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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 for their ratings decline. “In the last six months..its all fallen apart for MSNBC,” O’Reilly said Thursday about Matthews’ “desperate attempt to get attention” and MSNBC’s recent results. As I reported last month, MSNBC hit its worst total day performance since June 2006. In primetime, the cable news network was down 20% in viewers and 19% in the key adults 25-54 demo from May 2012 to deliver its worst result since December 2007. While FNC is still far ahead in viewership and the demo, the past couple of months have seen the cable gods shine favor on CNN, which has risen to second place while MSNBC has found itself falling to the fourth spot behind HLN. Here’s a clip from last night’s The O’Reilly Factor:


Related: Jeff Zucker Slams Fox News & MSNBC, Says CNN Covers “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. And a big part of that is due to Anderson Cooper 360: In the competition with Fox News and MSNBC, CNN says that AC 360 was the only 8 PM ET news show whose audience grew. It was up 36% in the demo (212,000), while MSNBC’s The Last Word fell 35% (185,000) and Fox’s O’Reilly Factor was off 14% (611,000). For full-day ratings, CNN says it’s up 16% in total viewers (450,000) and 25% in its demo (148,000). By contrast, MSNBC was up 4% in total viewers (412,000) and 2% in the demo (143,000), while Fox was up 2% in viewers (1.06M) and down 3% in the demo (264,000).

Meanwhile Cooper’s syndicated daytime talk show for Warner Bros TV, Anderson, is off to a promising start. It averaged a 1.3 rating a 4 share in its second week, up 30% and 33%, respectively, compared with Week 1. The numbers are better for his target of women 25-54: His share in that demo was up 50% in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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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 second child, a girl, the following week, on April 14. When contacted, Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti confirmed Kelly’s return date.

Despite speculation that Kelly may take over the 5 PM slot vacated by the departure of Glenn Beck, she will resume her duties as solo anchor of her program, America Live with Megyn Kelly, which airs from 1-3 PM ET, while The Five, which has been airing in the 5 PM hour, is expected to continue its run through the summer as originally planned. Several FNC anchors rotated in filling in for Kelly during her maternity leave: Martha MacCallum, Alisyn Camerota, Shannon Bream and Gretchen Carlson. Kelly, a former corporate litigator, has been a rising star since joining FNC in 2004. The anchor, who also has a weekly segment on the network’s top-rated program The O’Reilly Factor, has become a pop culture fixture, listed as one of TV’s hottest anchors by Maxim and appearing in a sexy spread in GQ magazine.

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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 poetry event this week at the White House. Reilly questioned Common’s invitation, saying the rapper has defended cop killers in his songs. Stewart countered, more against O’Reilly’s views than about Common, triggering O’Reilly’s challenge.

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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 the news channel has signed a new multi-year deal with Williams who will now have an expanded on-air role. First off, Williams will host The O’Reilly Factor tomorrow night and will appear with O’Reilly on the show Thursday night. “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said. “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

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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 hour this year but its biggest viewership since Election Night 2008. It more than doubled what the channel’s flagship series, The O’Reilly Factor, averages at 8 PM. Fox News not only pummeled its entire cable competition, it also beat broadcast networks NBC and Fox in the 8 PM hour. CNN also got a boost with its rescue coverage vs. the miniscule ratings it has been getting in the 8 PM slot with new talkshow Parker Spitzer. The network averaged 2.7 million viewers. That was almost 10 times what the show hosted by former New York Democratic governor Eliot Spitzer and political columnist Kathleen Parker most recently logged at 8 PM but trailed Fox News by a wide margin in the area CNN used to dominate — breaking news. MSNBC (1.1 million) was on par with what Keith Olbermann normally delivers in the 8 PM hour. Overall, Fox News’ primetime average last night was 4.9 million viewers, followed by CNN (2.4 million) and MSNBC (920,000).

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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 Democratic governor Eliot Spitzer and political columnist Kathleen Parker. It drew 454,000 viewers, 118,000 of them in the 25-54 demographic, finishing No.4 behind HLN’s Nancy Grace (468,000 total viewers, 149,000 in adults 25-54), MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann (1,225,000, 329,000 in 25-54) and time slot leader, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor (3,112,000, 722,000 in 25-54). Parker Spitzer also dropped from its anemic 7 PM lead-in John King USA (742,000 total viewers, 101,000 in 25-54. Ironically, Parker Spitzer was down 8% in total viewers and 26% in the demo from the September averages for Rick Sanchez’s Rick’s List, which was filling in at 8 PM.

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