Fox News Channel experienced a significant decline in prime-time viewership in May, following Tucker Carlson’s departure. The channel’s average viewers dropped by 32% to 1.42 million, compared to April’s results of 2.07 million, according to Nielsen ratings.
Despite the decrease, Fox News Channel maintained its position as the cable news network with the highest ratings. MSNBC’s ratings came closer to Fox’s, trailing by just 260,000 viewers, with an average of 1.16 million total viewers. MSNBC lost 12% of its prime-time viewership compared to the previous month.
According to Media Post, CNN also experienced a decline in viewership, losing 16% in May compared to April, with an average of 416,000 viewers. It is worth noting that these results included a highly-rated Town Hall event featuring former President Trump.
On the other hand, Newsmax, a conservative news network, saw an increase in viewership, gaining 70% to reach 298,000 prime-time viewers.
Analysts suggest that Newsmax benefited from Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News at the end of April. Carlson had the highest viewership among all cable TV news programs in April, averaging 3.1 million viewers. Following Newsmax was Nexstar Media’s “NewsNation” with 94,000 prime-time viewers, which had an average of 101,000 viewers in April.
In terms of total day viewership, Fox News Channel remained the leader. However, all three major networks experienced a decline compared to the previous year, with Fox at 1.09 million, MSNBC at 736,000, and CNN at 416,000 viewers.
“The Five,” Fox’s roundtable program, was the highest-rated prime-time cable news show in May, attracting 2.63 million viewers.
In the overall rankings among all cable TV networks for the month, Fox News Channel secured the third position, trailing behind TNT and ESPN. TNT and ESPN claimed the top two spots in prime-time for cable TV networks, with 3.1 million and 2.5 million average viewers, respectively. This success was largely due to their coverage of high-profile NBA Playoff games.
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Tomi Lahren: Washington Post, Barstool Story Shows Journalism is Dead
Lahren believes that Heil wrote the story as a hit piece and noted that journalism is dead because of stories like these.
OutKick’s Tomi Lahren weighed in on Washington Post reporter Emily Heil’s report regarding the news outlet’s piece on Barstool Sport’s Dave Portnoy’s One Bite Pizza Festival that occurs on Sept. 23 at Maimonides Park in Brooklyn, NY.
The Post wrote a detailed story about Portnoy’s impact on some of these Pizzierias through his reviews. Furthermore, businesses participating in the festival were accused of supporting a man with a history of sexual misconduct and offensive language that he defended as jokes.
Nonetheless, before the piece ran, Portnoy got ahead of the story, to which Lahren applauded his actions. Additionally, Lahren believes that Heil wrote the story as a hit piece and noted that journalism is dead because of stories like these.
“This isn’t your grandfather’s Woodward and Bernstein era Washington Post,” Lahren wrote for OutKick. “These are activists with MacBooks and it couldn’t be more obvious. But Dave was smart and savvy enough to not only play their game but body them in the process.
“This Emily gal deserves the inevitable and lasting internet and social media embarrassment that will forever be associated with her byline. Play stupid games and win stupid prizes. Those are my Final Thoughts.”
Geraldo Rivera: Rupert Murdoch Was ‘Sincerely Motivated’ to Create Conservative News
“I see him as a good boss. A vibrant, charismatic guy, still full of verb and energy at 92 years old.”
Geraldo Rivera departed Fox News under less-than-ideal circumstances earlier this year. That doesn’t mean he can’t share admiration for departing Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch.
During an appearance on CNN Tonight with Laura Coates after Murdoch announced he would exit his long-held role with the company, Rivera had good things to say about the media titan.
“He has always been nice to me, kind to me, (and) generous. When they cut my salary in half — when they had the big cutback before the pandemic — I went up and I said, ‘Hey boss, this is not right. I went in to combat for you and this and that,’ and he called downstairs and he said, ‘Okay, restore part of that cut.’ So, I see him as a good boss,” Rivera said. “A vibrant, charismatic guy, still full of verb and energy at 92 years old.”
Rivera went on to defend Murdoch from accusations that the salacious and partisan news coverage provided by his outlets was a ploy to advance conservative causes.
“I think it does a disservice to think that it was all sleazy kind of opportunism because I don’t believe that he believed that. I believe that he was sincerely motivated,” said Geraldo Rivera. “He could have, for example, when Fox News was being created, gone the way of other Fox syndicated programs like A Current Affair and gone tabloid and celebrities and all that TMZ kind of stuff.
“Instead, he went to serve a conservative audience, and while I disagree with almost everything in all of their positions — the majority of talent at Fox News — I appreciate the fact that half the people believe — for example — that abortion is a moral wrong, or that gun rights are absolute, or that immigration is bad, or that the climate is not changing. They’re very skeptical about that. Those are people who deserve to have their media.”
Newsmax CEO: We Have Benefited From Contributions of Rupert Murdoch
“His contributions to the news industry across several continents have been enormous, helping to ensure a balanced and truly free media.”
Yesterday’s surprise announcement that Fox Corp. and News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch would exit his role with the companies continues to create shockwaves throughout the industry. The news made Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy become retrospective on what Murdoch has meant to the media landscape.
“Over many decades no other individual has had such a tremendous impact on the media landscape as Rupert Murdoch. His contributions to the news industry across several continents have been enormous, helping to ensure a balanced and truly free media,” Ruddy said.
“Newsmax has benefited from his contributions and we will continue his efforts to promote a free press, a cornerstone to a free society.”
Ruddy launched Newsmax in 1998, positioning the network as a competitor to Fox News. The network has seen expansive growth in recent months, coinciding with the decision by Fox News to remove popular primetime host Tucker Carlson from its lineup.
While Murdoch announced his departure, he remained adamant that he would stay involved in both companies.
“I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas. Our companies are communities, and I will be an active member of our community,” Murdoch wrote in his memo to employees announcing his departure.