Fox News’ 'Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Has Strong Debut

Fox News’ debut of news talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight yesterday averaged an impressive 3.7 million viewers, network executive said.

The Nov. 14 premiere of the series, which officially replaced On The Record With Brit Hume, recorded the biggest audience of the year in the time period for  the network, according to Fox News and Nielsen. Overall, the premiere was up 80% in total viewers compared to the 2016 average for the 7 pm hour, sid Fox News.

National Geographic’s high-profile scripted/documentary series hybrid Mars launched to sizable ratings Monday night. The Brian Glazer/Ron Howard executively-produced series drew 1.4 million viewers, more than double 417,000 primetime average for the network generated last week, according to Nielsen.

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ESPN’s Cincinnati Bengals-New York Giants Monday Night Football telecast was the most watched show on cable yesterday, averaging 10.7 million viewers, said Nielsen.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.