Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, And Sean Hannity Rule November Cable News Ratings
Fox News was easily the ratings winner during one of the most divisive election months in recent history. For the month of November (ratings are averaged up until November 22 at Showbuzz Daily), Bill O’Reilly comes in first place with an average of 4.03 million viewers a night, while Megyn Kelly comes in second place with an average of 3.37 million a night. Sean Hannity, Fox News’ rising star, has averaged 2.94 million. It’s important to note that on some nights, these stars didn’t even appear on their shows. This especially rings true when talking about Bill O’Reilly.
The last time O’Reilly hosted The O’Reilly Factor before heading off on a well-earned vacation, Bill talked about Trump’s closed-door meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“As you may know, the nation’s largest town falling apart literally with construction projects clogging almost every road in Manhattan, beggars all over the place and a defiant mayor who says he will not cooperate with the federal government on illegal immigration. Something he told Mr. Trump today,” O’Reilly angrily said before showing a video clip where de Blasio says that NYC and other cities will do all they can to protect their residents and make sure that families are not torn apart.
Bill O’Reilly then handed the segment over to Fox News correspondent Doug McKelway, who said that the mayor was not surprised to see dozens of TV cameras and 25 reporters because de Blasio wanted people to know he will fight Donald Trump tooth and nail on the issue. However, de Blasio did tell reporters that the talk was productive, and he realizes that the ball is now in Donald Trump’s court.
Megyn Kelly has dealt with the issue of illegal immigration on The Kelly File this month, but Kelly seemed more interested in seeing if Donald Trump would follow through on his promise to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.
“For months on the campaign trail, Mr. Trump attacked his rival for conducting the highly classified business of the United States over a private, unsecured email server — all while she was Secretary of State,” Kelly said at the very beginning of her show this past Tuesday.
Then, Megyn Kelly played a tape where Donald Trump said Hillary was weak, pathetic, and should be in jail for what she did with her emails. Another tape showed Donald Trump discussing the issue with Anderson Cooper on CNN. Trump told Cooper that everybody knows Hillary should be in prison.
As Megyn Kelly noted, Trump’s supporters screamed “Lock her up!” at many of his rallies, including one in Pennsylvania.
Kelly had Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on, and he said that Trump’s decision was disturbing. He believes Trump should not be talking about this at all, and it’s unethical for a president-elect to try and interrupt an FBI investigation. However, Congressman Sean Duffy told Megyn Kelly that he disagreed since the Clinton investigation has been played out as much as possible.
Sean Hannity wasn’t happy with Trump’s decision either. But he has been more upset with the way the mainstream press has been treating Trump and actually called on the president-elect to boycott the media. Politico reported the story on Wednesday.
“Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said that until journalists admit to colluding with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider granting traditional access to reporters.”
“Trump can do this and speak directly to you, the America people, without having his words twisted and taken out of context. Why not do that?” Hannity asked, referring to the fact Trump put out his own video announcing his executive actions in his first 100 days in office.
Of course, Sean Hannity suffered a lot of backlash in the media. But the anger against Hannity is what is propelling him very close to beating Megyn Kelly in the ratings. Do you think Sean Hannity can beat Megyn Kelly in December? Let us know your thoughts and predictions in the comments section.
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