Thursday, May 23, 2024

Fox News Ratings Collapse with Dominion Scandal: Hannity Falls to Lowest Number Ever, Well Below 2 Million, Carlson Replacement Show Down By Two Thirds


Fox News’s ratings are collapsing quickly following their $787 million settlement with Dominion Voting.

On Wednesday night, Sean Hannity’s 9pm show fell to its lowest number ever, 1.7 million. This is even lower than last Friday’s 1.98 million. In recent months, Hannity has been averaging 2.5 million viewers a night.

Hannity is very likely on the chopping block at Fox. But his sudden drop is attributable also to the surprise exit this past Monday morning of ousted Tucker Carlson. The replacement show at 8pm fell 50% on Tuesday and then totally collapsed on Wednesday, to just 1.33 million. Carlson prior to the Dominion scandal reveal was getting between 3.1 million and 3.4 million.

Fox News viewers are jumping ship like crazy now that the truth is out about the company’s anchors lying to them about the 2020 election. About half of them have suddenly developed a conscience. Or they want to be told more lies on Newsmax or OANN.

Also down is Laura Ingraham’s 10pm show, although that was never much of a draw. And Jesse Watters’ 7pm show has lost around 1 million viewers since April 17th.

Hannity is not alone on the chopping block, by the way. He and Maria Bartiromo face uncertain futures at the network, I’m told. So, too, are several executives who allowed the faces of the network to lie them into the nearly $800 million payout.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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