Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s first night replacing ousted Bill O’Reilly was a definite success, at least as far as the ratings are concerned.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pugnacious debater and erstwhile bowtie enthusiast managed to replace “The O’Reilly Factor” as prime-time cable’s most-watched newscast when he moved to 8 p.m. Monday.
“The first official night without ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ saw the 8 p.m. telecast of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ average 3.2 million viewers and 636,000 adults 25-54, per early returns from Nielsen Media,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.
“Though it will be some time before there’s a sense of how Carlson’s numbers compare to O’Reilly’s, he at least successfully kept the hour as cable news’ biggest during his premiere telecast.”
O’Reilly’s final Monday on the air with Fox did see him garner 3.7 million viewers and 635,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic. However, it’s worth noting that O’Reilly’s audience skewed upward as the sexual harassment controversy built, even as advertisers fled the program.
Also, the 25-54 demographic — the age group most coveted by advertisers — represents a statistically larger portion of Carlson’s audience than it did for O’Reilly.
The 8 p.m. edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” — which had Caitlyn Jenner as the primary guest, according to Fox News — debuted the same day that O’Reilly released the first episode of his new podcast, “No Spin News.”
However, that got considerably less attention than the Caitlyn Jenner interview, where the reality star said that “it was harder to come out as trans than it was to come out a member of the Republican Party.”
“I’m not a one-issue voter. I believe in limited government. I believe in our Constitution,” Jenner said, according to Breitbart. “I believe — I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive financially and economically.”
It’s a bit early to say, but it looks like Carlson may be the only person — both critically and commercially — to replace Bill O’Reilly.
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