Fox News Channel’s The Five finished the month of October as the highest-rated show in all of cable news—a first for the show, which launched in 2011, and notable for a program that airs outside prime time, when viewership is typically higher. According to ratings data compiled by Nielsen, The Five delivered a total audience of 3.108 million viewers. Finishing the top five highest-rated shows for October were Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.081 million viewers), Hannity (2.749 million viewers), Special Report with Bret Baier (2.304 million viewers) and The Ingraham Angle (2.194 million viewers)—all airing on Fox News.
The Rachel Maddow Show, typically MSNBC’s highest-rated program and a fixture of the top five most-watched shows in cable news, slipped to sixth-place overall in October, with a total audience of 2.091 million viewers.
For CNN, October was a month to forget, with none of the network’s shows cracking the top 20 most-watched list. CNN’s highest-rated show, Cuomo Prime Time, dropped to 23rd place overall, and failed to deliver an audience over 1 million viewers. The show’s total audience was just 811,000 viewers.