February 24, 2021

Report: Fox News staff is panicking about post-election ratings hit

Many conservatives felt that Fox’s recent turn against President Trump — and by extension, them — was a case of biting the hand that feeds them. Now the network is facing the consequences.

Former Fox News host Eric Bolling revealed that his old colleagues at the network aren’t taking the precipitous drop in ratings at the network very well, the Daily Wire reported. “I have friends still there that say they are very, very nervous about it, they’re sucking wind on it and they don’t know how to turn it around,” he said.

Bolling, currently the host of Sinclair Broadcasting’s “America This Week,” made the remarks at Turning Point USA’s annual Student Action Summit last weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida. He explained the decline of Fox’s ratings and the meteoric rise of networks like Newsmax and One America News Network.

The host said election night was the turning point when Fox called Arizona for President-elect Joe Biden “far before any other outlets” even as it was still a close race with President Donald Trump. “MAGA-world went ballistic, they said ‘I’m not watching Fox News,’ they switched over and they looked and they found Newsmax,” Bolling said.

He went on to say that since then, “Fox lost about 40% of their audience. 40%. That’s a big number.” The network has disputed those claims, pointing out that they still remain the highest rated cable news network despite some hosts losing ratings. It is notable that some of the heaviest hitters like Neil Cavuto, Bret Baier and Martha MacCullum have all lost 40% between Election Day and November 11, while other hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson still dropped nearly a third of their viewership.

Part of the exodus could be explained away with the usual post-election slump, but it doesn’t take away from the emergence of alternatives like OANN and Newsmax. Even the president caught on to the trend and encouraged others to follow suit.”.@FoxNews daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends. Watch @OANN, @newsmax, or almost anything else. You won’t have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse!” Trump tweeted in November.

The Washington Post said that Trump has been heavily promoting the networks for their coverage of possible voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that other outlets dismiss as “conspiracy theories.” Still, it was the alternative networks’ willingness to give Trump a fair shake that has attracted him and his followers over to those outlets.

“The president recognizes that the vast majority of the media is not willing to give him a fair shake, so he’s constantly looking for outlets that are going to be open to hearing all sides,” Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary turned Newsmax host, told the Post. “Generally speaking, conservatives have grown tired of folks in the media telling them what to think over and over.”

Conservatives are incredibly loyal to the few media outlets that are fair to their candidates and viewpoints. Unfortunately, it seems networks like Fox News sometimes become infected with the same hubris that plagues the leftwing media, making them forget who they are and why they got to number one in the first place. With the sun beginning to set on cable television’s dynasty, the people at Fox have reason to be worried.

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60 Responses

    1. The president should declare marshall law, your government is so corrupt, 1990 bosnia jesus christ himself appeared with his mother to 6 children there jesus said the American people will have to take the country back from the crooked government, it will happen

    2. I STOPPED with FOX news that night… I have NOT been back. Murdock turned over that media to his son and HIS far lefty wife… when they Hired that cheating LYING Donna Brazil I was shocked ! That did it for me. NO MORALS left for them. I watch OAN One America News and NEWSMAX ! The ONLY media that tells the Truth !~

      1. Also brought lying ryan on board! He was evil bad in govt. office and with the other losers, WOW! YEP agree there are several that could or should start up their own station! Bet they will not have to look far for backing! OANN is great and has REAL reporters, and if anything stated is just their opinion, its stated as such! NOT A BLATENT LIE! Or half truths. Please folks don’t let FOX drag you down. Not many if any commercials, news 24/7 around the world, and great shorts about history or special happenings.

    3. YES………. ratings is all they care about… I would LOVE to see L. DOBBS, MARIA B., TUCKER, LAURA, GREG, HANNITY and WATERS leave and go to OAN or NEWSMAX ! I LOVE GREG GUTTFELD !

      1. Personally l thought l was alone.
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        It is hearting to know that l am not alone in my disgust and dismay over Fox News 🗞
        As one by one Fox 🦊 news became Trump haters. It was little thing like Harris Faulkner & Melissa
        Francis chewing newt Gingrich out for even bringing up Soros name As if Soros was some kind of Saint not to mention having Jessica Tarow, Juan Williams or that barf or Marf women—- yes one could go on and on but Fox News is no lover of the greatest Presidents America has been privileged to have

        if you the most evil of all me Soros
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    1. I don’t see ‘conservative’ as a movement; it is a permanent base of American citizens not subject to the vicissitudes of radicalisms, and progressive policies.

    2. I got sick & tired of fox 🦊 news having two far left progressives on to one conservative on a panel—— personally you don’t know which side their on far too much of the time—- love newsmax and Oan for being clear about their conservative no nonsense reporting

    3. your words are true. in the past i have watch fox news they have got to be RHINOS .
      so i do not watch fox anymore, i watch OANN and NEWSMAX.

  1. So happy that all of us who looked elsewhere when Fox went rogue have found alternatives—0AN and NEWSMAX. I for one am pleased with both. Glad that Fox is feeling the sting!! Good riddance to bad rubbish

  2. This is the best news I’ve had all day! I will not be returning to Fox for any reason! Fox and CNN can go fly kites for all I care, you can say NOTHING in which I am interested. Just as you turned your back on journalism, I am turning my back to YOU!

  3. I don’t watch foxnews at all any more. I do watch Lou Dobbs, E Mc , and Maria Bartriomo but no body else, however, I do flip on to the busness and Stuart Varney channel to see what the market is doing off and on.

  4. I very never watch FOX news now, whereas before it was my only news source. When they took on that skunk Donna Brazille, it was the beginning of the end. When they called Arizona for Biden, I left and never looked back.

  5. Roger Ayles built Fox News. The slump at Fox began after James or Lachlan Murdock or both fired Ayles. After being thrown out in the cold with no thanks, the poor guy died. Now the leaders at Fox are anti-Trumpers and deserve what they get. Undank ist die Welts Lohn (Ingratitude is the World’s Reward).

  6. IF THE REPBLICAN SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN DO NOT SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP THEY SHOULD NEVER GET ANOTHER DOLLAR FROM TAXPAYERS-CONTEST THIS ELECTION-DO NOT LET GEORGIA STEAL THIS ONE-FOX IS DONE-OANN-IS REAL GOOD-GETTING BETTER-HOPE THEY HIRE-TRISH REGAN-

  7. To change the situation? How about you All start telling the truth based on real fact. Don’t blame everything on President Trump. Take some responsibility for what you say. I must say I have never heard Maria stretch the truth.

    I was really disappointed in Dana Perino telling Dominion to Sue. I thought she was a standup gal, but have figured out that her time with the Bush’s changed things. She has her head way up above the common folk or she thinks so. I think she could fall like the rest of them.

    Don’t watch Fox anymore….way to opinionated with not much truth to back them up. Except for Mark Levine. One of the smartest men on the planet.

  8. I only watch Judge Jeanine on fox. Lou Dobbs on fox business is great also. It’s NEWSMAX for me now. Fox lost me when they called AZ so early after waiting forever to call FL.

  9. I used to watch Fox News–not to hear only good things about Conservatives and President Trump–but the ‘Fair and Balanced Truth’ news! I never got the truth from any Mainstream News outlets. The extreme hatred and bias from the left against Trump since 2016 has been unbelievable. This fall, Fox slowly but surely, started moving in that same direction. Since election day Fox has just become just like CNN, MSNBC, and MSM. I watch Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, and Laura Ingraham–the rest of them can take a hike. Newsmax and OAN are trustworthy,fair, and informative.
    Look in the mirror FOX–YOU are the problem!! We, the conservatives, want the truth!

  10. My husband and I had been followers of Fox News for years but we both noticed when Fox hired Paul Ryan things begin to change and not for the good After Fox called Arizona for Biden our new channel NEWSMAX so much more efficient in reporting they tell the truth, still watch the five .Sad that Paul Ryan ruined Fox News

  11. Just like they did with the Hunter Biden scandal, the fake news and the media, are covering up what states are doing to hide the evidence. It is not only in the so-called battle ground states. The governors and judges, and election officials in these states, are violating the law and the constitution of the United States, by making laws illegally, and suppressing the evidence, by refusing to allow ballots, and machines to be investigated. As much as I hate to say this the Supreme Court is condoning this behavior, by not enforcing the constitution. This is their job, to protect the constitution by enforcing it. The Supreme Courts job of over site does not end because a case is not filed in a lower court. There is nothing in the constitution that says the Supreme Court it’s self cannot call on the DOJ or Superior Court to take action on such matters, and for it not to do so is negligence. As I have said before and will repeat.
    The constitution was not put there to protect the legislature, the administration, or the court, it was put there to protect we the people, from the government, by putting in guide lines for the government to follow.

    WE DON’T NEED MORE GOVERNMENT, WE NEED TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE.

    U.S. Code Section 242 of Title 18, Deprivation of rights under color of law, makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
    For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.

  12. To those at the Communist Network News, Dominion software’s tricks really are a conspiracy Theory. One that is drummed up by you. The simple truth is that Dominion conspired with the DNC and the Biden campaign to undermine the 2020 election, and that CNN, ABC, NBC, THE LAME DUCK MEDIA, and others that conspired to hide or suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, and undermine the election are not only guilty of suppressing evidence they are guilty of treason, by trying to put a compromised ( and demented ) person in the office of the presidency thus undermining the security of the country. So as you can see there was a conspiracy to undermine not only the election but the country, by all of the above, that should be removed from the country.
    Got along without you before I met you gona get along without you now. I call them the Lame Duck Media, because the are ducking their responsibility to the people, and as such should be removed from the country.

    Are you all nuts supporting this maniac Trump…?
    It is better than a nut that can’t remember who his old bag is even if she is a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put a chain around your neck even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that will give your job to an illegal even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would sell your kids to human traffickers even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put you in jail for protecting your family even if you are demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that take your car an let you walk 20 miles to work even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would put you in the army and send you off to war even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would give vaccine to the world before your family even if you are a demonicrat.
    It is better than a nut that would smell your little girls hair even if she is a demonicrat.
    At least this nut knows where he is, where he is going, how to get there, and how to get back.
    This is to much information for a demonicrat to handle. They go to school to be brainwashed, not really learn anything. So when they have to do something that requires any thinking they don’t know how.

  13. We no longer watch any national news. FOX was our go to but has been on a slippery slope. Donna Brazilla should be banned from any journalistic venue. Chris Wallace and Juan are disasters. We liked Ingraham, Tucker and Guttfeld but now we’ve slipped away from them as well. The daytime news on FOX is becoming more and more like watching CNN. The people you chose for election night reporting were a joke. I immediately turned away. Stick to what worked. You were riding high as a conservative network and are losing out with the progressive trend.

    1. Yes, after Donna Brazilla gave the questions to Hillary, I lost all faith in her. That is disgusting and terrible.

  14. WE DON’T NEED MORE GOVERNMENT, WE NEED TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE.

    As I have said before and will repeat.
    The constitution was not put there to protect the legislature, the administration, or the court, it was put there to protect we the people, from the government, by putting in guide lines for the government to follow.

    Liberals think that they can change the laws just by wishing it, and that is wrong. That is the way kings and queens and tyrants rule, and that is why our forefathers wrote the constitution, to keep the corrupt from getting in power in government.

  15. I turned off FOX and DIRECTV over a year ago. Love OAN, Black Conservative Patriot, Next News Network and NewsMax. Many options to choose from.

  16. We stopped watching Fox because of the attitudes of the folks on Fox. Especially because they immediately said that Biden won, when he hadn’t yet. It’s not only that. Just one little word gives away how they feel about things and they are leaning more and more to the left. I just don’t like their attitudes – they act as if they know everything and everyone else doesn’t know it and isn’t smart enough to know it. It’s the same kind of attitude CNN and the other stations have. I am so sick of it. Not everyone acts that way on Fox, but there are too many that think they’re so smart. Katy and Sarah are two that I really appreciate. There are a few others who are decent. They don’t have that haughty attitude. Also, Fox has too many liberals on, and I’m sick and tired of their lies, and the FOX people don’t question them or pin them down. We are leaving FOX because of these things. Can’t trust them anymore.

  17. I hear that the regular dems want to start a new party. With out the radical leftist. They want a democratic party that they recognize. They don’t like all of this social BS that the communists are trying to shove down their throat. They think that the communists should have started their own party instead of trying to hi-jack theirs. They think people like AOC and the squids are not democrats they are commies that have use the democrat party to conceal what their real agenda is, and get democrats to support them before they know what they are. Now the democrats must reorganize a new party, and leave the radicals to rot on the vine.

  18. With Kamala Harris, just days away from being declared president of the USA, the Democrat Party has chosen a communist. I know Harris will be sworn in as vice-president on Jan 20th, 2021, but it will be a matter of days before her and Pelosi declare Amendment 25 and take Joe out. We can blame the Deep State for this to include ex-AG Barr. If he had not protected fellow Deep Stater Biden, there would be no controversy about this election. Every RINO has hurt the Republican Party and they will never be held responsible. Mitt Romney is a snake, Susan Collins and her girl friend Lisa Murkowski are evil and should never be allowed to run as Republicans because they are definitely Democrats. Thank goodness we are losing that other Democrat vote, Lamar Alexander due to him seeing the hand writing on the wall that his electors were not going to vote for his nonsense anymore. Republican Party has more RINOs than the Democrats has Republicans supporters.

  19. Late on November 3rd, 2020, I turned off Fox News and happily have not looked back. Introducing Juan Williams and then Donna Brazile disgusted me but not enough to abandon old favorites like Martha, Jesse, Tucker, and Sean. Holding off calling Florida for Trump then inexcusably calling Arizona for Biden with so few ballots counted was the end of FNC at my house. FNC RIP!

  20. ALL T.V. news is from satan!!!! except OneAmericanNews O A N…….Sometimes….
    NEWSMAX!!! BEWARE!!! THEY ARE TRYING TO FOOL YOU!!! But U.S.A. U S A USA USA. Shout it loud and CLEAR!!!

  21. Ok, after being an avid watcher, I too started only watching 3 late-night shows until November 3. At that time I never went back. I didn’t continue watching Tucker, Hannity nor Laura because they had several days to explain FOX’s behavior as well as their own silence on the matter. People begged them for help and even asked them to move on to other platforms. Their response, ‘..I’m not leaving FOX’. So they had a decision to make, just like us, and they chose FOX. More offensive to me was when they hired the Crisis Mgmt Firm to help resolve the issue. All of a sudden they started appearing in Parler pushing their shows while trying to sound sympathetic. Unfortunately, they would still hold back on full support of Trump. So for those reasons, I watch none of Fox News. I won’t even click on their videos because they count those as points toward viewership.

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