The conservative commentator, who had no formal training in television or radio, has been on top of the ratings heap since its premiere in January 2009, winning 52 consecutive months, according to Nielsen. “Hannity” averages more than 2 million viewers each weeknight at 9 — often beating the combined tune-in at the time of CNN and MSNBC.
In April, “Hannity” was ranked No. 2 in cable news nightly, behind only FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” Its edition on April 19, the night the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were captured, drew a big 6.2 million viewers (including 2.1 million in the 25-54 demo) — one of the program’s best-ever showings outside of big political nights.
Hannity previously enjoyed a 12-year run as part of a “point-counterpoint” primetime show on Fox News Channel, “Hannity & Colmes.” That show, on which he sparred with liberal co-host Alan Colmes, was also a ratings winner and led to the debut of “Hannity” in January 2009.
Hannity is approaching his 25th anniversary in the media business, having gotten its start at the volunteer college station at UC Santa Barbara in 1989 and then moving to radio station WVNN in Athens, AL. It was during his time at WGST in Atlanta in 1996 that Hannity was discovered by Fox co-founder Roger Ailes, who paired him with Colmes.
He continues to host his popular daytime radio program, “The Sean Hannity Show,” which has been syndicated since September 2001.