When an Ohio girl, 10 years old, who was raped and allegedly refused an abortion in Ohio made national headlines for traveling out of state for one, Fox News host Jesse Watters doubted the story’s authenticity, suggesting it may be a hoax intended to politicize the 10-year-old victim following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
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He also criticized the media for focusing so heavily on abortion aspects of the highly covered story and bemoaned the fact that a criminal investigation hadn’t been launched yet into the rape.
‘Why isn’t anybody talking about bringing the child rapist to justice,’ Watters complained. ‘If there is a … child abuser out there in the streets of Ohio, he needs to be brought to justice, and if so-called doctors are covering child rape, they need to be prosecuted.’
Then, last Tuesday, police arrested and charged an illegal alien, 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, with rape after claiming he confessed to raping the child two times, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
The next day, Watters implied that his commentary contributed to the criminal investigation leading to Fuentes’ arrest.
‘Primetime covered this story heavily on Monday, put on the pressure, and now we’re glad that justice is being served,’ he noted.
And most likely his putting attention on the case did lead to the arrest. This could be why people are tuning into his show and creating a ratings bonanza for Fox News.
With two of Fox News’ top programs hosted by Watters, Fox continues to dominate all cable news programs in the ratings.
There were 72 Fox News broadcasts among the top 100 cable news telecasts last week.
According to the outlet “Fox News Channel dominated basic cable from July 11-17, finishing with the largest average audience for the 28th consecutive week.”
“Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers last week, while no other basic cable channel surpassed the one-million viewer mark. Fox News also came out on top during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., averaging 2.2 million viewers compared to 1.3 million for second-place MSNBC,” the report noted. “It was the 74th straight week that Fox News outdrew CNN and MSNBC among both total and primetime viewers.”
“The hit show “The Five,” where Watters is a co-host, once again led all cable news shows in total viewers last week and it wasn’t even close,” according to Conservative Brief.
“The Five” was the most-watched show on cable news, averaging 3.14 million viewers.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the second most-watched show last week with the week 3.12 million total viewers.
The other show Watters hosts, “Watters Primetime” took third place in average total viewers with 2.64 million.
— Jesse Watters Primetime (@jesseprimetime) July 18, 2022
In the first half of this month, Fox News had 84 of the top 100 cable news shows, reaching an average of 1.3 million viewers per show.
MSNBC took second place with 666,000 average daily viewers during that same period.
At the primetime hour, Fox News averaged 298,000 viewings among adults 25-54, making it the most popular cable news channel among this group.
As reported by the outlet:
“The Five” averaged 3.2 million viewers to finish as the most-watched cable news offering, as Fox News finished with 84 of the top 100 cable news telecasts for the week.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “The Ingraham Angle” joined “The Five” among the five most-popular shows.
“Tucker” averaged 505,000 viewers among the advertiser-coveted demographic to win the critical ratings category.
“FOX & Friends” continued its dominant streak, averaging 1.2 million viewers to top morning show competition on CNN and MSNBC for the 68th straight week.
CNN’s “New Day” averaged a dismal 385,000 viewers and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” settled for and average audience of 832,000.
Recently, Sean Hannity became the longest-running prime-time cable news host in history. He joined Fox in 1996.
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An official statement from Fox News celebrated the milestone, declaring, “FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Sean Hannity has notched yet another industry milestone, becoming the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history. Today marks 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days at the helm of a primetime cable news program, breaking the previous longstanding record* held by the late talk show host Larry King. As cable news’ most enduring personality, Hannity has been a staple of FNC’s primetime lineup since the launch of the network in 1996, where his candid style and passionate commentary have made him one of the most prominent and influential voices in the country.”
As the economy is going into the tank under Biden and the Democratic Socialists, conservative shows that deal with money matters are becoming increasingly more popular.
As such, this year’s second-quarter ratings were big news for Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.
“Bartiromo’s show “Sunday Morning Futures” earned the top spot for both viewers and the coveted 25-54 demo, with over 1.7 million viewers and 245,000 in the demo watching her show on Sundays.”