Fox News' Bill O'Reilly And Megyn Kelly Top Cable Ratings With Rachel Maddow And Anderson Cooper Doing Well

Daryl Deino

It was a big week for cable television news shows. Bill O'Reilly, as usual, crushed the competition according to the average of daily ratings at Showbuzz Daily. Bill O'Reilly averaged 3.07 million viewers a night with The O'Reilly Factor. One of his most popular segments occurred on Wednesday evening when O'Reilly talked about Donald Trump's new "populist" approach.

The Fox News host started his show Wednesday night by introducing a clip of Donald Trump talking about African-Americans.

"I'm asking for the vote of every African-American citizen — struggling in our country — who wants a different and much better future. It's time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths: The Democratic party has failed the African-American community," Trump said.

"Change is not in the air. Blacks and other minorities will go big for Hillary Clinton despite the current state of the union. Will anything change that? No."
"MSNBC'S The Rachel Maddow Show virtually tied Fox News' Kelly File in the key 25-54 demographic on Wednesday, the third time this month in which Maddow has tied or beaten Megyn Kelly's show in the all-important demo as MSNBC viewership has risen steadily through the summer."

Maddow has, however, become MSNBC's biggest star and is a favorite among very progressive liberals. Sometimes, people believe she goes too far. According to Mediaite, Maddow even gave her viewers a "trigger warning" before showing anti-Hillary buttons at the DNC in July.

"I want to show you a little something that we shot earlier today. I will tell you that, some of our viewers, you're going to find this offensive. You may find it uncomfortable. And so, you may not want to look at this stuff."

Oversensitive or not, Maddow's audience is growing. CNN's Anderson Cooper has a growing audience as well, at least when compared to one year ago. This week, he attracted an average of 1.14 million viewers a night -- not Cooper's best, but it shows he is consistently averaging over 1 million viewers a night. In terms of Rachel Maddow, it will be very interesting to see if she can eventually top Megyn Kelly in not only the 25-54 key demo, but overall ratings as well.

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