Greg Gutfeld’s new late-night show provides an alternative to all of the liberal Republican-bashing late-night shows, and viewers are rewarding him by tuning in. His show Gutfeld! is outperforming shows that have been on the air for years. And his new show has only been running for a month.
According to FOX News :
“Gutfeld!” is already making a big splash in the late-night scene, immediately defeating “The Tonight Show” during its debut month.
The new Fox News show hosted by Greg Gutfeld made its premiere on April 5 has already bested the long-running NBC late-night staple hosted by Jimmy Fallon, who took over for Jay Leno back in 2014.
From April 5 to May 3, “Gutfeld!” averaged 1.515 million viewers while “The Tonight Show” averaged only 1.395 million viewers. The Fox News program is already competitive to Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which scored an average 1.991 million and 1.579 million viewers respectively.
Other late-night shows “Gutfeld!” has toppled in its debut month include “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
“Gutfeld!” also beat its cable news competitors. MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” anchored by Brian Williams averaged 1.375 million during the same time period while the second hour of “CNN Tonight” anchored by Don Lemon landed a weak 690,000 viewers.
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As Deadline reported back when the show debuted:
…it is one thing to add another political voice among Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham or a new iteration of The Five, the popular panel on which Gutfeld appears; it will be another to have the nightly comedy impact of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel Live!, particularly with younger viewers
“I don’t really think about those shows that much, because anything I could predict, I lose interest in,” Gutfeld said in an interview last week. “So I already kind of know that they share the same assumptions. In a way, they are there to please their peers, and not necessarily the audience, which they cannibalize.”
He’s made those shows occasional targets on the Fox News show he has been hosting on weekends since 2015 and, before that, on the overnight show Red Eye starting in 2007.
Gutfeld said that they were adding a handful of more writers and he plans more taped segments, which could make for a faster pace. The show will have a studio audience, and “more experimentation.” He says that they will get beyond politics into other topics. “It could be looser, because you have five opportunities a week, 25 segments, to try something,” he said. “That’s exciting. That’s where you start chipping away at traditional, conventional assumptions, traditional, conventional talk shows.”
Gutfeld is more than just a political analyst. He has a sense of humor. He grasps the concept of satire. He understands the mechanics of a good joke. Gutfeld also understands pop culture in a way that few on the right do. Gutfeld’s show airs at 11 p.m. ET, the same time as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and what he does on Saturday night is more akin to HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, with guests and panelists discussing the day’s news, than to The Tonight Show, which relies on a steady stream of celebrity guests.
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