Unsurprisingly, Fox News' ratings slipped Monday night without the channel's most-watched anchor.
After Fox News and surprise Tucker Carlson agreed to "go their separate ways" on Monday, the network's audience for its Monday night 8:00 p.m. The Fox News Tonight debut , hosted by Brian Kilmeade (the first in a series of rotating anchors), drew just under 2.6 million viewers, 21 percent less than Tucker Carlson Tonight's eight-day average (3.3 million viewers) on Monday. the last .
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Fox News Tonight has also taken a hit in the adult news 25-54 demographic: its 0.24 rating is down 37 percent from Carlson's 0.38 average across the previous eight Monday shows.
Those numbers are still more than enough to lead cable news at 8 p.m. by a large margin. Joe Scarborough hosted a special on MSNBC that garnered 1.51 million views, while Anderson Cooper garnered 360,728,000 views on CNN.
On the plus side for Fox News, Hannity 's 9 p.m. show has never suffered from a smaller track record. It drew 2.53 million viewers, on par with Monday's average (2.59 million) over the past two months, even though The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC (2.73 million) did. Ingraham Angle (1.92 million) was just below Monday's average of 2.04 million at 10 p.m., but only by about 6 percent.
On the other hand, Newsmax, which was clearly bringing the show to Fox News viewers before Carlson's departure on Monday, has seen its viewership peak. Eric Bowling The Balance (531,000 viewers) at 8 p.m. M. And Greg Kelly reports (540,000) at 9 p.m. m, and both have more than tripled their audience since the first quarter of the year (145,000 for Bowling and 141,000 for Kelly).
Fox News shocked the media world Monday by firing Carlson, who hosted cable's most important news program for several years. Carlson's show regularly draws more than 3 million viewers each night and is often considered the most-watched primetime cable program. That averaged about 3.25 million viewers per night for the first four months of the year.
Tucker Carlson Tonight also dominates the 8:00 p.m. cable news slot. It averaged 3.25 million viewers in the first three months of 2023 ahead of rivals All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC (1.33 million) and Anderson Cooper 360 (703,000). Of all the news channels, only one other Fox News show, The Five , has come close to rivaling it in recent months. Both shows have been leading trade on any given day over the past several months.
Whether Monday's numbers are a mistake or the start of a trend, it's sure to take some time to prove it. But Carlson's sudden departure certainly had an impact on the eve of a new era.
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