That was enough to beat its cable news rivals at 11 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen numbers released by Fox News. MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams had 1.21 million viewers and 183,000 in the 25-54 demo, while CNN Tonight with Don Lemon posted 678,000 and 190,000 in the 25-54 demo.
Gutfeld! took the place of a newscast at 11 p.m. ET, Fox News@Night, which moved to midnight, with 879,000 total viewers and 187,000 adults 25-54. MSNBC’s replay of The Rachel Maddow Show posted 880,000 total viewers and 125,000 in the 25-54 demo. CNN, with a replay of Anderson Cooper 360, had 562,000 viewers and 161,000 adults 25-54.
Fox News said that the Gutfeld! debut topped the year-to-date average of other late-night shows except for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but the comparison isn’t quite apples to apples: Gutfeld! appears at 8 p.m. on the West Coast.
Gutfeld hosted a weekend show on Fox News since 2015 and, before that, Red Eye.
After a joke about Hunter Biden, he opened his debut Monday night with a six-minute monologue, attacking Delta and Major League Baseball for their criticism of Georgia’s new election law, and made digs at Williams and Lemon. The panel on the first night was Kayleigh McEnany, Dave Rubin, Tyrus and Kat Timpf. Eric Trump and Walter Kirn are scheduled to appear on Tuesday’s show.
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