(CBrief) – Fox News has made an announcement about one of its most popular hosts, Shannon Bream, and it is fantastic news. After former host Chris Wallace left the “Fox News Sunday” show for CNN+, a streaming service that was born and closed within a month, its new host has increased the show’s ratings, and has done so in an important demographic, The Washington Examiner reported.
Her show was the only Sunday news show to increase its audience in the important, and wealthy, 25-54-year-old demographic. The ratings have increased by 13% and in the 18-49 demographic, the audience has grown by 16% over Wallace’s last show.
“It’s been an honor to join the tradition of Fox News Sunday, and we’re all about bringing new people to join us in the conversation,” she said to Washington Secrets. “It’s a privilege to be in folks’ homes every Sunday, and we’re glad they’ve found reasons to keep coming back,” she added.
Other details from Nielsen Research:
Fox News Sunday on Dec. 11 had 1,107,000 viewers and 305,000 viewers ages 25-54.
While her show is up 13% with the group, This Week is down 22%, Face the Nation is down 33%, and Meet the Press is down 7%.
The network had more positive ratings news last month.
“Fox News’s Sean Hannity scored second place in the ratings Thursday in the key 25-54 age demographic. Hannity raked in 515,000 demo viewers at 9 p.m., just behind Tucker Carlson’s 587,000 demo viewers,” Mediaite reported.
“Carlson often lands on top in the demo, but it is rare for Hannity to surpass The Five, which came in sixth place Thursday behind Jesse Watters, Laura Ingraham, and Greg Gutfeld. Hannity also returned to the top three in terms of total viewers, behind The Five and Tucker Carlson Tonight, which scored first and second place in the ratings — respectively,” the outlet added.
On Friday night, Hannity led the 8 PM ET time slot with just over 3.3 million total viewers.
In comparison, MSNBC’s Alex Wagner had 1.5 million total viewers and CNN’s “Election night in America” had 995,000.
Below is a breakdown from Mediaite on how the networks performed:
Fox News: 2.15 million
MSNBC: 1.06 million
Fox News: 335,000
Here are the prime time averages — encompassing shows which air from 8-11 p.m. — in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.
CNN: 1.07 million
Fox News: 3.25 million
MSNBC: 1.56 million
Fox News: 525,000
Earlier this year, Hannity, who has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996, smashed another record after becoming a host for nearly 25 years and six months.
Fox News issued a statement celebrating the milestone, saying, “FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Sean Hannity has notched yet another industry milestone, becoming the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history. Today marks 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days at the helm of a primetime cable news program, breaking the previous longstanding record* held by the late talk show host Larry King. As cable news’ most enduring personality, Hannity has been a staple of FNC’s primetime lineup since the launch of the network in 1996, where his candid style and passionate commentary have made him one of the most prominent and influential voices in the country.”
The statement added:
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service and has been the number one network in basic cable for the last six years and the most-watched television news channel for more than 20 consecutive years, currently attracting more than 50% of the cable news viewing audience according to Nielsen Media Research.
Notably, Nielsen/MRI Fusion has consistently shown FNC to be the network of choice for more Democrat and Independent viewers, with the most politically diverse audience in cable news. Additionally, a 2021 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index report stated FOX News leads the news industry in both brand loyalty, engagement, and expectations while a 2022 Brand Keys poll showed FNC dominating morning and evening news in customer loyalty engagement. Owned by Fox Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 80 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top 15 programs in the genre.