Fox News cable news ratings have collapsed after the network took top-rated host Tucker Carlson off the air in late April. While the network is slowly rebounding, things have been rough for longtime host Sean Hannity as he’s struggled to win his own timeslot on most nights.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow beat Hannity in the 8 PM ET time slot, bringing in 2.35 million total viewers compared to his 2.25 million.

“Last week, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show drew 2.35 million viewers, beating Fox News competitor Hannity by 100,000 viewers, one of only four MSNBC hours to break into the top 40 most-viewed cable shows last week; The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, Deadline: White House and The Beat with Ari Melber was in spots 37, 38 and 39, respectively,” Forbes reported. “A reshuffled Fox News line-up helped the network’s primetime ratings jump 26% last week, Nielsen data shows, buoyed by an interview with former President Donald Trump and Jesse Watters’ shift into the 8 p.m. spot once held by Tucker Carlson.”

“Fox News averaged 1.8 million primetime viewers for the week of July 17, up from 1.4 million in the previous week and in line with the channel’s year-to-date average of around 1.8 million—by comparison, MSNBC averaged almost 1.2 million in primetime last week (up 2% from a week earlier) and CNN averaged 653,000 (up 3%). Fox News launched a new primetime lineup on July 17 following the ouster of Carlson back in April: Watters moved from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Laura Ingraham shifted from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hannity kept his 9 p.m. slot and Greg Gutfeld moved from late night into the 10 p.m. hour,” the outlet added.

Hannity’s primetime show has felt the heat since Carlson was abruptly ousted.

Hannity’s show, which got up to nearly 2 million in the final weeks of June, has fallen to around a 1.7 million average in July so far. For comparison, Hannity’s primetime show averaged around 3 million each night before Carlson’s departure.


“After low audience level weeks influenced by the Independence Day holiday, MSNBC and Fox News rebounded a bit. FNC averaged more than 1.47 million primetime viewers for the week of July 10, per live plus same-day data from Nielsen. That’s +21% from the week prior (July 3, 2023). The network also averaged 130,000 A25-54 viewers in primetime, +26% from the week prior. In addition to its No. 1 finish in total viewers, Fox News took the No. 15 spot in the primetime demo this past week, up one spot from the week before,” AdWeek reported.

Carlson, for his part, has been busy since his departure.

Carlson gave an update on why the network took him off the air in late April during an interview with British comedian and actor Russell Brand during the latter’s podcast.

During one segment of the show, Carlson said he doesn’t know precisely why he was fired but has a good idea about it, adding that he is not angry over the parting of ways.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Carlson said on Brand’s podcast, “Stay Free,” the former host’s first public interview since being axed by Fox, Newsmax reported. “They didn’t agree with me, of course, I don’t think.”

“It’s not the first time I’ve been fired … when you say what you think, there’s an expectation you can get fired. I didn’t expect to get fired that morning at all, so I was shocked. But I wasn’t really shocked … I wasn’t mad,” he noted further.

“The only thing that bothers me? I’m 54. When you get a little bit older … you can lose your drive … It’s a little bit too nice,” he said regarding his now-extended vacation in Maine, which has been filled with fishing and eating late breakfasts, he said. “My only fear has been … being a little bit too happy.”

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