There is little doubt that The O’Reilly Factor is the king of cable news and helped propel Fox News to the number one position in all of cable news, but since last fall O’Reilly’s hold at the top of the cable-news heap has been challenged by Fox News’ next big star, Megyn Kelly.
Kelly, whose primetime show The Kelly File began in September, has been nipping at O’Reilly’s heels since her show debuted. But last week she beat The O’Reilly Factor three times in the key A25-54 demo.
While Kelly fell short of beating O’Reilly for the week, like she did in June, she turned in another strong performance with the key demo, finishing the week on an up note by averaging 385,000 viewers to O’Reilly’s 305,000.
O’Reilly still maintained a sizable edge in total viewers last Friday—2.264 million to 1.989 million—but Kelly’s ratings show that there are chinks in O’Reilly’s armor. In fact his 13-year reign as the top-rated cable news show may come to an end in the not too distant future.