As I noted Tuesday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson has not backed down from his daily spot-on criticisms of radical leftist groups even as cancel culture mobs continue to try and silence him for resisting left-wing GroupThink in the aftermath of the senseless death of George Floyd and the widespread protests and rioting that followed.
Though Carlson has lost a number of “woke” advertisers in response to the various campaigns to cancel him, he is leading in the cable news ratings wars. One journalist even described Carlson’s current numbers as “through the roof.”
Here are his Monday ratings:
Tucker ratings are through the roof https://t.co/Dabv8xUcOz
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 17, 2020
TV RATINGS: Friday June 12, Fox News was America’s most watched cable channel in total viewers. Most watched hours: @TuckerCarlson, @SeanHannity, @IngrahamAngle, @TheFive, @Maddow, @BretBaier, @MarthaMacCallum and @HarrisFaulkner. https://t.co/POSydi1DUM pic.twitter.com/BX1Xg0Syc5
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) June 15, 2020
TV RATINGS: Thursday June 11, Fox News extended its winning streak in total viewers, with the most watched hours being: @TuckerCarlson, @SeanHannity, @IngrahamAngle, @TheFive, @Maddow, @BretBaier, @MarthaMacCallum and @Lawrence. https://t.co/wGDOU16NPB pic.twitter.com/cOJslytP1F
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) June 13, 2020
According to Forbes, Carlson won the ratings war all week last week, with his colleague Sean Hannity not far behind:
With an average total audience of four million viewers, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson finished the week of June 8 through June 14 as the most-watched host in all of cable news, despite the decision by some advertisers to abandon his program over comments Carlson made about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tucker Carlson Tonight finished ahead of FNC’s usual first-place finisher, Hannity, which ended the week in second place with 3.9 million viewers, followed by The Ingraham Angle (3.5 million total viewers) according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.
Among viewers 25-54, the demographic group favored by advertisers, Carlson remained on top with 680,000—the largest audience in cable news. Carlson was followed by Sean Hannity (633,000 viewers) and Laura Ingraham (621,000 viewers).
Take that, cancel culturalists:
Which is why they've spent the last week going after his advertisers. His content may be disagreeable — but it's perfectly within the bounds of reasonable discourse.
De-platforming is really about reducing influence of voices that empower your political opposition. https://t.co/avSIs2OCqC
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 17, 2020
Carlson, a frequent target of CNN’s farcical media correspondent duo of Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, has made it a point in his monologues over the last several weeks to point out how the push to shut down conservative voices over disagreement was worse than it had ever been:
“No matter what they are claiming on television or how loudly we are claiming it, their main goal is power,” Carlson said. “They will silence you, hurt you, burn your country down, and they are doing all of that now.
“At this point, we are becoming North Korea,” Carlson added. “We now believe in blood guilt. We punish people for the sins of their relatives. We don’t allow individuals to have private thoughts. We hurt anyone who disagrees with orthodoxy.
“We demand that the innocent plead guilty to things we know they didn’t do and then read their confessions in public to prove they’ve been reeducated, and then we brag about doing all of this.”
Carlson, the co-founder of the website “The Daily Caller”, also announced last week he was stepping away from his responsibilities at the site so he could focus more on his primetime program on Fox News. Clearly he’s not planning on quieting down anytime soon.
Good for him.