Fox News host Tucker Carlson officially took over Bill O'Reilly's 8 p.m. ET Fox News' time slot on Monday night. Carlson began his program with a message to viewers that made the show the most-watched show in cable news for nearly two decades.
"For those of you tuning in expecting to see someone different in this anchor chair, I know the feeling well. I watched Bill O'Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well prepared he was, how tough he was and how crisply and directly he expressed his views," Carlson said. "What O'Reilly did was not easy."
"He set a high bar and I'm gonna do my best to meet it. Thanks for sticking with us." The new show host continued.
Well, the show has already achieved the target and has matched up with the Bill O'Reilly's rating.
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The first show that was aired on Monday has already averaged 3.2 million total viewers in the hour, with 636,000 of those falling in the key adults 25-54 demographic. Besides, Bill's final show that broadcasted on April 11 drew 3.6 million viewers with 634,000 in the demo.
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Moreover, Carlson show was also the number one cable news show in both metrics on Monday and bested timeslot competition “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN (1 million, 352,000) and “All in with Chris Hayes” (1.5 million, 370,000) on MSNBC.
Well, earlier on Monday, Bill released a podcast speaking for the first time in public since Fox News' decision to part ways.
Bill O'Reilly is being fired despite @POTUS standing by him. Our president is a job killer.— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 19, 2017
"I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," he said on his "No Spin News" podcast. "I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now."