Once again Fox News dominates in the ratings. Hannity and Tucker ranked number 1 and 2. Fox News took 4 of the top 5 spots in the ratings. Ever since the Mueller report hit Rachel Maddow and MSNBCs ratings have never went back up the numbers they had. Perhaps an indicator America is sick of the fake news.
According to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen, Hannity averaged 3.27 million total viewers with 519,000 A25-54 viewers for the month of August 2019. That’s +6% in total viewers and -11% in adults 25-54 vs. the program’s August 2018 delivery.
As you’ll see with the majority of cable news’ top 10, Hannity was far from the only cable news host who experienced noticeable year-over-year growth in total viewers (the trend among younger news audiences was a bit different).
Tucker Carlson Tonight finished No. 2 across cable news, averaging 3.11 million viewers. That’s +22% among total viewers vs. the prior August. He also averaged 500,000 A25-54 viewers, which is +4% year-over-year.
Laura Ingraham‘s program The Ingraham Angle finished No. 3 across cable news, averaging 2.61 million total viewers and 431,000 A 25-54 viewers. As was the case with her lead-in Hannity, Ingraham’s show was +6% in total viewers but -8% in adults 25-54 vs. August 2018.
The Five remained ahead of MSNBC’s powerhouse Rachel Maddow in the No. 4 spot, both in total viewers (2.45 million) and among adults 25-54 (390,000). The panel show was +13% in total viewers, but -2% among adults 25-54.
The aforementioned Rachel Maddow Show finished No. 5 across the board for the second consecutive month. Her MSNBC program still averaged a solid 2.34 million total viewers and 361,000 A25-54 viewers in August. However, that’s -19% among total viewers, and -35% among adults 25-54, year-over-year. The battle between Maddow and Hannity was a close one last August. Not the case in August 2019.
Who else finished in the top 10?
Among Total Viewers:
- Hannity (3,269,000 / 15 telecasts)
- Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,107,000 / 15 telecasts)
- The Ingraham Angle (2,611,000 / 16 telecasts)
- The Five (2,454,000 / 20 telecasts)
- The Rachel Maddow Show (2,327,000 / 17 telecasts)
- Special Report with Bret Baier(2,069,000 / 20 telecasts)
- The Story with Martha MacCallum (1,890,000 / 20 telecasts)
- The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (1,831,000 / 17 telecasts)
- Outnumbered (1,496,000 / 20 telecasts)
- America’s Newsroom (1,481,000 / 61 telecasts)
Among adults 25-54:
- Hannity (519,000 / 15 telecasts)
- Tucker Carlson Tonight (500, 000 / 15 telecasts)
- The Ingraham Angle (431,000 / 16 telecasts)
- The Five (390,000 / 20 telecasts)
- The Rachel Maddow Show (361,000 / 17 telecasts)
- Special Report with Bret Baier (333,000 / 20 telecasts)
- The Story with Martha MacCallum (325,000 / 20 telecasts)
- Fox & Friends (284,000 / 60 telecasts)
- Cuomo Prime Time (270,000 / 11 telecasts)
- Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream (268,000 / 20 telecasts)
Cuomo Prime Time hosted by Chris Cuomo was CNN’s top show of the month, averaging total viewers and A25-54 viewers. Cuomo, who anchors CNN’s 9 p.m. hour, was the network’s entry into the cable news top 10 among the key A25-54 demo. However, there were only 11 original telecasts of Cuomo Prime Time in August.
Here’s how the cable news morning shows performed in July:
Total Viewers / A25-54
- Fox & Friends : 1,453,000 / 284,000
- Morning Joe: 1,015,000 / 148,000
- New Day: 456,000 / 108,000