Fox News has experienced a decline in ratings since popular host Tucker Carlson’s departure. The network’s 8 p.m. hour has witnessed a significant drop in viewership, plunging from an average of three million viewers to 1.65 million viewers.
Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox & Friends, temporarily took over Carlson’s spot, but the network has announced that Fox News personality Lawrence Jones will replace him. Nevertheless, Fox News has reassured viewers that it will maintain the same cable news coverage that has made it a ratings powerhouse for over 21 years.
Fox News has been the most-watched cable news network in all categories for more than two decades, attracting viewers from both Democrats and Republicans. According to the network, its team of journalists, analysts, and opinion hosts are the most trusted news source among viewers.
However, Fox News has gone through periods of decline following the departures of top talents like Bill O’Reilly and the sexual harassment scandal of Roger Ailes. During Carlson’s departure, Newsmax, another conservative news network, gained more viewership. Newsmax’s 8 p.m. offering, hosted by former Fox News host Eric Bolling, received 531,000 total viewers, only about 200,000 fewer than CNN’s 8 p.m. hour.
After Carlson’s departure, he hinted at launching his independent news site, which could take a considerable portion of Fox News’ audience. According to a survey conducted for Newsweek, 16% of Americans would be “significantly likely” to watch an independent online show hosted by Carlson.
It remains to be seen how Fox News will perform without Tucker Carlson, but it still leads its competitors, MSNBC and CNN, by wide margins. Fox News’ commitment to delivering cable news coverage, along with its trusted team of journalists and opinion hosts, will probably continue to attract viewers. And as always, until next time.