Megyn Kelly became a darling of the left-wing press during the 2016 campaign.
Her personal attacks posed as questions to Donald Trump during the first Republican Presidential debate made her a star among left-leaning journalists who salivated over the task of taking down Trump.
But many observers were shocked at what happened after she announced she was leaving Fox News.
In early January, Kelly announced she would be leaving Fox News when her contract was up and move to NBC.
On NBC, she would host a daytime talk show, a Sunday night news magazine program, and contribute to the network’s political and breaking news coverage.
On Fox, she was the second highest rated host behind Bill O’Reilly and many wondered how the network would replace her.
Fox announced they would give the 9PM time-slot to Tucker Carlson, whose show at 7PM proved to be a ratings success.
And when his new ratings came in, pundits were stunned.
Carlson had brought in twice the number of viewers than Kelly had.
The Hill reports:
“Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling the ratings of his predecessor, Megyn Kelly, when compared to the same time period last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when “The Kelly File” occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot.
Carlson has averaged 775,000 viewers per night in the category, while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22…
…Overall, Carlson — who has hosted programs on CNN and MSNBC in the past — is up 37 percent in total viewers, at 3.73 million, and 50 percent, at 775,000, in the key demographic compared with Kelly’s 2016 averages of 2.72 million and 515,000, respectively.”
Carlson’s program has become a hit because of his breezy interview style and willingness to confront guests on the left.
While his show sometimes features guests from the right, his most memorable clips – which often go viral – is when he takes on figures from the left for their outrageous claims, and then roasts them if they fail to back up their claims with facts.
Maybe his most famous encounter was with Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald.
Carlson brought Eichenwald on the program to discuss what Carlson believed was liberal bias in Eichenwald’s work.
One example he used was a tweet Eichenwald had posted over the summer which claimed Donald Trump had been institutionalized in 1990.
Carlson asked Eichenwald for any evidence that this had actually happened.
Unable to provide any facts, Eichenwald stumbled along with incoherent answers and described his tweet as part of a “reporting process”.
Carlson cut the interview short once it began to descend into the absurd.
Eichenwald was later forced to admit he made the whole thing up and said his tweet was just him trying to signal another source to talk to him.
You can watch the interview below.
Some critics have started to wonder if Fox will have been more beneficial to Kelly than Kelly was to Fox.
When other anchors such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper have tried hosting daytime talk shows they’ve failed miserably.
In addition, her Sunday night news magazine program will likely be broadcasted irregularly since NBC’s highest rated program – Sunday Night Football – airs weekly from September to the first week in January.
Some also wonder if she alienated part of her audience by perceiving herself as anti-Trump.
Conservatives who might have been loyal to her while she was on Fox may not follow her to NBC.
And that could end up even more bad news for Megyn Kelly.