New Ratings Report Shows MSNBC Topped Fox News for One Hour of Programming

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Ari Melber’s two-hour broadcast on the House Select Committee’s report on the 2021 Capitol assault, released on January 6, reportedly garnered a sizable audience for MSNBC heading into the holiday weekend.

The two-hour program earned 1.48 million total viewers, surpassing Fox News host Neil Cavuto at 4 p.m. but not The Five, the network’s ratings leader, at 5 p.m.

Melber, who also penned the intro to the report’s publishing, also earned an average of 141,000 viewers in the 25-54 age category — not enough to surpass Cavuto, who drew 175,000.

In spite of the bright spots for MSNBC, Fox still had a good year overall.

The Five on Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news show in 2022, becoming the first show to run outside of prime time to complete the year at number one.

Despite airing at 5 p.m., hours before primetime, when viewing is generally strongest, The Five had an average total audience of 3.432 million people.

Tucker Carlson of Fox News Channel ranked first among viewers aged 25-54, the demographic group most sought by advertisers.

According to Nielsen full-year ratings statistics, Tonight completed the year in first position, with an average viewership of 523,000 people.

Overall, Fox News Channel concluded the year with an average prime time audience of 2.33 million people, much outnumbering MSNBC (1.208 million viewers) and CNN (1.2 million viewers) (730,000 viewers). Fox News was down 1% from 2021, while MSNBC was down 21% and CNN was down 33%.

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