There’s been quite a bit of good news and bad news for former Fox News host Chris Wallace lately. He announced a high-profile split from his former network and jumped ships for CNN.
The good news is that, despite all of the trouble at CNN, Wallace still has a show. The bad news is that his new program, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” has been a rating disaster. The viewership of his show approaches the lowest on cable news today.
Looks like he made the wrong choice.
For comparison, the same slot on Fox News is getting great ratings. Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) drew in triple the audience.
Wallace does have a major platform with a significant ad budget. He also designs his program around interviewing famous people, which should be a built-in audience.
Still, despite these advantages, his career move and new show have been disasters. Furthermore, the fact that Wallace’s ratings are still declining is a probable sign that the worst is yet to come.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) February 2, 2023
The worst part is that it didn’t have to be this way. Wallace had a really good option left on the table.
Chris Wallace was one of the most visible members of the Fox News team. He also came from a famous background. His father Mike Wallace was a decades-long journalist and commentator on the History Channel.
Looks like Wallace might not be living up to his father’s legacy. His choice to change networks has so far been a disaster. It’s also been something that he could have easily avoided.
Fox News is the king of late-night news. It also does a great job on Sundays, when Wallace usually hosted. To change from the fairest of the networks for a left-wing mainstream media source was a major blunder.
There’s still time for Chris Wallace to repair his reputation and career. However, if the last couple of months are any indication, it looks like he’s made his choice. Not that anyone is watching anymore, anyway.