It might be known as the week that saw an earthquake at Fox News Channel as Megyn Kelly beat the almost unbeatable Bill O’Reilly in the key news demo last week. Yes, the 9 PM The Kelly File has topped 8 PM’s The O’Reilly Factor on FNC before both on individual nights and even for a full week. However, those single nights were mainly around the time Kelly’s show debuted in early October last year and on Election Night 2013. The Kelly File beat The Factor during the week of May 5, but O’Reilly himself wasn’t hosting that week. Last week’s victory was the first host-to-host face-off where Kelly came out the winner. From June 2-June 6, Kelly File drew 413,000 adults 25-54. That’s a hair ahead of the 402,000 that O’Reilly pulled in among the demo, but in ratings as in horse races, a win is still a win. Both shows were up from the 344,000 and 370,000 among the 24-54s that they had the previous week, respectively. O’Reilly remained No. 1 with 2.528 million viewers overall compared to Kelly’s 2.434 million. Last week was Kelly’s second best week of the year among the demo so far. For the week of January 27, the host had 440,000 viewers on average among Adults 25-54. With Kelly at No. 1, O’Reilly at No. 2 and Hannity at No. 3 with 340,000 in the demo, FNC …
UPDATED with video of Colbert’s appearance: Viewers curious to know what Actual Stephen Colbert is like, and what might his upcoming CBS late-night show be, got a good look Tuesday when the Comedy Central star made his first visit to David Letterman‘s Late Show since being named as his replacement. After telling Dave he’d been offered a gig with Dave’s old NBC show but turned it down because it was an unpaid internship – “It’s an expensive city,” Colbert explained. “The next job I’m taking here, that pays? Cause I’ve already signed” — Dave asked Colbert if he vacations well:
Fox News Pre-Empts ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ For Fort Hood Shooting Coverage; CNN Breaks From Malaysian Airlines Marathon
Fox News Channel tonight took the unusual step of pre-empting The O’Reilly Factor to continue covering the shooting at Fort Hood. It marked the first time since the network unveiled the Fox News Deck in October that Shep Smith and his Deck took over the entire 8 PM hour for the breaking news in the network’s heavily watched 8 PM ET time slot. In the early days of CNN’s coverage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had beat Bill O’Reilly in the news demo more than once. When the ratings tonight are issued by Nielsen it will determine whether this programming move thwarted another timeslot win in the news demo by CNN, which tends to score bigger than usual ratings when major, catastrophic news breaks.
President Obama Begs To Differ With FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, Thinks Lincoln Would Have Appeared On ‘Between Two Ferns’
President Obama, responding to a question about Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly’s criticism of his appearance on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, said today that President Lincoln had a sense of humor. ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked Obama today about criticism that Abraham Lincoln would not have appeared on the web series hosted by Zach Galifianakis. (Obama did, last week, as part of a media tour to urge viewers and listeners to sign up for Obamacare before the March 31 deadline. The ESPN Radio interview was part of that campaign.)
“One of the hardest things about being president is being in this bubble that is artificial, and, unless you make a conscious effort, you start sounding like some Washington stiff,” Obama told Cowherd. “If you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and, you know, being out among regular folks.”
CNN continued to pull in bigger-than-usual crowds Thursday night with nearly non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight – this time winning three hours of primetime in the news demo. Specifically CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (366,000) beat On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (290,000) at 7 PM, AC360 (454,000) beat The O’Reilly Factor (429,000) again at 8 PM, and CNN’s on-its-way-out Piers Morgan Live (452,000) beat The Kelly File (421,000) at 9 PM. It’s the first time since the Boston Marathon bombing that AC360 beat The O’Reilly Factor at 8 on two consecutive nights.
Fox News Channel dominated all three hours among total viewers. FNC also won 8-11 PM primetime in total viewers and in the news demo, because CNN plunged to 218,000 demo viewers at 10 PM, losing more than half of Morgan’s demo crowd with the second episode of its eight-episode docu-series Chicagoland, while FNC’s Hannity clocked 389,000 demo viewers in the hour.
Anderson Cooper Edges Out Bill O’Reilly In Demo Last Night As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Grabs Viewers
Any time CNN beats Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly it’s news — Anderson Cooper did it last night in the news demo. His Anderson Cooper 360 logged 431,000 demo viewers at 8 PM; The O’Reilly Factor clocked an average of 386,000 in the 25-54 age bracket. In overall audience O’Reilly continued to dominate with 2.81 million viewers — laps ahead of AC360′s 972,000. And, in primetime overall, FNC maintained its first-place demo status with 360,000 viewers, to CNN’s 309,000.
CNN has been garnering some stronger-than-usual numbers the past couple days as the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grips viewers. Last night’s AC360 demo results were its best since October 16, 2013 when Cooper posted 466,000 demo viewers during the Senate vote to end the government shutdown.
Stephen Colbert Auctions Bill O’Reilly Microwave, Outpacing O’Reilly’s Auction Of Obama Interview Notes (Video)
While Bill O’Reilly is giving the world the chance to own a piece of history, auctioning off his notes for his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama, Stephen Colbert has decided to sell off the microwave he says he stole from O’Reilly’s green room in 2007.
“Back in 2007, I appeared on The Factor and Bill came on The Report — Historians can debate who came out on top, but only one of us came away with the other’s microwave oven,” The Colbert Report star told viewers last night. “I had to, folks, because the carousel…technically makes it a Spin Zone and that’s against the O’Reilly Constitution. This is the most historically important journalistic microwave since 1977′s Defrost Nixon.
“I was going to take Bill’s cue and open the bidding at $10,000, but after a little research on eBay microwaves I found out most six-year-old microwaves got for about 40 bucks. However, this one was used by Bill himself, so we will start the bidding at 43 dollars. Which is a bargain when you consider the keypad on this thing contains more words than Bill’s entire interview notes,” Colbert said. (Watch video below)
UPDATE, 5:18PM: ”Absolutely, of course you are Bill but I like you anyway,” President Obama told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly tonight when asked if the cable news network host was “unfair” to him. “We just went through an interview where you asked about healthcare not working, IRS wholly corrupt, Benghazi,” Obama said referring to his testy live Super Bowel pregame interview with O’Reilly yesterday (see below). “The list of issues are defined by you guys in a certain way, but this is OK. If you want to be President of the United States then you know that you are going to be subject to criticism..” the President added. “But I want to know if it is unfair,” asked The O’Reilly Factor host to a smiling, laughing and deflecting Obama, “It’s my job to give you a hard time,” O’Reilly added. “Here’s what I would say, regardless of if it is unfair or not, it has made Fox News very successful,” responded Obama. “Here’s what you guys have to figure out, what are you going to do when I’m gone,” the President added. Today’s 10-minute interview shown on The O’Reilly Factor was taped immediately following the live 10-minute one-on-one the duo conducted Sunday. The taped interview also touched on support for veterans, the Keystone pipeline and how Obama thinks Richard Nixon was more liberal than he is.”Mr. President, always a pleasure to talk to you,” O’Reilly concluded the interview with. Afterwards, O’Reilly showed portions of the live interview from Sunday.
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: Things turned tense quickly today between President Obama and Bill O’Reilly in their Super Bowl pregame interview. “OK, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” Obama said to The O’Reilly Factor host near the start of their 10-minute live interview on Fox. That remark — in response to a question from O’Reilly whether it was the biggest mistake of Obama’s presidency when he told Americans no one would lose their healthcare under Obamacare — was one of a number of points on which the two butted heads. The duo sparred almost from the beginning in the interview live from the White House this afternoon. Obama also took on Fox News Channel when O’Reilly asked him about reports the IRS was investigating Tea Party-related groups for political reasons. “These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.” Obama denied any corruption, just some “boneheaded decisions.” Earlier, the Fox News host interrupted Obama with a “you’re not going to answer that?” as the President replied to a question about why he didn’t fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after the botched online launch of Obamacare.
The face-to-face marked the first time O’Reilly has interviewed Obama since Fox last broadcast the Super Bowl in 2011. The two covered several topics today including the Obamacare rollout, the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Obama wouldn’t offer a prediction for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. “I can’t make a prediction, I don’t know, these guys are too evenly matched,” he said. “I think it is going to be 24-21 but I don’t know who is going to be 24 and I don’t know who is going to be 21.” Just before the interview ended, O’Reilly told the President he thought his heart was in the right place. O’Reilly and Obama are set to chat more today for an additional taped portion that will be shown Monday on O’Reilly Factor.
Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads – though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was sung in many languages over images of people of many ethnic and religious backgrounds spending quality time with family and friends. Rants ranged from :
“Nice to see that Coke likes to sing an AMERICAN song in the terrorist’s language. Way to go Coke. You can leave America”
“Glad to see the that #boycottcoke thing. That way we can clearly spot every bigot, racist and moron in the country & keep them from our kids.”
The ad, ironically, called “It’s Beautiful,” also marked the first time a gay couple had been included in a Super Bowl ad, according to GLAAD, but that kind of got drowned out in all the mud-slinging under the banners #SpeakAmerican and #BoycottCoke.
The game started strong with Joe Namath, in a fly 70′s fur coat, botching the coin toss, which we didn’t think could be done. Namath’s coat went on to bigger and better things, becoming a hashtag phenomenon on Twitter. Despite high prices paid for A-list celebrity endorsements, it was Rob Riggle who seemed to get the most career mileage out of this year’s crop of game ads — including screen time in both a faux movie trailer, Escape to East Rutherford, and a Ford Fusion …
The primetime Fox News Channel host will conduct the live sit-down from the White House during the Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show February 2. Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama is set to begin around 4:30 PM ET. Following the live interview, said to cover a wide variety of topics as you’d expect, O’Reilly and Obama will talk more for an additional taped portion that will air the next day on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. The interview will mark the third time O’Reilly has gone one-on-one with Obama, the first during Obama’s first run for president in 2008 and again during Fox’s 2011 Super Bowl pregame show.
(A version of this story first appeared Sunday.)
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was a defining moment of the 20th century. That is even the case for someone like me, who was born after November 22, 1963, in the shadow of the president’s murder. Most of my generation can tell you where they were when they learned of the shooting of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, but everyone of a certain age can tell you where they were that tragic day in Dallas. With the passing of the WWII generation and memories of Pearl Harbor, only 9/11 is as seared into our souls now as much as 11/22. In remembrance of the 35th president, I asked some of the industry’s most notable and insightful individuals — a few of whom had seen JFK just before his death — where they were when they heard the news of the shooting and what they experienced that day. Here’s what they told me:
Ron Meyer – Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal
I had just gotten out of the Marine Corps and I was living in LA. I was working at a men’s clothing store and we heard this news. You know, I was in the Marines during the Cuban missile crisis, during the blockade, so we really felt we knew him and that you had direct involvement with him because, at least during that time, everything that happened to him affected us. We could have gone to war if he’d ordered it. So when he was killed, you felt that someone who had been an integral part of your life, my life, was gone. I was young, 20 years old, but it was the most unexpected loss. You know, my family escaped from Nazi Germany – so to us, he represented the hope of the world. It was tragic.
Jeffrey Katzenberg – CEO, DreamWorks Animation
I try to focus less on November 22nd and more on November 8th, the date in 1960 when Kennedy was elected president. I was only 9 at the time, but that election, with its down-to-the-wire finish, suddenly made me aware of the excitement and possibilities of politics. Three years later, Kennedy’s assassination was devastating beyond words. But, for me, it further heightened the impact of his 1,000 days. While I was still in middle school, I went to work for another dynamic young leader, New York Mayor John Lindsay. JFK’s example inspired me then, and it inspires me still.
Bill O’Reilly – Host, The O’Reilly Factor; Author, Killing Kennedy
Back in November of 1963, I was a 14-year-old freshman at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. I was sitting in Brother Carmine Diodati’s religion class when the loud speaker crackled, and the school principal announced that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. He then put the CBS radio report on the loudspeakers all over the school. The students were stunned. Few of us said anything.
When I got home that afternoon, my mother was watching CBS on television. Her mother, my grandmother’s name was Winifred Kennedy. So the O’Reilly family had a direct emotional tie to the much more famous Kennedy clan. In the weeks that followed, life got back to normal for the teenagers on Long Island. But my friends and I will never forget the first time we heard of the treacherous assassination.
The cable news networks have tinkered with tonight’s schedule as they continue coverage of the government shutdown and debt ceiling deadline. Fox News Channel will follow a live edition of Hannity at 10 PM ET, with Bret Baier anchoring a live edition of Special Report at 11 PM, followed by The Kelly File at midnight, anchored by Megyn Kelly. CNN‘s Jake Tapper, meanwhile, will anchor the 11 PM hour live, and Piers Morgan takes over at midnight.
Last night, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor attracted an average of 3.1 million viewers — and his biggest demo crowd (639,000) since February, excluding Boston Marathon bombing coverage — as the debt ceiling deadline drew near. Fun fact: More people watched Bill O’Reilly’s show than watched Fox’s The Mindy Project (2.73 million). O’Reilly Factor also oustripped ABC’s Scandal repeat.