A Year After Bill O’Reilly Exit, Fox News’ 8 O’Clock Ratings Are Down – But Up From Pre-Trump Years

It’s been one full year since Bill O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, and there’s good and bad news for Tucker Carlson, his successor in the 8 p.m. ET slot.

The bad news: Carlson can’t touch the ratings Bill O’Reilly scored during the 2016 election and the first days of the Trump administration. The good news is that Carlson is beating O’Reilly’s ratings from before all that drama broke out.

The other good news: Fox News continues to dominate its competitors, CNN and MSNBC, as the No. 1 network in cable news, including in the 8 o’clock hour.

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O’Reilly’s 2016 and 2017 ratings were spectacular, but they were also amplified by the 2016 presidential election and early weeks of President Donald Trump in the White House. In 2016, O’Reilly rode the Trump train to an average of more than 3.3 million total viewers, and about 573,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.

In the first quarter of 2017 — his last full quarter on air — O’Reilly averaged more than 4 million viewers overall and 740,000 in the key demo.

In the first quarter of 2018, his successor, Tucker Carlson, averaged just under 3 million viewers daily, and just over 600,000 viewers in the demo — down from the last two years but beating O’Reilly’s numbers for Q1 of the pre-Trump era 2013, 2014 and 2015.

And he was well ahead of his time-slot competitors. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was just shy of 2 million viewers and 422,000 in the demo for the first quarter of 2018, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 1.17 million viewers, with 394,000 in the demo for the first hour of “AC360.”

Fox News had no comment for this story.

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O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, weeks after the New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements with numerous women who had accused the star of sexual harassment. The news prompted an advertiser boycott that led to his final episodes running almost commercial-free.

After his departure, the Times revealed the existence of an additional O’Reilly settlement totaling $32 million — a deal the New York Times said Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, was aware of.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News before the broader awareness brought on by the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and the news media last year.

The host has continued to remain in the public eye, both on Twitter, his own web show and occasionally as a contributor to Newsmax TV.

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It’s been one full year since Bill O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, and there’s good and bad news for Tucker Carlson, his successor in the 8 p.m. ET slot.

The bad news: Carlson can’t touch the ratings Bill O’Reilly scored during the 2016 election and the first days of the Trump administration. The good news is that Carlson is beating O’Reilly’s ratings from before all that drama broke out.

The other good news: Fox News continues to dominate its competitors, CNN and MSNBC, as the No. 1 network in cable news, including in the 8 o’clock hour.

O’Reilly’s 2016 and 2017 ratings were spectacular, but they were also amplified by the 2016 presidential election and early weeks of President Donald Trump in the White House. In 2016, O’Reilly rode the Trump train to an average of more than 3.3 million total viewers, and about 573,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.

In the first quarter of 2017 — his last full quarter on air — O’Reilly averaged more than 4 million viewers overall and 740,000 in the key demo.

In the first quarter of 2018, his successor, Tucker Carlson, averaged just under 3 million viewers daily, and just over 600,000 viewers in the demo — down from the last two years but beating O’Reilly’s numbers for Q1 of the pre-Trump era 2013, 2014 and 2015.

And he was well ahead of his time-slot competitors. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was just shy of 2 million viewers and 422,000 in the demo for the first quarter of 2018, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 1.17 million viewers, with 394,000 in the demo for the first hour of “AC360.”

Fox News had no comment for this story.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, weeks after the New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements with numerous women who had accused the star of sexual harassment. The news prompted an advertiser boycott that led to his final episodes running almost commercial-free.

After his departure, the Times revealed the existence of an additional O’Reilly settlement totaling $32 million — a deal the New York Times said Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, was aware of.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News before the broader awareness brought on by the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and the news media last year.

The host has continued to remain in the public eye, both on Twitter, his own web show and occasionally as a contributor to Newsmax TV.

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Tucker Carlson’s “Sex-Crazed” Pandas Segment

The Fox News host focused on something other than the raid on Trump’s lawyer’s office Monday night, and the ‘Late Show’ host accuses Carlson of stealing his story from ‘The Colbert Report.’read more


The Fox News host focused on something other than the raid on Trump's lawyer's office Monday night, and the 'Late Show' host accuses Carlson of stealing his story from 'The Colbert Report.'

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Tucker Carlson’s Panda-Sex Bit? ‘Colbert Report’ Did It! (Video)

If you’re gonna cover panda sex in primetime, at least find a new angle, Tucker Carlson.

The Fox News host earnestly exposed the bear species’ gross sexual habits for what they are on Monday. One problem: It was in lieu of covering the raid on President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, Stephen Colbert criticized the next night on CBS.

Oh wait, there are actually two problems here: Rival Colbert did the same angle almost seven years ago when he played a self-proclaimed “insane person” on Comedy Central.

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“Tucker Carlson stole my bit,” Colbert said on Tuesday’s “Late Show.” “And not just the panda thing: He also stole acting incredibly stupid while wearing an ill-fitting suit.”

Watch the video above, which includes footage from the 2011 “Colbert Report” in question.

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If you’re gonna cover panda sex in primetime, at least find a new angle, Tucker Carlson.

The Fox News host earnestly exposed the bear species’ gross sexual habits for what they are on Monday. One problem: It was in lieu of covering the raid on President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, Stephen Colbert criticized the next night on CBS.

Oh wait, there are actually two problems here: Rival Colbert did the same angle almost seven years ago when he played a self-proclaimed “insane person” on Comedy Central.

“Tucker Carlson stole my bit,” Colbert said on Tuesday’s “Late Show.” “And not just the panda thing: He also stole acting incredibly stupid while wearing an ill-fitting suit.”

Watch the video above, which includes footage from the 2011 “Colbert Report” in question.

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Tucker Carlson Exposes Aggressive Sex-Crazed Pandas: ‘Secret Stud With a Taste for Flesh’ (Video)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson ended his Fox News show Monday night with a warning. Sex-crazed pandas could kill you if they wanted to — and our popular conception of the cuddly creatures is actually just fake news.

“You know the official story about pandas — they’re cute, they’re adorably helpless, which is why they’re almost extinct,” he said in a segment titled “Pandas Exposed.”

“But like a lot of what we hear, that’s a lie,” he continued. “The real panda is a secret stud with a taste for flesh and a fearsome bite.”

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Tell me more.

“They’re not against sex, either — they just hate unsexy zoos,” said Carlson. “But when they’re in the wild, male pandas engage in a fierce sexual contest. The winner has sex 40 times in a single afternoon.”

The moment left many in the Twitter peanut galley speechless.

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— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 10, 2018

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The Carlson segment, which the host himself could barely finish with a straight face, had its origins in this Wall Street Journal story about the secret lives of the animal.

“The real panda is a secret stud, with a taste for flesh and a fearsome bite, at least in its natural habitat,” reads the piece by  Lucy Cooke, which Tucker appears to have cribbed verbatim. “But that habitat is withering thanks to human encroachment. Once a wide swath of southeast China and bordering nations, panda country is now a patchy strip, mostly through the forests of just two mountain ranges.”

Watch above.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson ended his Fox News show Monday night with a warning. Sex-crazed pandas could kill you if they wanted to — and our popular conception of the cuddly creatures is actually just fake news.

“You know the official story about pandas — they’re cute, they’re adorably helpless, which is why they’re almost extinct,” he said in a segment titled “Pandas Exposed.”

“But like a lot of what we hear, that’s a lie,” he continued. “The real panda is a secret stud with a taste for flesh and a fearsome bite.”

Tell me more.

“They’re not against sex, either — they just hate unsexy zoos,” said Carlson. “But when they’re in the wild, male pandas engage in a fierce sexual contest. The winner has sex 40 times in a single afternoon.”

The moment left many in the Twitter peanut galley speechless.

The Carlson segment, which the host himself could barely finish with a straight face, had its origins in this Wall Street Journal story about the secret lives of the animal.

“The real panda is a secret stud, with a taste for flesh and a fearsome bite, at least in its natural habitat,” reads the piece by  Lucy Cooke, which Tucker appears to have cribbed verbatim. “But that habitat is withering thanks to human encroachment. Once a wide swath of southeast China and bordering nations, panda country is now a patchy strip, mostly through the forests of just two mountain ranges.”

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Tucker Carlson: ‘Normal People Can’t Live’ in California, State Dominated by ‘Tech Oligarchs’

Can normal humans live in California? No, says Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who derided the state on his show Thursday as a third world style dystopia dominated by illegal aliens and “tech oligarchs.”

“44 percent of Californians now do not speak English at home. The state no longer has a common language or a common culture, it’s infrastructure is collapsing, debt is out of control, schools are unusable, public spaces are filthy. The middle class is fleeing California for all those reasons. Normal people can’t live there anymore,” Carlson said.

The message of doom and gloom continued as Carlson ripped the Golden State.

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“The state increasingly consists of tech oligarchs and their imported low-wage servants, that’s the point,” he said. “California is developing the economic structure of Latin America. How long before it is Venezuela? You’re not supposed to think about any of that. Our leaders command you not to.”

Carlson’s broader point was that all this is a result of California’s lax policy towards illegal immigrants, and warned about the state’s historical tendency to set national trends.

“In California right now, more than six percent of the entire state is there illegally, that’s about two and a half million people. A million of those have state drivers licenses,” he said, “Politicians in California are very proud of that fact.”

Carlson’s Fox News program is broadcast regularly out of the network’s headquarters — in New York City.

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Can normal humans live in California? No, says Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who derided the state on his show Thursday as a third world style dystopia dominated by illegal aliens and “tech oligarchs.”

“44 percent of Californians now do not speak English at home. The state no longer has a common language or a common culture, it’s infrastructure is collapsing, debt is out of control, schools are unusable, public spaces are filthy. The middle class is fleeing California for all those reasons. Normal people can’t live there anymore,” Carlson said.

The message of doom and gloom continued as Carlson ripped the Golden State.

“The state increasingly consists of tech oligarchs and their imported low-wage servants, that’s the point,” he said. “California is developing the economic structure of Latin America. How long before it is Venezuela? You’re not supposed to think about any of that. Our leaders command you not to.”

Carlson’s broader point was that all this is a result of California’s lax policy towards illegal immigrants, and warned about the state’s historical tendency to set national trends.

“In California right now, more than six percent of the entire state is there illegally, that’s about two and a half million people. A million of those have state drivers licenses,” he said, “Politicians in California are very proud of that fact.”

Carlson’s Fox News program is broadcast regularly out of the network’s headquarters — in New York City.

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Why Laura Ingraham’s Advertiser Exodus Over David Hogg Tweet ‘Could Be Fatal’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham could be facing an existential threat to her brief tenure as the host of a primetime TV show over her handling of a tweet mocking Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg, according to industry insiders.

“Her apology has been inadequate so far,” Joe Peyronnin, a former president of Fox News, told TheWrap. “If it is dragging down their revenues significantly and she has not addressed it in such a way that advertisers will return it could be fatal for sure.”

As of Friday, at least 10 sponsors had announced they would stop advertising on “The Ingraham Angle” despite her Thursday apology to Hogg for a tweet accusing the 17-year-old of whining about his rejection from four California colleges to which he had applied.

“It’s going to be a business decision,” Peyronnin said. “Look at how long Fox News hung on with people being charged with sexual harassment or mistreatment. It took them a while but ultimately when they saw their business being damaged for the long term, they made decisions.”

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One senior Fox News staffer said that the imbroglio is a major distraction for the network. “It’s disappointing. Just when we were out of the spotlight we find ourselves right back in the center. It’s distracting. It’s embarrassing,” the insider told TheWrap.

Though Ingraham has long been a fixture in conservative talk radio, she is a relative newcomer to TV hosting, only taking the helm of her own show in Fox in last October.

While she debuted to impressive ratings and scored an average of 2.6 million total viewers in February, she has lagged behind both her primetime colleagues, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, as well as MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow.

Targeted advertiser boycotts are no laughing matter at the network. A sustained 2016 campaign led by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America ultimately led the channel last spring to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly — then its top ratings star.

Reps for Fox News did not respond to multiple request for comment over the matter.

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Others industry insiders were more hopeful that Ingraham could weather this firestorm, noting that the network was unlikely to want to be seen caving to left-wing pressure over a single tweet.

“Minus any new tweets from her I believe her job is secure. If she was fired over a tweet at the hands of what the right sees as an anti-2nd amendment zealot, Fox’s base (and the right in general) would revolt,” Jon Nicosia, a former managing editor of Mediaite and Independent Journal Review, told TheWrap via text.

“I think Fox saw 8 (and counting) advertisers pulling ads from her show and pressured her to say something,” he said. “Fox, no matter how much they want to stand behind their talent is not going to do It with a tweet like hers.”

Another former senior Fox News executive put it another way. “All you have to do is look at Roseanne’s success,” the individual said. “This [boycott] won’t mean a thing.”

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Jeff Jarvis, a founder of Entertainment Weekly and current professor of journalism at the City University of New York, said the Ingraham imbroglio was just another example of why advertisers needed to rethink traditional models of how to reach conservative audiences.

“I would propose to advertisers who want to reach conservative America that they would be well-served by pledging support to a new and less divisive and more responsible outlet,” Jarvis told TheWrap.

“When brands could not find the environments they wanted for their messages, they helped create soap operas and shows such as ‘Northern Exposure,’” he said. “Wouldn’t it be to their benefit to help fund an alternative to Fox News?”

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham could be facing an existential threat to her brief tenure as the host of a primetime TV show over her handling of a tweet mocking Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg, according to industry insiders.

“Her apology has been inadequate so far,” Joe Peyronnin, a former president of Fox News, told TheWrap. “If it is dragging down their revenues significantly and she has not addressed it in such a way that advertisers will return it could be fatal for sure.”

As of Friday, at least 10 sponsors had announced they would stop advertising on “The Ingraham Angle” despite her Thursday apology to Hogg for a tweet accusing the 17-year-old of whining about his rejection from four California colleges to which he had applied.

“It’s going to be a business decision,” Peyronnin said. “Look at how long Fox News hung on with people being charged with sexual harassment or mistreatment. It took them a while but ultimately when they saw their business being damaged for the long term, they made decisions.”

One senior Fox News staffer said that the imbroglio is a major distraction for the network. “It’s disappointing. Just when we were out of the spotlight we find ourselves right back in the center. It’s distracting. It’s embarrassing,” the insider told TheWrap.

Though Ingraham has long been a fixture in conservative talk radio, she is a relative newcomer to TV hosting, only taking the helm of her own show in Fox in last October.

While she debuted to impressive ratings and scored an average of 2.6 million total viewers in February, she has lagged behind both her primetime colleagues, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, as well as MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow.

Targeted advertiser boycotts are no laughing matter at the network. A sustained 2016 campaign led by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America ultimately led the channel last spring to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly — then its top ratings star.

Reps for Fox News did not respond to multiple request for comment over the matter.

Others industry insiders were more hopeful that Ingraham could weather this firestorm, noting that the network was unlikely to want to be seen caving to left-wing pressure over a single tweet.

“Minus any new tweets from her I believe her job is secure. If she was fired over a tweet at the hands of what the right sees as an anti-2nd amendment zealot, Fox’s base (and the right in general) would revolt,” Jon Nicosia, a former managing editor of Mediaite and Independent Journal Review, told TheWrap via text.

“I think Fox saw 8 (and counting) advertisers pulling ads from her show and pressured her to say something,” he said. “Fox, no matter how much they want to stand behind their talent is not going to do It with a tweet like hers.”

Another former senior Fox News executive put it another way. “All you have to do is look at Roseanne’s success,” the individual said. “This [boycott] won’t mean a thing.”

Jeff Jarvis, a founder of Entertainment Weekly and current professor of journalism at the City University of New York, said the Ingraham imbroglio was just another example of why advertisers needed to rethink traditional models of how to reach conservative audiences.

“I would propose to advertisers who want to reach conservative America that they would be well-served by pledging support to a new and less divisive and more responsible outlet,” Jarvis told TheWrap.

“When brands could not find the environments they wanted for their messages, they helped create soap operas and shows such as ‘Northern Exposure,'” he said. “Wouldn’t it be to their benefit to help fund an alternative to Fox News?”

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Anderson Cooper Viewership Soars 109 Percent With Ex-Playmate Karen McDougal Interview

Donald Trump’s reported affairs aren’t good for his marriage or the country, but they’re great for cable news ratings.

On Thursday, Anderson Cooper welcomed former Playmate Karen McDougal to “AC 360,” where the two discussed the affair she says she had with President Trump. As a result of the exclusive booking, Cooper’s overall viewership from 8 p.m. t0 9 p.m. ET soared 89 percent compared with his average audience from prior last four weeks. His Nielsen rating in the key adults 25-54 demo jumped 55 percent.

The following hour rose even more, growing a whopping 113 percent and 81 percent, respectively.

The interview with McDougal technically ran from 8:15-9:30. Isolating those 75 minutes of the two-hour telecast, “AC 360” averaged 688,000 demo viewers and 2.382 million audience members, marking improvements of 76 percent in the demo and 109 percent overall.

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Looking at it hourly, “AC 360” hauled in 2.214 million viewers from 8-9 p.m., with 608,000 of them coming in the main demo. That beat Tucker Carlson (and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who finished in third outright) head to head, though the Fox News Channel personality had the most overall eyeballs.

Cooper’s winning momentum carried into the 9 o’clock hour when he bested both MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox’s Sean Hannity in the key demo. That particular 60 minutes of “AC 360” was third in terms of total viewers, however.

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On Thursday, Anderson Cooper welcomed former Playmate Karen McDougal to “AC 360,” where the two discussed the affair she says she had with President Trump. As a result of the exclusive booking, Cooper’s overall viewership from 8 p.m. t0 9 p.m. ET soared 89 percent compared with his average audience from prior last four weeks. His Nielsen rating in the key adults 25-54 demo jumped 55 percent.

The following hour rose even more, growing a whopping 113 percent and 81 percent, respectively.

The interview with McDougal technically ran from 8:15-9:30. Isolating those 75 minutes of the two-hour telecast, “AC 360” averaged 688,000 demo viewers and 2.382 million audience members, marking improvements of 76 percent in the demo and 109 percent overall.

Looking at it hourly, “AC 360” hauled in 2.214 million viewers from 8-9 p.m., with 608,000 of them coming in the main demo. That beat Tucker Carlson (and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who finished in third outright) head to head, though the Fox News Channel personality had the most overall eyeballs.

Cooper’s winning momentum carried into the 9 o’clock hour when he bested both MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox’s Sean Hannity in the key demo. That particular 60 minutes of “AC 360” was third in terms of total viewers, however.

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