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How ‘The Five’ Became The Most-Watched Show in Cable News

Despite long-prepared slide show presentations and focus group organizations, the cable news industry remains boringly predictable. There are a few mysteries, such as which hosts become stars, which acts don’t resonate, and which topics garner the most divided reactions. One of the rare exceptions is The Five, Fox News’ daily 5 pm roundtable program. In 2011 — if you can remember the world at that time, it was a happier place — then-president of Fox News Roger Ailes temporarily replaced Glenn Beck, a unique talent on television, with The Five. He didn’t have grand designs for The Five. He only needed something on air until he could find a permanent replacement. No one knew when that would happen. As months went on, the show found an audience, which then grew. But just in the past 16 months, The Five gained a new wave of popularity. In October, The Five finished the month as the most-watched show on cable news. Here are the top six: The Five, 3,108,000 Tucker Carlson Tonight, 3,081,000 Hannity, 2,749,000 Special Report with Bret Baier, 2,304,000 The Ingraham Angle, 2,194,000 The Rachel Maddow Show, 2,091,000 It’s likely that Tucker Carlson Tonight, which averaged the most viewers ages […]

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Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.