There is no love lost between the personalities, reporters and hosts at the Fox News Channel and CNN so when one leaves to go to the other it is kind of a big deal.
That is why it was a surprise when Fox News White House correspondent Kristin Fisher announced that she was leaving the network during a live broadcast of “Special Report” with Brett Baier on Friday, The Hill reported.
“This is my last live shot on my last day at Fox News and I’ve had an incredible run,” she said to Baier.
“I started out six years ago on the early morning weekend shift. I made it all the way to the White House, which is something that has been at the very top of my career bucket list ever since I was a very little girl.
“But I’ve just realized that there are a few other things on that list that I would like to try to tick off. So, before I go, I just want to thank Fox for trusting me with this beat and for giving me so many opportunities.
“And Bret, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you, the entire White House team and everybody on the ‘Special Report’ team as well,” she said.
She did not say on the air where she was going but sources told The Hill that she was headed to CNN to serve as a correspondent covering space.
“Thank you to @KristinFisher on her last day here @FoxNews — we wish you and your family the best!” Baier said on Twitter.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) May 7, 2021
“Thank you so much @BretBaier. It’s been an unforgettable ride. I’m leaving here with so much gratitude,” Fisher said.
— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) May 7, 2021
Fisher is the latest Fox News employee to head over to CNN amid the two networks’ rivalry and CNN President Jeff Zucker’s public broadsides against Fox. Other journalists who have made the transition in previous years include Alisyn Camerota, Dave Briggs, Conor Powell and Rick Folbaum.
CNN has taken a big hit in ratings since the end of the Trump presidency, losing nearly 50 percent of its audience over the first few months of 2021, according to The Washington Post. MSNBC has lost about a fourth of its audience in the same time frame, while Fox’s ratings are down 6 percent, the Post reported.
In fact, Mediate reported what a disaster CNN’s ratings were on Thursday.
CNN struggled in the ratings Thursday, seeing less than half of Fox News’ total viewership numbers in key dayparts, and losing in total viewers to both Fox and MSNBC in every single hour of programming, according to Nielsen data. In the 25-54 viewer demographic, CNN beat MSNBC in total day numbers but Fox News still came out on top.
The biggest viewership gap happened in the 8 p.m., with Tucker Carlson’s total viewership (2.85 million) nearly doubling that of Anderson Cooper (993,000), and Chris Hayes drawing nearly 50% more total viewers (1.46 million).
CNN drew an average 698,000 viewers in total day on Thursday, and 180,000 in the valuable demographic of viewers age 25-54. MSNBC was second in total viewers, with 1.15 million, and was third in the demo, with 153,000. Fox News averaged 1.43 million total viewers – more than double CNN’s average – and also won the demo, with 253,000.
CNN also suffered in prime time, with 985,000 total viewers, and 263,000 in the demo. That’s less than half of MSNBC’s total primetime viewership, 1.99 million (267,000 in the demo). Fox News had more than twice as many total viewers as CNN in prime time, with 2.48 million, and also won the demo, with 413,000.