Bill O’Reilly is still the king, but last night’s coverage of Congress’ votes to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling looks to have solidly crowned Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly as queen of primetime cable news. Fox News won the night in viewers and the adults 25-54 demo as it was Special Reports all round on the cable networks. The 8 PM O’Reilly Factor was, as usual, the most-watched show on cable news last night in viewers (2.865 million) and the demo (534,000) as FNC covered the Senate vote and remarks from President Obama. While down from the 3.205 million viewers he drew last Wednesday, O’Reilly was up in the demo from last week’s 488,000. In the AC 360 8 PM slot, CNN’s live coverage, hosted by Jake Tapper, pulled in 1.587 million and 466,000 in the demo, the network’s best result of the night. At 9 PM with 2.040 million viewers and 483,000 in the demo, The Kelly File once again beat MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (1.444 million viewers/366,000 demo) and CNN’s Piers Morgan Live (1.135 million/302,000 demo). Kelly’s show also saw a jump up from the 384,000 she pulled in the demo last Wednesday. A special midnight Kelly File broadcast of the President signing the bill ending the shutdown pulled in 1.176 million viewers and 302,000 in adults 25-54. That was better than most of the shows on CNN and MSNBC all day in viewers and demo.
Overall Fox News Channel won the night covering the political drama as it pulled in 2.212 million viewers over primetime with 489,000 among adults 25-54. Compared to 3Q 2013, FNC was up 50% among adults 25-54 and 20% in total viewers. While third in total viewers with 1.271 million watching between 8 PM and 11 PM, CNN was No. 2 in the key demo with a draw of 375,000. MSNBC was second in total viewers with 1.36 million but third in the demo with 338,000. With a big political story and all the resources and pundits they could throw at it, all three of the big cable news networks saw a primetime demo rise from last week with Fox’s rising from its 409,000, MSNBC up its 262,00 and CNN up the most from the 136,000 it got on October 9. In terms of total viewers, FNC actually saw a dip from the 2.503 million it got in last Wednesday’s primetime while MSNBC rose from October 9th’s 1.035 million and CNN shoot up from the limp 576,000 it got a week ago.
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