The ex-Fox anchor’s much-hyped new show has failed to bring in viewers and, according to insiders, it has struggled with some internal turmoil, including “regular tantrums” from Smith.
Since his CNBC debut in late September, The News With Shepard Smith has averaged a modest 280,000 viewers each weeknight at 7 p.m. That’s twice as many viewers as the Shark Tank reruns it replaced — but a fraction of the 2 million-plus viewers that CNN, Fox and MSNBC each attract at the same hour.
Smith’s new 7 p.m. program, The News With Shepard Smith, won an average of 373,000 viewers in its debut Wednesday night on CNBC, according to data from Nielsen, and an average of 56,000 viewers in the demographic prized by advertisers in news programming, people between 25 and 54. Those numbers are well below the crowd size he generated for Fox News Channel in the mid-afternoon, when he attracted an average of 1.3 million and a demo audience of 195,000, according to ratings data. Smith left that network in 2019 after clashing with primetime host Tucker Carlson.
Shepard Smith kicked off his new CNBC newscast on Wednesday with a focus on the first presidential debate, as he called out a moment in which President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transition should he lose.
Just about a year after leaving Fox News Channel, he is set to begin a general interest nightly newscast Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the financial network CNBC, putting him back in the time slot he loved before Fox moved him to the afternoon seven years ago.
CNBC has signed former Fox News journalist Shepard Smith to anchor a new one-hour evening news program, the network said Wednesday. The News with Shepard Smith will debut this fall in the 7-8 p.m. time slot on the cable news business channel. The Monday through Friday newscast marks a significant shift in the evening programming strategy for CNBC, which currently relies on light, unscripted fare. CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman said Smith’s show will try to be a counter to news and commentary programming.
Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide, suggested Thursday that the AT&T-owned news outlet would be “open” to speaking with the former Fox News Channel anchor when he is allowed to start looking for a new job. Smith left Fox News Channel abruptly earlier this month after clashing publicly with Tucker Carlson, one of the network’s primetime opinion hosts.
Smith: “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged.” Friday afternoon’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting was his final show, during which he addressed his decision. A series of rotating anchors will host the 3 p.m. ET time slot until a new dayside news program is announced.
Fox News host Shepard Smith predicted that no change will come from the latest mass shootings, noting that the cycle of gun violence will continue “yet again in America.” The anchor delivered a powerful monologue about gun violence on Shepard Smith Reporting Monday following weekend massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
President Trump on Sunday lashed out at a trio of Fox News anchors, suggesting they should work at competitor CNN instead. Trump tagged Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert in a tweet and asked whether the weekend anchors were “trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse.” “In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!” Trump added.
Fox News anchor’s Shepard Smith was the recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award at a ceremony in Washington Wednesday, telling a crowd of Washington journalists that he was committed to the primary mission of journalism, which he said was being accurate, honest, thorough and fair, to never knowingly misinform, and to correct and apologize when the inevitable mistake happens.
On March 13, 2019, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation will host its 29th annual recognition of First Amendment champions – The First Amendment Awards: Fear Will Not Silence Facts. The winners: CNN; James Goldston, ABC News; David Begnaud, CBS News; Shepard Smith, Fox News Channel; Dale Hansen, WFAA Dallas; NBC News “Road Warriors”; Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post; and the journalists of the Annapolis Capital Gazette.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has re-signed a multiyear contract with the network. 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced the contract extension on Thursday. Fox News wouldn’t comment on how many years the contract was extended. Smith joined the network in 1996. He anchors “Shepard Smith […]
A network spokeswoman says that a ssocial media tory that Smith has been let go for his “obvious disrespect for President Trump” is “completely false.” Smith was on the air Monday afternoon in his regular time slot.
Smith’s persistent fact-mongering has made him persona non grata among some parts of the Fox News faithful, in an echo of the hostile reaction to then-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly’s tough questioning of Trump during the campaign. For weeks, Fox fans have stormed social media with demands for Smith’s firing and boycott threats if the network doesn’t get rid of him.
Following President Donald Trump‘s press conference on Thursday, in which he referred to reports of his campaign’s contact with Russia as “fake news,” Shepard Smith delivered a scathing response. The Fox News anchor — one of the few voices at the conservative network willing to take Trump to task — began by defending rival CNN reporter Jim Acosta, whose attempts to ask Trump about the recent White House leaks turned into 10 minutes of the president attacking him, as well as the entire news organization.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a breaking news team where he will travel more to stories and break into other Fox shows with special reports. His 7 p.m. Eastern newscast will end this fall, but Smith will continue […]
NEW YORK, (AP) — Fox News Channel viewers know Shepard Smith as the network’s lead news anchor, but for the past two weeks, he’s been Professor Shep as well. No tweed allowed, though. Smith sat on the edge of a table at Fox’s headquarters one day this week, feet dangling off the edge, and worked […]