In his first major interview since being acquitted of murder charges for shooting three, two fatally, during a 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse sat down with none other than Fox News host Tucker Carlson. And it looks like there were a lot of Americans who were interested in hearing that conversation.
According to the Washington Examiner, Carlson absolutely crushed his cable news competitors in the ratings Monday night, when his interview with Rittenhouse aired.
In fact, more than twice as many people tuned in to watch Tucker Carlson Tonight during the 8 p.m. ET time slot than CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes pulled in combined.
Carlson gets the last laugh
According to an initial report from Mediaite, more than 5 million total viewers watched Carlson’s interview with Rittenhouse Monday night. By comparison, CNN’s Cooper saw a total of 792,000 viewers.
MSNBC’s Hayes garnered 1.2 million total viewers. Combined, the two left-leaning networks sat at just under 2 million viewers — less than half Carlson’s total.
Things weren’t any better for Carlson’s cable news competitors among the key demographic of adults between the ages of 25 and 54. The Fox host pulled in 913,000 viewers in that age group.
As for Cooper and Hayes, they drew 193,000 and 159,000 viewers, respectively — a combined total of about 352,000 viewers in that key demographic. That’s again less than half of the number of those who tuned in to Fox News.
Mediaite pointed out that the astounding number of viewers for Carlson was almost certainly directly attributable to the Rittenhouse interview, and not just another normal night of Fox defeating its rivals handily.
As evidence, the outlet pointed to the fact that Fox host Sean Hannity, who immediately follows Carlson on the schedule, only drew about 3.2 million total viewers in comparison to Carlson’s 5 million. (Hannity still got more viewers for Hannity than his CNN and MSNBC rivals, Chris Cuomo and Rachel Maddow, respectively, combined.)
Defamation suits coming?
While much of what was said during the teen’s interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight could be considered newsworthy, arguably the biggest development was Rittenhouse’s not-so-subtle warning to President Joe Biden, among many others, that defamation lawsuits could soon be headed their way.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Biden, like so many other Democratic and media figures, had characterized Rittenhouse as guilty of murder and attempted to link him to white supremacy — despite no evidence to support such claims — not just in the immediate aftermath of the shootings, but even up until the very day the teenager was acquitted of the charges against him.
It remains to be seen if Rittenhouse and his attorneys follow through on filing a plethora of lawsuits against those who he alleges defamed him, but for those who participated in the smearing, it might be a good time to lawyer up.