CNN recently announced that it would begin simulcasting the “Overtime” segment from HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday nights, pitting Maher up against the new “king of late night,” Fox News host Greg Gutfeld.
Turns out, that endeavor is not getting off to a very good start — since its launch this month on CNN, “Overtime” is being trounced by Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” which is averaging 438% more viewers and 296% more in the key A25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen. Additionally, CNN’s segment of “Overtime” has failed to draw even half the audience he normally gets on HBO.
CNN averaged 401,000 viewers and 92,000 in the A25-54 demographic during the first quarter hour of its inaugural airing of “Overtime,” while “Gutfeld!” averaged over 2 million viewers and 370,000 in the A25-54 demographic, respectively. Adding to CNN’s troubles, Maher’s audience was even smaller the following week.
All of which adds perspective to Sunday’s Super Bowl ad from Fox News selling Greg Gutfeld as the “new king of late night.”
Blink and you missed it! Here's the 15-second Super Bowl ad for 'Gutfeld!' — all 15 seconds of it. pic.twitter.com/ckssPOPQT4
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) February 13, 2023
Gutfeld’s success is sending the left into a frenzy, as seen when Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” the popular Comedy Central program, attacked Gutfeld’s “f**king sh*tty” viewers during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Dean Obedeillah Show.”
“He ain’t funny to me, but we see that there’s an audience out there for sh*t like that, there’s an audience out there for sh*t like Joe Rogan, there’s an audience out there of f**king sh*tty people. 70 million people voted for Trump,” Winstead whined. “Like Fox News, those people are going to laugh at sh*t we think is f**ked up.”
All hail the king.@greggutfeld @KatTimpf @PlanetTyrus pic.twitter.com/bQX6tap2Jw
— Danny Able (@DK_Able) February 13, 2023
It seems the prescribed marching orders on the left are to try to convince America that Gutfeld, a brilliant, hilariously funny comedian, isn’t funny at all.
That was the task Media Matters’ Kat Abu took on in a video meltdown over the Super Bowl ad — don’t be alarmed if you’ve never heard of Abu before, you have plenty of company.
Fox News is airing a Super Bowl commercial for Greg Gutfeld’s cringey comedy show.
So I made a video explaining who he is, what you can expect, and why he’s definitely not *The King of Comedy*: pic.twitter.com/mALRxW05wf
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) February 12, 2023
You see, that fact that Gutfeld has you in stitches is because you haven’t been informed by a young white liberal female about what is and is not funny.
While Abu succeeded in getting a little attention here, it’s not exactly the attention one might covet… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Number one late night show even though he’s on cable, cry harder
— Jim (@jim252578) February 12, 2023
Probably the major difference between Greg Gutfeld and you though is that you know who he is and he doesn’t know who you are. I’m not even a particularly big fan of the guys show, but A+ cherry picking of decades of clips to prove your “points”
— Enguerrand VII de Coucy (@ingelramdecoucy) February 13, 2023
This critique is drenched in elitism.
As evidenced by Abu judging who’s king not by number of viewers, but by validation from the supposed “cool kids.”
And as is usually the case with the “cool kids,” they’re the only ones who think they’re cool.
— David X. Henry (@imau2fan) February 14, 2023
When @greggutfeld won’t date you: https://t.co/i4AZBEBy6J
— TheMorningSpew2 (@TheMorningSpew2) February 13, 2023
You don’t have to explain who Greg Gutfeld is, we know.
…who are you? https://t.co/mfe3AiQihe
— Utterly Purple (@DefiantlyFree) February 14, 2023
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