Chris Wallace Humiliated as Ratings for Fox News Show Increase after He Left for CNN

The ratings for Fox News’s Sunday morning show, “Fox News Sunday,” saw a notable increase after former host Chris Wallace left the network to join CNN.

On Jan. 23, the show had the most total viewers and the most viewers aged 25-54 the show has seen since Jan. 24, 2021.

However, the bad news doesn’t end there for Wallace.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Jan. 23 show hosted by “Fox News at Night” anchor Shannon Bream saw a rating increase of 27 percent in the coveted 25-54 demographic.

It also saw a 21 percent rise in total viewers over Wallace’s last show on Dec. 12, 2021.

The Jan. 23 show received 1,352,000 viewers and 343,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo during the 9 a.m. broadcast.

When adding in all the repeats of the show, that Jan 23 show had a total of 1,404,000 viewers and 237,000 with the 25-54 demo.

Bream’s show featured Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The news comes after experts predicted doom for Fox after Wallace’s departure.

From The Hill:

But experts say Wallace’s exit leaves an undeniable hole in the network’s political coverage.

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“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,” said Frank Sesno, former director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

“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.

Network spokespeople and executives regularly rebuff criticism of its opinion programming by pointing to the strength of its hard news team, which includes Baier and MacCallum, who helmed Election Day coverage.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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