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The Greg Gutfeld Show Now Outpacing Many Left Wing Late Night Shows in Ratings

The Greg Gutfeld Show Now Outpacing Many Left Wing Late Night Shows in Ratings

“finished May with a total audience of 1.8 million viewers—drawing bigger ratings than late night’s biggest broadcast stars”

In the age of Trump, pretty much every late night entertainment show has come down with a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The lone exception is The Greg Gutfeld Show on FOX News, which airs at 10 pm on Saturday night. Greg’s approach is paying off big in ratings.

Gutfeld is beating Seth Meyers in ratings, he’s even rating better than the Daily Show.

I’m typically finishing up my Saturday night blogging here at Legal Insurrection when Gutfeld comes on, and I usually watch the show. Apparently, lots of other people do too.

Joe Concha reports at The Hill:

Fox News’s ‘Greg Gutfeld Show’ draws more viewers than weeknight hosts Seth Meyers, James Corden

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld’s weekend show is drawing more viewers than some late-night hosts on the broadcast networks, including popular faces Seth Meyers and James Corden, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Gutfeld launched his 10 p.m. Saturday show, “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” in May 2015 and is currently averaging 1.7 million viewers. That places him above NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden,” both averaging 1.2 million total viewers in their respective 12:30 a.m. time slots.

Gutfeld’s numbers are noteworthy since Fridays and Saturdays are generally the least-watched nights of television.

“The Five” co-host is also delivering more than double the number of viewers of TBS’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” with Trevor Noah, which are averaging 835,000 and 732,000 viewers, respectively.

The Gutfeld show is taped on Friday and broadcast on Saturday night, but the live audience makes you forget it’s not a live show. His sidekicks Kat Timpf and Tyrus are great, and he always has interesting guests as well.

Mark Joyella of Forbes has more on Gutfeld’s success:

Is Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld The Next King Of Late Night TV?

Fox News dominates the prime-time cable news ratings, but now the network has a hit in late night. Fox’s Greg Gutfeld, whose The Greg Gutfeld Show airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m., finished May with a total audience of 1.8 million viewers—drawing bigger ratings than late night’s biggest broadcast stars, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, NBC’s Seth Meyers and CBS’ James Corden.

The May ratings performance makes Gutfeld’s show the third most-watched show in all of late-night television, ahead of Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7 million), CBS’s Late, Late Show (1.2 million) and ABC’s Nightline (1.1 million).

“Our show’s success is based on three key ingredients: intelligence, wit, and honesty,” Gutfeld told me Wednesday. “That last part is key. Viewers become fans when you buck the shared assumptions of the media about the world and level with your audience in real terms. I think that’s been the key variable in the success of Fox News Channel and The Greg Gutfeld Show too. Also, I am incredibly handsome.”

If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, give the Greg Gutfeld show a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s a sample from last week’s show:

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I love this show! He does a lot of depreciating humor, and when he panders, he does it with a wink and a nod. Nobody takes themselves too seriously on that show, the same can’t be said for a lot of the other late night show.

Given that he’s the only non-leftist, he’d actually have to outdraw all of the others together to be significant.

We dumped satellite and cable a few years ago and Philo doesn’t carry the networks. Our only OTA stations on the north Olympic peninsula are Canadian. The full episodes at require cable or satellite provider log-in. Any free streaming sources for this program?

    Hi MrE, like you I cut the cord and simply won’t subscribe to anything. You can find eps of this (and many other) shows on YouTube, which is still free to watch. I watch on my laptop, but YouTube is also accessible on your tv via Roku or some other streaming service (once you buy the Roku, you’re done, no monthly fees).

My Saturday evening on the Left Coast: Prepare dinner at 5 pm, serve dinner in front of TV with Judge Jeanine, then watch the Greg Gutfeld show.

Sirius satellite radio carries fox news, loses a little of its awsomeness with just the audio though.

I try not missing The 5 every day too. After all, animals ARE great!

If one of the Networks went with an irreverent, politically incorrect, libertarian format for late night, it would mop the floor with the other late night shows. If they don’t do it, Fox should.

    txvet2 in reply to EBL. | June 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    As Rush has pointed out, they’d rather lose money than put anything like that on the air.

Does anybody remember redeye? That show was amazing too! Look up the Chris Brown apology on you tube, it is classic!

Pffftt. The last time I turned on a TV was September 11, when I was trying to find out what the hell was going on in something resembling real-time. It would take a lot—and a lot more than light comedy—to get me to waste time in that intellectual wasteland again.

I would love a Dennis Miller and Norm MacDonald show.

Seth Meyers is a hack!

Johnny Carson told topical political jokes every night for 30 years and you never knew what his own politics were. By contrast the whole premise of Stephen Colbert’s “humor” is to mock conservatives. Yay for Greg!

Bruce Hayden | June 2, 2019 at 9:21 am

Easily my favorite political show of the week. Last night started with Greg eliminating Dem candidates for various mostly absurd reasons, ending up with Hickenkooper, and then scrambling the characters of his name to spell something even more ridiculous. Early in the show, massive Tyrus steals what appears to be Kat’s nicotine source, I suspect because her continually wired state contrasts to his laid back persona. Greg had his buddy, Five co-host Dana , on as the straight man (or person), and when they got to the segment on robot sex, Tyrus asked Dana, having been married for 23 years now, she would be upset finding one of these in the closet. And someone through out a Rhomba joke about cleaning up after itself.

Most often, it seems, starting to our right, you have Greg behind his desk, with silly props, the straight man (mostly bright younger Fox News women), a comedian, Kat Timf, and Tyrus in his oversized lounger. Kat is funny because of her neuroses, and Tyrus because of his irreverence. I see it somewhat as Red Eye grown up. Greg is still behind the desk, but matured a bit. Or maybe that his people are better gelled. In any case, it seems to work well.

    casualobserver in reply to Bruce Hayden. | June 2, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Red Eye used to dance much closer to the edge of what can be broadcast, likely because 3 am shows could get more leniency from whatever the authorities might be. Although Shillue didn’t push the envelope as much, there were still a lot of sexual innuendo. No surprise that in the same time frame that the network was being attacked (Ailes, O’Reilly, Charles Payne, etc.) they quickly cancelled it.

    I see the new weekend format as deliberately staying away from that edge. That’s the biggest difference. That, and they no longer entertain as many progressive guests/voices like Red Eye did. Probably because the rest of the media has gotten so outwardly crazy and partisan (e.g. late night), they no longer have to seem remotely balanced.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to Bruce Hayden. | June 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The comparison to Red Eye is valid. I loved that show. I hadn’t picked up on Greg’s current gig until this post hit… The similarity to Red Eye made me right at home… I enjoyed the banter noted all ready, but Kat’s riff on the various interpretations of Muller’s report was great. People claiming Trump violated the law based on the fact that Muller could find no evidence that he had not violated, makes her think she will soon be arrested for murder since she can not come up with any evidence that she has not committed one. Followed by panelists and Greg pulling dates out of the air and questioning “where were you on…”. She admitted that she spent a lot of time alone in her apartment so she would have trouble coming up with an alibi.
    A good illustration of the “innocent until proven guilty” concept.

    I’ll watch again.