Megyn Kelly beat Bill O’Reilly in the ratings this week when averaging individual nights on Showbuzz Daily. However, there is a twist to it. They both broadcast from the Republican National Convention, and many of the major speeches and events took place during Kelly’s slot. Both Fox News superstars had an amazing week.
Megyn Kelly averaged 5.55 million viewers this week and her biggest night, where Trump gave his speech, was Thursday, which attracted 6.55 million viewers. One of Megyn Kelly’s most talked about segments occurred right before Ted Cruz gave his controversial non-endorsement of Donald Trump. She spoke to Bill Hemmer, the co-anchor of America’s Newsroom.
“Will Ted Cruz, more than two months after dropping out of this race, endorse Donald Trump? We don’t know that answer right now. Many in the delegation hope he will. Many in the delegation want him to. Some others express the fact that they believe he should stand by his principles,” Hemmer said, before revealing that some believe there is a 50/50 chance he would. As CNN reported, Cruz “didn’t stand” by his alleged principles.
“Cruz personally told Donald Trump Tuesday that he would not endorse him from the dais on Wednesday night. In Trump’s campaign, there was a glimmer of hope that his mind could be changed.”
As CNN noted, Cruz’s mind didn’t change, and he was booed. As Megyn Kelly noted the next evening, Cruz was praised by several Democrats for not giving in to Trump’s wishes.
O’Reilly’s show was wildly different from Megyn Kelly’s this week, although he still took on some controversial topics. Bill O’Reilly had an average of 4.78 million viewers a night last week, and his biggest night was Thursday, which attracted 5.26 million viewers.
On Wednesday evening, Bill O’Reilly had nothing but praise for radio personality Laura Ingraham after noting that the night’s theme was “Make America First Again.” Laura talked about being a mom of three and how she is supporting Donald Trump because she doesn’t want to leave her kids with a country that is worse off than what her parents left her with. She talked about all the struggles her parents went through in order to provide her with a good education. Ingraham hit a chord with O’Reilly and the audience when she talked about the lack of respect for our government, our police force, and the rule of law. Ingraham basically said we have to save our country from its downfall.
Bill O’Reilly didn’t notice, like other media outlets, that Laura Ingraham allegedly used the Nazi salute in her speech. The New York Daily News asked, “What the heil?” in an article slamming Ingraham. However, many others thought the controversy over Laura Ingraham was absolutely ridiculous and, of course, politically motivated.
Mr. O’Reilly then introduced his “Talking Points Memo” segment, which dealt with the racial divide in America and how mostly whites were voting for Trump, and a majority of minorities were going to vote for Clinton no matter what.
“Donald Trump is dominating among white male voters, but not doing that well with blacks and Latinos,” O’Reilly said, before showing voting patterns from 2012.
“There are about 11 million more eligible voters today than there were in 2012 and almost 75 percent of those new voters are minorities,” the Fox News host continued, before stating what just about everybody else has observed: Donald Trump needs white voters to turn out in incredible numbers if he wants to win.
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