MSNBC beat out Fox News in average primetime viewers last week, breaking Fox’s 120 week most-watched cable news network winning streak, according to Nielsen data.
This comes just days after Axios reported that Fox News has sent their recently ousted primetime star Tucker Carlson a cease-and-desist letter after he took his show to Twitter, part of a contract battle between the network and its former top host.
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Carlson was taken off the air in April, but Fox is set to continue paying his contract through Dec. 32, 2024.
Carlson’s contract maintains that he is required to keep his content exclusive to Fox News, but he claims that any legal action taken against him by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.
“Tucker on Twitter,” Carlson’s new show, has seen massive success on Elon Musk’s Twitter, with the first episode garnering 117 million impressions as of Thursday.
Two days after the first episode’s release, Tucker on Twitter received over 20 million more views than Fox’s “Gutfeld!” aired the same day.
As all traditional cable news networks fall behind alternative media, Fox News in particular has seen a marked decline in ratings since Carlson left the network.
Last week Fox News averaged 1,504,429 primetime viewers, beat out by MSNBC’s 1,520,857 for the first time in 120 weeks.
Tucker on Twitter’s success shows no signs of stopping, with the most recent episode released on Tuesday receiving 86.9 million impressions and 558,000 likes in just two days.