In recent years, late-night comedy hosts have become known for their espousal of left-wing talking points. While this might be appreciated by Democratic activists, regular folks aren’t so amused.
That’s evident from the ratings, with Fox News reporting that one of its hosts has managed to trounce progressive pundits and liberal comedians when it comes to attracting viewers.
Sounding the alarm
Fox noted that last Wednesday, comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Trevor Noah, and Samantha Bee all “joined forces to sound the alarm on climate change.”
The cross-channel event included a conversation between Meyers and Biden administration climate czar John Kerry, as well as an “interview” with Mother Earth.
The Twitter account belonging to Late Night with Seth Meyers tweeted out an image to promote the event, and it featured several of the hosts holding model globes. Noah could be seen cradling a globe, while Colbert was shown kissing his.
Claiming the top spot
Some of the hosts did manage to pull in substantial viewership as they spoke of climate change, with 1.8 million people tuning in to see Colbert and 1.79 million watching Fallon, according to Fox. Meanwhile, Kimmel attracted 1.2 million; Bee and Noah, for their part, logged much more modest numbers, drawing in 393,000 and 342,000 people, respectively.
However, Fox noted that all of them were bested by its own Greg Gutfeld, who managed to claim the top ratings spot with 1.89 million viewers.
What’s more, Gutfeld also outperformed hosts on rival cable news channels. MSNBC’s Brian Williams only garnered 953,000 viewers for his program The 11th Hour. CNN’s Don Lemon saw even more anemic ratings, coming in at less than 600,000 viewers, according to Fox.
Keeping it up
This is not the first time that Gutfeld has dominated his left-leaning competitors, of course. Breitbart observed a similar phenomenon this past spring.
The outlet reported in April that Fox News’ Gutfeld! had averaged 1.57 million viewers for its initial five episodes, far ahead of what was achieved by some more established programs on other networks.
By comparison, The Tonight Show averaged 1.38 million viewers, Breitbart said, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher brought in 1.08 million pairs of eyes.
Gutfeld also blew out The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Conan, while coming close to Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s 1.58 million viewers, Breitbart noted. Months later, it seems he’s keeping up the good work.