Fox News Gasping for Air After Tucker Carlson’s Departure

Fox News Gasping for Air after Tucker Carlson's Departure

( – Since the departure of Tucker Carlson, the network’s 8 p.m. hour has seen a drop in viewers from three million to 1.65 million on average; Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade previously hosted the hour, which will now be filled by Fox News personality Lawrence Jones.

The Washington Post claims:

“The disparity was most stark on Wednesday, when Kilmeade’s 8 p.m. hour received an average of 1.3 million total viewers, compared with the 3 million Carlson received a week earlier — a decline of 56 percent.

The network experienced a 45 percent viewership decline last week without Carlson in the host’s chair.

When Fox announced Carlson’s forced departure on April 24, the network said that “rotating Fox News personalities” would fill in until a permanent 8 p.m. host is selected.

The network did something similar with the 7 p.m. hour after it was vacated by anchor Martha MacCallum and ultimately settled on Jesse Watters as the permanent host.

“Jesse Watters Primetime” has been a major success for Fox News, and Watters, who also co-hosts “The Five,” is considered a possible candidate for Carlson’s old slot.”

The network has also noticed a dramatic fall in the 25-54 demographic outside of the 8 p.m. time slot in the 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. time slots.

The corporation stated that the network will keep providing cable news coverage, making it a rating powerhouse in recent years.

According to the firm, Fox News Channel has been the most viewed cable news network overall for more than 21 years, drawing in more Democrats, Independents, and Republicans than either CNN or MSNBC.

The statement continued, “Fox News’ powerhouse team of journalists, analysts, and opinion hosts are trusted more by viewers than any other news source, drawing more than 50% of the cable news viewing audience with the top 12 shows in cable news.”

Even though major talent like Bill O’Reilly left the network and Roger Ailes was implicated in a sexual harassment incident, the network still maintains a significant advantage over MSNBC and CNN. Other networks, like Newsmax, have noticed an increase in viewers.

“On the day Carlson was fired, Newsmax’s 8 p.m. offering, hosted by former Fox News host Eric Bolling, drew a competitive 531,000 total viewers, only about 200,000 behind CNN’s 8 p.m. hour,” said the Washington Post.

According to Newsweek, if Tucker Carlson were to start his own independent internet show, he might lose up to a third of the Fox News audience.

16 percent of Americans said they would be “significantly likely” to watch a show by Carlson online. According to a survey of 1,500 U.S. eligible voters conducted on April 30 for Newsweek by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, this is the case.

In a statement made public soon after he was fired, Tucker Carlson himself suggested starting a new news website.

“True things win out. Where can you find Americans who still speak the truth? There aren’t many locations remaining, but the ones are sufficient.”

“There is hope as long as you can hear the words. Soon,” he said, “see you.”

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