Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts

Tony Maglio
Tucker Carlson just won his first month in cable news ratings at Fox News Channel’s 8 p.m. time slot. And the victory came despite the ongoing boycott against the Fox host’s advertisers.For March, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” claimed cable news’ top spot in the 25-54 demo for the first time in the program’s history, with 537,000 viewers per night in that advertiser-coveted age range. His pal Sean Hannity was second with 533,000.It’s worth noting here that Carlson had been No. 1 when he took over for Megyn Kelly in Fox’s 9 p.m. hour a few years ago, but this is his first win since replacing Bill O’Reilly in the 8 p.m. timeslot.Carlson has been on Fox News at 8 o’clock for just under two years now, having launched this version on April 24, 2017.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Mocks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as 'Nasty,' 'Self Righteous' and a 'Moron' (Video)Fox’s current 9 o’clock series “Hannity” topped all of cable news in total viewers for March, with 3.145 million, much like he did for the first quarter of 2019 (3.121 million).Carlson came in second per in the total-audience metric for March, with 3.032 million, though MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow averaged 3.057 million viewers for the full first quarter, compared to Carlson’s 2.982 million.“Maddow” was actually No. 1 in the key news demo for the whole quarter, edging “Hannity” and banishing Carlson to third.Also Read: Tucker Carlson's Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite BoycottsFNC was No. 1 outright in primetime for both March and the first quarter. MSNBC finished second and CNN was third.Primetime on each of the cable news channels declined from their prior Marches and their respective first quarters of 2018. On a March-to-March basis, Fox News retained demo ratings far better than its competition, though MSNBC was actually closest to matching the comparative month overall.For the full quarter, FNC primetime was nearly flat with last year’s total viewers, but it shed a larger percentage of demo viewers than CNN. MSNBC suffered the greatest percentage decline in the key demo.tAlso Read: Tucker Carlson's Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite BoycottsCarlson has faced new pressure on his sponsors after the liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011.In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c—ty.” See how his advertisers responded here.Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.Read original story Tucker Carlson Topped All Cable News Shows Last Month in Key Demo Despite Ad Boycott At TheWrap

Last week, there were calls to fire Tucker Carlson from Fox News after old audio resurfaced of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host making crude remarks about women and statutory rape on a shock-jock radio show. Also last week, Carlson’s Nielsen ratings rose 8 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million total viewers last week, with 517,000 of them coming from the key adults 15-54 demographic. Those Nielsen numbers were up 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the prior week  — and they also easily beat MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (1.8 million and 298,000) and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” (1 million and 269,000).

In the demo, Carlson’s week was down 2019-to-date and versus the same week in 2018.


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As a whole, Fox News had another big week in terms of viewership. Across primetime, which for Fox is a Carlson/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham lineup, FNC averaged 2.387 million total viewers, with 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. March 11 through March 17 marked nine straight weeks for Fox as the No. 1 cable network.

Below are channels ranking 2 through 5 in primetime-audience averages:
2.    ESPN (1,935,000)
3.    MSNBC (1,868,000)
4.    HGTV (1,283,000)
5.    History (1,180,000)



CNN checked in at eleventh in primetime, averaging 939,000 total viewers for the important day part.

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The latest outcry again Carlson arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

See how his advertisers responded here.

Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

Read original story Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts At TheWrap