Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight had its second-highest rated show of 2021 Monday as nearly 5 million viewers tuned in to watch Carlson’s interview with Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted Friday in the shooting of three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.
The interview drew a total audience of 4.942 million viewers, and made Tucker Carlson Tonight the top-rated show in all of cable news among total viewers and in the key demographic of viewers 25-54 (the show drew a total audience of 891,000 viewers in the key demo).
In the 8 p.m. hour, Fox News far outpaced the cable news competition, with MSNBC a distant second, drawing 1.168 million viewers. CNN was third with 762,000 viewers. In the key demo CNN finished second behind Fox News, with 180,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC (150,000 viewers).
In the interview, Rittenhouse told Carlson “I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating. I believe there needs to be change. I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.”
Rittenhouse also expressed his feelings about President Joe Biden, who said of the Rittenhouse verdict “look, I stand by what the jury has concluded.” In September 2020, when he was running for president, he made a comment that equated Rittenhouse with white supremacists. Rittenhouse said “Mr. President, if I would say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement.”