Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly are once again the King and Queen of Cable News ratings. Both have easily outdone the competition at Fox News and other cable news stations.
When averaging viewers at Zap2It, O’Reilly averaged 2.71 million viewers a night — one of his best ratings weeks all year. Bill O’Reilly’s lowest rating night (if one can actually consider it low) was Monday night with 2.61 million viewers. O’Reilly’s biggest ratings night was Thursday, with 2.77 million.
Megyn Kelly may be beating Bill O’Reilly in the 25-54 year old demo, but she still has a way to go to beat him in overall ratings. Still, Kelly’s ratings this week are impressive. She hit her high on Thursday night, with 2.24 million viewers, and hit her lowest on Tuesday night with 2 million viewers. This is one of Megyn Kelly’s best ratings weeks all year.
Both O’Reilly and Kelly spent time this week venting their anger towards the city of San Francisco, which allowed an undocumented immigrant who had a criminal record to return to the city several times, leading to the death of Kate Steinle. NewsBusters has a video clip from The Kelly File, in which Megyn Kelly says she wants answers.
“The White House owes the public an answer — a direct, straightforward simple answer. Because it was this administration that apparently stopped a measure to combat sanctuary cities like the one in San Francisco in the first place.”
Bill O’Reilly was a little bit more composed on his show, but still very concerned.
“For the past 30 years, Americans have not been protected from criminals coming into the country illegally,” O’Reilly said as he started his show.
O’Reilly went on to state that the city of San Francisco should be punished. He said that the sanctuary policies there allowed a criminal alien who’s been deported five times to be released from jail, walk free, and murder Kate Steinle. O’Reilly quoted California politicians who stressed the importance of deporting violent criminals, but have not spoken out against policies that allowed this to happen.
O’Reilly also covered the vilification of Donald Trump over his views on illegal immigration. The Fox News star showed sympathy and an understanding for the reasons why illegal immigrants, especially from Mexico, come here. But he believes Trump stated a lot of true things, even though he could have stated them differently.
The next week in politics will be unpredictable. But in cable news ratings, one thing can almost be guaranteed: Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly will, once again, rule the ratings week.
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