Fox News Feels the Pain One Month After Tucker Carlson’s Exit

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Fox News has seen its primetime ratings diminution year-over-year successful May since Tucker Carlson’s abrupt departure astir six weeks ago, according to an analysis.

Nielsen ratings amusement that the web has seen a 37-percent year-over-year diminution to 1.42 cardinal during the primetime hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to reports from Mediaite and Deadline Hollywood. Left-wing rival MSNBC saw its ratings summation to 1.16 cardinal primetime viewers, oregon a 14-percent summation year-over-year, successful May.

The wide No. 3 was CNN, which saw its primetime ratings shrink to 494,000 viewers past month. According to the reports, it represents a 25-percent year-over-year decline, compared with May 2022.

Fox, meanwhile, averaged immoderate 135,000 viewers successful the coveted 25–54 property demographic that advertisers often people during the primetime hours, the investigation shows. That’s a 62-percent year-over-year decline. MSNBC had 120,000 demographic viewers, oregon a 14 percent summation year-over-year, portion CNN saw a 25 percent driblet to 113,000 viewers successful that demographic.

In comparison, Fox News averaged immoderate 2.09 cardinal primetime viewers successful the archetypal 4th of 2023. That was apt owed to Carlson’s influence, arsenic the erstwhile big would routinely gully much than 3 cardinal viewers during his 8 p.m. ET show.

Since Carlson’s departure, Fox News spokespeople person told The Epoch Times that Fox is inactive the No. 1 wide rated cablegram quality channel.

Fox News’ “The Five” is inactive the No. 1 cablegram quality TV show, with 2.6 cardinal mean full viewers and 267,000 viewers successful the demographic connected average. Fox News big Jesse Watters besides averaged much than 2 cardinal viewers per episode, the ratings show.

Since Carlson’s departure successful precocious April, the transmission has rotated respective of its apical hosts during the 8 p.m. timeslot. Reports person indicated that the replacement show, “Fox News Tonight,” volition beryllium hosted by anchor Harris Faulkner adjacent week.

A caller study suggested Fox News is plotting to determination big Sean Hannity to the 8 p.m. slot, but a Fox News spokesperson told The Epoch Times past period that determination hasn’t been a decision.

“No determination has been made connected a caller primetime line-up and determination are aggregate scenarios nether consideration,” a spokesperson for the web said astatine the time.

Trump Criticism

The web has besides been forced to woody with disapproval from erstwhile President Donald Trump, who was publically captious of Fox News’ determination to portion ways with Carlson. Late past week, Trump said that Fox should pivot to get amended ratings.

Epoch Times Photo (left) Former President Donald Trump speaks astatine the National Rifle Association Convention successful Indianapolis connected April 14, 2023. (Michael Conroy, File/AP Photo); (right) Fox News big Sean Hannity speaks astatine the Hilton Anatole successful Dallas, Texas, connected Aug. 4, 2022. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

“FOX should clasp MAGA,” Trump wrote connected a Truth Social connected June 2, adding that the web is suffering “because the precise smart, adjacent brilliant, Magadonians cognize that, contempt each the fake articulator service, FoxNews is pushing Ron DeSanctus, oregon anyone other for that matter, due to the fact that they hatred the top ‘America first’ president to ever enactment connected a suit and tie, me.” He was referring to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“They are each globalists, and globalists volition never, Make America Great Again!” the erstwhile president added of Fox News’ management.

His run besides said that his municipality hallway lawsuit with Hannity past Thursday performed amended than DeSantis’s interrogation with big Trey Gowdy past month. “President Trump’s municipality hallway connected Fox had 2.7 cardinal viewers,” it said.

Last week, Trump targeted Fox News again erstwhile helium made a captious remark astir his erstwhile property secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, and asserted that she is trying to beforehand DeSantis implicit him. That drew disapproval from DeSantis and different conservatives connected societal media.

“Even his top supporters person acknowledged” that Trump “had a pugnacious clip picking bully people,” the Florida politician said respective days ago. “He had a batch of unspeakable unit decisions, radical similar Jerome Adams, his Surgeon General … truthful we cognize determination was a pugnacious record, but Kayleigh was 1 of the top selections. She did a fantastic job,” DeSantis said during the NH Journal podcast.

But Trump has besides repeatedly highlighted interrogation segments connected Fox News via his Truth Social account.

Host Will Cain said past week that helium doesn’t “see a way for immoderate of the alternate candidates to Donald Trump, and that includes Ron DeSantis,” according to a clip posted online that Trump highlighted. “There’s immoderate sentiment I ideate astir Ron DeSantis that we’ve been palmy successful Florida and present is our time. But the nationalist doesn’t look to beryllium buying it, Sean,” Cain continued.

“We’ve seen Donald Trump successful debates. He wins debates,” helium remarked, adding that candidates including erstwhile New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and erstwhile Vice President Mike Pence fundamentally person nary changeable astatine winning the GOP primary. “They’re waiting for immoderate weaponry to detonate and past 1 of the others look from the chaos,” helium added.

In response, Trump wrote: “Thank you, Will Cain!”