Fox's Carlson debuts at No. 1 in O'Reilly's spot

Fox's Carlson debuts at No. 1 in O'Reilly's spot
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Fox News's "Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDefamation lawsuit filed against QAnon GOP primary winner, stepmother of officer involved in Rayshard Brooks killing Tucker Carlson responds to guest correcting pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name: 'So what?' Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing MORE Tonight" came in as the No. 1 cable news show during its Monday night debut replacing Bill O'Reilly in the channel's 8 p.m. weekday slot, according to early Nielsen numbers.

Carlson's first show in "The O'Reilly Factor" time slot pulled in 3.2 million viewers, including 636,000 in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic. The preliminary numbers serve as an early indication that Carlson's show could succeed in the high-profile time slot, although a full account of the ratings will be released later this week.


O'Reilly, who previously hosted "The O'Reilly Factor," was removed from the network last week amid allegations that he sexually harassed female employees of the network.

A New York Times report published earlier this month revealed that O'Reilly and 21st Century Fox, Fox News's parent company, paid about $13 million to five women who had allegedly been harassed by O'Reilly. 

In the wake of the report, more than 50 advertisers pulled ads from O'Reilly's show — the top-rated cable news show at the time. After announcing his ouster last week, the channel moved Carlson to the 8 p.m. hour.