Fox News Channel’s debut of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday clocked the network’s biggest audience of the year in the 7 PM ET time slot. In the news demo, Carlson’s unveiling snagged the second-highest performance of the calendar year in the slot, behind only last Thursday’s post-election coverage, guest-hosted by Martha MacCallum.
Carlson delivered 3.7 million viewers. Of that crowd, 750,000 fell into the news demo, ages 25-54. Carlson, whose show replaced On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, clobbered CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (996K to 311K) in its first outing, as well as MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (1.71M to 199K).
TCT outperformed FNC’s time slot average for 2016 by 80% in viewers and 113% in the news demo.