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FNC’s ‘The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson’ Premiere Ratings

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT

FNC‘s The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson attracted 1.135 million in its opening Monday afternoon at 2 PM – more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. That’s also 8% better than the timeslot’s 3rd quarter average and 6% better than its September average. Gretchen’s got some work to do in the news demo. Her audience of 129,000 is 33% lower than the hour’s 3rd quarter average and 37% lower than its September average. On the other hand, she still beat CNN’s Newsroom  (127,000) and MSNBC’s Newsnation (93,000) in the age bracket. “My goal, with every interview – politics, legal, financial –  is to hold everyone’s feet to the fire because you deserve the real story,” the former Fox & Friends co-anchor told viewers as she kicked off her new daily series. “I’ve never been afraid to share my faith, so we will discuss belief in America. What I love about the title is the word ‘real.’ I’m from the Midwest, my parents were great role models who taught me core values and humility. I may live in New York now, but I am still a Midwestern girl at heart, and I want the show to reach out to all viewers coast to coast. Genuine, authentic and real. I hope you will see all those qualities every day.”

Watch Carlson’s new-series launch here:

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FNC’s ‘The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson’ Details Unveiled

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 12:42pm PDT

Fox News Channel has finally unveiled details of Gretchen Carlson’s new program. Carlson’s new one-hour daytime program, The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson will launch on Monday at 2 PM ET. Preceding that program at 1 PM ET: a one-hour weekday presentation of America’s News HQ, co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota. The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports, the network said. Carlson recently left the network’s popular morning program Fox & Friends; she was replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

From the announcement:

Carlson will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.

Carlson joined FNC in June 2005 and most recently served as co-host of FOX & Friends. During her tenure at the network, she has reported on major stories and contributed to coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Her wide-ranging interviews include then-Senator Barack Obama, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and actress Eva Longoria, among others.

Carlson added, “I am thrilled that Roger Ailes has given me the opportunity to host a signature show for Fox that will focus on the real stories of

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‘Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck Debut Ratings

An average of 1.166 million people tuned in to watch Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s Fox & Friends debut Monday morning. A slightly bigger crowd, 1.171 million people tuned in to say so long to the show’s longtime co-host Gretchen Carlson on Friday; Carlson gave up her spot on the curvy couch to make way for Hasselbeck. Carlson’s getting her own afternoon program on FNC. Hasselbeck’s audience includes 285,000 people in the news demo, while Carlson’s crowd included a smaller, 239,000 in the 25-54 age bracket. Hasselbeck skewed younger.  And, Hasselbeck Monday was up 4% in overall audience and 19% in the demo compared to the previous Monday, and up 21% in the demo and 10% in total viewers compared to 3Q.

Related: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Makes Her ‘Fox & Friends’ Debut

Not surprisingly, Hasselbeck’s debut beat cable news competition on Monday. MSNBC’s Morning Joe clocked 432,000 viewers Monday morning, 147,000 of them in the news demo, while CNN’s New Day scraped together an average of 250,000 total viewers,  — 89,000 in the demo. FYI, Hasselbeck’s former home, ABC’s The View averaged 3.1 million this past TV season.

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Gretchen Carlson Sheet-Caked On Her Final ‘Fox & Friends’ Morning

Gloria Estefan sang “I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face” in honor of Gretchen Carlson, who got sheet-caked this morning on her last day at Fox & Friends. Throughout her final three hours on the early-morning program, Carlson thanked her hair and makeup people for making her look better than she felt at 3 AM each day, the show crew and producers, and her three alarm clocks for waking her up without fail  — she noted she’d never overslept once in her run  (She started on the show in 2006, one year after joining FNC). Geraldo Rivera was among those who stopped by to wish her well. Carlson, who’s just begun on Twitter, asked Rivera for tweeting advice. “Just let me whip this off,” said he of the famous naked selfie, and pretended to begin removing his clothing. “Don’t do it after 1 AM, don’t do it after two tequila shots and don’t take off your blouse,” he advised.

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