Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged nearly 5 million viewers on Monday through the news-making, exclusive first interview with Kyle Rittenhouse, dominating cable news and outdrawing CNN and MSNBC mixed. 

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 4.9 million viewers from 8-9 p.m. ET, in contrast to only one.2 million for MSNBC and a dismal 762,000 for struggling CNN throughout the identical time interval. It was the second-highest rated episode of “Tucker” this yr and outdrew CNN by 549%. 

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“Tucker” additionally crushed rivals among the many advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, averaging a staggering 891,000 demo viewers in contrast to 180,000 for CNN and solely 150,000 for MSNBC. 

Fox News Channel’s "Tucker Carlson Tonight" averaged nearly five million viewers on Monday during the exclusive first interview with Kyle Rittenhouse.

Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged nearly 5 million viewers on Monday through the exclusive first interview with Kyle Rittenhouse.
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Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted Iast week within the capturing deaths of two males, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, in addition to the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, whom he shot by means of the precise bicep after the protester pointed a pistol at him throughout Kenosha riots in 2020. 

In the news-making, exclusive interview, Rittenhouse instructed Tucker Carlson concerning the night time that led to his arrest, in addition to his eventual acquittal by jury and the indignant response of the mainstream media and Democrats, together with President Biden.

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“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating. I believe there needs to be change. I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone,” Rittenhouse instructed Carlson in a portion of the exclusive interview. 

Rittenhouse additionally instructed Carlson that he was staying on the house of a buddy through the Kenosha riots and was mystified and troubled by the shortage of assets offered to the police drive in attempting to quell the violence after the capturing of Jacob Blake.

“I’m not really sure [where the police presence was], because they have a hard job – but I didn’t really think they got the support they needed,” Rittenhouse stated. “The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community and there should have been a lot more resources to help with that.”

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During the exclusive interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse condemned Biden for prejudging him as a “White supremacist” in a 2020 marketing campaign advert.

“Mr. President, if I could say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial, and understand the facts before you make a statement,” Rittenhouse stated. “It’s actual malice; defaming my character for him to say something like that.”

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Carlson’s news-making sit down with Rittenhouse additionally helped Fox News top cable news competitors at some stage in primetime. 

Fox News Channel averaged 3.5 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. ET, in contrast to 1.5 million for MSNBC and solely 705,000 for CNN.        

All information courtesy of early Nielsen Media Research. 

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.