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Fox News Wins the Viewers Race For 20th Consecutive Week

Despite the holiday week, FNC remained relatively steady from its recent norms: 2.184 million viewers (including 340,000 within the key adults 25-54 demographic) in prime time; 1.231 million viewers (209,000 adults 25-54) in total day (6:00 a.m.-5:59 a.m.), according to Nielsen Media Research.

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For the 20th consecutive week, Fox News Channel was the highest-rated cable news network in both total day and primetime viewers. Despite the holiday week, FNC remained relatively steady from its recent norms: 2.184 million viewers (including 340,000 within the key adults 25-54 demographic) in prime time; 1.231 million viewers (209,000 adults 25-54) in total day (6:00 a.m.-5:59 a.m.), according to Nielsen Media Research.

The week’s top cable news telecast was the Wednesday, June 30th edition of FNC’s “Hannity”, which featured a town hall with Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Averaging 3.54 million viewers, the event was also the week’s top non-sports telecast on all of cable. By its conclusion, news had broke that a Manhattan grand jury indicted the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, on charges of tax crimes in connection with an array of perks and benefits awarded to employees.

Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” remained the top cable news program, based on nightly average. For June 28-July 2, it averaged 3.1 million viewers and 515,000 in the 25-54 demo. It made news itself since June 28 with Carlson’s repeated claim that the National Security Agency spied on him and his TV show. The allegations spurred a rare public statement by the NSA, tweeting out on June 29 (at 8 p.m. ET, the regular start time of Carlson’s show), “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.

CNN was the week’s definitive cable news runner-up in adults 25-54, buoyed by their “4th in America” special on Sunday, July 4 — a successful attempt at being the cable destination on a holiday night, mimicking their New Year’s Eve success. Among the night’s performers included The Beach Boys with John Stamos, Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nelly, Trisha Yearwood, The Harlem Gospel Choir, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The viewer track of the all-night, coast-to-coast celebration was, as follows:

  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET: 1.134 million viewers; 237,000 adults 25-54
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET: 1.319 million viewers; 309,000 adults 25-54
  • 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET: 1.757 million viewers; 389,000 adults 25-54
  • 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET: 1.505 million viewers; 350,000 adults 25-54
  • 11:00 p.m.-midnight ET: 1.095 million viewers; 268,000 adults 25-54
  • midnight-1:00 a.m. ET: 0.775 million viewers; 171,000 adults 25-54
  • 1:00-2:00 a.m. ET: 0.510 million viewers; 114,000 adults 25-54
  • 2:00-3:00 a.m. ET: 0.353 million viewers; 82,000 adults 25-54

Fox News aired its own two-hour Independence Day special from 8-10 p.m. and drew modest figures: 1.241 million total viewers and 167,000 adults 25-54. Preceding the special, at 7 p.m., was “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” which topped CNN in total viewers and more than tripled MSNBC in both categories within the 7-8 p.m. hour, drawing an audience of 1.194 million viewers and 138,000 in the 25-54 demo.

Here are the cable news averages for June 28-July 4, 2021 — cable’s best mark for the week in total viewers based on total day was by Fox News Channel; the 20th consecutive week FNC has accomplished this feat.

Total Day (June 28-July 4 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.231 million viewers; 209,000 adults 25-54 
  • MSNBC: 0.851 million viewers; 112,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.683 million viewers; 147,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (June 28-July 3 @ 8-11 p.m.; July 4 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.184 million viewers; 340,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.404 million viewers; 180,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.982 million viewers; 227,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top CNN program with their respective associated rank) in total viewers:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.537 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.133 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.098 million viewers

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.025 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.966 million viewers

6. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.814 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 7/2/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.778 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.715 million viewers

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.707 million viewers

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.693 million viewers

35. CNN’s 4th In America “2021” (CNN, Sun. 7/4/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.757 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top CNN and HLN programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.550 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.528 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/28/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.523 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.512 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.496 million adults 25-54

6. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.434 million adults 25-54

7. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 7/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.403 million adults 25-54

8. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 6/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.400 million adults 25-54

9. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 6/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.398 million adults 25-54

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 6/29/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.396 million adults 25-54

11. CNN’s 4th In America “2021” (CNN, Sun. 7/4/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.389 million adults 25-54

181. Forensic Files “True Lies” (HLN, Mon. 6/28/2021 12:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.169 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Newsmax Host Confronts Veteran Over Trump’s Afghanistan Claims

Saboe stated that both Biden and former President Trump’s administrations share the blame for the crisis in Afghanistan. 

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This summer, President Joe Biden decided to pull out of Afghanistan, ending the United States’ long war in the region. Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield spoke to Joe Saboe, an Iraq War veteran and founder of Team America. 

Saboe stated that both Biden and former President Trump’s administrations share the blame for the crisis in Afghanistan. 

“And I know there’s a lot of people on the left who want to blame Trump. He wanted out of Afghanistan real bad … I’ve got Americans there that are stuck. To me, that’s a hostage situation,” Saboe said. 

Stinchfield tried to end the segment, but Saboe would add one final remark before being cut off by the Newsmax host. 

“With all due respect, veterans, being one and our friends are over there; we followed this closely for multiple administrations,” Saboe said. 

He added that the Trump administration’s approach to the situation in Afghanistan was “fairly weak,” stating they were “trying to limit the number of people that would get out.” 

Stinchfield responded by stating, “Cut him off, please, cut him off now! Cut him off now!” Once Saboe was off-screen, Stinchfield added that former President Trump wouldn’t be taking the blame. 

“Now I appreciate the work that you’re doing. God bless you for being a veteran. God bless you for trying to get Americans out,” Stinchfield said. “But don’t come on this program and take the talking points of the left and blame President Trump. That’s not helping anybody!”  

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Jimmy Kimmel Discusses Future as a Late Night Host

Kimmel is on the eve of reaching his 20th season with ABC, but following the conclusion of that season, the late-night host stated that he doesn’t know whether he’ll continue. 

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been going since 2003 and is in its 19th season of production, and recently, Jimmy Kimmel spoke on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show about his future as a late-night host. 

Kimmel is on the eve of reaching his 20th season with ABC, but following the conclusion of that season, the late-night host stated that he doesn’t know whether he’ll continue. 

“I vacillate. I do love being off. I love not working. It’s really so much better than working, and the ideal situation is having people do my job for me while I continue to get paid. But I don’t know. I don’t know,” Kimmel said.

“I think I know sometimes, and then when it comes time to make the decision, then I feel like I don’t know. But we’ll see. When I have to make that decision, I will make that decision.”

The late-night host gets the summers off, which he had negotiated into his contract in 2019. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how long he wants to be part of the late-night circuit. 

ABC doesn’t want to lose Kimmel anytime soon as Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, stated to Deadline earlier this year that they’re pleased with Kimmel’s ratings. 

“I know I’m on the home team here, but I think Jimmy really is the best host of late-night. It’s really a golden era. I think Fallon, Conan, and Trevor Noah, they’re all fantastic, but Jimmy’s got the institutional knowledge. He’s been there the longest now, and he’s still great every night. We’re really excited [by the performance],” Mills said.

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Bill Maher: I’m Glad I Found Out Norm MacDonald Died After He Died

The HBO host added that he’s not judging any star who decides to make their health issues public, but Maher isn’t a fan of public figures sharing their health issues for the world to know.

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This week, the comedy and entertainment world lost Norm Macdonald at the age of 61 following a battle with cancer. However, the comedian kept his fight with the disease a private matter, and it’s a decision that HBO’s Bill Maher commends. 

During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Maher stated that he was a fan of Macdonald, which is why he’s glad that he found out about Macdonald’s death on the day it was announced. 

Furthermore, the HBO host added that he’s not judging any star who decides to make their health issues public, but Maher isn’t a fan of public figures sharing their health issues for the world to know.

“I love that I found out he died after he died. Because to me, show business, we’re here for [the audience],” Maher said to Kimmel. “You’re not here for us.”

“Sometimes, the audience loves that. I’ve never been in that camp. I am not here to burden you. I am here to lighten your burden. So the fact that I didn’t know about this, nobody knew about this — good one, Norm. He kept it to himself because he’s in show business. He’s here to make you happy.”

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