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Fox News' 8:00 p.m. ratings plummet during first few days without Tucker Carlson
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Fox News' 8:00 p.m. ratings plummet during first few days without Tucker Carlson

Fox News Channel's ratings for its 8:00 p.m. time slot have fallen off a cliff without Tucker Carlson this week.

Fox News Media claimed in a press release on Monday that the network and Carlson had "agreed to part ways." But the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the issue to report that Carlson learned he was being let go around 10 minutes prior to when Fox announced the news.

The Associated Press, citing the Nielsen Company, reported that Fox got 1.33 million viewers for the 8 p.m. slot hosted by Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday — that marks a steep decline from the 3.05 million viewers Carlson had last Wednesday, Nielsen noted, according to the AP.

The ratings have fallen each day for the first three days of this week. Kilmeade scored just 1.7 million viewers on Tuesday and 2.59 million on Monday, the AP noted.

The outlet said that Carlson drew 2.65 million viewers on Friday.

The conservative media personality had apparently expected to return to work this week because as he wrapped up the show on Friday, he said, "We'll be back on Monday."

But in the Monday press release, Fox News Media declared that "Carlson's last program was Friday April 21st."

On the heels of that news, some people took to social media to announce that they had canceled their subscription to the Fox Nation streaming service.

The brief video that Carlson posted to Twitter on Wednesday evening at 8:01 p.m. has amassed more than 20 million views so far, while the tweet that contains the video has more than 69 million views.

"This video has gotten over 15 million views in 14 hours. @TuckerCarlson's star is only going to shine brighter and stronger than ever. We love you, Tucker!" Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado wrote in response to Carlson's tweet.

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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