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Carlson leads in ratings in first night post-O'Reilly

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/25/2017
FILE - In this combination photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," appears on the set in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107, left, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit from Fox News. Five days after his firing amid sexual harassment allegations, O'Reilly aired an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast. The show was replaced by “Tucker Carlson’s Tonight,” which moved to O'Reilly's time slot Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this combination photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," appears on the set in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107, left, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit from Fox News. Five days after his firing amid sexual harassment allegations, O'Reilly aired an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast. The show was replaced by “Tucker Carlson’s Tonight,” which moved to O'Reilly's time slot Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tucker Carlson moved into Bill O'Reilly's old time slot at Fox News Channel and, on his first night Monday, took over his predecessor's status as the most-watched host in cable news.

The Nielsen company said that Carlson's first night at 8 p.m. attracted 3.17 million viewers, beating the combined audience of MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who reached 1.52 million viewers, and CNN's Anderson Cooper, who reached 1 million.

Carlson did not beat O'Reilly's nearly 4 million average during the first three months of the year, before being fired following news about Fox settling harassment cases involving him. Carlson had averaged 3.3 million in the 9 p.m. time slot following O'Reilly.

Fox's relocated "The Five" reached 2.76 million people at 9 p.m., while MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had an audience of 2.16 million. CNN's test of a Jake Tapper series at that hour reached 881,000.

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