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Great prime-time ratings for Fox News week before the election

ByReiss Bowler

Nov 3, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Two of Fox News Channel’s three prime-time opinion hosts – Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham – reached their largest weekly audiences ever during the week leading up to election day.

The third host, Sean Hannity, had his second-best week, with only his coverage of the 2020 Republican National Convention at the top, the Nielsen company said.

With news ratings generally up, President Donald Trump could rejoice that Fox News, the network most appealing to its fans, surpassed MSNBC and CNN together in prime time as election day approached.

The president did not seem particularly grateful. During a performance on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, he criticized the network. He suggested they show his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, too much on the air; Fox’s Brian Kilmeade said Fox was trying to show both sides.

“I’m not complaining,” Trump said. ‘I just tell people. It’s one of the biggest differences this season compared to last year. “

However, Trump specifically exempted Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham and the cast of “Fox & Friends” from his criticism.

With two football games and the World Series closing dominating the program, the Fox broadcast network was the most watched network in prime time, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, CBS had 3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million, and Univision had 910,000.

Fox News averaged 5.03 million viewers this week, well above cable networks. MSNBC had 2.36 million, ESPN had 2.15 million, CNN had 1.95 million, and Hallmark had 1.56 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news, averaging 9.2 million viewers during the week. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.6 million.

For the week of October 26 – November. 1, the 20 most watched programs, their networks and viewers:

1. NFL Football: Dallas Philadelphia, NBC, 16.93 million.

2. “NFL Post-Game,” Fox, 13.6 million.

3. “NFL Pre-Game,” NBC, 13.52 million.

World Series Game 6: Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, Fox, 12.7 million.

5. NFL Football: Atlanta, Carolina, Fox, 12.05 million.

6. NFL Football: Chicago in LA Rams, ESPN, 10.91 million.

7. “60 minutes”, CBS, 8.79 million.

8. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.77 million.

9. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 7.61 million.

10. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Tuesday), Fox News, 7.59 million.

11. “Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 7.32 million.

12. “This is us,” NBC, 7.31 million.

13. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 7.22 million.

14. “NFL Pregame,” Fox, 7.03 million.

15. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News, 6.78 million.

16. College Football: Ohio St. at Penn St., ABC, 6.53 million.

17. “Hannity” (Tuesday), Fox News, 6.42 million.

18. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Wednesday), Fox News, 6.33 million.

19. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 6.2 million.

20. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 6.14 million.