Fox Business host Neil Cavuto returned to air last Tuesday after recovering from heart surgery and posted record weekly ratings for his midday show, “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.”
Cavuto picked up his highest-rated week ever for “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” averaging 170,000 viewers and 21,000 viewers in the key demo of adults age 25-54, up double digits in both categories.
Cavuto’s return marked the show’s first ever weekly win over CNBC in total viewers, beating “Fast Money Halftime Report” from 12-1 p.m. ET. The show averaged 181,000 viewers compared to 178,000 for CNBC.
“I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through on anyone, even CNBC,” Cavuto joked about his former employer and FBN’s rival network during his first day back on air since May 31.
His first day back on television was also his first day back at the network, where he also serves as a managing editor.
Heart surgery was the latest medical scare for the popular newsman. The 57-year-old was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, and also successfully battled cancer. He is extremely well-liked among colleagues and was recently given a shout-out by Donald Trump during a rally.
In addition to “Coast to Coast,” he hosts “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on Fox News and “Cavuto on Business” on Fox Business.
He is also the author of “More Than Money” and “Your Money or Your Life,” both of which were New York Times best-sellers.