Tucker Carlson Tonight becomes highest rated cable news program in history

by Peter Heck · Jul 1st, 2020 10:18 am

Last Updated Jul 12th, 2020 at 9:42 am

Tucker Carlson has entered the record books, setting the mark for the highest-rated quarter of any cable news program in history.

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" finished the second quarter with an average total audience of 4.331 million viewers. That total bests the old record, set in the first quarter of 2020 by Carlson's Fox News colleague, Sean Hannity.

Carlson and Hannity helped the news giant finish first place among all of cable television during the second quarter. Despite its dominance in cable news, this is the first time Fox has also beaten out all other basic cable networks among total viewers and the coveted 25-54 demographic.

What makes Carlson's record-setting quarter even more remarkable is that the primetime host faced a backlash from advertisers amid the Black Lives Matter protests. Despite announcements from several companies that they would pull their ads from his program, Carlson's audience continued to grow.

Overall, with 3.574 million viewers, Fox News had the largest cable news primetime audience by a wide margin over second place MSNBC (1.999 million) and CNN (1.806 million). Fox also boasted the top five rated programs, with Carlson taking top honors, followed by "Hannity," "The Five," "Special Report with Bret Baier," and "The Ingraham Angle."


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