Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Reportedly Has Highest-Rated Program In Cable News History, Forbes Says

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Fox News television host Tucker Carlson reportedly broke records in the second quarter, with Tucker Carlson Tonight being the highest-rated program in all of cable news for the first time since the show’s launch, according to Forbes.

The show’s average total audience is 4.331 million viewers.

This means that Carlson broke a record held by his colleague, Sean Hannity, for the highest-rated quarter of any cable news program—ever.

As the second quarter came to an end, Fox News finished first with a total audience in prime time of 3.574 million viewers, followed by MSNBC (1.999 million viewers) and CNN (1.806 million).

Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity were the only shows to break four million viewers, with Hannity just behind Carlson (4.331 million viewers vs. 4.311 million).

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Fox News had the five top-rated shows overall, including The Five (3.898 million viewers), Special Report with Bret Baier (3.658 million viewers) and The Ingraham Angle (3.622 million viewers). The same five shows—in the same order—led among viewers in the key demo, with Carlson delivering 791,000 viewers, according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.

While Fox News posted year-over-year gains in prime time of 50%, CNN had the biggest jump, up 137%—and increasing 181% in the key demo. The rise, though huge, also reflects the deficit the network has been trying to make up in recent months.

In ratings for the month of June, Sean Hannity had the highest-rated show in cable news, but CNN did have a few standouts, including Cuomo Prime Time and Anderson Cooper 360, which finished in the top five overall among viewers 25-54. Among total viewers, Fox News took the first four spots, followed by MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.