The departure of several top personalities at Fox News has had a shocking aftereffect.
According to The Wrap, the network’s ratings actually went up, hitting an average of 1.29 million during the week of Sept. 5 – 11, nearly beating both CNN and MSNBC combined.
The largest hike was experienced by Brit Hume, who took over Greta Van Susteren’s show when she suddenly resigned on Sept. 6. Specifically, the ratings for “On The Record” jumped 5 percent from the previous week and 8 percent compared to the rest of the year.
Apparently, something about Hume was making more people tune in to the show.
But Van Susteren was by no means the only Fox News personality who had left the network. CEO Roger Ailes resigned two months ago over allegations of sexual harassment lodged by former host Gretchen Carlson, who herself disappeared after her contract expired on June 23.
Also missing was Andrea Tantaros, who mysteriously vanished from the network in April. Four months later, she filed a lawsuit against Fox News, also alleging sexual harassment.
With all this drama unfolding at the network, you would think its ratings would have suffered. Instead, the network appeared to be bouncing back with as much energy as GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Perhaps viewers were being drawn in by the drama, kind of like how Jerry Springer seduces otherwise kindhearted Americans into tuning in to watch other Americans bite each other’s heads off like jungle animals.
Either way, the network was clearly winning, suggesting that its overall success was not and had never been tied to its individual hosts. Fox News is an entity unto itself — an entity that clearly could survive almost anything, even the loss of its top personalities.
H/T Allen B. West
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