(CBrief) – Popular Fox News host Dan Bongino got some big news after it was revealed his show reigned supreme in the ratings. A new report from Ad Week found that Bongino’s show on Saturday night was the most-watched primetime show in all of cable news.
In the 9 p.m. ET time slot, Bongino racked up 1.19 million total viewers. In the same time slot, CNN had 219,000 and MSNBC secured 315,000 total viewers. In the 8 p.m. ET time slot, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade received 1.06 million total viewers. CNN secured 282,000 total viewers and MSNBC has 282,000 in that same slot.
Bongino made headlines last month when he took time out on his nationally syndicated radio program to announce that he won’t renew his contract with Cumulus Media’s Westwood One when it comes due, effectively ending his show. Bongino, who also has a weekend show on Fox News as well as a podcast independent of the radio show, explained that the decision to walk away “really sucks because I spent a lot of time building this and I love it and it’s grown on me.”
The former NYPD officer also told listeners that the company approached him after industry giant Rush Limbaugh died following a battle with lung cancer in 2021 and asked him to take over the time slot. At the time, he said he did not feel like he could fill Limbaugh’s shoes.
“I said, ‘No, I don’t want it,’” Bongino recalled, but then added he reconsidered after he thought back to what became Limbaugh’s final broadcast.
“And I changed my mind. I said, ‘You know what? I’ll take it, but for a limited amount of time,’” he explained.
Bongino made headlines earlier this week when discussing the tragic death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.
“This man deserved justice. He got none of it. What he got was a death sentence in the street. Where are the conservatives and lovers of liberty. We always defended the good police out there. They are that thin crust on a volcano you heard about often. The thin crust on a volcano is secured by our military overseas. This wasn’t civilized. This was savagery. It was brutal savagery. This wasn’t justice. This was a disgrace. The man is never going to take another breath of oxygen again. Over what? Reckless driving? Did he make a right on red that he shouldn’t have made. Folks, no one has been a bigger defender than the men in blue than me. And these men disgraced the badge, now they are going to face real justice,” Bongino said.
“They will face the process they did not give Mr. Nichols. They will face a judge and a jury. I want to even this by a note to the good cops out there. The ones who put their asses on the likes he day to keep us safe. I want to thank you. You didn’t do this, and you don’t deserve the enmity that’s going to come your way,” he added.
“You don’t deserve any of it. I just want to leave you with a quote. I spoke this to an event in Mexico’ the woman got up and said the greatest sound in the world is the sound of velcro at night. Velcro is the sound that police officer makes when they take that body armor off at night and their spouse knows they are home. We’ll be right back. All across the country, people are working hard to build a better future,” he continued.