Fox News surprised many of their mainstream media colleagues when they finished 2016 at the top of the ratings among all cable networks. This was despite a roller-coaster year that saw two hosts, Gretchen Carlson and Greta Van Susteren, leave the network as well as Roger Ailes following sexual harassment allegations made by Carlson.
The new year seemed to be off to a rocky start for Fox News when long-time host Megyn Kelly announced last week that she was also leaving the network for rival MNSBC. Fox ran with the punches and quickly announced that she would be replaced by Tucker Carlson who took over Van Susteren’s time slot after she left.
Carlson’s new show began airing at 9 pm ET on Monday. It seems that Fox News has nothing to worry about. Accuracy in Media reported that Carlson’s ratings on his premiere night in Kelly’s old time slot were through the roof. Carlson nearly doubled the viewership CNN and MSNBC saw during the same time. CNN aired a town hall special with Bernie Sanders and MSNBC aired “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Carlson averaged 493,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, beating out CNN’s town hall special with Bernie Sanders (414,000) and The Rachel Maddow Show (324,000).
Overall, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 2.699 million total viewers, nearly beating the combined total of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (1.369 million) and CNN’s town hall special (1.357 million).
“Compared to Kelly’s numbers on the same day last year, Carlson was up 27 percent in total viewers and a whopping 45 percent in the key 25-54 demographic, showing that Fox News may not wind up missing Kelly as much as everyone thought.”
Watch Carlson get into a heated exchange with Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, who recently claimed that Trump was in a mental hospital. This is a prime example of what one can expect on Carlson’s program.
Source: Accuracy in Media