The Top Cable News Programs of July 2019

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News was home to the top four cable news programs for July 2019, with Sean Hannity leading the charge yet again.

According to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen, Hannity averaged 3.3 million total viewers with 527,000 A25-54 viewers for the month of July. That’s -1% in total viewers and -15% in adults 25-54 vs. the program’s July 2018 delivery. As you’ll see with the majority of cable news’ top 10, Hannity was far from the only cable news host who experienced noticeable year-over-year losses among younger news audiences.

Tucker Carlson Tonight finished No. 2 across cable news, and posted +17% growth among total viewers, but was -1% in adults 25-54 vs. July 2018. His show was assisted by various Trump rallies airing during the 8 p.m. hour.


Laura Ingraham‘s program The Ingraham Angle finished No. 3 across cable news. As was the case with her lead-in Hannity, Ingraham’s show was -1% in total viewers and -15% in adults 25-54 vs. July 2018.

The Five leapfrogged Rachel Maddow into the No. 4 spot, both in total viewers (2.5 million) and among adults 25-54 (398,000). The panel show was the only one in the cable news top ten to post year-over-year growth in multiple measurements: +12% in total viewers, and +1% growth among adults 25-54.

The aforementioned Rachel Maddow Show finished No. 5 across the board. Her MSNBC program, which averaged 2.49 million total viewers and 384,000 A25-54 viewers in July, was -7% among total viewers, and -25% among adults 25-54 vs. July 2018.

Who else finished in the top 10? Among total viewers, Special Report with Bret Baier came in at No. 6 (and was +6% in total viewers from July 2018), followed by The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Story with Martha MacCallum, All In with Chris Hayes, and Fox News’ America’s Newsroom rounding out the top ten.

Among adults 25-54, the order was Hannity, Carlson, Ingraham, The Five, Maddow, Baier, MacCallum, O’Donnell, Shannon Bream (Fox News @ Night), and Fox & Friends rounding out the top ten.

Cuomo Prime Time hosted by Chris Cuomo was CNN’s top show of the month, averaging 954,000 total viewers and 228,000 A25-54 viewers. The 10 p.m. hour of the two-hour CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was the network’s top hour among adults 25-54.

Here’s how the cable news morning shows performed in July:

Total Viewers / A25-54

  • Fox & Friends : 1,422,000 / 265,000
  • Morning Joe: 968,000/ 148,000
  • New Day: 427,000 / 97,000

Here are the July cable news program rankers. The first is sorted by total viewers, and the second is sorted by adults 25-54.

Cable News Program Ranker: July 2019 (Total Viewers)

Cable News Program Ranker: July 2019 (A25-54)