The premiere of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Channel show The Ingraham Angle at 10 PM last night was tops among cable news shows in the time slot, snagging 3.3 million total viewers and 622,000 in the news demo.
Also in the hour, MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell delivered 2.6M viewers and 612K news demo viewers. CNN Tonight clocked 1.34M viewers and 506K news demo viewers.
Compared to Fox News’ 10 PM average in 2017 to date, The Ingraham Angle’s launch jumped 29% in overall audience and 10% in the news demo.
Ingraham’s debut also made headlines with her John Kelly interview. The White House Chief of Staff was the subject of much TV news talk today after he declined to apologize for calling Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson an “empty barrel,” seemed to confirm President Donald Trump is under investigation in Rob Mueller’s probe, and explained to Ingraham’s audience that an inability to reach a compromise led to the Civil War, calling Gen. Robert E. Lee a man of honor.
The Lee issue came up during a conversation about the moving of a plaque in memory of the general in a historic church in Alexandria, VA. Ingraham blasted the church for the decision.