Sean Hannity used to rule Fox. But in the post-Trump era, Tucker Carlson is king
May 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Sean Hannity finds himself in familiar territory as of late: second place.
But shortly after the 2016 election, Hannity's close relationship with then-President Donald Trump, coupled with O'Reilly's ouster at Fox, propelled Hannity to the throne of conservative media.
Carlson's rise and Hannity's stumble reflect not only the current state of the conservative media, but also offer insight into the current state of the Republican Party.
Throughout the Trump presidency, Hannity was unquestionably king of conservative media — and his ratings proved it.
And in the first quarter of 2021, while Fox as a whole saw a drop in ratings as Trump encouraged his disappointed followers to abandon the channel, Hannity averaged 2. 9 million viewers compared to Carlson's 3. 4 million.
Data from Google Trends and IQ Media, which measures mentions in the press, also indicates that more people are interested in Carlson, and that he is simply more talked about than Hannity.
A breakdown by region showed that, in every state, more people searched for Carlson's name than Hannity's.
Since the November election, Hannity has trended downward in press mentions while Carlson's trajectory has been trending north.
Hannity, by comparison, has declined to chase Carlson as far into the fringes of right-wing politics.
Sheffield agreed, pointing out that Carlson "came to television a lot later than Hannity in his career" and is not as willing to carry the Republican Party's water.