Fox News Ratings Collapsed Last Week – Update w/Monday’s Numbers

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Update on May 1 below

Since Tucker Carlson left Fox, Fox News Tonight has faced a ratings collapse. They filled the 8 p.m. hour with rotating Fox News personalities as hosts, including Brian Kilmeade. The channel has lost over 50% of its viewers, and the hits affect the other Fox hosts at night. Even as Fox plants hit pieces against Tucker, their numbers are dramatically lower.

This is Fox’s biggest collapse after losing a top host, but they’ve come back before. The danger here is they are moving mainstream.

We’ll update you here when Monday’s numbers come in.

LAST YEAR’S NUMBERS AT THIS TIME

When you look at the numbers below from Mediaite for the same time in 2022, compare them with Tucker’s numbers last year with the new Fox News Tonight that follows.

  • On Monday, April 25, 2022, Tucker quadrupled Chris Hayes in the demo with a whopping 639,000 to Hayes’s 175,000. He had 3,572,000 total viewers, and all the other primetime hosts had over 2 million or close to 3 million.
  • On April 26, 2022, Tucker Carlson had 3,472,00 total viewers to CNN’s 719,000 and Hayes’s 1,309,000. He beat everyone in the key demo with 591,000.
  • April 27, 2022, Tucker swept in the key demo and total viewers. In the key demo, Tucker had 511,000 to Cooper’s 167,000 and Hayes’s 125,000. Total viewers: 3,194,00 for Tucker, 770,000 for Cooper, 1,249,000 for Hayes.

The entire week was like that and the other primetime hosts benefitted with numbers in the low to high two million range.

THIS YEAR WITHOUT TUCKER SO FAR

Carlson’s final show—though that wasn’t known then—was on Friday, April 24, and drew 2.56 million viewers, double his competitor Chris Hayes at MSNBC.

TVNewser reported that about 1.7 million people tuned into Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday, down from 3.3 million viewers four weeks earlier—a 48% decline—and while Fox still had the highest ratings of prime time that night among all viewers, it dropped behind CNN and MSNBC among adults 25-54, a key demographic.

For the first time in his hosting history, Hayes had the highest ratings Wednesday among adults 25-54 and total viewers, with 1.377 million viewers over the 1.332 million who tuned into Fox News Tonight and the 643,000 who watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Existential Threat?

Thursday and Friday were just as bad for Fox. This could be the one thing that takes them down after all the abuse they’ve taken from the Left. They will find snuggling up to them will destroy them, and trying to destroy Tucker could be the viewers’ last straw.

According to TV Newser, on Wednesday, everyone at Fox was down in the key demo.

25-54 Demographic (Live+SD x 1,000)

7PM Prmetime:
144
Burnett:
138
Reid:
141
8PM FNTonight:
124
Cooper:
139
Hayes:
167
9PM Hannity:
159
Primetime:
123
Wagner:
139
10PM Ingraham:
155
Tonight:
112
Last Word:
153
11PM Gutfeld:
202
Tonight:
101
Ruhle:
152

 

Total Viewers didn’t fare any better on Wednesday.
7PM Prmetime:
1.558
Burnett:
720
Reid:
1.203
8PM FNTonight:
1.332
Cooper:
643
Hayes:
1.377
9PM Hannity:
1.704
Primetime:
549
Wagner:
1.326
10PM Ingraham:
1.448
Tonight:
508
Last Word:
1.327
11PM Gutfeld:
1.586
Tonight:
346
Ruhle:
921
Thursday’s Key Demo was only good for Gutfeld, via TV Newser

25-54 Demographic (Live+SD x 1,000)

7PM Prmetime:
136
Burnett:
101
Reid:
202
8PM FNTonight:
136
AC360:
108
Hayes:
144
9PM Hannity:
159
Primetime:
99
Wagner:
160
10PM Ingraham:
172
Tonight:
84
Last Word:
151
11PM Gutfeld:
210
Tonight:
66
Ruhle:
140
Total Viewers, Thursday

Total Day: FNC: 145 | CNN: 82 | MSNBC: 122
Prime: FNC: 156 | CNN: 97 | MSNBC: 152

FNC: CNN: MSNBC:
4PM YourWrld:
104
Lead:
91 
Wallace:
147
5PM Five:
229
Blitzer:
101
Wallace:
6PM Baier:
171
Blitzer:
108
Melber:
175
7PM Prmetime:
136
Burnett:
101
Reid:
202
8PM FNTonight:
136
AC360:
108
Hayes:
144
9PM Hannity:
159
Primetime:
99
Wagner:
160
10PM Ingraham:
172
Tonight:
84
Last Word:
151
11PM Gutfeld:
210
Tonight:
66
Ruhle:
140
Friday the 28th
25-54 Demographic (Live+SD x 1,000)
7p JESSE WATTERS PRIMETIME:
116
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT:
106
REIDOUT:
104
ROB SCHMITT TONIGHT:
32
ON BALANCE W/ VITTERT:
3
8p FOX NEWS TONIGHT:
111
ANDERSON COOPER 360:
104
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES:
102
ERIC BOLLING THE BALANCE:
32
CUOMO:
11
9p HANNITY:
93
WHOLE STORY WITH ANDERSON:
83
ALEX WAGNER TONIGHT:
86
PRIME NEWS:
29
DAN ABRAMS LIVE:
10
10p INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE:
91
TALKING TO CHRIS WALLACE:
73
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL:
66
GREG KELLY REPORTS:
28
BANFIELD:
5
11p GUTFELD!:
154
CNN TONIGHT:
66
11TH HOUR W/ S. RUHLE:
77
ROB SCHMITT TONIGHT:
29
CUOMO:
4
Total Viewers, Friday
8p FOX NEWS TONIGHT:
1153
ANDERSON COOPER 360:
583
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES:
1300
ERIC BOLLING THE BALANCE:
401
CUOMO:
128
9p HANNITY:
1361
WHOLE STORY WITH ANDERSON:
352
ALEX WAGNER TONIGHT:
1243
PRIME NEWS:
260
DAN ABRAMS LIVE:
114
10p INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE:
1221
TALKING TO CHRIS WALLACE:
351
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL:
912
GREG KELLY REPORTS:
312
BANFIELD:
100
11p GUTFELD!:
1434
CNN TONIGHT:
295
11TH HOUR W/ S. RUHLE:
770
ROB SCHMITT TONIGHT:
169
CUOMO:
50

 

Update

Fox News brought in 1.598 million total viewers and 164,000 demo viewers, while MSNBC won with 1.693 million total viewers and 176,000 demo viewers. CNN landed in third place with 481,000 total viewers and 109,000 demo viewers.

Fox News still won the Total Day. The Five, Bret Baier and Jesse Watters had 2712 viewers, 2059, and  2475 respectively.

In the key demo, no one’s bringing in the key demo.

7p JESSE WATTERS PRIMETIME:
228
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT:
141
REIDOUT:
152
ROB SCHMITT TONIGHT:
36
ON BALANCE W/ VITTERT:
17
8p FOX NEWS TONIGHT:
157
ANDERSON COOPER 360:
129
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES:
139
ERIC BOLLING THE BALANCE:
51
CUOMO:
16
9p HANNITY:
158
CNN PRIMETIME:
107
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW:
228
PRIME NEWS:
38
DAN ABRAMS LIVE:
28
10p INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE:
178
CNN TONIGHT:
92
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL:
161
GREG KELLY REPORTS:
43
BANFIELD:
21

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The Prisoner
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The Prisoner
7 months ago

MSNBC is now #1 in the nitetime lineup. Faux is down in the same category. There may be some more viewer loss as Faux viewers tire of the RINO lineup. Faux will not recover because it will not allow someone who can recover Faux to take the Tucker slot. Tucker should have left in 2021 instead of sustaining the network.

GuvGeek
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GuvGeek
7 months ago

The next Question is, “Has Tucker’s Firing hurt Hannity’s numbers?”

The Prisoner
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The Prisoner
7 months ago
Reply to  GuvGeek

Hannity is down some, loses to MSNBC some nights.

I expect and hope people tune him out as a residual effect.