Monday, May 13

Newsmax reviews surge in viewers after Tucker Carlson’s exit from Fox News

The Fox News Channel’s lack of top-rated host Tucker Carlson has apparently change into Newsmax’s achieve.

The conservative community reported a surge in viewers since Fox News Media reduce ties Monday with its fashionable primetime persona, whose “Tucker Carlson Tonight” aired at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Newsmax mentioned its 8 p.m. viewers almost doubled Monday, reaching 531,000 viewers, primarily based on Nielsen figures. The following night time, the quantity rose to a median 562,000 viewers, a five-fold improve from the earlier week.

Newsmax airs “The Balance” hosted by Eric Bolling, a former Fox News persona, within the 8 p.m. slot.

“The Nielsen numbers showing a surge in our audience only tell part of the story,” Newsmax mentioned in a Wednesday assertion. “We are seeing an additional boost in our internal numbers across OTT platforms of an additional 60% in audience above the cable/satellite reach.”

The soar in eyeballs comes though Newsmax is seen in 20 million fewer households than the Fox News Channel.

“It’s also important to remember that Newsmax is in 20 million less homes than Fox and that our Nielsen coverage rating showed even more spectacular gains,” the channel mentioned. “Last night we had 50% of Fox’s primetime coverage rating.”

Fox News Channel has crammed the 8 p.m. window with “Fox News Tonight” that includes a rotation of Fox personalities pending the naming of a everlasting host. This week’s host is longtime Fox anchor Brian Kilmeade.

According to knowledge from TVNewser, an estimated 2.6 million viewers tuned into “Fox News Tonight” on Monday, about 700,000 fewer than watched “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the earlier Monday.

Fox shook the media and political arenas by asserting that it has parted methods with Mr. Carlson, who started internet hosting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in 2017, changing Bill O’Reilly. His present “The O’Reilly Factor” was the top-rated present in cable information on the time.

Mr. Carlson’s program was the second-most-watched cable present of 2022 with a median of three.3 million viewers, second solely to a different Fox present, “The Five.”

The choice to chop ties got here lower than per week after the community settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for a whopping $787.5 million, igniting hypothesis that Mr. Carlson had by some means change into a legal responsibility regardless of his primetime dominance and rising political affect.

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