Now that the Democratic National Convention is over, CNN has taken a backseat to the cable news ratings. As expected, Fox News has climbed back on top, and Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly still rule the Fox kingdom.
The O’Reilly Factor had the highest ratings for cable television news this past week. When averaging ratings for the week on Showbuzz Daily, O’Reilly scored an average of 3.27 million viewers a night. His largest night was on Monday with 3.52 million viewers and his lowest night, where he had a substitute host, scored 2.72 million viewers.
One of Bill O’Reilly’s most popular segments occurred on Wednesday night when he discussed what he feels is major media bias against Donald Trump.
“Unfortunately, it is the press that defines the presidential campaign, and, as we all know, the American media leans sharply left. This makes we, the people, often barraged with propaganda rather than reality.”
As an example, Mr. O’Reilly talked about the “populist” newspaper USA Today, which has been running negative front page headlines about Trump almost every day. In one of their latest negative article on Donald Trump, USA Today asked if he can get back on track.
“Donald Trump’s fall campaign is off to a rough start, to say the least. Under fire for any number of comments — from his dismissal of a Muslim couple who lost their son in the Iraq war to his joking ejection of a crying baby from a rally — Trump tried to get back on track Wednesday with a campaign swing through the pivotal state of Florida.”
Megyn Kelly, who averaged 2.91 million viewers this week, also talked about Trump’s troubled campaign. On Tuesday, she talked about Trump’s conflict with Khizr Khan, Trump joking that the Purple Heart is much easier to come by as a gift, and how he would tell his daughter to just go to another company if she was sexually harassed.
When Kelly asked guest Glenn Beck what he thought of all the controversies, Beck changed the topic to Russia and how they are trying to destabilize our political system and force a revolution on our streets. Both Kelly and Beck agreed that Russia was watching our election “very closely.”
On Thursday, Megyn Kelly talked about Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump in the latest polls.
“Exactly seven days after the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton is seeing her biggest polling bounce in nearly six weeks. And that is not all. In multiple battleground states, critical to winning the White House, new polls now show Mrs. Clinton is leading. In Florida, she’s up by six points. In Pennsylvania, a state Trump wants, she’s up by 11 points. In Michigan, she has a nine-point lead.”
While O’Reilly and Kelly took back the lead in the ratings, nobody can count out CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who averaged 1.29 million viewers this week. Cooper has been one of the very few CNN hosts who have been able to average over 1 million viewers a week on a consistent basis.
On his show Thursday, Cooper talked about how Trump said the election would be rigged. He showed a video of Obama saying that there is no way the election would be rigged, at least not by the federal government. Obama said that states, cities, and communities all across the country set up the voting systems, but even denied they would rig the election.
The 2016 Presidential Election is set to be the most bitter election in decades. All the events leading up to the election are bound to increase ratings for not only Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly, but for Anderson Cooper as well.
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