Fox News has dominated the cable news market for years, leaving competitors, such as CNN and MSNBC, far behind. Tucker Carlson is leading the pack at Fox News and drives much of the network’s stellar ratings.
Carlson recently put himself in the spotlight with the recent release of the unseen January 6th video footage that drew intense backlash from the establishment. Mediaite reported on the recent success of Fox News:
Fox News on Thursday beat CNN and MSNBC combined — both the key 25-54 age demographic and in terms of total viewers.
Fox News averaged 1.54 million total day viewers and 178,000 demo viewers to land in first place.
MSNBC brought in an average of 852,000 total day viewers and 90,000 demo viewers to come in second. CNN, meanwhile, averaged 403,000 total day viewers and 78,000 demo viewers for third.
Furthermore, all of Fox’s prime-time shows crushed their competition, especially compared to shows such as Don Lemon’s “CNN This Morning,” which has been plagued with abysmal ratings. Overall viewership across the big three cable networks is listed below:
Fox News: 1.54 million
Fox News: 178,000
Here are the prime time averages — encompassing shows which air from 8-11 p.m. — in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.
Fox News: 245,000
Tucker Carlson recently led all of cable news as the highest-rated program, where he attained over 3 million total viewers, with 365,000 in the key demographic range. The ratings follow after Carlson released unseen January 6th footage, leading many to question the official narrative the political establishment has pushed. Mediate reported on Carlson’s success:
Tucker Carlson had a bruising week thanks to the revelations regarding the gulf between his private and public beliefs (I hate Trump passionately, etc.) as well as his controversial commentary on the Jan. 6 attack at the US Capitol (sightseeing, etc.)
Those controversies did nothing to hurt his ratings. The host of Tucker Carlson Tonight closed out last week as the top-rated host on cable news on Friday, with 3.09 million total viewers and 365,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo.
That audience was enough to beat out the usual top show in cable news, Fox News’s The Five, as well as beat the competition on MSNBC and CNN by miles.
In total viewers, Carlson tripled the 8 p.m. competition on MSNBC and sextupled his CNN rival. In the demo, Carlson more than tripled both MSNBC and CNN.
Carlson was given nearly 40,000 hours of unreleased surveillance footage from the capitol on January 6th by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Many criticized Tucker’s release and commentary over this January 6th footage including Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said, “It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that is completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.” The Capitol Police force said, “The program conveniently cherry-picked from the calmer moments of our 41,000 hours of video. The commentary fails to provide context about the chaos and violence that happened before or during these less tense moments.”
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