On Wednesday evening, Tucker Carlson released his first statement following his departure from Fox News on Monday via a video posted to Twitter. In the process, he humiliated his former network by quadrupling his viewership in less than an hour after the video was published.
As of this report, the video has received over 13.8 million views on Twitter. In addition, it has received over 300,000 likes, over 10,000 quote tweets, and over 75,000 retweets. There are also over 35,000 comments.
While on Fox News, Carlson would normally get on average around three million viewers a night. This video’s success pales in comparison to what he would normally receive. As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Fox has hit new lows with its 8 pm time slot that used to hold the cable king. For Tuesday night’s show of the renamed ‘Fox News Tonight’ hosted by Brian Kilmeade, the network only managed to reel in 1.7 million viewers. Fox still was able to beat out its competitors who received 678,000 total viewers for CNN and 1.4 million for MSNBC, but the gap between the networks seems to be closing.
In contrast, on Tucker’s penultimate show, the Fox host pulled in 2,992,000 viewers thus blowing out the competition at CNN, Anderson Cooper got 543,000 viewers, and MSNBC, Chris Hayes pulled 1,372,000 viewers, per AdWeek.
Making matters even worse for Fox, the network plummeted in the key demographic of 25-54 which Carlson normally was able to dominate in. The damage to that demographic was so bad that Fox got beaten out by both CNN and MSNBC, as reported by AdWeek.
Kilmeade was only able to attract 149,000 viewers from the key demo while CNN managed 163,000 and MSNBC got 162,000 viewers, clearly showing that a Fox without Tucker is a Fox without those between 25 to 54. On Tucker’s Thursday show, he brought in 334,000 viewers from that age frame meaning that Kilmeade lost over half of his audience, approximately 55 percent.
While Fox News tries to scrap the barrel for what remains of Tucker’s audience following his departure, the former Fox host is showing his muscle with over 13 million Americans tuning in to see what he has to say after days of silence.