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Fox News ratings slip among older viewers with Bill O'Reilly's departure, but advertisers are back

Fox News ratings slip among older viewers with Bill O'Reilly's departure, but advertisers are back

Life without popular host Bill O’Reilly has brought lower ratings to Fox News, but it’s been far from a disaster for the top-rated cable news channel.

Fox News has seen a 13% year-to-year decline in viewers since Tucker Carlson took over the hour held down by O’Reilly, its biggest prime-time star, who was fired April 19 over sexual harassment claims leveled against him.

However, Carlson, who on April 24 took over the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot held down for two decades by O’Reilly, has retained most of the 25-to-54 age group coveted by advertisers, according to Nielsen ratings.

In his first two weeks as O’Reilly’s replacement, Carlson is averaging 2.75 million viewers,...

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