Fox News comedy show ‘Gutfeld!’ debuts with HUGE numbers

The late-night television landscape has long been dominated by voices from the left, with liberal comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon occupying prime positions from which to issue political commentary thinly disguised as jokes, but the lopsided nature of the genre may be about to change.

Last Monday marked the debut episode of Fox News’ Gutfeld!, an 11 p.m. weeknight comedy show designed to compete with long-running late-night programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC and to provide a conservative counterpoint to the predictably progressive leanings of their hosts.

The launch of Gutfeld! represents an expansion of Fox personality Greg Gutfeld’s previous Saturday-only show that also featured political satire, commentary on current events, and contributions from network personalities and other celebrities, according to The Hill. According to Variety, Fox News executive vice president of primetime programming Meade Cooper explained the rationale behind the new show as follows:

After watching the late night programs on broadcast networks, especially over the last few years, it is easy to see they are all battling for the same audience with the same viewpoints and completely alienating a large swatch of the nation.

It makes sense for us to enter this space to give late night viewers who feel underrepresented a place they can laugh at night without feeling they are getting laughed at.

The gap in the late-night television marketplace for a show friendly toward conservative-minded viewers has become more apparent in recent years, with major network hosts going all-in when it comes to making their political leanings known.

This past November, Colbert took to the airwaves during The Late Show and broke into tears while calling now-former President Donald Trump a “fascist” and accusing him of attempting to “poison American democracy” by questioning the validity of the election results.

Kimmel recently devoted a significant portion of his program to a sycophantic interview with President Joe Biden’s scandal-plagued son Hunter, making light comedy out of his severe drug addiction, habitual encounters with prostitutes, and the potentially corrupt overseas financial dealings which many suspect also implicate his father.

The tendency for late-night comedy hosts to pull punches regarding Democrats while simultaneously savaging conservatives was confirmed last week by Samantha Bee, host of TBS’ Full Frontal, who, when asked by veteran journalist Dan Rather if she avoids criticizing the current president due to her own support of his policies, said, “I can’t deny that that has happened, I think that’s probably true across the board.”

If early numbers are any indication, Gutfeld may really be able to give the mainstream comics a run for their money going forward, as ratings for his debut came in ahead of almost all of the competition.

Whether he is able to maintain that momentum and provide a solid alternative to the smug condescension of his competitors, only time will well.

33 Responses

  1. Greg is doing a wonderful job and I am sure his ratings will prove it!!! I see the heads of these ugly green eyed monsters, i.e.: cbs; msnbc
    abc rearing up!!! This is another indication that Greg’s program WILL STEAL THE SHOW!!!

      1. Wonderful GREG! Hes talented, hes funny hes got good guests. He speaks the TRUTH! and people are sick and tired of the old same ole same old late night crapy shows. Gongrats and God Bless you and your TEAM! Bravo Gutfeld!!!!

    1. Move Gutfeld time slot to 11:30pm PST on the West Coast to Compete with CBS Cober, NBC Fallon & ABC Kimmel


  3. This isn’t going to help the left leaning social media slant. That needs to be fixed in some way. Banning people from social sites is akin to denying first amendment rights and that should not be allowed.

  4. I have watched Greg Gutfeld since he joined FOX!
    I’m so happy from Red Eye The 5 and now GUTFELD!
    HE’S SO FUNNY 👍👍 Great SHOW!

  5. The other networks are Insane along with the media. I do not recognize my own country. Late nite talk shows ala Johnny Carson used to be FUNNY.
    Greg & his cast (love them all) will bring it back again. Gutfeld is the only reason I stay up weeknights!

  6. Leno left a big hole in the comedy late night shows. They are now totally biased left with hate ruling the night.

  7. I’m so glad that GUTFELD! is on!!!Loved GG❤️❤️Loved him on The Five and his Saturday show!!!

    1. It’s about time!!! I’ll tune in to check it out. I haven’t watched a minute of Colbert, Kimmel, Fallon or SNL in years and not planning to, ever! On a related note, I’m a diehard Red Sox fan but no longer follow them or anything to do with MLB.

  8. Love Greg & his guests are great! It’s great to be able to watch a show that is truthful & funny at the same time. Thanks Fox!! And thanks Greg!

  9. I have been watching it and love it. They are not as restricted
    as they were with earlier time slot. Worth watching!

  10. Gutfeld is funny but one smart dude and has the feeling for ordinary people. This will be the first Late Night Show I have watched since Johnny Carson retired.

  11. I’m quite happy that Greg Gutfeld is on nightly. His guests are great, lots of entertaining material. His show is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you FOX. I plan on watching this show nightly!

  12. Colbert, Kimmel & Fallon. Are these moronic Clowns even still on TV? I am certain that the majority of their TV Ratings are the result of persons that fell asleep watching another late night program. I cannot even tolerate watching a commercial with any of the Late Night Mobsters/Hit Men in the ad. They attack anyone they don’t like & nobody censors or stands up against their HATE SPEECH. Their buddy Don Lemon ask, on his live TV show, that someone kill every White man & their White sons after Trump was elected POTUS. Just imagine the Hell that would have hit the airwaves had that been Hannity or Carlson making the same plea to their listeners. These two guys would be sitting in prison for soliciting the hate crime of Race Murders. How is it the Liberal Hate Speech is NEVER CENSORED?

  13. Loved the old Greg Gutfeld Show, this one has all from the old show BUT cant track on themes or issues
    Super set, cast & guests.
    Not enough mocking Biden, Dems, others as well.
    Mock other talk shows for Sat night too

  14. Just now saw this. I will be tuning in to watch Gutfeld. We conservatives need a good laugh now and then too. Tired of all the “woke” crap although I normally won’t even watch tv at all. Thank you Fox!


  16. First time I’ve watched late night shows since Jay Leno went off! Gutfeld is my guy now! I can laugh and feel “politically correct!”

  17. I have always loved Gutfeld on Saturday nights. Now I can get my fix every nite. He rocks! Absolutely hate the other late night guys. Used to like Jimmy Fallon until he got too political. They are digging themselves a hole.

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