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While rival network anchors whine and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) squirm over Tucker Carlson’s airing of unedited footage from January 6, the viewing public has definitely picked a winner–and it’s Fox News.
A whopping 4.1 million viewers tuned in to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday, while only 1.4 million found the time to watch Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Anderson Cooper over at CNN, meanwhile, was only able to pull in a very sad 577,000.
According to Mediaite, the overall average for Fox prime time doubled MSNBC’s average of 1.49 million total viewers–and brought in more than six times the viewers of CNN. In fact, if you look closely at the entire day’s ratings, Fox’s shows beat their competitors every single hour from 6 am to 11 pm, often doubling or tripling the numbers put up by the likes of CNN and MSNBC.
More importantly to advertisers, Fox also easily outperformed the others in the key demographic of 25-to-54-year-olds, with Tucker garnering 556,000 sets of those eyeballs while the other two sad sacks couldn’t even get close to 200,000.
You almost (almost) start to feel sorry for the beleaguered CNN when you see that a Monday primetime special on the First Lady called “Jill Biden Abroad” cratered in the ratings. As RedState‘s Brandon Morse put it, “CNN Adds Another Major Failure to the Books as Jill Biden’s Primetime Special Bombs Spectacularly.” Bombs spectacularly is the perfect way to put it, because the puff piece on Mrs. Biden lost 43 percent of the already low viewership they usually get at the hour.
How’s CNN anchor Anderson Cooper taking the ratings beatdown? Not well. Here he is reduced to making childish playground insults:
Clearly, the poorly rated Cooper failed to take Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff’s recent rant about toxic masculinity seriously.
But why is Fox (especially Tucker Carlson) earning such massive viewership, while their competitors continue to flounder? The answer is that more and more people no longer trust CNN and MSNBC because for years they fed us a false Russia collusion narrative. They then pivoted and turned into full-blown Fauci acolytes and continually aired COVID information that later turned out to be wrong.
Meanwhile, the “select committee” hearings on January 6 were a joke from the start, with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing to let Republicans Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana participate on the panel. The orchestrated hearings seemed more like a bad stage play than an actual quest for the truth.
The rest of the media are freaking out because Tucker is merely showing the actual unedited videos–not the scripted narrative the J6 insurrection cheerleaders tried to force on us.
The videos destroy much of the story we’ve been told–for instance, the footage of Capitol Police officers escorting the Q-Anon Shaman through the building shows a peaceful if troubled man ambling about, not a crazed ultra-MAGA nutcase hellbent on destroying everything.
The reason so many people tune to Fox is they feel they’re being misled–or often outright lied to–by the mainstream media, and they’re hungry for enough information to allow them to determine the truth.