Obama Interview Lifts Fox News’ ‘O’Reilly Factor’ to Largest Audience in 10 Months

Bill Oreilly Obama Interview

Building off the momentum of his at-times-testy interview with President Obama one day earlier, Bill O’Reilly drew strong ratings for his return to “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday night.

Nielsen estimates that 4.204 million watched “The O’Reilly Factor” — up about 1 million from the previous Monday and the largest for any installment of the show since last April. The hour included roughly 10 minutes more of footage from the host’s live sit-down with the President, which aired prior to Fox’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.

The FNC program regularly beats its cable news competition, and it especially dominated on Monday by drawing about three times the combined tune-in for MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (940,000) and CNN’s Anderson Cooper (453,000). O’Reilly also drew more viewers in the key news demo of adults 25-54 than the other shows combined (626,000 vs. 457,000).

The strong start to this week for Fox News comes on the heels of its first-place primetime finish among cable networks last week. Boosted by the State of the Union address and coverage surrounding it, FNC averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime — ahead of cable biggies like USA (2.2 million) and ESPN (2.1 million).

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  1. KD Barrett says:

    Bill O’Reilly should take a tip from Bob Costas who interviewed the President in a much more respectful, situationally relevant way. O’Reilly’s finger pointing with the pen was also out of order. He and Fox News operatives do nothing but try to cast the President negatively and could not miss this chance to spread their venom before a larger audience. In a word, Bill O’Reilly is DESPICABLE!! He later made unnecessary personal comments about Geraldo Rivera when Rivera challenged him on his handling of the interview.

  2. Richard Somoya says:

    Why the president of the United States would lower himself to the level of this self imposed, arrogant, pea brain, grammar school teacher is beyond me! All he did was give the FOX network a form of legitimacy by agreeing to the interview!

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