Fox’s ‘Greg Gutfeld Show’ tops Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel in late-night ratings race
“The Greg Gutfeld Show” on Fox News finished April with an average of 2.86 million viewers, marking its highest ratings in program history while topping broadcast late-night rivals on CBS, NBC and ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The weekly Saturday night program topped Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” on CBS, which averaged 2.78 million viewers. It also beat NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and its 2.09 million viewers as well as ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” which averaged 2 million viewers in April.
The numbers are noteworthy since Saturdays are generally the least-watched nights of television, along with Fridays.
Like Colbert, Kimmel, Fallon and other late-night hosts, Gutfeld ceased having a live studio audience in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The former “Men’s Health” editor launched his 10 p.m. Saturday show in May 2015.
Ratings are up across the board in cable news amid the pandemic, with many Americans still under stay-at-home orders as some states slowly reopen their respective economies.
Fox News, MSNBC and CNN finished first, second and third in all of basic cable for the second consecutive month in April, the first time that has ever occurred.
Fox News averaged 3.68 million viewers in primetime in April, with MSNBC registering 2.04 million and CNN 1.95 million, according to Nielsen.
On the broadcast side, ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir was the top evening newscast in the country, averaging 10.2 million total viewers.
NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 9.6 million viewers and the “CBS Evening News” with Norah O’Donnell took in 6.7 million.
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