In a stunning role reversal, Tucker Carlson has surpassed Sean Hannity in the cable news prime-time lineup ratings.
For the month of April, ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ fell behind ‘The Tucker Carlson Show’ as the most-watched cable news program. Until last month, Hannity has held the top position every month since moving to his current time slot.
Nielsen Media Research showed Hannity with an average of 4.4 million viewers and 809,000 in the all-important 25-54 age demographic. On the other hand, Tucker Carlson averaged 4.6 million viewers and 885,000 in the 25-54 demographic. April was Tucker Carlson’s highest-rated month in both categories.
However, Brett Baier’s ‘Special Report’ took the top spot. However, as Washington Examiner reports, the reason for Baier’s rise is “thanks to President Trump and his frequent White House coronavirus task force briefings, which often take place during his hourly time slot on the network.”
From @THR: “Fox News ranked first in both measures, averaging 3.68 million viewers in primetime — its best month ever — and 2.24 million for the whole day, per Nielsen same-day figures.“https://t.co/U8G5Te8WWY
— Beth Sullivan (@FNCbooker) April 29, 2020
“Collectively, Fox News finished the month with the largest audience in network history during prime time,” reports Washington Examiner. CNN and MSNBC also saw increases in their audiences.
Although Chris Cuomo was confined to his basement, his show beat out MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow among younger viewers for the first time ever.
Was just informed that the Fake News from the Thursday White House Press Conference had me speaking & asking questions of Dr. Deborah Birx. Wrong, I was speaking to our Laboratory expert, not Deborah, about sunlight etc. & the CoronaVirus. The Lamestream Media is corrupt & sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2020
The ratings across the board were strongly correlated to the times of President Trump’s daily press briefings about the coronavirus. Some stations have suggested they may stop carrying the press conferences and even Trump has implied he may stop doing them because of the resulting media coverage.