In the post-election turmoil, the traditionally right-leaning Fox News cable news network has taken serious heat from its viewers over calls and statements made by the network that seemed to heavily favor Democratic nominee Joe Biden, even sparking rumors of a possible exodus of primetime hosts.
At least one of those rumors was put to rest on Monday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, as host Tucker Carlson made clear to his audience that his show — which is the highest-rated in all of cable news — has no plans of making any moves away from Fox News.
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Rumors swirled over the past week that Fox News could lose Carlson, who has remained one of the few voices left on the network that doesn’t seem to oppose the president’s legal efforts to uncover election fraud.
The Daily Caller reported that the primary source of such rumors apparently originated from a screenshot of a post from social media network Parler, in which Carlson appeared to be leaning toward joining the up-and-coming Fox News competitor, Newsmax TV. After researching the post in question, Politifact determined that it was fake.
“Over the weekend we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News. Ironically, at that very moment, we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour, across other parts of the company,” Carlson said during Monday’s program.
Doubling down, Carlson made clear to his viewers that his show, which has shattered cable news ratings records this year, is staying put.
“This show isn’t going anywhere. It’s getting bigger,” Carlson said, while adding that he can’t provide any specific details at the current time.
“The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less,” Carlson said of his show. “And we are grateful for that.”
According to Deadline, Carlson’s October ratings averaged 5.36 million viewers, many of them in the coveted advertising demographics that networks desire.
At least partial credit for the impressive ratings stemmed from Carlson’s in-depth coverage and investigation of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, including an exclusive interview with whistleblower Tony Bobulinski, who claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden was aware of his son’s shady overseas dealings while he was in the White House.
With more and more formerly-loyal viewers vowing to cut Fox News out of their lives, Carlson might very well prove to be the network’s last hope in retaining its core audience moving forward.