Megyn Kelly’s Duggars Interview Draws 3.1 Million Viewers

Megyn Kelly Duggars Interview
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Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC reality program “19 Kids and Counting” scored in the ratings for Fox News Channel on Wednesday, standing as cable television’s most-watched program of the day.

The hourlong interview on “The Kelly File” averaged 3.09 million viewers, according to Nielsen national estimates — a 46% jump above the show’s Wednesday average during May (2.11 million) and its largest audience on any night in 2015. Excluding the night the Ferguson riots broke out (7.3 million), the high for “The Kelly File” remains 3.2 million viewers on a night last July with coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed.

“Kelly File” also drew roughly 866,000 viewers in the key news demo of adults 25-54, its third best delivery since the show launched in 2013. It ranked No. 2 in the demo among all original cable television programs on Wednesday.

“Kelly File” made FNC especially dominant in the cable news ratings world for the 9 o’clock hour, as its averages bested the combined CNN-MSNBC-HLN totals by more than 80% in both the demo and total viewers, according to Nielsen.

Review: Megyn Kelly Asked the Right Questions

The Duggars, whose family has been featured on the TLC program since 2008, were making their first extensive comments regarding the molestation scandal involving their son, Josh. They detailed what happened when a 14-year-old Josh told his parents more than 10 years ago that he “improperly touched some of our daughters,” and explained their response to those events.

When asked by Kelly why the Duggars were even interested in launching a show about their family given the family history, Jim Bob said “we had nothing to hide. We’d taken care of all that years before.”

“19 Kids and Counting” was pulled from the air by TLC when news of the incidents broke, though it hasn’t been canceled by the network. The program, which was titled “17 Kids and Counting” when it bowed, established a series ratings high when 3.3 million tuned in for the show’s midseason return last September and then matched that when it kicked off its ninth season in February of this year. Its last episode to air (on May 19, two days before the 2006 police report was made public) drew 1.7 million, according to Nielsen estimates.

See Also: Advertisers Who Shunned Duggars’ ’19 Kids’ Haven’t Pulled Money From TLC


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  1. Kim Yurjevich says:

    why did Meghan Kelly put in those horrible hair extensions for the I teview???

  2. Makhaiya Boyer says:

    I don’t believe that the Duggar’s are as naive as they act. Children don’t sleep through being molested. The parents are ignorant or in denial when they say their daughters were asleep while their brother molested them.It’s tragic that the Duggar’s daughters don’t realize their parents are to blame for what happened to them. Too many children to care for left the brother opportunity to molest his sisters unchecked. Not stopping him after the first time and removing him from the home put the daughters at continued risk and, indeed, they were repeatedly molested by their brother. The parents are fully culpable for what happened to their daughters.

  3. Linda says:

    I liked the interview & like the Duggars even more now…. they never claimed they were perfect. They are a good family TRYING to do what is right by GOD. Why are so many trying to make them out to be bad people; either they hate GOD or they are just ugly inside.

  4. Jo says:

    And the crime against the family is? Josh was never charged with a crime, therefore records were not sealed. Police reports are available to the public. The crime is that the entire program was about Josh–little about the poor little girls that were molested. Of course, in this religious sect females have few rights except to procreate. And if they were ordered to keep this a secret, they would obey.

  5. deb says:

    Nice job Megyn! & I’m so glad the Duggars chose Fox and not the mainstream media to tell their side…we now know the truth & one can only hope that either The Duggars, TLC or Fox gets to the bottom of the crime that has been committed here against this family..

    • Marc Nichol says:

      they’re the victims, got it…remember a time conservatives constantly complained about liberals playing the victim…we certainly have more proof here of cons belief that playing the victim is their go-to-play

  6. Cath says:

    What a surprise. It is why she gave these people a forum, isn’t it? To make money. Not sure it helped them any. Funny how they were using their media access to bash the media. Maybe they should just go away.

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