While it may sound like the event will be focusing on the hot-button issue of criminal justice reform from a law-and-order vantage point, Faulkner says that it will delve into the personal issues that officers face including “an unbelievable wave of suicides.”
Faulkner’s latest town hall comes as her show, Outnumbered Overtime, has reached a ratings milestone: It not only tops cable rivals at 1 PM, but lately it has been beating one of its broadcast competitors, ABC’s GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke, among total viewers.
According to Nielsen Media, the Harris Faulkner-hosted show has averaged 1.5 million viewers over the past five weeks, beating GMA3 with 1.4 million viewers. GMA3 still tops in the key adults 25-54 demo, with 376,000 viewers to 241,000 for Outnumbered Overtime, and the ABC show outpaces by a wider margin among its target demo of women 18-49 and women 25-54. The shows also don’t go head to head in every time zone, as Fox News has a live feed and ABC stations adjust their schedules for the time difference.
But the news-obsessed culture shows little sign of subsiding anytime soon. Outnumbered Overtime has beaten GMA3 in total viewers 34 times since mid-summer — before the impeachment inquiry. But that story, and its hour-by-hour drama and bombshells, is likely to transfix news audiences for the next few weeks if not months.
Faulkner has not been part of some of the public on-air tensions at Fox News between news and opinion personalities, but she did praise Shepard Smith, who anchored the 3 PM hour, after he made the surprise announcement on October 11 that he was leaving the network.
“When I first got to Fox News my break came sub-anchoring for Shep,” she wrote on Twitter. “It was an honor and privilege to sit on his set. Imagine great things are on the horizon for him. Go get ’em Shep!”
Before Smith’s departure, Faulkner talked about why she thinks a hard news show has been beating rivals in daytime, about President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, and about the reports of tensions between news and opinion.
DEADLINE: Your show has had a ratings milestone — which may be a bit unusual for a hard news show in daytime, which has traditionally had a softer focus.
FAULKNER: Celebrities used to be water cooler. Regardless of what all the research says about don’t talk about politics at work, people are talking about what they see on the news. All of the lighter stuff has a role and it plays a role and it is fun, but it may not be the complete focal point in the middle of the day any longer.
DEADLINE: What was the biggest challenge when you interviewed President Trump last December?
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