Cable News Networks Tinker With Schedule Tonight To Cover Government Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Deadline

The cable news networks have tinkered with tonight’s schedule as they continue coverage of the government shutdown and debt ceiling deadline. Fox News Channel will follow a live edition of Hannity at 10 PM ET, with Bret Baier anchoring a live edition of Special Report at 11 PM, followed by The Kelly File at midnight, anchored by Megyn Kelly. CNN‘s Jake Tapper, meanwhile, will anchor the 11 PM hour live, and Piers Morgan takes over at midnight.

Last night, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor attracted an average of 3.1 million viewers — and his biggest demo crowd (639,000) since February, excluding Boston Marathon bombing coverage — as the debt ceiling deadline drew near. Fun fact: More people watched Bill O’Reilly’s show than watched Fox’s The Mindy Project (2.73 million). O’Reilly Factor also oustripped ABC’s Scandal repeat.

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