Former “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace’s ratings have been a complete and total flop- losing “bigly,” as forty-fifth President Donald Trump might say, to Fox News’s new Sunday evening show hosted by former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy.
Wallace’s new show, titled “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” was viewed by 43,000 people in the 25-54 age group and 401,000 total people. Gowdy’s show, titled “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy,” was viewed by 78,000 people in the key 25-54 age group and 1.3 million total people.
“Fox News made Chris Wallace, didn’t need him. Ratings don’t lie,” Mike Cernovich tweeted.
Wallace’s failure is likely due to his opposition to Donald Trump.
In January 2020, Trump slammed Wallace on Twitter for constantly inviting Democrats onto his show. “So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC,” Trump tweeted.
“How’s Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great,” Trump wrote.
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” Wallace has said. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable. I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job,” he added.
Chris Wallace’s issue with Trump heightened during the first presidential debate with then-President Trump and then-candidate Joe Biden. During the 2020 debate, Americans watched Wallace unfairly allow Biden interrupt Trump, but not allow Trump to interrupt Biden.
“Mr. President, you’re not the moderator,” Wallace told Trump during the debate. “Frankly, you’ve been doing more interrupting,” Wallace told Trump.
“I guess I’m debating you, not him,” Trump told Wallace during the debate.
After the debate, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. slammed Chris Wallace to Sean Hannity, saying, “We knew that was coming anyway with a Chris Wallace.”
Don Jr. knocks Chris Wallace, telling @SeanHannity, “I understand he is a fox guy, but he’s no conservative. He’s no centrist either.”
Hannity doesn’t offer a word of defense for his colleague. pic.twitter.com/tNKgYOgJbl
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 30, 2020
“I understand he’s a Fox guy, but he’s no conservative, and he’s no centrist either. That’s sort of the nature of this game and I think that’s why my father has to play it that way,” said Trump Jr.
“Two on one was not surprising, but fun,” Trump wrote on Twitter after the debate.