Since the departure of Tucker Carlson from Fox News, the network’s ratings have been a disaster, according to National File. Fox News once enjoyed millions of viewers from the 25-54 age demographic tuning into “Tucker Carlson Tonight” each night and coming out on top when compared to CNN and MSNBC. But now, Fox News is losing the ratings battle to those networks.
After the primetime slot was renamed to “Fox News Tonight,” Brian Kilmeade was a guest host on the show and saw a loss of around 600,000 viewers. Kilmeade’s performance resulted in the network bringing in 245,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic compared with MSNBC’s 247,000.
The network still led the bunch when it came to total viewers, however. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fox garnered 2.35 million viewers contrasted with CNN’s 668,000 and MSNBC’s 1.97 million.
The next day, however, the picture was even grimmer. Kilmeade brought in a total of 1.7 million viewers, which topped MSNBC’s Chris Hayes’ 1.45 million total viewers and CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s 678,000 viewers. When it came to the 25-54 age demographic, Fox continued to slip with only 159,000 viewers compared to CNN’s 135,000 viewers and MSNBC’s 145,000.
Carlson reportedly smashed records with his show. In 2020, Carlson averaged 4.33 million viewers. Fox News had other shows that followed, featuring Sean Hannity, “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “The Ingraham Angle,” according to The Hill.
It is still uncertain what exactly occurred at Fox that resulted in the separation between the network and their most popular primetime host, but Carlson released a video last week lambasting the media for not telling the truth.
“The undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get virtually no discussion at all: war, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources,” Carlson said.