Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly has been gone from the network for exactly one week after being replaced by Tucker Carlson in the 9 p.m. slot.
The “Kelly File” host left the network after a tough election season in which Kelly saw some of her loyal viewers abandon her after seemingly turning on President-elect Donald Trump. While some speculated that Fox may have made a poor choice in letting her sign a contract with NBC, just the opposite appears to be true.
Tucker Carlson’s show first debuted on Fox during the 7 p.m. time slot, where he replaced Greta Van Susteren following her departure. From the start, his show has been a rating juggernaut, which launched the host into instant success, and that success appears to have followed him into his new, prime time slot.
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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson got off to a roaring start in his primetime debut Monday night by easily outdistancing both MSNBC and CNN, proving at least for now that the decision to slide him into Megyn Kelly’s old timeslot was an excellent one.
Carlson averaged 493,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, beating out CNN’s town hall special with Bernie Sanders (414,000) and The Rachel Maddow Show (324,000).
Overall, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 2.699 million total viewers, nearly beating the combined total of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (1.369 million) and CNN’s town hall special (1.357 million).
Compared to Kelly’s numbers on the same day last year, Carlson was up 27 percent in total viewers and a whopping 45 percent in the key 25-54 demographic, showing that Fox News may not wind up missing Kelly as much as everyone thought.
Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.
Although while some may be surprised at Carlson beating out Kelly in ratings, many people, including this reporter, have speculated that Kelly’s ratings were propped up due to the fact she followed Fox’s number one anchor, Bill O’Reilly, in the 8 p.m. time slot.
Either way, congratulations to Tucker for his huge success!