As expected, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly ruled the cable television news ratings during the past week when nightly ratings results were averaged on Showbuzz Daily. MSCBC’s Rachel Maddow also proved to be a continued force to be reckoned with.
Bill O’Reilly was on vacation on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but he still averaged 2.94 million viewers a night last week. His biggest night was Monday, when he attracted 3.48 million viewers. However, one of his most talked about segments happened on Tuesday evening.
“In order to take the heat off his candidacy, the Trump campaign is now focusing on Hillary Clinton’s continuing email and foundation controversies,” O’Reilly said at the start of The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday evening before summarizing that Trump’s plan is to say Hillary Clinton is corrupt and demand an independent prosecutor to look into allegations against her.
O’Reilly then showed a video of Donald Trump comparing Hillary’s corruption to that of her husband as the governor of Arkansas, and that an independent prosecutor needed to get on the case.
“For the next few weeks, we will be hearing that Attorney General Loretta Lynch should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation controversy and the new email dump,” O’Reilly continued before noting Clinton’s strategy is just to “play cool” about it and underplay the scandal.
O’Reilly, like others, believes this presidential campaign is nasty, and it will only get worse. He says there is a lot at stake and that the difference between Trump and Clinton is huge. O’Reilly believes one of the reasons things have become so nasty is because, as a country, we are more divided than ever. O’Reilly then claimed he doesn’t like all the strife, even though many would say that political strife is what fuels shows such as Bill’s.
Political strife has fueled Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File as well. She averaged 2.79 million viewers a night, with her largest audience tuning in on Thursday — that night attracted 2.9 million viewers. On Thursday, Kelly dealt with the “bigotry” charges that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are aiming at each other.
“Today, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hit the campaign trail and delivered stinging rebukes of the others’ record,” Kelly said, right before showing a video of Hillary speaking about Donald Trump.
“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican party,” Clinton said in a very serious tone.
Donald Trump’s response was stinging.
“What does she do when she can’t defend her record?” Trump asked his audience, who screamed that she lies.
“She lies. And she smears. And she paints decent Americans as racists. It’s the last of the discredited Democrat politician,” Trump continued.
After Megyn Kelly played more videos of Clinton and Trump soundbites, she had Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer speak.
“Well, I’m not sure they’ve advanced their cause very much. I think for Clinton the idea is first to take the focus off herself. It’s been a bad week. Whenever she can go on the offense and make Trump the issue, she’s ahead,” Krauthammer told Kelly, who asked him how the candidates currently stand.
Rachel Maddow, whose average of 1.78 million viewers a night keeps rising every week, spent a huge portion of her show bashing Donald Trump on her most recent shows. Some say it is what she does best.
Many of Maddow’s segments this week dealt with how Trump’s campaign is being helped by racists, especially when it comes to his immigration policy. Maddow’s audience is obviously eating all of this up.
Next week, you can expect Bill O’Reilly’s audience numbers to rise as he will be on The O’Reilly Factor for a full week. Will Rachel Maddow come even closer to Megyn Kelly’s numbers? Check back with the Inquisitr one week from now for the up-to-date cable news results.
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