Fox News Channel’s New Year’s Eve interview with Duck Dynasty royalty Willie and Kori Robertson might not have contained much actual news – okay, it contained no news, unless you count — Spoiler Alert – Willie revealing he’s hired himself a good looking assistant for the upcoming batch of episodes, and that he hopes not to blow out his knee while skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colo. – but it did deliver ratings.
In the final hour of 2013, FNC clocked 2 million viewers – 33% more than it logged same hour last year. FNC notes that’s the hour in which Willie and Kori chatted, via satellite, with Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Over at CNN, meanwhile, an average of 1.726 million viewers were tuned in to Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. On the bright side for CNN, 742,000 of that crowd fell into the news demo, while only 401,000 of FNC’s 2 mil did same.
And, CNN won the 11 PM -12:30 AM derby, with 2.095 million viewers, to FNC’s 2.028 million — though FNC’s was a best yet for that network. CNN’s demo take more than doubled FNC’s.