Wednesday, September 27, 2023

3Q Cable Ratings: The Five Wins..Again

New quarter, similar result: The Five is the top-rated cable news show, marking its eighth consecutive quarter (two consecutive years) as the most-watched daily cable news program.

According to TV Newser citing live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen for the third quarter of 2023, the 5 p.m. news talk panel show program averaged 2.66 million total viewers per original broadcast.

Jesse Watters Primetime was the second most-watched daily cable news show in Q3, averaging more than 2.34 million viewers at 7/8 p.m. MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs weekly, averaged 2.63 million viewers at 9 p.m.

Hannity was the third most-watched daily cable news show (2.225 million at 9 p.m.), with The Ingraham Angle (1.87 million at 10/7 p.m.) and Gutfeld! (1.86 million at 11/10 p.m.) rounding out the top five in average total viewers.

Watters, Ingraham and Gutfeld officially switched timeslots on July 17, four weeks into Q3.

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Excluding Maddow, Fox News had the six most-watched daily cable news shows in Q3. Following Special Report with Bret Baier (1.815 million at 6 p.m.) were MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (1.74 million at 10 p.m.), Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace (1.6 million at 4-6 p.m.), The Beat With Ari Melber (1.55 million at 6 p.m.), with Alex Wagner Tonight (1.5 million at 9 p.m.) rounding out cable news 10 most-watched for Q3 2023.

Anderson Cooper 360 was CNN’s most-watched show in Q3, averaging 757,000 total viewers at 8 p.m.

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