FNC's 'The O'Reilly Factor' is the Number One Cable News Program in Total Viewers for 50 Consecutive Quarters

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October 2nd, 2012

In the third quarter of 2012, FNC's The O'Reilly Factor was the number one cable news program among Total Viewers (2.83 million) for the fiftieth consecutive quarter.

FNC ranked number 3 in Total Viewers among all of Basic Cable, behind USA and TNT. Its main rivals, MSNBC and CNN ranked 19th and 32nd.

The channel also scored the top 5 programs in cable news in Total Viewers: The O’Reilly Factor (2,831,000); Hannity (2,350,000); Special Report w/ Bret Baier (1,960,000); The Five (1,860,000); and On the Record(1,828,000). It also had the top 5 cable news programs among adults 25-54: The O’Reilly Factor (551,000); Hannity (487,000); The Five (397,000); Special Report w/ Bret Baier (394,000); and FOX Report w/ Shepard Smith (378,000).

Overall, FNC has 12 of the top 15 cable news programs among Adults 25-54.Outside of primetime, several programs posted substantial ratings increases.

  • o America Live (1-3pm) -- up 22% in 25-54


  • o Happening Now (11am-1pm), co-anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, up 17% in 25-54


  • o America’s Newsroom (9-11am), co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, averaged 11% in 25-54


  • o Studio B with Shepard Smith  – up 10% in 25-54






  • Steve

    And another bell tolls for the death of America…

  • craig

    Actually, given the numbers of the FNC’S news shows, America—–gets it.

  • clinging to my guns and god

    LOVE IT !!! Now let’s listen to all the libs wwwwhhhhiiiiinnnneeee….

  • Ralph Hahn

    I agree wholeheartedly, Craig.

  • AppleStinx

    Congratulations to ‘The Factor’ and FNC’s midday programs.

  • Sam

    You’d think that the lame stream media would get a clue and have another non partial news network (not counting opinion shows) to compete with all the liberal ones.

  • Candi

    Pretty bad when your running behind the USA and TNT networks! Great Job FNC!

  • Douglas Maher

    Expect the numbers to dip now that Glenn Beck is on Dish Network with the Blaze TV and he is going on AT&T U-Verse in December.

  • DaCoach

    I am confident their viewership will go down when all the far righters leave the country after Obama’s reelection

  • AppleStinx

    Dat ain’t gonna happen.

  • Upstart

    It amazes me that all the lamestream media networks continue to prop up their left wing agenda even though it costs them a fortune. You would think that profits alone would drive them to a more fair and balanced approach. Oh well their loss…and for all their effort they still won’t get Obama reelected.

  • Victor Hand

    Congratulations…Mr. O”Reilly. I see that you have a few whiners posting but I think – I think they are probably Obama folks so don’t mind them Keep up the good work. You are number one and they find fault..My, my.

  • Victor Hand

    DaCoach. Sorry to disappoint, but we aren’t leaving the country no matter who wins. This is OUR country and darn it we will fight for it if necessary.

  • Kris Hardy

    Good for O’Reilly and Fox News. Congratulations on their success. However, just because they have good ratings doesn’t mean they are “actual news,” let alone “Fair & Balanced.”

  • Ben

    Question: Has Fox News ever treated anyone who’s worked for their network as badly as The Today Show (NBC) treated Ann Curry? Even Al Roker said on the air that they threw her under the bus. The ratings for The Today Show are still lower than Good Morning America (ABC).
    Of course Fox News is slated to the right, but, what NBC did to Ann Curry was horrible.

  • marspolarlander

    Way to go Bill – Way to go, FOX!!!!

  • Hill

    Stupidity loves company…same old BS from Idiot Americans caught in left/right paradigm.

  • Tom

    The Five — Best show on TV!

  • rdo

    OReilly during his debate with Stewart is much more liberal than he is on his show on Fox.

  • rdo

    The Five SUX.

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