Kelly had the highest-rated cable news show for the month, even with her week-long vacation. Buoyed by the record-breaking showcase of Fox News Channel’s GOP debate and her 11 p.m. telecast that night, she outpaced typical victor Bill O’Reilly for only the third full month since she shifted to her high-profile primetime slot in late 2013.
The 9 p.m. show averaged 566,000 adults 25-54, a 41 percent jump and safely above O’Reilly’s 541,000 in the news demographic. With the debate, their respective showings and Sean Hannity’s — the host welcomed one of the months higher-profile visits from Trump — FNC primetime was up a whopping 64 percent in the demo from August 2014. (All told, it was the net’s highest-rated month since November 2012.)