Ex-Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Bombs in His CNN Debut, Gets Crushed by His Former Employer


The Nielsen ratings are out and they aren’t looking good for former Fox News host Chris Wallace.

After spending 18 years with the right-leaning outlet, Wallace turned down a contract extension and announced his departure on Dec. 12, 2021. He soon joined the liberal Fox News rival CNN.

His new show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” was launched in the spring on the streaming service CNN+, with guests such as former White House press secretary Jen Psaki and President Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens.

Unfortunately for Wallace, few viewers showed an interest in subscribing to CNN+, and on April 30, only a month after its March 29 debut, Warner Bros. Discovery opted to cancel it.

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Wallace’s show re-emerged, however, with CNN announcing on Sept. 6 that it would air on the network Sunday nights starting this week.

Unfortunately again for Wallace, the revived endeavor is shaping up to be a failure as well, according to a Monday report from the Washington Examiner.

It said Nielsen Media Research showed the ratings for Wallace’s show were down 29 percent from the average on Sunday.

In total, only 401,000 people tuned in to watch.

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Moreover, Wallace’s show dropped a whopping 64 percent from the average among the coveted 25 to 54 demographic. A mere 44,000 viewers from that age group tuned in.

Wallace’s direct Fox News competition, “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy,” performed quite well in comparison.

The former South Carolina congressman’s program garnered over three times as many viewers, 1.3 million in total, according to the Examiner.

Among the coveted 25 to 54 demographic, Gowdy’s show netted 78,000 viewers.

“FoxNews made Chris Wallace, didn’t need him. Ratings don’t lie,” political commentator Mike Cernovich wrote on Twitter regarding the news.

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While CNN’s ratings continue to flounder, Fox News’ ratings are doing anything but.

For example, Kayleigh McEnany’s “Outnumbered” broke into the top 20 on Thursday in terms of viewership for all cable programs.

The show, which airs weekdays at noon, climbed to No. 18 with an audience of 1.9 million viewers, according to ShowBuzzDaily.

McEnany hosts the show alongside Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno.

“Outnumbered” always features one male guest, hence its name.

While no CNN programs showed up in the top 20, “Outnumbered” was far from the only Fox News show to make the list.

Also included were “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Five,” “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Hannity,” “America Reports,” “America’s Newsroom” and “The Faulkner Focus.”

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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