Fox News Viewers, Advertisers Return After O'Reilly Departure

Viewers and advertisers returned to Fox News Channel after the recent high-profile departure of longtime on-air prime-time fixture Bill O’Reilly.

Kantar Media says a key metric came from returning advertisers to Fox News in the 9 p.m. Monday through Friday prime-time hour -- where “The Five” now runs.

Here, four key prime-time advertisers -- Claritin, Jenny Craig, Trivago, and UNTUCKit -- ran commercials on Monday, April 24, among 25 total commercials, totaling 13 minutes paid ads.

This compares favorably to the April 3 broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor” -- the last airing of the show before a mass advertiser exodus -- where those four advertisers ran commercials among 32 total spots, amounting to 13 minutes/25 seconds of paid advertising.

When the advertising boycott of “Factor” was in full swing, for example, on April 10, the show’s episode yielded just 11 commercials, totaling 7 minutes/10 seconds of paid advertising time. For the entire two-week advertiser boycott, “Factor” averaged about 8 minutes of paid ad time per hour, coming most from small-media-budget brands and direct-response marketers.



“The O’Reilly Factor,” running at 8 p.m., was replaced by “Tucker Carlson Live” this past Monday. It had occupied the 9 p.m. time slot. Analysts believe most, if not all, of that show’s advertising moved with him to the new 8 p.m. period.

On Monday, April 24 -- the first day of the scheduling change -- “Carlson” earned 3.18 million Nielsen viewers and 636,000 among key news 25-54 viewers. On “O’Reilly” last night, the previous Monday, he scored 3.7 million viewers and 635,000 among key 25-54 news viewers.

For its part, “The Five” on Monday took in 2.76 million and 568,000 25-54 viewers.

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