Fox News Channel’s The Five finished the month of October as the highest-rated show in all of cable news—a first for the show, which launched in 2011, and notable for a program that airs outside prime time, when viewership is typically higher. According to ratings data compiled by Nielsen, The Five delivered a total audience of 3.108 million viewers. Finishing the top five highest-rated shows for October were Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.081 million viewers), Hannity (2.749 million viewers), Special Report with Bret Baier (2.304 million viewers) and The Ingraham Angle (2.194 million viewers)—all airing on Fox News.
Among viewers 25-54, the key demographic valued by advertisers, Tucker Carlson Tonight finished October in first place with a total audience of 483,000 viewers, followed by The Five (435,000 viewers), Hannity (420,000 viewers), The Ingraham Angle (359,000 viewers) and Special Report with Bret Baier (345,000 viewers).
In prime time, Fox News led the cable news networks with an average total audience of 2.3 million viewers, followed by MSNBC (2.203 million viewers) and CNN (661,000 viewers).
Viewership for all three networks was down compared to the same month one year ago, with CNN’s decline the largest, down 73%. MSNBC was down 56%, and Fox News dropped 53%.
In the key demo, Fox News finished October in first place in prime time, with an average audience of 344,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC (140,000 viewers) and CNN (136,000 viewers). Each of the networks saw declines compared to the same month one year ago, with CNN’s viewership down a staggering 81%, compared to MSNBC (down 71%) and Fox News (down 65%). For CNN, October was the network’s worst ratings performance in the key demo since 2014.