The evidence is piling up that Megyn Kelly’s career peaked at Fox News.
While Kelly may have thought she’d bolster her image by moving from a conservative-leaning network to a more “traditional” (translation: liberal) network, she failed to bring her audience with her.
After all, few viewers from Fox followed her to NBC, which they likely viewed as a betrayal. Her previous conservative audience now sees her as a “RINO,” and any potential liberal viewers at NBC see her as a Fox conservative.
Her debut episode on NBC drew in 6.1 million viewers – and it peaked there. That’s because the first-half of the episode featured an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her ratings then plummeted after the Putin interview.
It was just two weeks ago that she was getting beaten by reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And it gets worse, much worse. Before she had been on the air for a full season, Kelly shed half of her audience. And now her show is being ended early due to poor ratings.
The initial run of Megyn Kelly’s Sunday newsmagazine show will reportedly be taken off the air at least two episodes earlier than scheduled because of her disastrous ratings.
Last week, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly set another viewership low with just 2.71 million total viewers. In the last three weeks, her show has failed to beat the years-old Dateline rerun the network ran in her show’s time slot when Kelly took a week off during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
According to the New York Post, “Kelly’s ratings-challenged Sunday show was announced as a limited” run that would return after the football season. The network was reportedly angling for at least ten episodes but apparently decided to end Kelly’s misery after eight episodes as Kelly’s downward spiral in the ratings did not stop.
An NBC spinmeister claimed that Kelly’s show was going off the air after this week’s show because she needs to be “freed up to focus” on her morning show. Translation: Kelly needs to do all she can to not ruin NBC’s crown jewel Today franchise. Network executives, who reportedly have been freaking out about Kelly’s poor ratings, are probably praying that Kelly simply does no more harm than she has already done in her short time at the network.
It looks like Fox News didn’t lose anything with Kelly’s departure except a liability!
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