On Thursday, the viewership numbers for the newly renamed ‘Fox News Tonight’ hosted by Brian Kilmeade were released and it’s even worse than anyone could have imagined for Fox News.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy spelled out the carnage best during an interview with Anderson Cooper when he said, “I think it’s also noteworthy, Anderson, that without Carlson in the 8 p.m. hour over at Fox News, the ratings over there are really collapsing.”
“Last night, in the key advertiser-supported, coveted 25 to 54 demo, they saw the worst ratings since pre-9/11,” Darcy revealed, as reported by Mediaite. “That’s a really staggering drop over at Fox News. The hour before it actually rated higher than the 8 p.m. hour, which is something of an anomaly over at Fox – something certainly that never happened when Tucker Carlson was in that hour.”
Kilmeade was only able to attract 124,000 viewers from the key demo while CNN managed 139,000 and MSNBC got 167,000 viewers, clearly showing that a Fox without Tucker is a Fox without those between 25 to 54.
On Tucker’s penultimate show on Thursday, he brought in 334,000 viewers from that age frame meaning that Kilmeade lost over half of his audience, approximately 62 percent.
Making matters worse for the network, overall viewers for the Wednesday night show for the 8 pm slot saw an absolute bloodbath. According to AdWeek, Kilmeade only brought in 1.332 million viewers and in fact was beaten out by the liberal networks, something that Carlson rarely if ever faced.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes brought in 1.377 million viewers taking first place for the night while CNN’s Anderson Cooper got 643,000.
With Tucker Carlson pulling in an average of approximately 3.25 million viewers, that means that Kilmeade is wildly underperforming.
On some of Tucker’s good nights, he would pull over four million Americans. This for instance occurred during the former Fox News host’s expose on January 6th with 4.13 million viewers meaning that Kilmeade is more than two million viewers short of matching some of Tucker’s best moments on air.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Fox News without Tucker Carlson will hold significantly less influence in American society as more and more of the public tune out and tune in to alternative media.
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