Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Fox’s ‘The Five’ picks up rare win back in the day; NFL takes top

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup gets a lot of attention, but, lately, the network’s audience has been drawn to an early bird special.

The Nielsen Company said that in October, Fox’s “The Five” eclipsed every show on cable news in popularity for the first time. It is highly unusual for a program to air in the afternoon on the East and West Coast at 5 pm; The number of people watching TV usually increases in prime time after the workday is over.

Nielsen said that during October, “The Five” averaged 3.11 million viewers, surpassing Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with 3.08 million.

The colorful, often satirical panel shows four men offering conservative perspectives on the day’s issues, with a Democrat trying to get some words out. Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Waters and Dana Perino are regular performers, with another conservative The Voice swirling.

The show recently lost Juan Williams as a Democratic regular. In recent shows Harold Ford, Jr., Geraldo Rivera or Jessica Tarlov have cycled as the opposite voice.

“The Five” began as a temporary fill-in a decade ago after Fox broke up with Glenn Beck over a time slot, but has proven to be sustainable. Fox tested the show in prime time a few years ago, but its audience didn’t go along with it.

Nielsen said all five episodes of “The Five” reached at least 3 million viewers last week.

On the back of Thursday night’s NFL game and the Atlanta Braves’ World Series-clinching victory, the Fox broadcast network won the week in prime time. Fox averaged 6.9 million viewers, with NBC 5.2 million, CBS 4.9 million, ABC 2.8 million, Univision 1.3 million, Ion Television 890,000 and Telemundo 820,000.

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The season-opening episode of the Kevin Costner-led western “Yellowstone” on the Paramount cable network had more viewers than any drama on broadcast network television last week, an impressive feat.

Nielsen said the first episode on Sunday night had about 8.4 million viewers.

ESPN was the most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 2.76 million viewers. Fox News had 2.74 million, Paramount had 1.64 million, Hallmark had 1.41 million and MSNBC had 1.1 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race last week with an average of 8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.9 million and “CBS Evening News” had 5 million.

For the week of November 1-7, the top 20 events, their networks and viewership:

1. NFL Football: LA Rams, Tennessee at NBC, 14.21 million.

2. World Series: Atlanta in Houston, Game 6, Fox, 13.97 million.

3. NFL Football: NY Giants in Kansas City, ESPN, 11.96 million

4. NFL Football: NY Jets, Fox, 11.65 million in Indianapolis.

5. “NFL Pregame,” NBC, 11.37 million.

6. “OT,” Fox, 10.97 million.

7. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 8.69 million.

8. “Yellowstone” (Sundays, 8 p.m.), Paramount, 8.38 million.

9. “Yellowstone” (Sundays, 9:13 p.m.), Paramount, 7.84 million.

10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.53 million.

11. “NFL Pregame,” Fox, 7.31 million.

12. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.28 million.

13. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.12 million.

14. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7 million.

15. “FBI,” CBS, 6.99 million.

16. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.67 million.

17. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 6.64 million.

18. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.55 million.

19. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.2 million.

20. “Ghosts,” CBS, 5.94 million.

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