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






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