Tucker Carlson Tonight

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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 is an American television talk program on Fox News hosted by “Tucker Carlson” Tonight Episodes air live at 8:00 p.m. EST on weekdays. The show focuses on politics and includes commentary, monologues, interviews and political analysis.

Tucker Carlson Tonight has been a part of the Fox News Channel's program lineup since November 14, 2016, and was the number one cable news broadcast in its time slot as of April 2018.[1]


Tucker Carlson Tonight was created to replace the show On the Record,[2] 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.[3] Martha MacCallum was named as his replacement in the 7:00 p.m. timeslot, with her show carrying the title The First 100 Days.[4]

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.[5] It was made public that Hannity would replace the 9:00 p.m. time slot Carlson left.


Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller,[6] (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.

Carlson describes Tucker Carlson Tonight with the tagline, "the show that is the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink."[6]

Tucker Carlson Tonight is broadcast from a studio at 400 N Capitol Street, Washington D.C.. Carlson debuted a new set on April 19, 2017, remodeling the previous set.


  • The Friend Zone - Another anchor from the network comes and talks about a lighter side of the news
  • Twitter Storm - Carlson highlights the day's Twitter fallout
  • Campus Craziness - Carlson features social & political problems happening in American colleges
  • Drugged - Carlson - Carlson puts the opioid crisis in light and poses solutions
  • The Liberal Sherpa - Carlson tries to understand a social movement or topic by interviewing Cathy Areu
  • Top That - Two female contributors are invited. One gives a story of what she believes is the most bizarre truthful story she could find that day, and the other anchor is challenged to come up with an even more bizarre tale.
  • Final Exam - Carlson invites two Fox News anchors or contributors for a quiz every Thursday to show who knows more news stories of the week, the winner of the segment comes back the next week and wins a coffee mug of Carlson's face or a previous guest on the show. The theme music for this segment parodies the 1984 version of the Jeopardy! main theme.
  • Tech Tyranny - Carlson examines another example of big tech companies pushing liberal ideas


The program's premiere episode, viewed by 3.7 million,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]


Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol described the views Carlson expressed on his show as "ethno-nationalism of some kind."[9] Carlson responded that Kristol "discredited himself years ago."[10]

In 2018 and 2019, the show was the target of an advertiser boycott. Advertisers began leaving the show after Carlson's 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.[11] By early 2019, the show had lost at least 26 advertisers.[12][13] By August 2019, Media Matters calculated that the show had lost more than 70 advertisers since December 2018.[14]


  1. ^ Athey, Amber (April 25, 2018). "Fox Slips From Number One In Primetime Ratings". Daily Caller. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  2. ^ News Hound Ellen (September 7, 2016). "Greta Van Susteren Abruptly Leaves Fox News". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fox News Channel Names Tucker Carlson as New 9pm Host". FOX News Insider. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Staff (January 5, 2017). "Tucker Carlson takes over Megyn Kelly's slot, Martha MacCallum gets new show". Fox News. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Christine Rousselle (April 19, 2017). "Here's The New Fox News Channel Primetime Lineup". Townhall. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (November 15, 2016). "Fox News' 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' Has Strong Debut". Multichannel News. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ https://thehill.com/homenews/media/414005-fox-news-tops-cnn-and-msnbc-combined-in-october-cable-news-ratings
  9. ^ Harwood, John (January 25, 2018). "Bill Kristol hits Fox News, Tucker Carlson for 'dumbing down' coverage, pushing 'ethno-nationalism'". CNBC. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tucker Fires Back at Bill Kristol: 'Former Intellectual Who Now Exists Primarily on Twitter'". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Katz, A.J. (December 20, 2018). "20-Plus Brands Have Stopped Advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight After Immigration Comments". Adweek. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Barr, Jeremy (March 22, 2019). "Without Major Sponsors, Tucker Carlson's Show Leans on Ads for Fox Programming". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Uhl, Jordan. "Tucker Carlson returns to Fox News -- but advertisers are staying away". Media Matters for America.

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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