Former Fox News Host Bombs in New Gig

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Shepherd Smith spent 23 years at Fox News. Most recently, he hosted “Shepard Smith Reporting” before leaving the network in October 2019.

Smith was a big critic of President Trump and evening anchor Tucker Carlson while at the Fox News Channel which caused turmoil inside the studio.

This summer CNBC signed Smith to host “The News with Shepard Smith” on CNBC from 7 to 8 PM. At his new network, he serves e chief general news anchor and chief breaking news anchor.

However, Smith’s new gig – which began earlier this month – might not last long.

The former Fox News star has hosted big-name guests, but it hasn’t been enough to bring in viewers.

According to Mediate the new show is flopping:

Bringing in an average of 343,000 total viewers in its first week according to Nielsen, the show dropped to 268,000 in its second week, 254,000 in its third, and is set to continue to decline for week four (ratings for last Friday will be in later today).

The 25-54 age demo ratings have been significantly lower, going from a meager 58,000 average viewers in the show’s debut week to just 48,000 the week later.

Between September 30 and October 22, The News with Shepard Smith was at the bottom of 7 p.m. cable news ratings — behind MSNBC’s Joy Reid, CNN’s Erin Burnett and Fox News’ Martha MacCallum — with an average of 272,000 viewers.

What’s worse is Smith is even lagging behind Lou Dobbs Tonight reruns on Fox Business at 7 pm. The show initially airs at 5 pm.

When at Fox News, Smith averaged well over one million viewers per day suggesting that Fox News viewers have largely not followed him over to CNBC.

CNBC released a statement to Mediate claiming viewers have responded well to Smith’s new show and stating that it will take time for viewers to form new viewing habits.

If viewers don’t form new viewing habits, Smith could be back off the air in the hyper-competitive cable news market.



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andy
andy
27 days ago

I used to like Shep. He’s become just another blind little lamb following a wolf into its den.

jjjjj
jjjjj
27 days ago
Reply to  andy

Glad Shep is gone from Fox. Never liked him! Now Fox needs to clean house of the other leftist they hired. If we wanted to listen to leftist garbage, we could tune into one of the LAME STREAM MEDIA alphabet channels.

Helga Renfro
24 days ago
Reply to  jjjjj

very true

Charles Douglas
Charles Douglas
21 days ago
Reply to  andy

Now let’s get rid of Chris Wallace!!

tractor man
tractor man
27 days ago

Once the cancel culture hates your guts, there is no redemption. I knew this would happen. As we say down here, you done pee’d in your chili.

Eric
Eric
27 days ago

Its called karma,,,stupid and dumb fraud

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
27 days ago
Reply to  Eric

I completely agree!
I remember watching him way back in the day if we were on vacation. Lib all the way.
We all know what karma is? A b——tch

Steve Earle
Steve Earle
26 days ago
Reply to  Eric

I like that word Karma it just fit Shepard so well here.

Bill Williams
Bill Williams
27 days ago

He was a loser at FOX he will be a loser at CNBC, stay tuned

provobis
provobis
27 days ago
Reply to  Bill Williams

Loser period! ANYWHERE

FED UP
FED UP
27 days ago

We at FOX didn’t like his Bias attitude so why should anyone from FOX follow him. No, GOOD RIDDANCE to BAD RUBBISH !!

william
27 days ago

I stopped watching him at FOX 3 years ago. I would never follow him anywhere.

Meathead
Meathead
27 days ago

Shepard Smith couldn’t get along with half the staff at FOX. Other than stupidity, why did CNBC hire him? Oops, forgot that stupidity runs rampant at CNBC and most other networks.

P W
P W
27 days ago

Shepherd Smith followed his own instincts and went down his own path, some people don’t like viewers watching everything they do, feel its too invasive. Shepherd is in many ways like Lebron James, they win championships when 70% of the audience is missing.

pissedpatriot
pissedpatriot
27 days ago
Reply to  P W

Comparing Smith and James is pretty sharp. They are both leftist asses.

pete
pete
27 days ago

How uninteresting about Shep Smith failing! Who cares?

Leif Barbre Knudsen
Leif Barbre Knudsen
27 days ago

Let the lib revolution eat its own.
Who needs another lib lying show?

Wayne D. Peterkin
Wayne D. Peterkin
27 days ago

Sheplost me with his terrible coverage of Hurricane Katrina years ago. Let ‘m sink.

pissedpatriot
pissedpatriot
27 days ago

Smith is a liberal, read that as a communist sympathizer, and has been since Trump was elected. I for one do not miss the queer acting S O B, and would miss Juan Silliams and Chris Wallace even less.

Gerald Mahle
Gerald Mahle
26 days ago
Reply to  pissedpatriot

Agree 100% Now maybe Fox will run off the Radiclib exec they hired to help run Fox into the ground. That’s where most of the liberal trend at Fox is coming from.

Charles Douglas
Charles Douglas
21 days ago
Reply to  pissedpatriot

So why not enhance Fox’s profile and dump Chris Wallace. He trues but can’t hide his LEFEST profile.

Russell Mims
Russell Mims
27 days ago

I hope his show fails. He is such an ass no one likes him.

Billy Q
Billy Q
27 days ago

Well he made his bed now he can sleep in it and I’m sure CNN will hire him he has all the qualifications and he’ll be better at it than any of the idiots over at that crappy place he is even a real reporter not a hack Obama holdover

Casey
Casey
27 days ago

Shepherd Smith is a world class LOSER. Always has been and now, he is a has been!

Dwight M McMillian
Dwight M McMillian
27 days ago

Shep shit is queer walks light in is shoes do not watch him read a good book will be far ahead night

Jim Pierce
Jim Pierce
27 days ago

O my goodness poor little thing, so sad. NOT!

Susan Laseman
Susan Laseman
26 days ago

Shep Smith shot himself in the foot when he became a hater of President Trump.

ron boss
ron boss
26 days ago

Except for the real conservative shows on Fox I just don’t watch Fox anymore. Too many democrats running network. I watch AON for news

Grace
Grace
26 days ago
Reply to  ron boss

Like me , you found the best. When Chris or Brazil are on, or any of the other liberals now scattered through Fox I switch to OAN. They have the best investigative reporting on during the week ends also. What OAN needs is a Hannity or Callson to round them out. They are new, it will take time.

Robert Lucus
Robert Lucus
26 days ago

somebody pls convince the piilsbury doughboy, cavuto, to follow smith to cnbc, which has become a train wreck

DawnieR
DawnieR
26 days ago

No one with a working brain cares about this Globalist Shill! But, glad that his KARMA is coming back at him!

Lee C
Lee C
26 days ago

Never cared for him. Fox with Ryan in the board is getting too left for me. I dvr a few of their shows. Watching Newsmax a lot now….. Greg Kelly, Chris Salcedo and Grant Stinchfield.

Charles Douglas
Charles Douglas
21 days ago
Reply to  Lee C

Newsmax appears to be better than Fox!

Hankmacaw
Hankmacaw
26 days ago

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving Twinkle Toes.

C.A.
C.A.
26 days ago

Shep… ratings dismal!

  1. 1.Is it you? 2.The fact no one watches CNN? 3.Both 1 and 2!
LES
LES
26 days ago

Shep Smith undoubtedly spent too much time watching himself in the mirror and taking himself seriously. In no way was he ever entertaining and just about as
welcome as another pimple on a teen agers face.

There are others still clinging to their long time jobs on Fox with the same political bias that should be very careful . . . It is ALL about ratings and NOT their petty political positions.

Rivahmitch
Rivahmitch
26 days ago

Never liked the little twit. His failure is well deserved.

Nick
Nick
26 days ago

Fox keeps hiring leftist contributors/pundits, i have switched 50% of my news watching time to OAN.

Scotty
Scotty
26 days ago

Sheep who?

Connie S Eggen
Connie S Eggen
26 days ago

A failure is a failure…bye bye Shep…you WILL NOT BE MISSED!

CHARLES D. GELFAND
26 days ago

No problem. He could probably get a job flipping burger s at McDonald’s or be a clerk at 711.

Nelson Mandela Muntz
Nelson Mandela Muntz
26 days ago

“HA HA”

Val
Val
26 days ago

He had a lot of reporting talent until he let his dislike of Trump get the better of him.

scd
scd
26 days ago

It could not happen to a more deserving person, let him find out what it’s like to stand in the unemployment line.

Alexander
Alexander
25 days ago

Shep was aggravating to watch and he sucked (no pun intended) when he was at Fox. I was glad to see him gone.

RobbDogs
25 days ago

He can get a job at Oscar Myer, packing meat in the rear.

tractor man
tractor man
25 days ago

Maybe he should have consulted with Megyn Kelly first. No surprise – no big loss.

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
25 days ago

CNBC isn’t a great news organization in my humble opinion Trump haters all. Shep outlived his position at Fox because he was the liberal side of the Fox news and everyone knew he was. It wasn’t until he turned into a never Trumper that he started rubbing his audience in the wrong way which caused turmoil in the networks head office. One thing I figured he needed to go to a very liberal network and he was hired by CNBC, problem is his years associated with Fox the very liberal audience doesn’t trust him either and here he is with failing ratings does not surprise me in fact it kind of delights me and the old adage payback is a bitch. I pray that Donald Trump wins this election I know that will piss him off royally!

D.Cordes
D.Cordes
25 days ago

No surprise here. Smith was a failure on Fox from the time he began to use his platform for somewhat bizarre, leftist/lgbtq/anti-hetero views. Perhaps he always held those views, but for years he seemed to be in synch with most of the talented Fox lineup. Until he wasn’t. Every time we saw him, he seemed to be angrier and we changed channels whenever he appeared. Goodbye, Shep. We liked you until you made clear your dislike for us.

Robert Higginbotham
Robert Higginbotham
24 days ago

Smith would have and should have bombed many, many years ago had he not been surrounded by legitimate journalists. He drifted into the realm of far left fantasy and deserves his obit!

D.Cordes
D.Cordes
20 days ago

Good riddance.

Gary Smith
Gary Smith
19 days ago
Reply to  D.Cordes

They should also get rid of Juan Williams and Marie Barf

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