Fox News’ ratings have shot up since Tucker Carlson took over Megyn Kelly’s prime time slot, doubling the numbers of his predecessor.
Compared to the same time period last year, Carlson has doubled the ratings over Kelly, who left the network to go to NBC, according to Nielsen Media Research.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 24, 2017
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” has seen an increase of 95 percent in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old viewer demographic compared to the same time period in 2016 when “The Kelly File” occupied the same 9 p.m. time slot, The Hill reported.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 24, 2017
In the January 11 – 22 time period, Carlson averaged 775,000 viewers per night in that category compared to Kelly’s 398,000.
This is called R-E-S-O-N-A-T-I-N-G. https://t.co/BHzmY21B5N
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 24, 2017
Carlson’s 9 p.m. debut on Jan. 9 not only left Kelly’s numbers in the dust, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” nearly beat the combined total of MSNBC and CNN that night. Even in its previous 7 p.m. time slot, which began in November 2016, the show gave Fox News a record-making 71 percent increase in viewers.
A former co-host on FNC’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Carlson also hosted programs on CNN and MSNBC.
News of Carlson’s success was even a topic of discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday as host Joe Scarborough commented: “I’m hearing, it’s shocking to me, that his numbers actually are far outpacing anything Megyn Kelly’s ever done over there at 9 o’clock.”
Co-host Willie Geist, who joined MSNBC in 2005 as a senior producer of “The Situation with Tucker Carlson,” agreed with Scarborough. “He’s doing really well. His numbers are up. Tucker’s doing well,” he said. Mika Brzezinski chimed in, describing Carlson as “very quick and clever,” as Scarborough pointed out how the ratings have gone up after Kelly’s departure, defying predictions that they would drop.
“America’s having a love affair with Tucker Carlson,” co-host Mark Halperin announced.
Current numbers now show total viewership for Carlson to be 3.73 million, a 37 percent increase over Kelly’s 2016 averages of 2.72 million. He is also up 50 percent in the key demographic with 775,000 compared to Kelly’s 515,000.
— Eric Spracklen (@EricSpracklen) January 24, 2017
Kelly reportedly turned down Fox News Channel’s offer of $100 million over four years to get her to stay at the network. She left for NBC, where she will make her debut in September, in order to spend more time with her family.
So far, it looks like Fox – and its viewers – are reaping the rewards of the change.
Twitter users celebrated the news, proving that the numbers don’t lie.
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— DGallaway (@dsgallaway) January 25, 2017
I love Tucker! ❤️
— ❤️AmericanUnderGod❤️ (@AndreaSteckert) January 25, 2017
— Norman Jonah (@ona3pica) January 25, 2017
@RealJack I am not surprised. He is delightfully intelligent. And witty. He has charisma. Fantastic. For him !!! To excel
— Linda Bowman (@Lindabowman45L) January 25, 2017
— Marcie Johnston (@MarcieJohnsto17) January 24, 2017
@immigrant4trump Never was to fond of Kelly. Loving Tucker’s show!
— Diana Packard (@DianaPackard) January 24, 2017
@mitchellvii i make it a point to tune into his show. Made it a poin to turn Kelly off.
— Stanley Stone (@StanleyStone05) January 24, 2017
@mitchellvii Love Tucker. Great move. Kelly was all style no substance.
— Joe Costa (@joepcosta) January 24, 2017
— Robert Jr. (@fstop107) January 25, 2017