Terry McAuliffe, Chris Christie, and Bill de Blasio were not the only big winners on Election Night — Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news network of all among the 25-54 viewers who matter most to news-programming advertisers. One month after debuting on the network’s primetime lineup, Megyn Kelly‘s The Kelly File clocked 654,000 demo viewers, off a total-viewer crowd of 2.87 million. That put her ahead of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor in the demo (624,000), though playing second to Bill O’Reilly among overall audience (3.407 million). During Kelly’s 9 PM time slot, The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC reported in with 313,000 demo viewers and 1.27 million overall viewers — both a best-of-night for MSNBC. Ditto CNN’s 9 PM anchor Piers Morgan for his network, logging 239,000 viewers in the news demo and 734,000 viewers overall.
FOX News has hired columnist Dr. Ben Carson as a contributor, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of the network. Carson will provide analysis and commentary across Fox News Channel’s daytime and primetime programming and will make his debut in the new role on The Kelly File tonight. For 39 years, Carson served as the director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He retired last June and now serves as a professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During his career there, he performed the only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head, in 1987.
2nd UPDATE, 6:20 PM: “Good Evening everyone, I’m Megyn Kelly, and I’m BACK!” FNC‘s newest primetime host said/shouted at 9 PM ET today as she dove into the launch of The Kelly File while the camera panned lovingly over her fabulous little black dress and her gorgeous gams, that could be seen through her plexiglass desk. “What does it feel like to be The Most Hated Man in America?” she asked her first guest — Sen. Ted Cruz — her first question. Cruz instead said how honored he was to be her first guest on her first broadcast of her primetime show, as she returned from maternity leave to take over the plum post-Bill O’Reilly timeslot. “Thank you very much, sir. Now ANSWER the question!” Kelly barked, smiling.
Later in her maiden voyage as primetime host, Kelly welcomed the co-hosts of FNC’s The Five to discuss, among other topics, Miley Cyrus’s appearance earlier today on NBC’s Today show in which Miley told Matt Lauer he, like everyone over 40, is too old for sex. A theory that Miley may have a “mental health issue” seemed to be gaining favor, until Kelly shot it down by mentioning “some study recently” that found women over 40 have the most satisfying sex lives — because they don’t want it, and aren’t having it.
Things are changing at Fox News Channel on October 7. That’s when the cable news network will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its launch — and also will have an almost all-new primetime lineup. Megyn Kelly is taking over Sean Hannity’s 9 PM slot with The Kelly File as Hannity moves to 10 PM. On the Record With Greta Van Susteren moves from 10 PM to 7 PM, taking over the Fox Report slot soon to be vacated by Shepard Smith, while ratings juggernaut The O’Reilly Factor stays at 8 PM. This is the first significant shift in FNC’s prime lineup in more than a decade — since Van Susteren debuted at 10 PM in 2002. “As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, Fox News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11 PM format”, said FNC boss Roger Ailes in a statement today. “We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with Fox News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television. These changes will enable the network to continue setting the industry standard for years to come.” This is the latest of a series of changes at the cable news network that has seen Smith get a new show and new role, former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck join morning show Fox & Friends and F&F’s Gretchen Carlson get her own daytime show.
After years of a steady schedule, Fox News Channel is shuffling its primetime deck. The cable news network announced today that Megyn Kelly will be joining FNC’s primetime lineup in some as yet unspecified capacity. The daytime America Live host is currently set to go on maternity leave later this month. FNC also said today that it has signed new long-term contracts with its evening stars Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Sustern, as well as news anchors Shepard Smith and Bret Baier. Both Kelly and Van Sustern were reupped by FNC back in early May. Read the release from FNC today here:
Megyn Kelly will move to FOX News Channel’s (FNC) primetime lineup upon her return from maternity leave, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, FOX News. Additionally, the network has signed long-term deals with Bret Baier, Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. A new schedule will be announced at a later date.
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network. Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business.”
Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren are both going to be at Fox News Channel for a while but it may not be in their present time slots. Both the America Live and the On The Record …