Midterm elections: Fox News weekday prime time coverage outperforms NBC, ABC, CBS

Americans flocked to Fox News Channel last week for information and analysis on the 2022 midterm elections.

Fox News averaged 4.1 million prime-time weekday viewers during its ongoing election coverage November 7-11. Fox News became the most-watched network on all television, surpassing broadcast networks as NBC averaged 3.9 million, ABC averaged 3.8 million, and CBS averaged 3.4 million.

Fox News was also the top network among all basic cable offerings with both daytime and prime-time viewers for the week of November 7-13. Fox News averaged 1.9 million daily viewers that week to become the only basic cable channel to surpass the one million mark.

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Brit Hume, Martha MacCallum, Bret Baier and Dana Perino helped Fox News crush viewership from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN.

Brit Hume, Martha MacCallum, Bret Baier and Dana Perino helped Fox News crush viewership from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN.
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During prime time from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET, Fox News averaged 3.2 million viewers and ranked #1, while ESPN amassed 2.3 million in second place.

CNN averaged 1.2 million prime-time viewers, ranking sixth behind Fox News, ESPN, MSNBC, Paramount and Hallmark, although election coverage dominated the station’s programming throughout the week.

On election day, Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in all categories and led all broadcast and cable news competitors during prime-time coverage. Fox News’ primetime coverage, hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, averaged a staggering 7.4 million total viewers to surpass ABC, NBC and CBS, while CNN and MSNBC were combined at the top.

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"Tucker Carlson tonight" an average of 591,000 viewers from advertisers' coveted adult 25-54 demographic to win the critical category.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 591,000 viewers in advertisers’ coveted 25-54 age group to win the critical category.
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Fox News also topped cable news among advertisers’ coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic, averaging 597,000 during prime time and 323,000 viewers overall.

“The Five” was the week’s most-watched cable news show, averaging 4.1 million viewers, while “Tucker Carlson Tonight” took the demo crown, averaging 591,000 viewers ages 25-54.

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"Gutfeld!" averaged 2.4 million viewers last week for the highest rated week ever.

“Gutfeld!” averaged 2.4 million viewers last week for the highest rated week ever.
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“Gutfeld!” averaged 2.4 million viewers for the highest rated week ever.

America’s Newsroom, Outnumbered, The Faulkner Focus and America Reports also had strong weeks as Fox News’ daily deals continued to outperform NBC News Daily and Today with Hoda and Jenna.

All data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

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