Dan Bongino, Filling in For Hannity, Dominates Cable News Ratings Thursday Night

Dan Bongino, Filling in For Hannity, Dominates Cable News Ratings Thursday Night

You can already hear the crowing over this.

According to Nielsen, the top-rated cable news program on Thursday was Fox News’ Hannity, which was guest hosted by pugnacious pro-Trump Fox News contributor Dan Bongino. Filling in for regular host Sean Hannity, Bongino’s turn in the host’s chair drew 3.249 million total viewers and 509,000 in the key 25-54 demographic, leading cable news in both categories.

While Hannity is currently the most-watched cable news show, the program typically sees a significant drop-off in viewership when Hannity takes the night off. In this instance, however, Bongino took to the air moments after President Trump announced that he had given Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify Russia investigation documents and directed the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr’s probe into the origins of the investigation.

Considering that Hannity’s program has been ground zero when it comes to conspiratorial Deep State ramblings and calls to “investigate the investigators” — and Bongino has been a key player in that nightly narrative — it makes sense that Fox News viewers flocked to the 9 PM show to hear how this latest news brings us one step closer to the president’s enemies being locked up.

Hannity’s 9 PM competitor, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, finished third overall in both total viewership (2.729 million) and the demo (423,000). Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight took second place in both metrics, drawing 2.812 million viewers overall and 462,000 in the demo.

The top-rated program on CNN, meanwhile, was Cuomo Prime Time, which drew 1.114 million total viewers and 243,000 in the 25-54 demographic.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.