'Fox & Friends First' Delivers Timeslot's Best Performance in Seven Years on Fox News Channel

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May 31st, 2012

This May, Fox & Friends First delivered Fox News Channel's best performance at 5:00AM since May 2005 in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. Fox & Friends improved the time period by 31% in total viewers and 29% in adults 25-54 over last year, when repeats of The O'Reilly Factor aired. The program also scored a decisive victory over its competitors on CNN and NBC.

In contrast, the other cable news channels ratings are declining at 5AM. On CNN World One is down 37% in total viewers and 44% in Adults 25-54 versus Early Start's performance in time period in May 2011. On MSNBC, First Look/Way Too Early declined 38% in Total Viewers and 39% in Adults 25-54 versus its year ago performance.

May 2012 Versus May 2011: 5:00AM-6:00AM

Network
Period
Program
P2+ (000s)
P25-54 (000s)
FOXN
04/25/11-05/29/11
THE OREILLY FACTOR
378
154
FOXN
04/30/12-05/25/12
FOX & FRIENDS FIRST
496
198
Change
+31%
+29%
CNN
04/25/11-05/29/11
WORLD ONE
217
108
CNN
04/30/12-05/25/12
EARLY START
137
60
Change  -37%  -44%
MSNB
04/25/11-05/29/11
FIRST LOOK/ WAY TOO EARLY
238
104
MSNB
04/30/12-05/25/12
FIRST LOOK/WAY TOO EARLY
148
63
Change -38% -39%

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Steve Perry

    @David

    Yes, Fox leads in cable news but cable news is the minor leagues. The vast majority of Americans watch broadcast news and NOT cable news…just look at the numbers I posted above.

  • jan

    After so many years of only liberal news programming we conservatives have a channel to watch…Thank goodness…Keep up the good work Fox…

  • Markos

    Doocy, Gretchen and Kilmeade have very little to do with 5am hour’s success. They come on at 6, don’t know what their picture is doing here. But anyways, great job for F&F First.

  • Dan McShane

    Does “Steve Perry” need to get a life? The time you spend on the Huffington Post make you the poster boy of all Kool-Aid Drinkers! Ask your Doctor about Thorazine (Chlorpromazine).

  • Dan McShane

    Sorry makes you the poster boy for Kool-Aid.

  • Remote Patrolled

    @One Of The Ignorant

    Yep you pray for me – and ask your God how he / she feels about the caustic BS your beloved network puts out into the world everyday.

  • Steve Perry

    Dan, I just present the facts:

    #1 – NBC Today – 5,175,000 viewers

    #2 – ABC GMA – 5,111,000 viewers

    #3 – CBS This Morning – 2,399,000 viewers

    #4 – Fox and Friends – 1,208,000 viewers

  • Steve Perry

    @Dan

    Don’t get mad or frustrated just because Fox can’t compete with Broadcast Liberal News.

  • ravi

    @Steve Perry

    Apples to oranges comparison. Right wing radio gets over 15 million listeners (Rush, Hannity). So numbers can be massaged both ways. As it is, broadcast and to a lesser extent, are slowly fading as a news source. We all go to our corners and read what we want online, unfortunately.

  • Cecilyn

    So how come, when you Google on #1 News network, Fox comes up first? Because they’re NUMBER ONE! ;-)

  • Tennable

    @ Kyle,

    Do you watch Fox News? Or just listen to John Stewart and Colbert make fun of Fox News…

    Trying watching it, you may be surprised how they scrutinize all parties/social issues.

  • Donny Bobc

    Steve Perry: How does this fit into your equitation:

    According to Pew, 53 percent of MSNBC’s viewers identify themselves as Democrats, compared to 47 percent at CNN and 21 percent at Fox News. Applying those percentages to the August Nielsen ratings, it means that the average number of Democrats watching Fox News is 214,200. MSNBC has 199,810 Democrats, and CNN 179,070.*

  • Eileen

    Fox news,is the best news on cable.They are fair and balanced and i am a liberal.cnn,msnbc are nasty, bias ,waste of time folks.

  • Herman Herminiferdin

    Steve Perry cant stand it, can he? Comparing broadcast to cable. LOL. What a dolt.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Steve Perry: C’mon! Stop being a dumba$s. Cable TV, free & pay, is already winning more Emmy awards than the multitudes of crap on the broadcast networks.

    It will be a while longer, but eventually, more TV viewers will get their news from cable than broadcast TV.

    Currently, comparing the morning fare of CBS, NBC and ABC, with FOX or any other cable news channel, is absurd.

    Smarten up, already. I don’t know who you are Jeff are trying to impress with your continous postings of “apples v. oranges” comparisons.

    Here are two old sayings that you should live the rest of your life by:

    1. “If you can’t dazzle us with brilliance, don’t try to baffle us with B.S.

    2. Ratings: “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”

  • Ted

    They appear to have confused Fox & Friends with Fox & Friends First, which is a 5 a.m. show that leads in to the actual Fox & Friends.

  • Philip

    More people have Free tv then cable or dish. So free news is higher. But look at the Evening News rating. Down down down, one because of cable and two because people are sick of the Media coverups for liberal. Look at Fast and Furious, never covered by the Networks.

  • Philip

    And another thing, Fox and Friends is over at 6am west coast time. All those network shows are rebroadcast in mountain and pacific so the rating are higher because in the mountain and pacific zones, we don’t see fox and friends.

  • Ed

    Fox & Friends First has the best legs on Cable. Its very pleasant to watch, an the delivery of the News is great as well.

  • b. aloha

    Hey Steve Perry, gotta cite your source before you go nyaa, nyaa, nyaa. you’re embarrassing yourself.

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