The Top Cable News Programs of July 2018

By A.J. Katz Comment

Sean Hannity is the king of cable news in 2018. His was the most-watched regularly scheduled program on cable TV for the month of July, averaging 3.37 million viewers.

Furthermore, Hannity’s July 9 broadcast, which included coverage of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, was also the most-watched cable news telecast of the month, delivering 5.8 million viewers.

For the month of July, Fox News claimed 7 of the top 10 cable news programs in total viewers. MSNBC claimed the other 3.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

  • Total Viewers: Hannity (3,365,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,695,000), Rachel Maddow Show (2,670,000), The Ingraham Angle (2,613,000), The Five (2,240,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,129,000), Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (2,117,000), The Story with Martha MacCallum (1,943,000), All In with Chris Hayes (1,677,000), Outnumbered (1,564,000)

Fox News claimed 6 of the top 10 cable news programs in the key A25-54 demo. MSNBC claimed 3, and CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time snagged the final spot.

  • Adults 25-54: Hannity (623,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (524,000), Rachel Maddow Show (511,000), The Ingraham Angle (489,000), The Five (393,000), Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (386,000), The Story with Martha MacCallum (384,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (378,000), Cuomo Prime Time (362,000).

Moving from prime time to the morning, Fox & Friends marked 201 months as the No. 1 cable news program in its timeslot with an average of 1.5 million in total viewers and 301,000 with the 25-54 demo. From 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET, America’s Newsroom anchored by Sandra Smith and Bill Hemmer delivered 1.6 million in total viewers and 288,000 with A25-54.

FNC’s 12 p.m. ensemble show, Outnumbered, garnered 1.6 million in total viewers and 273,000 in the 25-54 category. Outnumbered Overtime anchored by Harris Faulkner delivered 1.4 million in total viewers and 255,000 with A25-54 while The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino averaged 1.4 million in total viewers and 241,000 in the 25-54 demo. During the 3 p.m. ET hour, Shepard Smith Reporting averaged 1.3 million viewers and 236,000 with A25-54. Your World with Neil Cavuto at 4 p.m. ET delivered 1.4 million viewers and averaged 257,000 with A25-54.

At 1 p.m., Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream defeated MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams in A25-54 (330,000 vs. 288,000), but Williams delivered more total viewers than Bream (1,561,000 vs. 1,505,000).

The first sheet is ranked in order by total viewers, and the second is ranked in order by Adults 25-54:

July 2018 Cable News Ranker (Total Viewers)

 

July 2018 Cable News Ranker (A25-54)

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