Fox News Ekes Out Win Over CNN in Friday Primetime Ratings in the Demo; The Five Ranks Second in All Cable News

Fox's 'The Five' Ranks 2nd in All Cable News on Friday

Fox News edged out CNN in Friday primetime ratings in the coveted 25 –54 age demographic, despite its night-time lineup having guest hosts for all three hours. Meanwhile, The Five pulled the best ratings outside of primetime and ranked second in all of cable news in both overall viewers and in the demo as the network took the total day ratings title as well.

Across all of Friday, Fox News attracted 1.88 million total viewers and 322,000 in the demo, which was just enough to beat CNN’s 314,000 A25 –54 viewers and MSNBC’s 1.52 million overall viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. CNN’s 1.17 million total viewers and MSNBC’s 212,000 A25 – 54 viewers placed third, respectively. Fox News’ The Five led all programming outside of primetime’s Tucker Carlson Tonight and ranked second overall with 3.06 million total viewers and 492,000 in the demo.

In primetime, the line-up of Fox News fill-in hosts Brian Kilmeade, Jason Chaffetz, and Tammy Bruce, respectively, experienced notably lower ratings, but the network still narrowly swept to 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ratings in the demo. Kilmeade, guest hosting for Tucker Carlson Tonight, easily topped all of cable news with 3.19 million total viewers and 510,000 in the demo. At 9:00 p.m., however, the ratings battle was much closer. Chaffetz, subbing for host Sean Hannity, won in both the demo, with 483,000 viewers, and overall audience, with 3.02 million viewers. But MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, achieved a tie for first Hannity in the latter with 3.02 million, while placing third in the demo with 400,000. CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time also came close among A25 – 54 viewers, but fell short with 470,000, while in overall audience, the CNN program had 1.83 million viewers.

Those time-slot wins helped Fox News to eke out a narrow ratings victory in Friday primetime in the demo with 462,000 viewers. In total audience, Fox News easily outdistanced its cable news rivals with 2.96 million. CNN came up just short in the demo with 439,000 but placed third in total viewers with 1.59 million. MSNBC turned in a runner-up performance with 2.40 million overall viewers, but trailed both CNN and Fox News with 316,000 A25 – 54 viewers.

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