Last Updated on June 3, 2020
Monday’s night’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, in which the eponymous host went on an impassioned and prescient monologue about the riots ravaging The United States and the role of the current power structure in supporting said riots, was the most watched television program in the Western Hemisphere.
Cable news shows are typically among the most viewed programs on weeknights, but rarely are the most popular program airing on every given night. Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. show has been redefining the demographics and popularity of cable news viewership since it launched in 2016.
According to ShowBuzzDaily, the Fox News channel dominated the airwaves on Monday night, with Tucker Carlson Tonight leading Hannity and The Ingraham Angle with over 5 million viewers each.
Tucker Carlson Tonight brought in 5,942,000 viewers Monday, dwarfing the 8 p.m. competition at CNN and MSNBC. Carlson’s competition, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and All In With Chris Hayes, barely pulled in enough viewers combined to surpass Carlson.
Unsurprisingly, the least popular program of the night on cable was VICE’s Most Expensivest, which pulled in a pathetic 57,000 viewers.
Tucker Carlson had previously reached unprecedented levels of viewership during U.S. tensions with Iran in January.
The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” television program on Fox News dominated cable news coverage of the Iran situation alongside “Hannity” Tuesday night, pulling in 5.6 million viewers.
Some have attributed the extremely high viewership to the national security crisis rather than Carlson’s popularity, but the fact that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” pulled in double the amount of viewership as cable competitor (CNN), that theory seems unlikely.
According to TV By The Numbers, Carlson pulled in 5,698,000 viewers and scored a high 0.8 rating in the 18-49 age demographic.
In contrast, no CNN program broke 3 million viewers. The highest they could muster was “Anderson Cooper 360’s” 2.8 million, followed by “Cuomo Prime Time” at 2.7 million.
As Carlson’s monologues have become more prescient and bold, he has come under increasing attack from neoconservative establishment figureheads, such as Sebastian Gorka.
Carlson’s Monday night monologue can be watched below.