Fox News’ Jesse Watters’ first primetime show fell well short of the traditional viewership pulled in by fired host Tucker Carlson in the coveted 8pm timeslot.
Watters, 45, Fox’s choice to replace the firebrand Carlson in the pivotal slot, had 800,000 fewer viewers than his predecessor.
Jesse Watters Primetime, which aired for the first time Monday evening, attracted 2.4 million viewers compared to Carlson’s usual 3.2 million.
Watters, who already hosts popular weekday show The Five, used his first night to discuss Hunter Biden, cocaine traces being discovered at the White House and transgender rights.
It was Watters’ first 8pm show since Carlson, 54, was fired by the network in April, days after Fox settled its legal fight with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over defamation allegations related to the 2020 presidential election.
Despite Carlson’s loyal following not all tuning in to Watters’ show his figures easily bested his rivals on CNN and MSNBC, according to the ratings data compiled by Nielsen.
MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes had 1.222 million viewers on Monday, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 had 668,222 viewers.
Watters debut in the 8pm situs slot gacor also saw ratings rise by 60 percent compared to the weeks since Carlson was fired in April and a series of temporary hosts were used.
At one point Watters mother called into the show to warn her son against falling into ‘conspiracy rabbit holes.’
‘Do not tumble into any conspiracy rabbit holes. We do not want to lose you and we want no lawsuits,’ his clinical psychologist mother Anne said.
‘In keeping with the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm. We need you to be kind and respectful.
‘Use your voice responsibly to promote conversation that maintains a narrative thread. There really has been enough Biden-bashing and the laptop is old. Perhaps you could suggest that your people take less interest, for example, in other people’s bodies and talk about that’ she added.
Jesse Watters Primetime, which aired for the first time yesterday evening, attracted 2.4 million viewers compared to Carlson’s usual 3.2 million
The former star recently announced that he is launching a new version of his show on Twitter
The 8pm slot is traditionally the most sought after in cable news and has caused something of a headache for Fox News since Carlson’s exit.
The former star has since launched a new version of his show on Twitter, despite a contract with Fox that runs until 2025.
In a three-minute video announcing his new show and captioned ‘We’re back,’ posted to his own Twitter page in May, the controversial cable star slammed the mainstream media and said anyone who tries to tell the truth will be disposed of.
Before the announcement, Carlson’s powerful attorneys sent an aggressive letter to Fox arguing that the $25million noncompete provision in his contract is no longer valid, which would, in turn, allow him to launch a competing show or media entity.
In the video, Carlson, 53, told his followers: ‘Starting soon we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter.’
‘We bring some other things too, which we’ll tell you about. But for now we’re just grateful to be here. Free speech is the main right that you have. Without it, you have no others.’
‘The best you can hope for in the news business at this point is the freedom to tell the fullest truth that you can, but there are always limits,’ Carlson told his fans.
‘If you bump up against those limits often enough you will be fired for it. That’s not a guess, it’s guaranteed.’
It has also been reported that Carlson is looking to start his own media organization.
Carlson is planning the venture with Neil Patel, a former policy adviser to Dick Cheney, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.
The pair, who met as roommates at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, want to adopt longer versions of the free videos the social media platform offers.
Carlson’s team met with Twitter representatives in recent weeks to discuss their plans, the Journal reported.
Conservative commentators, including other former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly, have increasingly sought subscriber-funded long-form video as a lucrative business opportunity.