Fox News Pre-Empts ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ For Fort Hood Shooting Coverage; CNN Breaks From Malaysian Airlines Marathon

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 7:18pm PDT

JFK Assassination 50th AnniversaryFox 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 Fox Newshis 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.

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Anderson Cooper Edges Out Bill O’Reilly In Demo Last Night As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Grabs Viewers

malaysiaairAny 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.

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Bill O’Reilly Slams Chris Matthews And “Desperate” MSNBC In Ratings Freefall: Video

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 11:24am PDT

Don’t get up Bill O’Reilly’s Irish. When MSNBC host Chris Matthews said that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a “black Irish look” like 1950s Communist-hunting former Sen. Joe McCarthy and O’Reilly himself, the Fox News Channel host took him and his network to task — aiming directly … Read More »

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Anderson Cooper Has Strong Month On CNN And In Syndication

September seemed to smile on Anderson Cooper. CNN says that its prime time ratings for the month are up 46% (to 253,000) in its target 25-54 demo, and 34% (to 769,000) in total viewers, vs. the same time last year. … Read More »

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Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly To Return To ‘America Live’ On Aug. 8

By | Tuesday July 26, 2011 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Deadline Hollywood has learned that popular Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will make her return from maternity leave on Monday Aug. 8. That is exactly four months after Kelly’s last broadcast on April 8. She gave birth to her … Read More »

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Jon Stewart Accepts Bill O’Reilly Invite

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 10:42am PDT

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will appear on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Monday to debate about rapper Common’s invitation to perform at a White House event. O’Reilly issued the challenge Thursday on his show. The two hosts have differing opinions on the rapper, who performed at a … Read More »

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Fox News Gives Axed NPR Analyst Juan Williams New Deal, Expanded Role

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 3:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As they say, when one door closes, another opens. A day after NPR terminated news analyst Juan Williams over remarks about muslims he made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Monday, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said … Read More »

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Joy Behar & Bill O’Reilly Talk ‘View’ Spat

Nellie Andreeva

Both Joy Behar and Bill O’Reilly have primetime talk shows and used them last night to comment on the heated exchange during O’Reilly’s visit to The View yesterday that resulted in co-hosts Behar and Whoopi  Goldberg walking off the stage. Behar stayed on a war path, saying that O’Reilly “had a real pinhead moment” and attacking his position on the Ground Zero mosque in an interview with Jesse Ventura on her eponymous HLN show. Meanwhile, O’Reilly was surprisingly subdued on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, playing a long clip from The View followed by a short statement that ended with “I loved that exposition today. Didn’t you?” There will be more dissection of the incident on Monday’s edition of The View, ABC just announced. Why, this couldn’t be a ratings ploy, could it? (Today’s edition of the chat show was pre-taped): Read More »

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Fox News Hits Ratings High With Rescue Coverage Of Chilean Miners

By | Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 2:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Some 7.1 million viewers tuned into Fox News at 8 PM last night to watch the last trapped Chilean miner, Luis Urzua, making it safely to the surface. That was not only the cable news channel’s largest audience in the … Read More »

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‘Parker Spitzer’ Finishes Last In CNN Debut

Nellie Andreeva

Another headache for new CNN topper Ken Jautz: the embattled news cable network’s latest primetime offering Parker Spitzer trailed the competition at 8 PM in its debut last night. That’s the one-hour show on CNN hosted by former New York … Read More »

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