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Fox News

FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country since January 2002. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network is available in more than 90 million homes. Fox News launched Oct. 7, 1996. Roger Ailes is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Fox News Channel.

Happy 18th Birthday Fox News Channel

FNC PRIME TALENT 100713 (1)Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel went on the air.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, for the first time in 10 years, Fox News Channel shook up its primetime.

Since it launched, FNC has seen viewership growth of more than +4,600%. As for the new, expanded primetime, that’s been a success too. The network finished first among all cable channels in primetime viewership for Q3 2014.

Network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes made the changes last year in order to make room for Megyn Kelly in primetime, which led to Sean Hannity moving to 10pmET and Greta Van Susteren moving to 7pmET. Bill O’Reilly stayed put at 8pm. He’ll mark the anniversary on his show tonight.

Kelly will anchor tonight’s show from Laguna Nigel, CA, site of the Fortune “Most Powerful Women Summit.” She will look back at highlights of the first year of “The Kelly File.”

“When I first got this job,” she tells the OC Register, “I said to myself, ‘Wow, what am I doing here?’ I took a moment to revel in the moment and think this is a real milestone for me. And it wasn’t until I got doing it for a few months that I thought, ‘You know, I deserve to be here.’”

Shepard Smith’s Ole Miss Rebels Move up in the Rankings

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith must still be celebrating the Ole Miss Rebel win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Harris Faulkner is filling in on his show today. Actually, we hear Shep is on a pre-planned vacation this week. As for that stunning win on Saturday, which puts Ole Miss at #3 in the AP Top 25, Smith’s post-game celebration included catching up with Katy Perry, who did her own celebrating later that night.

Sheryl Sandberg to Interview Megyn Kelly

kelly sandbergTomorrow, the tables will be turned for Megyn Kelly as the Fox News anchor will be interviewed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

The interview is part of Fortune’s “The Most Powerful Women” conference in California. It will focus on Kelly’s career path from law school to Fox News primetime. Tomorrow also marks one-year for Kelly anchoring “The Kelly File” at 9pmET.

Sandberg and Kelly became friendly after Sandberg’s April interview during her “Lean In” book tour. Sandberg also lauded Kelly for a tough interview she did with Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs about their stances on females breadwinners.

“I loved [the interview] so much that I called you and we became friends over it,” Sandberg told Kelly during their Fox interview. Tonight, Kelly will anchor “The Kelly File” from Laguna Niguel, CA.

Shepard Smith is Ready for the Big Game

SmithAt 3:30pmET this afternoon, Fox News’ Shepard Smith will be channeling his inner rebel.

The host will be in the stands at the Ole Miss-Alabama game, rooting for the former’s victory. Smith spoke to SBNation yesterday about how big the stakes are for this weekend’s SEC
showdown.

There’s never been — I can’t think of a more important week in my 50 years in this town. And we’ve never had the kind of demand that we have. You know, double the stadium size will be in town this weekend. Most people won’t get inside. With “GameDay” here, and with CBS here with the game of the week and so many celebrities, it’s insanity. And it’s good for Oxford. I think, finally we’re ready for this. A lot of times, when we’ve gotten to the big moment — the [2003] LSU game under Eli [Manning] on campus comes to mind, and the [2009] South Carolina game when we were No. 4 — we hit those big moments, and they were too big for us. I think we’re past that. I think we’re ready.

President Obama Calls Out Fox News in Two Speeches

With the ongoing ISIS and Ebola crisis, President Obama surely has a lot on his mind. And yesterday, apparently Fox News was too.

In two separate speeches, the president cited the network during stump speeches.

“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” Obama said during a speech at Northwestern University. “Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News, it turns out it’s working out pretty well in the real world” (watch Greta Van Susteren react after the jump).

To hammer home the point, the president leveraged social media.

Later in the day, Obama was at it again, this time invoking one of the network’s primetime hosts.

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Stephen Colbert Responds to His ‘North Star’: ‘Bill O’Reilly is a F***ing Egomaniac’

O'Reilly ColbertThe tit-for-tat between Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert continued last night with Colbert addressing the Fox News host he considers “very dear” to him.

“Bill, baby doll, you’re of my ilk,” Colbert said to O’Reilly in response to O’Reilly saying “Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight Jihad.”

“That’s outrageous. Bill O’Reilly has to do his own bleeping? C’mon Rupert Murdoch, spring for the bleep machine. I got one here, watch: Bill O’Reilly is a f***cking egomaniac.” Colbert then added, “I don’t mean it.”

The dust-up between O’Reilly and Colbert resulted from Colbert mocking O’Reilly’s suggestion to have an anti-terror mercenary force paid for by coalition forces to fight terror groups like ISIS.

We’ll keep our eyes on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to see if O’Reilly has a response to his, as Colbert described it, “ilk-mate.”

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As President Obama Goes, Here’s How Cable News Goes…

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With the midterm elections approaching and President Obama three quarters of the way through his presidency, we thought we’d see how the big three cable news networks’ ratings have fared in direct comparison to the president’s popularity.

We looked at President Obama’s monthly Gallup approval ratings dating back to January 2009: from his inauguration through September’s approval ratings, which was released yesterday. The president began his first term with a 64% approval rating. As of today, he is at 42%, a 22-point drop. For the networks, we looked at the Monday-Sunday total viewership for both total day and primetime (Live +Same Day). Our chart (after the jump) breaks down the networks’ quarterly averages.

Of the three networks, Fox News’ ratings have been the most stable in comparison to fluctuations in the president’s approval rating. FNC’s high point was around the 2012 presidential election, when Obama was at 51% approval. The network’s low point came earlier this year, when Obama was at 43% approval.

CNN’s peak came at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration, when Obama sat at 64% approval. Its basement was the second quarter of 2012 when Obama had dropped to 47%. At that time, all networks were in wall-to-wall presidential campaign coverage.

Like FNC, MSNBC’s high point came at the time of the 2012 election, when Obama was at 51%. MSNBC has had the biggest drop since the 2012 election, and is at its low point right now, just as President Obama is, who’s tied for his all-time low at 42%.

Network and presidential ratings, after the jump.

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Q3 2014 Ratings: Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network

fox news logoIn addition to being the most-watched basic cable network for the quarter in primetime, Fox News Channel saw across-the-board growth vs. Q3 2013. FNC was up +2% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo for total day viewing and up +10% in viewers and up +11% in the demo in primetime.

The ratings for Q3, 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,777,000 total viewers / 309,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,045,000 total viewers / 215,000 A25-54

FNC’s all-network total viewer win in extended primetime (7-11pmET) is its first since the network launched 18 years ago. Six of FNC’s programs were number one in total viewers on all of basic cable during their timeslots for the quarter, including “Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom,” “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“On The Record” was up +16% in total viewers and up +8% in the A25-54 demo. Both “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” had their best quarters in the demo for their timeslots since Q4 2012, which included the presidential election.

For the 7th consecutive quarter, Fox News had the top 14 programs among total viewers.

For First Time Ever, Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime For Full Quarter

Fox News Channel reached a historic milestone in the just-finished third quarter. Not only is the network once again the most-watched news channel, but for the first time ever FNC was No. 1 in extended primetime total viewers (7-11pmET/Mon-Fri) in all of basic cable – topping ESPN, USA and TNT. It’s also the first time since the first quarter of 2003 that Fox News was No. 1 in primetime (8-11pmET).

In extended prime (7-11pmET) FNC is up +11% in total viewers and up +10% in A25-54 viewers for the hours which include “On the Record,” “O’Reilly Factor,” “Kelly File,” and “Hannity,” a lineup which went into affect a year ago next week.

FNC’s gains came as the entertainment and sports networks saw loses: ESPN was down -3% in Total Viewers and down -11% in the demo vs. Q3 2013. TNT was down -13%/-18% and USA was down -23%/-15% from 7-11pmET.

FNC was third for total day viewing, behind Nickelodeon and Adult Swim.

We’ll break down the full news channel quarterly ratings later today. First, here’s a look at how the top cable channels stacked up in Q3 2014 (Mon-Fri).

Cable Network Ranker (Q3 2014)

O’Reilly: ‘Mr. Colbert and Others of His Ilk Have No Bleeping Clue How to Fight the Jihad’

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly had a clear message for Stephen Colbert on fighting terror.

“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the Jihad,” O’Reilly said. “In the world of the ideologue, where Colbert lives, solutions don’t really matter…it’s how you feel about things,” O’Reilly added before advising his audience to run fast when they encounter people who have nothing constructive to say.

O’Reilly was responding to a segment in which Colbert mocked him for his plan to have an anti-terror mercenary force paid for by coalition forces.

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