May was Fox News’ first month without former Host Tucker Carlson, a loss that cost the network over 30% of primetime viewers.
Fox News dropped Carlson’s primetime show in late April 2023. Without Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the once prominent Fox News primetime schedule barely triumphed over MSNBC in May 2023.
Throughout April 2023, Fox News averaged slightly over 2 million primetime viewers. One month later, the network’s primetime viewership decreased to 1.4 million.
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Fox News is experiencing a significant change in its viewership following the departure of Tucker Carlson.
A noticeable drop of about 1 million viewers has caused ripples within the media landscape.
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In the 25-54 age demographic, which is crucial for advertising rates, Fox News primetime lost 44% of demographic viewers in May 2023 compared to the previous month.
With alternatives to Fox News, such as One America News (OAN), Newsmax, and others, former Fox News viewers appear to be fed up with the once-successful network.
According to Breitbart News, Fox News has lied to viewers in the past by releasing several “rigged” polls, “interfering” in presidential elections, “rigging” presidential debates, and believing the false story that former President Donald Trump grabbed the steering wheel of the presidential limo and then tried to attack a Secret Service agent.
In April 2023, with Carlson still at Fox News, the network flew past MSNBC in ratings, receiving 700,000 more viewers than its closest competitor. Without Carlson, Fox News earned more viewers than MSNBC but only by 250,000.
In May 2023, CNN, like Fox News, lost over 500,000 viewers for its primetime show. The left-leaning network attracted only 494,000 average primetime viewers, 100,000 less than the previous month.
“Fox likely figured it could drop Tucker Carlson and weather the storm. For years, Fox has taken its viewers for granted, and for good reason. No outrage, lie, or betrayal dented the outlet’s ratings,” Breitbart News contributor John Nolte said.
“Hopefully, those days are over for Fox. There are still some good people at Fox News, but just like there are some good public school teachers, the institution itself is total garbage,” Nolte added.
Carlson has expressed interest in launching a primetime show on Twitter. According to Breitbart News, if the former host were to make such a move, Fox News would likely lose to MSNBC in top ratings.