Top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson has signed a new multi-year contract to provide exclusive content for the recently launched streaming service “Fox Nation,” the network announced Wednesday.
Carlson, whose prime-time network news program garnered record ratings for Fox News last year, will host a long-form documentary series called “Tucker Carlson Originals,” according to a press release. He will also host a new video podcast while continuing to do his weekday 8 p.m. EDT program on the network.
“As we continue to expand and evolve as a service, adding exclusive content from Tucker Carlson will make FOX Nation a must-have service for his most passionate fans,” said Jason Klarman, president of the streaming channel.
Carlson is scheduled to begin contributing in April with the release of a trio of video podcasts featuring discussions and interviews with guests exploring current issues and trends that are influencing and changing the country.
His ‘Originals’ series also premieres in April, with each episode honing in on a single topic which he will explore far more in-depth than he is able to do on his weekday network program.
FOX Nation has also posted a trailer for Carlson’s new programming.
“This is my twelfth year at Fox News and I’ve never been more grateful to be here,” said Carlson. “As other media outlets fall silent or fall in line, Fox News Media’s management has redoubled its commitment to honesty and freedom of speech. I consider that heroic at a time like this.”
“We have a close relationship with our viewers,” added Justin Wells, the senior executive producer of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and the new VP of Tucker Carlson Digital Products.
“We’re excited to continue and expand that relationship on FOX Nation. We have far more stories to tell than we can air in our nightly format. We see this as a welcome expansion of what we’re already doing,” he added.
Carlson’s nightly network show is one of the highest-rated in the history of cable news programming. His show averaged 3.6 million viewers in January, according to Nielsen Media Research, including 653,000 in the highly sought-after 25-54 demographic. His average audience beat out MSNBC and CNN by double-digits in overall viewership, the network noted.
“Recently, the show notched the highest-rated monthly viewership of any cable news program in history, with 5.4 million viewers. It has been number one in the 8 PM/ET time slot for 46 consecutive months with total viewers,” the network’s press release added.
Last year, Carlson also became one of two Fox News Channel programs to ever average 4 million nightly viewers, which was also historic. After taking over the slot from previous top-rated host Bill O’Reilly, Carlson has managed to grow viewership by 35 percent in total and 40 percent in the key 25-54 demo.
His October 2020 interview with former Biden family business associate Tony Bobulinski scored big with an eye-popping 7.5 million viewers, with 1.5 million in the 25-54 demo, making it one of the top three highest-rated programs throughout television for that night.
Originally from California, Carlson joined Fox News in 2009 as a political contributor. He was named as a “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host in 2012, jumping to his nightly program in November 2016, which initially aired one hour earlier.