Fox News's Laura Ingraham becomes most-watched female news host, surpasses MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 31st, 2020 12:19 pm

Last Updated Aug 2nd, 2020 at 8:34 am

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham's massive boost in ratings in 2020 has catapulted her to the top as the most-watched female cable news host, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Ingraham Angle, which launched in October 2017 and currently airs on weeknights at 10 p.m., has allowed the conservative commentator to surpass all other female hosts, including MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who had previously been the most-watched.

Since December 2019, Ingraham has beaten Maddow in nightly audience size. During that same time frame, Ingraham's monthly ratings never dipped below 3 million viewers — a milestone she had never achieved since her show began.

For much of 2017-2019, Maddow's nightly audience had eclipsed Ingraham's, most likely due to the Trump-Russia investigation and the president's impeachment hearings.

During the first three months of 2020, however, Ingraham exceeded 3 million nightly viewers — a feat Maddow could not replicate. Maddow has since bounced back, but still trails Ingraham's success.

Ingraham told the Washington Examiner that she is "proud" to be working with such "talented" people.

"We are all grateful to our sponsors and our loyal viewers, who trust us to analyze our politics and culture during these challenging and exciting times. What we've been able to do at 10 o'clock is truly remarkable, and the record ratings are humbling," Ingraham said. "Resting on our laurels is something we don't do, however, so it's onward and upward!"


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