About 1 Million Viewers Stopped Watching Fox Information After Tucker Carlson’s Exit: Report

An evaluation of primetime scores exhibits that Fox Information has seen an approximate decline of 1 million whole viewers on common for its primetime lineup after the departure of Tucker Carlson in late April.

Within the 4 weeks earlier than Carlson left the community, Fox Information’ primetime hours averaged some 2.6 million whole viewers. However within the 4 weeks after his departure, these hours are down to only 1.6 million viewers, a decline in 39 %, in response to an evaluation from Mediaite.

The 8 p.m. hour that Carlson used to have additionally declined considerably, in response to scores. Carlson had averaged some 3.2 million viewers within the weeks earlier than he left, however the substitute present—”Fox Information Tonight”—is all the way down to 1.49 million viewers on common.

When saying Carlson’s exit, Fox Information signaled that the brand new program can be non permanent and would come with a rotating forged of hosts. Brian Kilmeade, Lawrence Jones, Will Cain, Kayleigh McEnany, and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have hosted the 8 p.m. present within the meantime.

“Fox Information Tonight” noticed a bump in scores on Might 23 after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared on the present and gave an interview with Gowdy, coming after the Republican governor introduced his 2024 presidential bid. That interview noticed about 1.96 million viewers and in addition drew 186,000 in the important thing 25–54 promoting demographic, in response to Nielsen scores.

Simply minutes earlier than, DeSantis appeared in a Twitter occasion alongside CEO Elon Musk, the place he introduced his White Home run. It got here after months of hypothesis concerning the Florida Republican’s presidential aspirations.

Regardless of the drop within the primetime viewership since Carlson’s departure, information exhibits that Fox Information continues to be the No. 1 cable information channel when it comes to total scores.

And the newest scores for Fox Information, launched on Might 24, present that “The 5” was the No. 1 present, producing 2.4 million viewers. Nevertheless, none of Fox Information’ different exhibits—or different exhibits on different cable information channels—for that day eclipsed the two million mark.

Earlier this month, a Fox Information spokesperson responded to the Carlson-linked drop in primetime scores, saying that the community continues to be the No. 1 cable information channel.

“For greater than 21 years, Fox Information Channel has been cable information’ most-watched community in all classes with extra Democrats, Independents, and Republicans now tuning in than both CNN or MSNBC,” Fox Information mentioned on the time. “Attracting greater than 50 % of the cable news-viewing viewers with the highest 12 packages in cable information, Fox Information’ powerhouse staff of journalists, analysts, and opinion hosts are trusted extra by viewers than every other information supply.”

About two weeks in the past, rumors surfaced that Fox Information would alter its primetime lineup and would transfer Sean Hannity to the 8 p.m. timeslot. A spokesperson for Fox on the time advised The Epoch Instances that no determination has been made on its primetime programming schedule, whereas the community additionally refuted what it described as left-wing claims that host Laura Ingraham can be booted from the community.

“Experiences based mostly on varied tweets by left wing activists are wildly inaccurate. Laura Ingraham, the top-rated lady in cable information, is now and can proceed to be a outstanding host and integral a part of the FOX Information lineup,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The Epoch Instances has contacted Fox for touch upon the Mediaite evaluation.

Survey Outcomes Come In

Within the meantime, Carlson has not publicly addressed why he left the community. Fox executives, too, have largely remained mum on why he departed. His most up-to-date replace got here through Twitter by which he launched a brief video saying a brand new Twitter-based present, though no particulars got concerning the timing.

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An commercial options Fox Information personalities, together with Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, in New York Metropolis, on March 13, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Photos)

However Carlson seems to stay a well-liked and trusted media determine amongst Individuals. A latest Gallup survey discovered that the previous Fox host was the No. 1 most-followed host in the US.

In that survey, he gained 113 mentions, whereas MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was No. 2 with 107 mentions. Tied for No. 3 was Fox Information host Sean Hannity and Trevor Noah, a comic who previously hosted Comedy Central’s “The Every day Present.” Each had 57 mentions.

Every day Wire host Ben Shapiro was tied for No. 4 with late present Stephen Colbert with 56 mentions every, in response to the Gallup survey.

“Individuals observe their favourite public particular person for information and data as a result of they like their persona (80 %) and belief the person (79 %),” in response to Gallup. “Greater than seven in 10 Individuals additionally say they flip to their prime public particular person for ‘a perspective I can’t discover in conventional information retailers.’ Being entertained additionally tops the record.”

Former Fox host Megyn Kelly, in an interview with the channel Newsmax, signaled that Carlson’s viewers might observe him wherever he goes. That might be a foul omen for Fox Information if he decides to maintain his 8 p.m. ET timeslot.

“What if Tucker went someplace and really launched a reside broadcast at 8:00 [p.m. ET]? They’d get significantly damage even worse than they’ve,” Kelly said. “We’re 4 weeks post-Tucker’s termination within the anchor desk position at 8:00 p.m., and they’re down 64 % in the important thing promoting demo[graphic] … they’ve misplaced two-thirds of their youthful viewers and greater than half of their older viewers within the 8:00 p.m.”