Fox News made a big mistake when they fired Tucker Carlson on Monday. The network has since been facing a backlash from Carlson’s supporters, who are threatening to boycott the network.
Carlson is the most popular host on Fox News, and his show is the highest-rated cable news program in the country. He has a loyal following of viewers who tune in to hear his take on the news.
According to the Neilsen data, Fox has now tumbled out of first place:
Nielsen data regarding the week ending this past Sunday was shared on Twitter on Tuesday by A.J. Katz, a reporter specializing in the cable news business. According to the data, Fox’s primetime 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET viewership averaged 1,504,429. The average viewership for the more left-leaning MSNBC over the same time frame averaged 1,520,857, narrowly beating out the conservative network that has long been a leader in cable news viewership.
As Katz noted in a tweet, the data from last week marks the end of a lengthy streak of rating dominance for Fox News.
“Barring a last-second data reporting change, Fox’s 120-week-long winning streak in primetime appears to be over,” Katz wrote.
The network has seen their viewership in Carlson’s former slot the 8 p.m. primetime slot drop by half, that’s going to hit them right in the pocketbook because that was likely to make it harder for them to negotiate higher fees from cable providers.
Adding insult to injury, MSNBC has also been picking up viewers from CNN as some of the liberal viewers were throwing a hissy fit at the network attempting to be more objective under the stewardship of CEO Chris Licht.
Carlson’s supporters are outraged by his firing, and they are vowing to boycott Fox News. This could have a serious impact on the network’s ratings.
In addition to the backlash from Carlson’s supporters, Fox News is also facing criticism from conservatives who believe that the network is becoming too liberal.
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Tucker Carlson on Twitter:
Episode 1 = 68 million
Fox News: 1.73 million
MSNBC: 1.86 millionpic.twitter.com/VBRFwSHOhN
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