Look What Happened At Fox On The First Night Without Greta Van Susteren

The word of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren leaving the cable channel was unexpected, and it left many of her fans bewildered. The top-rated channel immediately announced that it would replace Van Susteren on “On the Record” program with former “Special Report” host Brit Hume.

Interestingly, the size of the audience increased on Hume’s first night hosting the show. According to Nielsen Media Research, “On the Record with Brit Hume” pulled in 2.4 million in total viewers, reported The Hill.

Some 429,000 viewers in the 25-54 age group tuned into Hume’s first night hosting the show. Hume’s audience was 83 percent higher in that demographic that a year ago.

That’s a doubt-digit increase from the numbers Van Susteren was averaging in 2016 before her departure.

Van Susteren, 62, suddenly announced her resignation earlier this week after 14 years with Fox. The beloved host did not offer an explanation for leaving, but the news of her exit came the same day 21st Century Fox announced it had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit former host Gretchen Carlson filed against ex-CEO Roger Ailes.

The popular explanation behind Van Susteren’s sudden departure appeared to be an exit clause in her contract which allowed her to leave the network if a key leader left. But earlier in the week, Van Susteren’s husband, John P. Coale, also hinted that Fox may be facing further litigation over Van Susteren’s departure, saying there was more to the story than met the eye.

It is likely that Hume’s first night hosting the show picked up more viewers out of curiosity about the situation and perhaps the hope on the part of some to get more information about Van Susteren’s decision to leave the network.

It appears that they will have to wait a little bit longer for that.

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