BY Warner Todd Huston, The Western JournalJanuary 24, 2023
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 | January 24, 2023
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Sean Hannity Dominates CNN's 'Most-Watched Show,' Quintuples Anderson Cooper in Total Viewers

No matter whether you like Fox News host Sean Hannity, there is no denying that he earns some of the highest ratings on cable news and has for years.

On Friday, his numbers surged so high that he quintupled those of CNN’s "most-watched show," according to Mediaite.

In a wrap-up of last year's cable news ratings, Adweek said "Anderson Cooper 360 remained the network’s most-watched show, having averaged 868,000 total viewers in 2022." That was good for 23rd overall.

However, with Hannity now earning five times Cooper's viewers, maybe being No. 1 at CNN isn't much of an accomplishment.

Mediaite reported Monday that the Fox News show had 2.2 million total viewers on Friday, dwarfing Cooper's 441,000 viewers. Indeed, even MSNBC’s Alex Wagner beat Cooper, earning 1.34 million total viewers to come in a somewhat distant second place behind Hannity.

The media tracking website noted that CNN is reeling, especially with the demographic that advertisers most want to reach.

"CNN struggled across primetime averaging only 438,000 total viewers and 91,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic, significantly behind MSNBC and Fox News," Mediaite said.

It said Fox News averaged 1.64 million viewers for the day. Second-place MSNBC hit 824,000, while CNN had only 447,000 viewers. In the key 25-54 demographic, Fox News led with 215,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC with 92,000 and CNN with 90,000.

But it was far worse for CNN in primetime viewing.

Fox News earned an average of 2.22 million total viewers from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., while second-place MSNBC had 135,000 and CNN had 91,000 viewers. And in the 25-54 demo, the networks had 277,000, 135,000 and 91,000, respectively, according to Mediaite.

Hannity has been surging for the better part of the last two years.

In October, he also trounced Jake Tapper's then-primetime show on CNN.

As his ratings remain strong, the Fox News host is entrenched as the longest-tenured primetime cable news host in TV history.

Launching his TV career in 2009, Hannity finally surpassed CNN's Larry King for being the longest-airing cable host as he marked his 25th year on the air in April, with 25 years, six months and 15 days, ticking past King's record, Adweek reported at the time.

Hannity has been surging past all his once-tough opponents. After Rachel Maddow scaled back her on-air work at MSNBC, the Fox News host blasted past her glorified understudy, Alex Wagner, winning 63 percent more in total viewership.

All of Hannity's success brought Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott to the show in October to present him with the National Republican Senatorial Committee's Champion for Freedom Award.

"You care about freedom -- what you do on your show to fight for freedom around this country is unbelievable," Scott said during the broadcast.

Fox News cleaned up in 2022, as Adweek noted. It had nine out of the top 10 highest-rated cable news shows with "The Five" in the lead followed by "Tucker Carlson Tonight," "Jesse Watters Primetime," "Sean Hannity," "Special Report with Bret Baier," "The Ingraham Angle," "Gutfeld!," "Outnumbered" and "America's Newsroom."

The 10th spot belonged to MSNBC's "Alex Wagner/Rachel Maddow" show.

Meanwhile, CNN continued its long decline. It has gotten so bad that after 35 years, the network is shuttering its massive Atlanta headquarters and moving everyone to New York.

With the outsized success of Fox News' Greg Gutfeld, Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson -- all of whom have surged past CNN's ratings by double, triple and more -- it has to be seen as a check on the left-wing media.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Warner Todd Huston, The Western Journal



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