Chris Wallace, a former “Fox News Sunday” anchor, lost a lot of viewers to Trey Gowdy’s Sunday evening program on his former network when his CNN program debuted (R-SC).
RadarOnline said that Wallace’s lauded interview program, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”, garnered only 43,800 views in the crucial 25-54 age range. Wallace’s show, which aired at 7 p.m. ET, received just 401,000 total views.
In contrast, the former congressman from South Carolina hosted “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy,” which attracted over 1.3 million viewers, over triple Wallace’s total. Additionally, he attracted 78,000 viewers in the critical 25–54 age range, nearly doubling Wallace’s audience in that group.
“Absolute bomb!” johnnydollar01 tweeted the information. “Chris Wallace’s CNN Show Premiere Flopped, Attracting Just 44k Viewers In Key Demo. Every category for the program saw double-digit declines from the average for 2022. On Fox, @TGowdySC garnered a whopping 1.3M viewers, including 78k in the crucial 25-54 age range.”
Wallace abruptly quit “Fox News Sunday” in December 2021, and detractors piled on him right away, implying that he might have been regretting his decision not to stay.
“Chris Wallace was created by FoxNews; they didn’t need him. The truth is in the ratings,” Mike Cernovich tweeted.
Wallace first claimed that he was simply searching for a change when he departed the network.
“I’ve made the decision to quit FOX after 18 years.” In his farewell “Fox News Sunday” show, he said, “I want to attempt something new, to move past politics, to all of the areas I’m interested in. I hope you’ll check out my new journey because I’m ready for one. And with that, my dear friends, I bid you farewell for today.”
Wallace afterwards asserted that he had discovered the environment at FOX to be “unsustainable,” particularly in the wake of January 6th.
Wallace said, “I’m comfortable with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal view. However, when individuals begin to query the veracity — Who won the presidential campaign? Was the uprising on January 6? — That seemed unsupportable to me. I spent a significant portion of 2021 trying to figure out if there was anywhere else I could work,” he admitted.
Wallace revealed his intention to join CNN+ just days after leaving FOX, but the streaming platform debuted, faltered, and closed down in less than a month.