On Monday, Mr. Carlson did not appear fazed by the various controversies surrounding “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” He began with a segment criticizing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and then interviewed Mark T. McCloskey, the lawyer who, along with his wife, brandished a handgun and a semiautomatic rifle at peaceful Black protesters in St. Louis last month.
The impact of the outside criticism seemed more pronounced during the commercial breaks. Many large sponsors have removed their ads from Mr. Carlson’s program in recent weeks, and his most prolific advertiser on Monday was MyPillow, the pro-Trump bedding company.
At the end of the broadcast, Mr. Carlson told viewers that he planned to “spend the next four days trout fishing.”
“This is one of those years where if you don’t get it in now, you’re probably not going to,” the host told viewers, noting that Brian Kilmeade, a co-host of “Fox Friends,” would sit in for him. (Mr. Carlson is an avid fisherman: When he went on vacation last August, he told viewers he planned to “catch some brook trout.”)
“If something dramatic happens, of course, we’ll be back,” Mr. Carlson added. “In the meantime, we hope you have the best and happiest week, and we’ll be back on Monday, if not before.”