Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro dominated the cable news competition on Sunday in his first episode of "Ben Shapiro’s Election Special" on Fox News.
Shapiro primarily focused on how the Democrats have handled the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"Ben Shapiro’s Election Special" garnered 1.7 million total viewers and 285,000 in the 25-54 age demographic during the 8 p.m. EST hour.
Early statistics provided by Nielsen show that Shapiro's show garnered more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC, combined:
- FNC’s Ben Shapiro Election Special delivered 1,701,000 P2+ (285,000 A25-54)
- CNN’s Newsroom delivered 511,000 P2+ (159,000 A25-54)
- MSNBC’s Kasie DC delivered 995,000 P2+ (192,000 A25-54)
Shapiro's show also gave Fox News a major boost in their overall ratings for the 8 p.m. EST hour. Contemptor reports:
Last week, Fox News’ 8 PM broadcast attracted 151,000 in the demo (finishing last for the hour in cable news) and 1.202 million viewers overall, thus resulting in Shapiro giving the network a 42 percent boost in total viewership and a robust 89 percent in the demo.
The gains were even more marked in total audience when compared to two weeks ago. On September 9th, Fox News averaged 177,000 in the key demo and 990,000 total viewers, which results in a 61 percent gain in the demo for Shapiro and growth of 72 percent in total viewership.
John Finley, Fox News' senior vice president of development and production, said in the network's press release announcing the show that "Ben is a rising star in conservative political commentary and we are excited to add his signature style and well thought out viewpoint to our pre-election weekend lineup."