Fox News Channel’s highly rated “The O’Reilly Factor” -- now under scrutiny from a number of advertisers -- posts strong national advertising revenue results, especially with automotive marketers.
In fact, automotive advertising is the biggest category for the show -- some $13 million for the year-over-year period ending April 3, according to iSpot.tv.
Now, three major automotive brands have announced they have pulled advertising in the show -- Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and BMW.
Mercedes-Benz spent an estimated $1.86 million on the show for the full-year period and $7.4 million on Fox News Channel overall; Hyundai spent $929,000 on the O’Reilly show, $6 million on the network overall; and BMW spent $468,000 on “The O’Reilly Factor” and $5.2 million on Fox News for the April-to-April period.
The move by the automotive marketers came after a recent New York Times story that said five women had received payments totaling some $13 million from host Bill O’Reilly or Fox News’ parent 21st Century Fox to not pursue sexual harassment allegations.
After automotive marketers, the next-biggest category annually for the show has been business and investment services at $9.5 million; pharmaceutical marketers (hospitals/clinics), $8.9 million; health/beauty, $5.8 million; and pharmaceutical pain relief advertisers, $5.2 million.
“The O’Reilly Factor” pulled in $144.1 million in national advertising revenues for the year-over-year period ending April 3. The biggest advertiser on the show -- Rosland Capital, a seller of gold and precious metals -- spent $5.4 million.
For the most recent week, the show averaged 3.3 million Nielsen viewers.
In addition to the car marketers, at least six other advertisers have announced a departure from the show, including Allstate, T. Rowe Price and GlaxoSmithKline.