Fox News Ratings Drop After Firing Tucker Carlson
Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses ‘Populism and the Right’ during the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. InternationalIndiaAfricaFox News unexpectedly announced Tucker Carlson would be parting ways with the cable news network on April 24, without giving any reason for the move. The anchor’s last broadcast was on April 21.The sudden firing of Fox News host Tucker Carlson has not sat well with viewers as early figures suggest ratings for the network’s evening programs have fallen by half. Other conservative American media, however, have shown a relative improvement in viewing statistics.”Fox News Tonight” which temporarily replaces “Tucker Carlson Tonight” drew just 1.7 million viewers with “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on April 24, the same day Carlson left the network, according to US media.The following day, the broadcast reportedly drew an audience of 1.33 million, 56% less than average figures; the last episode featuring Carlson drew 2.65 million viewers. In 2022, Carlson averaged 3.03 million viewers per episode, making the program the second most popular on the channel.
"Fox News also delivered its lowest 25-54 non-holiday Wednesday audience in prime time (8p-11p) since pre-9/11," Oliver Darcy wrote in a Thursday newsletter. "And it's unclear how long this pattern — mirroring the one that led the network to make regrettable editorial decisions in the wake of the 2020 election — will last."
Other conservative American media, however, are reportedly ratings skyrocket over the last several days. In particular, it was noted that Newsmax’s 8 p.m. broadcast gathered 510,000 viewers, three times as many viewers the broadcaster had last Wednesday at the same time.Carlson made his first video address on Thursday following his dismissal from Fox News, telling viewers media higher-ups are “hysterical and aggressive,” and that they are “resorting to force” in a bid to stifle any form of debate in the industry. His address drew 1.5 times as many viewers as Biden’s election announcement.AnalysisTucker Carlson Could No Longer Be Tolerated by Corrupt US Media, Political Elite26 April, 11:08 GMTFox has not publicly clarified the reason for Carlson’s dismissal, and there have been many theories online with possible explanations for his departure.Aside from the plummeting viewership, Tucker’s ouster also earlier saw the cable news network’s stock nosedive, with the company losing some $500 million.