Fox News has had a rough couple of weeks since its split with Bill O’Reilly — and it’s starting to show.
O’Reilly was fired on April 19 after news that he and the top cable network had paid $13 million to settle lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment or other wrongdoing. (He denies it all.) Then, company co-president Bill Shine was ousted as part of the same purge. A few weeks later, Fox News founder Roger Ailes — who had stepped down under his own cloud of sexual harassment accusations — died.
Now, despite Sean Hannity’s best — and often successful — efforts to draw viewers, the cable news giant is feeling the effects of a tough spring without O’Reilly.
The Nielsen numbers don’t lie. Here’s how much the network has fallen this month, so far, compared to last month:
Key 24-54 Demo: -19%, Total Viewers: -24%
Demo: -8%, Viewers: -6%
Demo: -4%, Viewers: -4%
Demo: -5%, Viewers: -13%
Demo: -11%, Viewers: -13%
Demo: -6%, Viewers: -3%