Over the past couple of years, former Fox News host Megyn Kelly made it clear that she was trying to become the darling of the liberal mainstream media. She got her wish recently and jumped ship from Fox News to NBC News, with Tucker Carlson taking her old time slot at 9 p.m. Just a week after the switch, Carlson’s ratings dwarfed Kelly’s.
Yahoo News reported:
Carlson averaged just under 3 million viewers for his first week of shows in Fox’s prime-time lineup, or 10 percent more than the 2.72 million viewers that Kelly averaged all of last year, the Nielsen company said.
Fox’s numbers are strong in general as many of its viewers eagerly await the start of the Trump administration. Carlson’s lead-in, Bill O’Reilly, averaged 3.5 million last week, or 7 percent more than what he averaged last year. Sean Hannity, Fox’s other prime-time personality, was up 16 percent last week in the same measurement, Nielsen said.
Kelly announced on Jan. 3 that she was leaving Fox News Channel for a new job at NBC News, where she will host a daytime hour that hasn’t been defined yet, a once-weekly newsmagazine and participate in political coverage. Her start date at NBC hasn’t been determined.
Carlson, who has hosted shows on CNN, MSNBC and PBS, earned his shot at Fox’s prime-time lineup by doing well as a replacement for Greta Van Susteren earlier in the evening on Fox. Van Susteren has now taken a job at MSNBC.
It’s honestly not surprising. Many viewers had grown tired of Kelly’s schtick and were hoping for a change. Viewers got much more than a change, however; they got an upgrade as Carlson’s show, so far, is fantastic.
Unlike Kelly who was clearly angling for stardom among liberal media elites, Carlson isn’t afraid to tackle the Left and he does so deftly during his program. In fact, his takedowns of Leftists have garnered him quite a bit of attention.
That’s a nice change, isn’t it? It’s nice to see Carlson take down the Left and their garbage instead of watching Kelly carry their water.
Hopefully Carlson keeps up the good work and stays true to his brand of no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is reporting and commentary that people clearly love.
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