Tucker Carlson Gets The Last Laugh Over Fox News
After being abruptly fired by Fox News, former host Tucker Carlson is now having the final laugh. After he was removed from the air, Fox News’ viewership has dramatically decreased.
“In the first week after Carlson’s ouster on April 24, the channel’s primetime viewership fell 29.6 percent to 1.449 million viewers, coming in third among cable networks, according to figures from Nielsen,” Yahoo News reported.
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“Viewership for the network’s 8 p.m. time slot was down 47 percent overall for that week, according to an analysis from former Fox News host Megyn Kelly. The analysis averaged the viewership from the first week of his absence and compared it with the last week he was on the air. Among the key demographic of 25-54-year-olds, ratings were down a whopping 59 percent,” the outlet added.
This week, a fresh poll revealed that Carlson continues to enjoy greater popularity among Americans than in his previous job.
According to the Rasmussen Reports poll, Carlson continues to have support from conservative and Republican voters. According to the polling company, “59% of Likely U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of Carlson, including 36% who have a Very Favorable opinion of him.”
The company said in a news statement, “Thirty-four percent (34%) regard Carlson poorly, including 25% with a Very Unfavorable assessment.
With only 52% of voters viewing the network favorably and 24% extremely favorably, Fox News currently has a lower approval rating among potential voters than Carlson had. 42% of probable voters had a negative opinion of Fox News, with 28% having a very negative opinion.
Just 19% of voters believed that Carlson’s termination from the network will have a favorable influence on the organization. Nonetheless, 32% of respondents thought that the news outlet will get worse after his departure. Nonetheless, 42% of voters believed that Fox will not be much affected by Carlson’s departure.
After posting a second video on Twitter this week announcing a new “program” on the social media platform, Carlson shocked his followers and perhaps increased the panic in his employer.
In his first public remark after being removed from the air, Carlson used Twitter earlier this month to dump bombs about general corruption in the cable news industry.
It must be shocking to Fox News management who, according to prior reports, are hoping to retain Carlson on under his present contract, which is up in January 2025, in order to prevent a significant and long-lasting loss of viewers.
In his first video to his supporters last week, he encouraged them to “keep fighting” and added that they would hear from him soon.
Carlson said he realized after stepping “outside the noise for a few days” how “unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are,” arguing that they were “completely irrelevant” and “mean nothing.”
In his second video, Carlson announced he was moving to Twitter to post a show there in the coming weeks.
“There aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one remaining in the world is Twitter,” Carlson said in his short monologue – in which he took a shot at Fox, saying, “If you bump up against the limits [in the news business] you will be fired for it.”
“The rule of what you can’t say defines everything,” he said, adding, “You can’t have a free society if people aren’t allowed to say what they think is true… There aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one… is Twitter, where we are now.”
“Twitter has long served as the place where our national conversation incubates and develops,” he continued, noting further that other networks are “thinly disguised propaganda outlets.”
“You see it on cable news, you talk about it on Twitter,” said Carlson. “The result may feel like a debate, but actually, the gatekeepers are still in charge. We think that’s a bad system. We know exactly how it works and we’re sick of it.”