‘The Five’ is most watched non-sports cable program of 2022

There is a brand new cable information rankings champion.

Nielsen information for 2022 rank the Fox Information spherical desk program “The Five” as probably the most watched present in cable information with a median of three.5 million viewers.

The determine tops “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which averaged 3.3 million viewers for the yr. The determine for the Fox Information prime-time present is up 3% over 2021 when it was probably the most watched program for the yr.

However “The Five” grew extra, up 17% over 2021. The program, which airs reside at 5 p.m. Jap and a couple of p.m. Pacific, can be the primary cable information present outdoors of prime-time to complete the yr on high.

The solely non-sports cable program with a bigger viewers than “The Five” is Paramount Community’s hit drama “Yellowstone.”

“The Five” options conservatives Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, Jeanine Pirro and Greg Gutfeld together with a rotating chair shared by three liberal commentators, Jessica Tarlov, Harold Ford and Geraldo Rivera.

Whereas it’s typically a four-to-one pile on, “The Five” payments itself as the one discussion board on cable information the place personalities with opposing views are seen debating points frequently. The program, which launched in 2011, has succeeded in attracting viewers who politically establish as Democratic or impartial.

Cable information audiences have change into extra tribal in recent times, with conservatives flocking to Fox Information whereas liberals camp out at MSNBC.

CNN has tried to strike extra of a steadiness with an effort to guide extra Republican officers on its packages, as executives at dad or mum agency Warner Bros. Discovery imagine the community was pulled too far left throughout Donald Trump’s years within the White Home.

Carlson, probably the most provocative and controversial conservative commentator on Fox Information, stays a high attraction for viewers aged 25 to 54, the demographic most favored by advertisers who purchase spots on information programming. Lots of these advertisers avoid Carlson present, as his inflammatory remarks on immigration and different points have led to threats of client boycotts.

However the recognition of Carlson, together with the remainder of the community, probably retains Fox Information viewers from chopping the pay-TV chord. Fox Information, like CNN and MSNBC, can’t be watched reside with out a TV subscription and will get extra of its income from cable and satellite tv for pc operators than advertisers.

General, Fox Information was probably the most watched cable information community for twenty first consecutive yr with a median of 1.49 million viewers, a 12% achieve in comparison with 2021. It’s probably that viewers who took a break from the channel in early 2021 after the 2020 presidential election have come again.

Fox Information — which is going through a doubtlessly damaging defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Programs over false claims made throughout the channel’s protection of the 2020 presidential election — could also be weathering an identical state of affairs because the community did see year-to-year declines within the final two months of 2022.

A few of its viewers could also be depressed over the midterm elections the place the Republicans did not take the Senate and solely narrowly received a majority within the Home of Representatives, regardless of predictions of a “red wave.”

The community additionally noticed a dip after 2018 midterms when the Republicans misplaced the Home to the Democrats. However Fox Information has managed to bounce again from such slumps.

CNN and MSNBC skilled vital year-to-year declines in 2022. MSNBC averaged 733,000, down 19% from 2021. CNN averaged 568,000 viewers, down 27%.

Each networks noticed main drops within the first half of the yr as they suffered from comparisons to the excessive ranges of 2021 generated by protection of the Jan. 6 rebellion on the Capitol and President Biden’s inauguration.

MSNBC bounced again within the second half of the yr because it turned the popular vacation spot for viewers of the Jan. 6 hearings and beat CNN for the primary time with its election protection. The community was up 6% within the third quarter in comparison with a yr in the past and 13% within the fourth quarter.

CNN additionally stemmed its yearlong decline within the fourth quarter, seeing its viewers stage rise by 9%.

The community misplaced its most watched prime-time character, Chris Cuomo, who was fired in December 2021 over his involvement in advising his brother Andrew, who resigned as New York governor after going through sexual harassment allegations.

CNN has but to call a everlasting host for Cuomo’s former time interval. Cuomo has since joined Nexstar Media Group’s cable community NewsNation.

For the yr, CNN’s prime-time viewers was down 33% to 730,000 viewers. Fox Information was off 1% to 2.3 million viewers whereas MSNBC’s block was off 21% to 1.2 million viewers. Within the 25-to-54 demographic, Fox Information led with 346,000 viewers, down 7%, adopted by CNN’s 174,000, down 36% and MSNBC’s 133,000, a 39% decline.