Bill O’Reilly came back just in the nick of time, boosting Fox News Channel back on top in primetime ratings after a rare news demo win by CNN on Tuesday. The O’Reilly Factor was the night’s highest-rated cable news program with 615,000 news demo viewers, besting Anderson Cooper’s 346,000 on CNN, Chris Hayes’ 135,000 on MSNBC and Nancy Grace’s 186,000 on HLN. For the night, FNC averaged 540,000 demo viewers, beating CNN (362,000) and MSNBC (156,000) combined.
Tuesday, CNN had edged out FNC with 529,000 and 523,000 news demo viewers, respectively. MSNBC trailed by 201,000 and HLN with 102,000. CNN also had scored a rare morning win that day, with New Day clocking 251,000 viewers, which outstripped Fox & Friends’ 212,000.
“I came back from vacation because I am furious – furious – about how the shooting death of Michael Brown is being reported and how various people are reacting to it,” O’Reilly said on his show last night.
“Mr. Brown is a victim – shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who, up until August 9, had a very good record. Some suspect Wilson of murder, and a grand jury is hearing the case. Also, Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson, MO, today to meet with FBI agents and state authorities who are conducting separate investigations. Good — the feds should look into this case, and their investigation should be transparent.
“Which brings us to this video of Mr. Brown stealing from a convenience store and pushing the clerk around. Agitators call the release a smear against Brown and his family, further inflaming the situation. But facts are not smears. This goes to Mr. Brown’s state of mind on the day he was killed. … Americans have the right to know what happened, leading up to the shooting. Don’t suppress an important piece of information in a case like this when only one side of the story is being reported by the media which is generally terrified of any racial situation.”