It’s been a hectic past few months over at Fox News. First, news broke of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, explaining her quiet departure from the network. Another panelist who disappeared, Andrea Tantaros, then followed suit. Tantaros’ lawsuit is still ongoing, but Carlson was given a handsome $20 million settlement.
Those weren’t the only two who’ve departed from Fox, as shortly after the conclusion of Carlson’s lawsuit, Greta Van Susteren suddenly announced she’d be leaving the network. Fox “has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now,” she explained on her Facebook page. That clause in question is known as a “key man clause.” The “key man” was Roger Ailes, so his resignation allowed Greta a chance to leave as well
And what’s happened since then? Despite the loss of one of their top anchors for over fourteen years, along with Carlson, and Tantaros, ratings are looking up. Way up.
Via The Wrap
Fox News was the most-watched channel among all of cable in total day viewers, averaging 1.29 million for the week of Sept. 5-11, nearly beating CNN and MSNBC combined.Both Bret Baier and Brit Hume provided the top cable news network with nice ratings boosts in new time slots. Fox News has now won the total day crown for 10 of the past 11 weeks. Nickelodeon, ESPN, Adult Swim and HGTV join Fox News among the top five cable networks last week. CNN and MSNBC continue to battle for second place behind Fox News in the cable news ratings war. MSNBC finished as the No. 8 primetime network, averaging 1.2 million viewers to beat CNN’s 1.05 million. However, the roles are reversed among total day viewers, with CNN edging MSNBC 666,000 to 642,000. CNN and MSNBC total 1.3 million viewers combined, slightly edging Fox News’ 1.29 million.
Fox News’ total day victory was helped by “On the Record with Brit Hume,” which averaged 2.2 million viewers, up five percent from the previous week and up eight percent compared to the rest of 2016. Hume took over Fox News’ “On the Record” earlier this month following Greta Van Susteren’s surprise decision to leave the network.
Baier debuted his new Sunday edition of “Special Report” with nearly two million viewers, making it the highest-rated show on Sunday overall. Baier recently told TheWrap that a move to primetime won’t impact his down-the-middle political reputation.
And the changes don’t seem to have impacted the political reputation of Fox News overall either. But when your news choices are the Clinton News Network or Mostly News ‘Bout Clinton it’s no surprise!
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]