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Monday Cable Ratings: O’Reilly Posts Huge Numbers While Addressing ‘War Zone’ Controversy

On Monday evening, Bill O’Reilly dedicated much of his O’Reilly Factor hour on Fox to addressing the allegations that he has embellished claims about his reporting of the Falklands War back in 1982. Because that storyline is the dominant media story of the past several days, O’Reilly posted huge ratings to come in first place for both total viewership and the key ages 25-54 demo.

By racking up 568k viewers in the demo, O’Reilly’s Fox 8 p.m. hour doubled its CNN competitor in Anderson Cooper (209k) and tripled the numbers of MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (136k).

In total viewership, O’Reilly broke the 3 million threshold (3.34M, to be more precise), beating Cooper (545k) and Hayes (583k) by nearly six times. His 3M+ viewers made last night the network’s highest-rated broadcast of the Factor since the evening of the Ferguson grand jury verdict back in November.

Also worth nothing: For the month of February, The O’Reilly Factor posted a demo average of 550K viewers, its highest count since November 2012.

Here are the rest of your Monday ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

221

New Day 

96

Morning Joe 

87

5 pm The Five 

400

Blitzer 

231

Schultz 

42

6 pm Baier 

386

Blitzer 

250

Sharpton 

81

7 pm Van Susteren 

346

Burnett 

213

Matthews 

165

8 pm O’Reilly 

568

Cooper 

209

Hayes 

136

9 pm Kelly 

388

Cooper 

137

Maddow 

136

10 pm Hannity 

314

Tonight 

144

O’Donnell 

99

11 pm O’Reilly 

233

Tonight 

99

Hayes 

33

PRIME TIME 424 163 124
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

 

TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

1.013

New Day 

302

Morning Joe 

375

5 pm The Five 

2.312

Blitzer 

649

Schultz 

438

6 pm Baier 

2.407

Blitzer 

569

Sharpton 

468

7 pm Van Susteren 

2.071

Burnett 

567

Matthews 

678

8 pm O’Reilly 

3.336

Cooper 

545

Hayes 

583

9 pm Kelly 

2.280

Cooper 

414

Maddow 

727

10 pm Hannity 

1.584

Tonight 

412

O’Donnell 

550

11 pm O’Reilly 

965

Tonight 

344

Hayes 

174

PRIME TIME 2.400 457 620
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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