Historical Series ‘Legends & Lies’ Boosts Fox News on Sunday

Legends and Lies
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Fox News Channel’s trip back in time Sunday night to recount the tales of the greatest characters of America’s Wild West gave the network a ratings boost.

Nielsen estimates than an average audience of 1.02 million viewers, including 123,000 in the key news demo of adults 25-54, tuned in for the premiere of “Legends & Lies: The Real West.” Sunday’s back-to-back episodes looked at the stories of Jesse James and Doc Holliday and made Fox News the most-watched cable news network in primetime.

While FNC dominates on the ratings front during the week, it hasn’t been as strong on the weekends, but this gave it a nice boost. Compared to its timeslot average year-to-date, “Legends & Lies” lifted the network by 60% in total viewers and 24% in adults 25-54. It In addition to it regular Sunday 8 p.m. timeslot, “Legends & Lies” will also be presented during additional weekend slots throughout the course of its 10-week run.

The documentary-style series is executive produced by FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and hails from Warm Springs Productions, which is known for such programs as History’s “Mountain Men,” Animal Planet’s “American River Renegades” and HGTV’s “Log Cabin Living.” Future episodes will include looks at David Crockett and Black Bart among others.


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  1. ConservativeHollywood says:

    Great series. They should make more.

  2. Pam speraw says:

    Love Legends and Lies! Educational, entertaining and well done. Can’t wait til Sunday to see the next one. Bill, you are great, keep up the good work!

  3. Ralph Monaco says:

    Historically accurate? No. The Pinkerton raid on the James Farm was in 1875, not 1874. Northfield was in 1876, not 1875. No serious James historian says Jesse shot Heywood. The shooter was Frank James. Not 2 shots but only 1 shot was fired at Jesse James. Bob Ford shot Jesse but his brother didn’t fire a shot. You show claims 2 shots were fired at Jesse with1 missing Jesse. The truth is that there was only 1 shot and the bullet didn’t exit his head.The bullet hole in the wall at the house museum in St. Joseph was added I believe in the 1930s or 40s. These errors cause me to question the facts of your other documentaries.

  4. John 'long" Ryder says:

    Tuned into Legends and Lies last night and what I watched turned my stomach. The Billy the Kid segment was so inaccurate there is no way I will but the book. Even the geography in that segment was way off. It had the feeling of a cheezy history channel show. If you can’t get it accurate don’t try to do history.

  5. M. Madarasz says:

    We were watching Legends & Lies and really enjoying it last night when just before the end of the Bill Hickock part, Fox news came on about the shooting in TX…..that was important, however, Fox had
    NO real info and continued to cover a story on which they had NO facts and never came back to the
    end of Hickock’s story…I really like Harris Faulkner, but she was tap dancing through the whole newscast – which I’m sure she was TOLD to do…….please give us news when you HAVE THE FACTS.

  6. When I tune in Fox News for news and information and find tales of the Wild West instead, I just turn it off. There already is a cable channel dedicated to historical documentaries.

  7. mzaz2012 says:

    Great documentary. LOVE IT

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