According to Nielsen Media Research Megyn Kelly’s replacement, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling her ratings in the same time period. Carlson’s viewing audience has averaged 775,000 viewers per night while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22.
Carlson took over Kelly’s 9 pm slot on Jan 9th after Kelly announced that she would be leaving to take a daytime slot at NBC. Fox reportedly offered Kelly $100 million to stay with the network last fall, but Kelly decided that spending time with her family and 3 children in the afternoon and evening was more important. She also took less money at NBC but she won’t be hosting a show every weekday night as she had at Fox.
Via The Hill “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when “The Kelly File” occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot.”
Carlson who, during his career has hosted programs on CNN and MSNBC, is up 37 percent in total viewers, at 3.73 million, and 50 percent, at 775,000, in the key demographic compared with Kelly’s 2016 averages of 2.72 million and 515,000, respectively.
Megyn Kelly has somewhat of a bad history with President Trump, concerning their interactions during the election. In one question directed at Trump, Kelly came right out and said, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”
Trump retaliated on Twitter later:
Wow, @megynkelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
Let’s hope these issues don’t affect her news reporting in the future, and we wish her well at her new post. As for Fox, they don’t seem to be having any breakup remorse.
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