be bigger factors in the future as well. Case in point, NewsNation reported double-digit growth across the board for 2023, up 71% in total viewers, and up 100% in Adults 25-54 versus the prior year.
For now, the story remains the same, Fox is in front by a lot and it’s everyone else’s job to catch up. 2024 should be a competitive battle for the attention of viewers.
Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February
In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.
Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.
In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.
It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.
CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.
Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.
In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.
Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”
After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.
“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.
Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.
The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.
On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.
Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.