It’s been almost two months since Chris Wallace has left Fox News.
He left to join CNN and their new online streaming news service.
And how do you think Fox Viewers are holding up now that Wallace is gone?
Well, they’re actually doing great, and as it turns out, the ratings have never been better.
When Chris Wallace left, he took the bad vibes with him.
This past Sunday, January 23, brought the big numbers, thanks to Shannon Bream.
Bizpacreview reported that it’s been nearly two months since former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced he was leaving the network after 18 years to join CNN’s streaming service, and judging by the ratings, viewers of “Fox News Sunday” haven’t exactly been pining for his return.
According to the all-important Nielsen Media Research group, as reported Friday on Townhall, the morning news show now hosted by anchor Shannon Bream has enjoyed a spike in ratings, earning a 21 percent increase in total viewers since Wallace signed off on Dec. 12, 2021. Viewership in the key 25-54 demographic increased by 343,000 viewers.
Critics, however, argued that, with the loss of Wallace, Fox News Channel was losing much of the “balance” in their “fair and balanced” reporting.
Following Wallace’s shock announcement on his final day on Fox News, former director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University Frank Sesno told The Hill: “It means that [Fox has] lost a very important and significant part of their brand, but it may be a part of their brand that has fallen out of favor with a large part of their audience.”
“His presence gave Fox News some cover to say it was doing some legit journalism and giving everyone a run for their money. His departure deprives them of that,” Sesno said.
Anchor Bret Baier was the first to slide into Wallace’s morning seat and, since then, FNC has been rotating its anchors to take turns hosting “Fox News Sunday,” with Bill Hemmer, Harris Faulkner, Dana Perino, Neil Cavuto and others filling in.
But it was “Fox News at Night” anchor Shannon Bream who brought in the big numbers when she hosted on Jan. 23.
The episode, which featured South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, brought in the most viewers from the 25-54 bracket the show has seen in more than a year.
So, the moral of the story is that Fox News viewers can smell a rat, and that’s what Chris Wallace was.
And when you get rid of the rats, everyone is happy.
Next rat: Neil Cavuto.
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