Greg Gutfeld is quite lovable. For fifteen years, Fox News has regularly included the biting comedian in its political analysis.
Most of us are familiar with Red Eye, his inaugural late-night chat show that debuted in 2007. Those of us who stayed up until two in the morning (11 pm on Saturdays). For many, the mocking talk show provided a much-needed diversion from “politics as usual.”
The comedian currently presents The Five and Gutfeld on Fox News.
In a hilarious tirade against President Biden last night, Gutfeld said:
“Once again, the Democrats have a wartime president. The problem is he’s declared war, not on drugs or poverty or even pumpkin spice lattes, but on other Americans. You, me, your parents, those freaks on “Fox & Friends.” But I guess there’s bad in everything.”
Gutfeld received some incredible news concurrently, creating cable network history and demonstrating that conservatives can win over most Americans with a little comedy sprinkled throughout the debate.
Mediaite reports “Gutfeld! became the first non-broadcast network late-night show to defeat ABC, CBS and NBC for an entire month, as it was the most-watched program of its kind during the month of August.”
About 18 months into its run on Fox News at 11 p.m. ET, the talk show hosted by Greg Gutfeld outperformed all other broadcast competitor.
“Gutfeld! averaged 2.19 million viewers for the month, edging out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS for the top spot. The Late Show finished a close second with an average of 2.15 viewers,” according to Mediaite.
Since January 2017, Stephen Colbert has dominated Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
A Fox News statement on Gutfeld and his historic late-night program reads as follows:
FNC’s Gutfeld! made television history, becoming the first late-night cable program to finish the month as the most-watched late-night show in all of broadcast and cable, outpacing CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the month of August. This is the first time Colbert has been unseated as late-night’s highest-rated host for a full month in more than five years (January 2017).
In August, Fox News finished third most-watched, behind CBS and NBC, but ahead of ABC.
An article in Forbes stated earlier this month, “Gutfeld! became the second most-watched late-night show in all of broadcast and cable.”
“For July, it averaged 2 million viewers — and 326,000 in the key demo. That put the Fox show above all of the late-night stalwarts, including NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as the only broadcast to beat it,” according to the report.
Said another way: More viewers are watching Gutfeld and his nightly panelists than anything on CNN and MSNBC. Those Gutfeld! panelists, by the way, include Kat Timpf, who’s now the highest-profile woman in late-night comedy, following TBS’ cancellation in recent days of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Gutfeld’s show, moreover, also feels very much like an answer to a question posed by The Atlantic back in 2015, after Stewart had announced he would step down after 16 years helming The Daily Show: “Why,” writer Oliver Morrison wondered at the time, “hasn’t a conservative Daily Show found its own place on Fox?”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Forbes quoted Gutfeld as saying he doesn’t want to be an ideological antagonist, so to speak, but instead, wants viewers to have something entertaining to watch.
“I’m interested in pulling people in who want to have a good time and are open to stuff — but a lot of it is just weird stuff from me,” Gutfeld explained. CONTINUE READING…