In the month of February, Sean Hannity reigned as the undisputed king of cable news. The host’s eponymously named “Hannity” show topped the ratings with 3.33 million average nightly viewers and led the advertiser-friendly 25-54 age range with 711,000 average nightly viewers. Hannity’s main rival in the 9 p.m. hour is MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Hannity’s continued dominance shows that there is a strong market for those willing to challenge the liberal mainstream media narrative. The conventional wisdom after the election of Donald Trump was that Fox would lose its dominance of cable news without a “boogeyman” to attack. While that looked plausible during parts of 2017, Hannity’s focus on countering the liberal narrative has moved him into first place.
One of Hannity’s main points over the last few months has been to show what is really happening in the so-called Russian collusion case. Hannity has had a laser focus on the FISA abuses of the Obama administration. Frequent guests explaining just how wrong the CNN/MSNBC left-wing narrative is on the special counsel’s investigation have been CRTV’s Dan Bongino and LevinTV host Mark Levin.
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While MSNBC continues to increase its total viewership by appealing to a left-wing audience, what is really of note is just how far CNN is behind Hannity-led Fox News. According to ratings at TV Newser, not only does CNN not have a show in the top ten for most viewers, it doesn’t have one in the top 20. The highest-rated CNN show comes in at 24, “Anderson Cooper 360” with 1.077 million viewers.That’s almost 300,000 fewer viewers than Mark Levin’s new Sunday night show on Fox News received in its debut.
There is still a market for conservative values and thought on television. Hannity’s ratings show that. Not only that, but despite CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter taking glee in the failed leftist Media Matters-orchestrated ad boycott of the program, “Hannity” dominates in the demographic most coveted by advertisers.
Left-wing critics like Stelter don’t understand Hannity’s appeal to the millions of Americans who don’t live on the coasts. Hannity continues to prove them wrong.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.