One Month After Firing Bill O’Reilly, Fox Gets BAD NEWS

One Month After Firing Bill O’Reilly, Fox Gets BAD NEWS

When Fox News cut Bill O’Reilly loose, I said it was the beginning of the end for them. Considering their current ratings, looks like I was right. Their lineup was just crushed by MSNBC and CNN, if you can believe it. I never thought I’d see the day that would be the case, but here we are. Tucker Carlson lost out to Anderson Cooper. I just find that astounding. I respect Anderson Cooper as a journalist, but Tucker Carlson is far and away a brighter talent and far more interesting. It only gets worse from there.

Rachel Maddow, who no sane person will watch, like ever, is topping The Five. Anything with Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters should just trounce that moonbat. But no… Maddow is walking all over them in the ratings. According to CNN, their ratings have been on a continual rise ever since President Trump fired James Comey. Trump’s popularity is also at its lowest point ever currently. As the “most trusted name in news” puts it, “there seems to be a striking similarity between the ratings race and President Trump’s political fortunes.”

From the Independent Journal Review:

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When Fox News officially announced in an April 19 statement that veteran anchor Bill O’Reilly had been fired, “The O’Reilly Factor” stood alone atop the cable news ratings war — along with the rest of the “fair and balanced” network.

What a difference a month makes.

As reported by TVNewser, Thursday was a perfect example. The once-indomitable king of cable news was crushed by a combination of CNN and MSNBC programs across the board — including in the critical age 25-54 demographic:

Tucker Carlson, who took over the coveted 8 p.m. ET hour following O’Reilly’s departure, initially led the time-slot ratings war. As of last Thursday, he was losing out to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who’s had plenty of anemic ratings in the past.

Most notably, Rachel Maddow — loved by fans and loathed by detractors — has seen a steady ratings increase and is now dominating the 9 p.m. slot, occupied by “The Five” on Fox. Incidentally, “The Five” led its 5 p.m. slot before moving to 9 p.m.

I don’t think the problem is so much the talent that Fox has left as the fact that they have no coherent plan. They have a big problem, but no way to solve it. They reflexively let go of their biggest talent and his audience went with him. Right now, O’Reilly is on Glenn Beck’s radio show once a week and doing a podcast. Last week, he sounded like he almost felt sorry for Fox News. Not sorry enough not to sue, but he pities them nonetheless.

Bill O’Reilly never wanted the last laugh here. What Fox News did was business suicide and a monstrous gift to CNN. Almost as if that is what they intended. Fox still has a loyal base of viewers who watch the network throughout the day. It remains No. 1 in total viewers, with CNN and MSNBC far behind. Where CNN and MSNBC are winning are with channel surfers. It’s too early to tell how well Fox’s new lineup will do, but I think it is now glaringly obvious that letting Bill O’Reilly go was a gigantic mistake.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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