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Tucker Carlson Tonight is an American talk show hosted by Tucker Carlson. The show is broadcast live on the Fox News television channel at 8:00 p.m. EST on weekdays. Its content focuses on politics, and the show typically includes commentary, monologues, interviews and analysis.

Tucker Carlson Tonight
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GenreCurrent affairs program
Presented byTucker Carlson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Washington, D.C. (primary)
New York City (on location)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Original networkFox News
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 14, 2016 –
Preceded byThe Story with Martha MacCallum
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Tucker Carlson Tonight premiered on the Fox News Channel's program lineup on November 14, 2016.[1] After Carlson made controversial on-air statements interpreted as advocating white nationalism, an analysis by Kantar Media found that the show had lost 49% of its advertisers during the one-year period ending in June 2019.[2]


Tucker Carlson Tonight was created to replace the show On the Record,[3] which was hosted by Brit Hume on an interim basis after Greta Van Susteren's departure from Fox News.

Following Megyn Kelly's departure from Fox News, it was announced on January 5, 2017, that the show would be the replacement for The Kelly File on January 9, 2017.[4] Martha MacCallum was named as his replacement in the 7:00 p.m. timeslot, with her show carrying the title The First 100 Days.[5]

On April 19, 2017, it was announced that the show would take over The O'Reilly Factor's 8:00 p.m. time-slot beginning on April 24, 2017, following the cancellation of the latter program.[6]


Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller,[7] (with Neil Patel), typically devotes his show to two or three current events and brings on speakers to debate about them. Carlson uses a loose format in which he interviews persons from varied political perspectives and asks them probing questions. The show also includes monologues, commentary and political analysis.[citation needed]

Carlson describes Tucker Carlson Tonight as "the show that is the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink."[7]


The program's premiere episode, viewed by 3.7 million,[7] was rated higher than previous editions of On the Record hosted by Greta Van Susteren and later Brit Hume. Tucker Carlson Tonight currently maintains the network's time-slot dominance over CNN and MSNBC.[8] In October 2018, Tucker Carlson Tonight was the second-highest rated news show in all of prime time, after Hannity, with 3.2 million nightly viewers.[9]


Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol described the views Carlson expressed on his show as "ethno-nationalism of some kind."[10] Carlson responded that Kristol "discredited himself years ago."[11]

In 2018 and 2019, the show was the target of an advertiser boycott. Advertisers began leaving the show after Carlson said that U.S. immigration make the country "poorer, dirtier and more divided." According to Fox News, the advertisers only moved their ad buys to other segments.[12] By early 2019, the show had lost at least 26 advertisers.[13][14] By August 2019, Media Matters calculated that the show had lost more than 70 advertisers since December 2018.[15] By late September of 2019, almost 50 advertisers had released statements announcing the discontinuation of advertising on the show; according to The Guardian, "dozens more cut ties without saying anything publicly."[16]

Despite multiple boycotts of the show, the average cost for a 30-second spot on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019, according to the advertising analytics company SQAD.[17]


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  2. ^ Hsu, Tiffany (August 20, 2019). "Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show Loses More Advertisers" – via
  3. ^ News Hound Ellen (September 7, 2016). "Greta Van Susteren Abruptly Leaves Fox News". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fox News Channel Names Tucker Carlson as New 9pm Host". FOX News Insider. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Staff (January 5, 2017). "Tucker Carlson takes over Megyn Kelly's slot, Martha MacCallum gets new show". Fox News. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Christine Rousselle (April 19, 2017). "Here's The New Fox News Channel Primetime Lineup". Townhall. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Oliver Darcy (December 5, 2016). "Fox News host Tucker Carlson's on-air war with elitism". Business Insider. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  8. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (November 15, 2016). "Fox News' 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' Has Strong Debut". Multichannel News. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Rowland, Geoffrey (October 31, 2018). "Fox News tops CNN and MSNBC combined in October cable news ratings". TheHill.
  10. ^ Harwood, John (January 25, 2018). "Bill Kristol hits Fox News, Tucker Carlson for 'dumbing down' coverage, pushing 'ethno-nationalism'". CNBC. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Tucker Fires Back at Bill Kristol: 'Former Intellectual Who Now Exists Primarily on Twitter'". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Katz, A.J. (December 20, 2018). "20-Plus Brands Have Stopped Advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight After Immigration Comments". Adweek. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Brunley, Gabrielle (March 22, 2019). "If Tucker Carlson Keeps Hemorrhaging Advertisers He Might Soon Be Down to Just 'My Pillow'". Esquire. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Barr, Jeremy (March 22, 2019). "Without Major Sponsors, Tucker Carlson's Show Leans on Ads for Fox Programming". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Uhl, Jordan. "Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News -- but advertisers are staying away". Media Matters for America.
  16. ^ Helmore, Edward (September 28, 2019). "Trump impeachment inquiry sparks 'bedlam' at Fox News". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Katz, A.J. (August 21, 2019). "Despite Controversy and Boycotts, Ad Costs For Tucker Carlson Tonight Are Nearly Double What They Were Last Year". Adweek. Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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Preceded by
The Story with Martha MacCallum
Fox News Channel Weekday lineup
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (replay)
Succeeded by