Bill O’Reilly was without a doubt the king of cable news.
Since he was pushed out at Fox, things haven’t been going very well over there in terms of ratings.
In fact, they recently slipped to third place for the first time in 17 years.
Now, more bad news for Fox.
From Gateway Pundit:
The decrease in viewers from the first quarter to April for FOX News was 1.7 million less 1.5 million for a difference of (200,000) viewers less in April than in the first quarter. in prime time viewers the difference was (400,000) (2.8 million less 2.4 million).
The website Adweek provides a list of daily ratings for Cable News. Using this data, the average total viewers for the month of May as of the 24th is an average rate of 1.624 for daily totals and 2.322 for average prime time viewers. Although the average daily viewers appears to have stabilized for FOX News cable, the prime time viewers continues to decline another 100,000 (2.4 million in April less 2.3 million in May). In total FOX News is down a half a million viewers in prime time since the end of March.
It looks like O’Reilly’s firing was definitely a contributing factor here.
The cause for the decline in viewership in large part is because FOX News fired Bill O’Reilly who had the largest show on cable tv. In the first Quarter of 2017:
The O’Reilly Factor not only had its highest-rated quarter ever in history, but it broke all previous records in cable news history for the highest-viewership ever for any given program in a quarter.
A lot of people out there aren’t liking how Fox is giving a loud voice to the Never Trump crowd.
It’s also difficult to replace a guy like O’Reilly who had a very loyal fan base.
You gotta imagine Fox can turn it around considering the other outlets are such a mess.
Time will tell.