Tucker Carlson has broken his silence following his unceremonious departure from Fox News.
Politico informed him that officials from the Department of Defense celebrated his departure from Fox News. He then issued a concise statement.
“Ha! I’m sure,” he said when informed that Pentagon officials were thrilled with his departure from the network.
Politico reported: “From maternity flight suits to diversity policies to Ukraine aid, the military was a favorite punching bag for Tucker Carlson. Now that he’s off the air, some Pentagon officials are quietly cheering his departure. Carlson’s criticism of Biden-era personnel policies appealed to many of the rank-and-file, which has a large bloc of conservative members. But at the upper levels of the Defense Department, news of Carlson’s firing from Fox News on Monday was met with delight and outright glee in some corners.”
“We’re a better country without him bagging on our military every night in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” said one senior DoD official, who like others interviewed for this story was granted anonymity to discuss a politically sensitive topic.
“Good riddance,” said a second DoD official.
Fox News is paying a price for no longer having Tucker Carlson on its 8 p.m. program.
Not only was Carlson the network’s ratings monarch, but he also drew record numbers of the so-important 25-54-year-old demographic that is so valuable to advertisers.
According to the most recent viewership figures, this key demographic abandoned the network in droves on the first night a substitute host filled his time slot.
The Daily Caller reported that Show Buzz Daily data indicate Carlson’s replacement program, hosted by Brian Kilmeade, “earned fewer ratings in the key age demo on its first night compared to Carlson’s average the week prior on Monday, April 17.”
The program received a 0.24 rating in the 25-54 age group, while Carlson’s show received a 0.37 rating in the same demographic on April 17th, according to the data. The program averaged approximately 2.6 million viewers, which is less than Carlson’s Monday broadcast, which averaged approximately 3.7 million viewers.
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When it aired on Friday, April 21, Carlson’s final episode drew in a total of 2.65 million viewers, surpassing the viewership of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” and MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” According to Adweek, in 2022, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” ranked second in total cable news viewership with 3.3 million viewers in total. The program’s ratings were second only to Fox News’ non-primetime program, “The Five.”
“Fox News has consistently dominated cable news in ratings in recent years, prevailing over its main competitors CNN and MSNBC. Carlson’s show repeatedly topped the network’s shows by exceeding multi-million total viewership,” The Daily Caller noted further.
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