About one month after Fox News fired its biggest star Bill O’Reilly in April, the network fell to third place in primetime for a key demographic for the first time in 17 years behind rivals CNN and MSNBC.
In the May 15-19 week, Fox News averaged only 497,000 viewers among adults ages 25-54 during primetime hours.
This is lower compared to MSNBC’s 611,000 viewers and CNN’s 589,000, according to data from ratings tracker Nielsen.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. timeslot, Fox News’ “The Story,” hosted by Martha MacCallum, trailed CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett by 100,000 viewers and MSNBC’s “Hardball,” hosted by Chris Matthews, by nearly 60,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic.
The same can be said for Fox’s 8 p.m. program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and 9 p.m. show “The Five,” which are both beaten by CNN and MSNBC programs for the said demo.
Despite this, Fox News remained in the lead for total viewership in primetime for the month of May.
100% Fed Up reports:
When the Fox News Channel fired cable news giant Bill O’Reilly in April, reports surfaced revealing Fox News’ owner, the Murdoch family, wanting to move the network in a different direction. Out with the old guard, in with the new. More hosts similar to Megyn Kelly, who is now at NBC News, fewer like the ones who built the network from the ground up, including O’Reilly.
About one month later, Fox News has a completely different news lineup, and the results thus far have been nothing short of disastrous.