That's what Fox News execs may soon be asking if Tucker Carlson's ratings continue to soar.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson had big shoes to fill as he transitioned into former Fox News host Megyn Kelly's old time slot. The Kelly File had typically been the second-most watched show on the network, enjoying an average of 2.98 million viewers a night as recently as October of last year.
But Fox News has received even higher ratings with Tucker Carlson Tonight during its premiere week in Kelly's time slot. After Carlson's show moved from the 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time slot to the 9 p.m. EST slot, ratings shot up, quickly averaging 3 million viewers a night. Compared to ratings for 2016, the network has already seen an increase of 10 percent in total viewership during the old The Kelly File time slot, and 12 percent increase in the 25-to-54 demographic, which has begun pulling in an average of 576,000 viewers a night for Carlson.
And when compared to what The Kelly File ratings looked like at this time last year, the numbers look even brighter for Carlson. His show has received 21 percent more total viewers and a whopping 52 percent more in the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic.
Carlson had been a co-host of the weekend edition of Fox and Friends since 2012, until he was promoted to replace Greta Van Susteren and the weekday primetime 7 PM ET show "On The Record" two months ago. Now, Tucker Carlson Tonight is one of the highest rated TV shows on basic cable.
Former host Megyn Kelly left Fox News at the beginning of 2017 after accepting a position at NBC News, where she will host a weekday show along with a weekly Sunday night newsmagazine. Though Kelly was reportedly offered $25 million a year to stay with Fox News, she accepted an annual salary of $17 million to make the switch to NBC News, fueling further speculation that Kelly was more concerned about her potential platform on the networks.