Monday night’s “O’Reilly Factor” was the leader of a big ratings night for FNC. Bill O’Reilly saw his first 1 million-plus viewer telecast in the A25-54 demographic for the year (1.07M A25-54, 3.81M Total Viewers). In prime-time Total Viewers, FNC averaged 3.107M with none of it’s programs dipping below 1 million viewers between 5pmET and midnight (even the 11pm rebroadcast of O’Reilly had 1.657M Total). Interestingly, it was all on a night we noted for O’Reilly’s trumpeting how strong the FNC ratings have been.
O’Reilly followed that up with today’s show and heavy criticism of GE. First showing images and statistics of American soldiers injured by IEDs, O’Reilly then pointed to an FBI investigation into American companies who may have shipped parts to a foreign company called Corezing International, which were eventually used for roadside bombs. He then said, “The Factor has been told, but can’t confirm that the General Electric corporation is under suspicion in the case,” and summarized the previous reports he’s made about Iran, GE, and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. (Video below.)
Shortly after, O’Reilly had a segment we’d previously heard might be aired last night: a look at comparisons a recent NYTimes column had drawn between GE’s accounting and the now-notorious accounting practices at Enron. Glenn Beck made an appearance to reiterate what he broadcast on his own show Monday and had the following conversation about GE with O’Reilly:
O’Reilly: We think they are a…evil empire? I don’t know.
Beck: Wait a minute, do you really?
O’Reilly: You know, I don’t like what they do. I don’t like how they handle themselves. I don’t like NBC Cews. I don’t like any of that, but I may be overstating it.
Beck: They may not be evil?
O’Reilly: As evil as I think they are.
Beck: I love this, America. You have got two pretty smart people sitting here having a discussion whether a company is evil. I think there is a good chance.
O’Reilly: They are polluters. They have distorted their news agency to be — promote a presidential candidate. They gotta pay 50 million in fines for cooking the books. A whole bunch of other things in play. I mean, you tell me.
If there’s actually a cease-fire, it’s the worst one in the history of armistices. Videos after the jump.