'The Ingraham Angle' Was Most Watched During Syria Coverage

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‘The Ingraham Angle’ Was Most Watched During Syria Coverage

The Friday 10 p.m. hour on Fox News drew more cable viewers than either CNN or MSNBC after U.S. and allies acted against chemical weapons

“The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News was the most-watched show across all cable networks on Friday night, beating every other show during the critical 8-11 p.m. period — peaking with 4.68 million viewers overall and 1.174 million in the critical demo viewer segment.

Host Laura Ingraham’s 10 p.m. slot was the heart of Fox coverage of President Donald Trump’s nationally televised address earlier in the evening announcing the joint strikes by American, British and French military forces against chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Ingraham was far ahead of her CNN and MSNBC rivals in the time slot, with the latter’s Brian Williams — filling in for usual host Laurence O’Donnell — drawing 2.59 million viewers overall and the former’s Don Lemon getting 2.55 million.

In the critical demo, however, Lemon beat Williams, 1.02 million viewers to 597,000.

Sean Hannity in the 9 p.m. time slot was second in overall viewers for the evening, with 4.48 million and 991,000 in the demo.

Rachel Maddow brought MSNBC in second in the time slot with 3.28 million viewers overall and 681,000 in the demo. Third overall was CNN’s Andersen Cooper with 2.27 million, but second in the demo with 818,000.

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For the 8 p.m. slot, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was again the leader, with 2.65 million viewers overall that night and a demo total of 509,000. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was second with 2.23 million, followed by Cooper in third with 1.36 million.

Hayes also won the demo for the slot, 448,000 to 425,000.

UPDATE: “The Ingraham Angle” Ratings Zoom Upwards

New data shows dramatic increases in the Fox News 10 pm show hosted by Laura Ingraham. Compared to the four weeks prior to her recent vacation, the Ingraham program’s viewership among the 18-49 year-old segment is up 47 percent.

For the segment of viewers in the 25-54 years-old age range, Ingraham’s viewership is up 42 percent and up 32 percent with viewers aged 35 to 64 years old.

Ingraham recently completed the 100th airing of the show, which has consistently been among the most highly rated in the cable news evening programming.

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