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Longtime Fox News Host Is Out On ‘The Five’

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Geraldo Rivera, anchor of the renowned Fox News program “The Five”, announced his departure on Wednesday morning.

“Morning, it’s official, I’m off @TheFive. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th. It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity. Being odd man out isn’t always easy. For the time being, I’m still Correspondent at Large,” Rivera tweeted.

Fox News’ cable news ratings have plummeted among viewers aged 25 to 54 since the network’s decision to remove its top-rated personality Tucker Carlson from the air in late April.

Due to the network’s deterioration, Joy Reid of MSNBC has surpassed Sean Hannity in the crucial demo.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald, a liberal, tweeted: “The 8 pm slot on Fox with Tucker was not only consistently number 1 in the key demo – 25-54 – but routinely had 400,000 viewers or more. Without Tucker, it’s crashed to worse-than-MSNBC levels: barely 100,000 people. Hannity is in 14th place, behind Joy Reid! A total collapse. It’s so clear Fox’s firing of Tucker was not just financially driven, bereft of the Murdochs’ and Paul Ryan’s ideological goals. Firing Tucker destroyed its prime-time ratings. There’s no argument Tucker’s twice-a-week Twitter postings compete with Fox. They want him silenced.”

Since Carlson’s dismissal without ceremony, Hannity’s primetime program has been criticized.

The audience for Hannity’s program, which crested at approximately 2 million viewers in the final weeks of May, has decreased to an average of approximately 1.7 million so far in June. Prior to Carlson’s exit, Hannity’s primetime program consistently drew approximately 3 million viewers per night.

“Fox News and MSNBC have been neck and neck in the cable news ratings in recent days and Wednesday was no different as Fox News and MSNBC tied in the total day demo. Fox beat MSNBC in total viewers in both the total day and primetime averages but lost the prime-time demo to MSNBC,” Mediaite reported. “Fox’s The Five remained the top-rated show on cable news with 2.68 million total viewers, helping to boost Fox’s average.”

“MSNBC and Fox both scored 156,000 total day demo viewers, while CNN was third with 111,000. In total day viewers, Fox won with 1.39 million viewers to MSNBC’s 1.2 million — CNN had 557,000. In prime time, Fox just beat MSNBC with 1.79 million total viewers to 1.76 million, and CNN was in third with 706,000. MSNBC won the prime-time demo with 216,000 viewers over Fox’s 166,000. CNN was third with 140,000 demo viewers,” the outlet added.

Left-wing rival MSNBC has dethroned Fox News Channel in prime time slots after years of dominating cable news ratings.

“Nielsen data regarding the week ending this past Sunday was shared on Twitter on Tuesday by A.J. Katz, a reporter specializing in the cable news business. According to the data, Fox’s primetime 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET viewership averaged 1,504,429. The average viewership for the more left-leaning MSNBC over the same time frame averaged 1,520,857, narrowly beating out the conservative network that has long been a leader in cable news viewership,” Newsweek reported.

The network has not yet announced a long-term replacement for its 8 p.m. ET primetime slot. In the interim, they have decided to alternate guest presenters for the hour.

Fox News has maintained an extraordinary 120-week reign as the leader in average weekly primetime viewership.

Midway through February 2021 was the last time the network failed to claim the weekly ratings crown.

Fox claims it is a violation of Carlson’s contract that he has been tweeting short monologues since being dismissed.

He has thus far refused to comply with the network’s cease-and-desist letter, alleging that Fox is in breach of their contract with him.

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