It was easy to predict that Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly would rule the cable television news ratings this past week. However, it wasn’t so easy to predict that their ratings would also drop, even if that drop isn’t serious at all.
When averaging statistics at Zap2It, Bill O’Reilly is still the leader in cable news. This week, he averaged 2.63 million viewers — a slight fall from the 2.86 million viewers from the previous week. O’Reilly’s biggest night was on Monday, when he had 2.97 million viewers. His lowest was Wednesday, when he had 2.46 million viewers.
Megyn Kelly is, once again, behind Bill O’Reilly by averaging 2.25 million viewers a night during the past week. She dropped from the 2.5 million viewers during the previous week. Megyn Kelly’s biggest night was Thursday, when she had 2.51 million viewers. Her lowest night was Wednesday, when she had 2.04 million viewers. The fact that Kelly had over 2 million viewers every single night shows her growth in popularity.
Both O’Reilly and Kelly continued to rage over the issue of illegal immigration and sanctuary cities this past week. On Monday evening, Bill O’Reilly began his show by summarizing what he believes is the main problem.
“At least 110 American cities and counties are refusing to obey the government when it comes to obeying immigration law. That of course leads to chaos and chaos leads to violence.”
O’Reilly then went on to to describe his support for the proposed law called “Kate’s Law” which Bill O’Reilly describes on his site.
“We, the undersigned, respectfully ask Congress to pass Kate’s Law whereby undocumented immigrants who are deported and return to the United States would receive a mandatory five year sentence in a federal penitentiary upon conviction.”
Megyn Kelly talked about the topic as well and had one of the mothers who spoke at a hearing appear on her show. Kelly began the segment lamenting about the fact that it appears that Kate Steinle’s death is just one entry on a list that has grown far too long. Then, Kelly had Laura Wilkerson, a mother whose 18-year-old son Josh was killed by an undocumented immigrant, speak as a special guest.
“My thoughts are that it [sanctuary cities] invites a criminal element from illegals that are in this country. I’m not saying all illegals are criminals.”
Also on the hot list this week for both Fox News superstars was the Planned Parenthood abortion controversy. It will be interesting how both of these stars spin the week’s upcoming controversies. No matter what Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly say, the audiences will watch.
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