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Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

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Bob Beckel Apologizes for ‘Chinamen’ Comment, Doesn’t Apologize to Chinese Gov’t

BeckelBob Beckel apologized on “The Five” tonight for using the word “Chinamen” last week.

“I made some comments last week about the Chinese people which apparently upset some people, for which I apologize,” Beckel said near the end of the show.

“However…I do not apologize for the things I’ve said about China—and I won’t go into the litany of it now because there are too many China apologists in this country—but I will continue to warn the American people about how dangerous China is to the U.S. security and to our business community. But to those who were offended, I apologize. I do not apologize to the Chinese government, or for their habits, or for their murders, or for anything else.

Beckel was apologizing for these comments he made last Thursday: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. They have been, they will be and they can wait, they’re very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen— eh, Chinese people— how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” The comments drew widespread criticism, and calls for Beckel’s firing from Asian-American politicians like California congressman Mike Honda and California state senator Ted Lieu.

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Bob Beckel Outnumbered During Hobby Lobby Ruling Debate

On its final day of rulings for this session, the Supreme Court delivered a decision tailor-made for cable news. The ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby involves religious freedom, first amendment rights, and Obamacare. Cable news programs have been debating the ruling and its possible lasting effect since it came in, including on CNN’s “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield,” MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” and FNC’s “Outnumbered.” Just as its title indicates, that’s where FNC’s Bob Beckel found himself on the issue. The cable news day is still young, so expect more fireworks throughout the day.


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‘The Five’ Gets Snapchatted

Fox News’ “The Five” has done well lately in the ratings, and one of its fans went beyond just watching earlier this week: she Snapchatted co-host Eric Bolling a series of images she drew of all the co-hosts’ characteristics draped over her face.

“SavSav” drew Bolling with the caption: “I’m Eric. My hair is always perfect.” Kimberly Guilfoyle‘s image came with a shirt titled, “I heart Bob [Beckel].” Dana Perino donned bright yellow hair, holding her dog Jasper.

Greg Gutfeld is covered by Harry Potter-like glasses, while Bob Beckel dawns his trademark suspenders with an angry face: “I’m Bob Beckel…Grrr,” the message says.


Hannity Cooks For ‘The Five’ After Losing Super Bowl Bet

Sean Hannity cooked a steak dinner for “The Five” tonight to settle a Super Bowl bet he made with Andrea Tantaros. Hannity prepared a salad, shrimp cocktail, and the steaks, which he grilled on the plaza outside the News Corp. building.

While “The Five” co-hosts ate their meal, Hannity made his first on-set appearance on the show and divulged a few little-known facts about himself: he used to be a short-order cook, Bob Beckel has a key to his house, and he loves “The Five” because “it’s just a great show.”


‘Daily Show’ Tells a Love Story: ‘The Five’s’ Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino

“The Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee put on a one-woman show last night dedicated to the love story between two of Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts: “young girl new to the bit city” Dana Perino and “rebelicious” Greg Gutfeld.

Confused about what makes “The Five” different than a panel show, Bee told host Jon Stewart the show is more than that:

“‘The Five’ is the storyboard of the human condition,” Bee said. “The truth about ‘The Five’ is that it’s a story as old as time…a story of love.”

Bee then played a montage of warm moments between Perino and Gutfeld, turning to the story’s other suitors for Dana: co-host Eric Bolling and “villain” Bob Beckel.

Bee concluded with uncontrollable anguish at the revelation that Gutfeld is married to another woman in real life (Perino is also married), but still “gallivanted around” while allowing “precious Dana” fall in love with him.

>Update: Apparently, the loving couple Bee depicted enjoyed the tale of their romance. Check out the gift she received today:

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The Ticker: Claman, Best Dressed, Romney

  • FBN’s Liz Claman will report live from CES in Las Vegas next Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Mitt Romney will sit down with Chris Wallace for an interview that airs on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend. Romney will talk about the healthcare rollout and the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

‘The Five’s’ Best/Worst Christmas Presents

Five Christmas“The Five” had a lively discussion about the best and worst Christmas presents to give.

“Of course, I’ve given clothing,” Dana Perino said. “What else is there to get guys?” Co-host Eric Bolling countered with advice for all men: there is no bad gift from a woman…even a mani-pedi.

“The mani-pedi…forget about it,” Bob Beckel said, adding a cheese tasting class and watches to his bad gift list.

Greg Gutfeld suggested the best presents are fun instead of falling into the self-help category.

Watch the host’s Secret Santa present exchange after the jump. Read more

Bob Beckel & Kimberly Guilfoyle ‘Going After’ That Other New Year’s Eve Duo

Bob Beckel Kimberly GuilfoyleTwo of “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle have news for CNN’s New Year’s Eve hosts: “We’re going after Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin,” Guilfoyle joked to TVNewser in a phone interview this afternoon previewing their just-announced New Year’s Eve special on Fox News.

“And we’re gonna get em,” Beckel added.

Guilfoyle and Beckel will host a live hour at 9pmET, ahead of the New Year’s Eve Times Square special hosted by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which now begins at 10pmET. It’s actually Hemmer and Hasselbeck who will be going up against Cooper and Griffin at the other end of the Times Square riser, and the other end of the cable dial.

Why did the normally disagreeable Guilfoyle and Beckel agree to this New Year’s Eve shift?

“I was reluctantly pulled into it because Kimberly’s looking for a fifth husband,” Beckel joked. (She’s actually only been married twice). Similarly, Guilfoyle says she’s making Beckel’s love life her New Year’s resolution: “What I wish for Bob…is to pick one, just one, sweet lady to spend time with.”

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bill Hemmer to Host New Year’s Eve Special on Fox News

Fox News is changing things up for its New Year’s Eve coverage this year: after six years of hosting the network’s NYE special alongside Bill Hemmer, Megyn Kelly gets the night off to ring in 2014. “Fox & Friends” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be in Times Square with Hemmer beginning at 11pmET. >Update: the program has been expanded and will now begin at 9pmET.

The news was announced on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch, via J$P:

Hasselbeck and Hemmer will be joined by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Ainsley Earhardt and Rick Leventhal. The special will feature performances by Rodney Atkins, Blues Traveler and Susan Boyle.

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