Fox News has decided to part ways with host Tucker Carlson according to a statement Monday morning. Carlson’s last show on the network was Friday, April 21st.
The announcement comes after parent company Fox Corp. agreed to pay a nearly $800 million fine to Dominion Voting Systems regarding a defamation trial between the two companies. Fox News did not specify why they decided to part ways with Carlson.
According to a statement released by Fox News Media:
FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.
Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.
FOX News Media operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Digital, FOX News Audio, FOX News Books, the direct-to-consumer streaming services FOX Nation and FOX News International and the free ad-supported television service FOX Weather. Currently the number one cable network, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 21 consecutive years, while FBN ranks among the top business channels on cable. Fox Corporation owns FOX News Media, which reaches nearly 200 million people monthly.
Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was one of the most watched shows on cable television. The American Tribune reported on his success:
According to the latest ratings, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Greg Gutfeld are leading the 25-54 age demographic in cable news viewership. Carlson was number one with 335,000 demographic viewers, with Gutfeld coming in second with 309,000.
Both Carlson’s and Gutfeld’s respective shows beat their time slot competitors on left-leaning outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. In fact, CNN and MSNBC combined could not match the viewership of the two Fox News hosts. They were the only hosts on cable television to pull in over 300,000 demographic viewers.
According to Forbes:
“Fox News Channel cruised to victory in third quarter cable news ratings, delivering an average prime time audience of 2.189 million viewers, easily outpacing MSNBC, which was a distant second with 1.277 million viewers and CNN, which was third overall with 717,000 viewers. Among viewers 25-54, the key demographic group valued by advertisers, Fox News was first in prime with 294,000 viewers, followed by CNN (150,000 viewers) and MSNBC (127,000 viewers).”
“The highest-rated show for the third quarter was Fox News Channel’s The Five, which had an average total audience of 3.295 million viewers, and Fox swept the five most-watched shows with The Five followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.153 million viewers), Jesse Watters Primetime (2.726 million viewers), Hannity (2.682 million viewers) and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.341 million viewers).”
Carlson was certainly a driving factor behind the success at Fox News Channel, garnering millions of viewers in the key demographic from around the country. Fox News Channel has been the number one cable news network for years, beating out woke competition such as CNN and MSNBC.
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