It seems that ever since Fox News decided to get rid of Bill O’Reilly over sexual harassment allegations, the network has been in a bit of a downward spiral when it comes to ratings.
Extreme far-left channels like MSNBC with absolute crackpots on their shows (and yes, Fox has some too) have actually enjoyed ratings gains for once in a long time. From The Blaze:
Left-wing cable news outlet MSNBC enjoyed historic ratings gains in May, and after a brief stumble the first week of June, appears to have found its place back on top of the cable-news mountain in the key 25-54 demographic during primetime on weekdays.
Fox News still leads in overall viewers, but previously the channel dominated in all areas.
Cue Bill O’Reilly, who is not going away. The former cable king is now talking about forming a competing network to Fox News. From the Washington Free Beacon:
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly hinted at starting a competing network to his old home, saying Saturday that “I am starting my own operation.”
“But I am starting my own operation. We are going to do that,” adding that his website, billoreilly.com, will beta test a half-hour newscast “where we will go into a studio and here it will look like ‘The Factor.’ … It’s basically an experiment to see how many people are going to want this service. That’s coming and will be here before September in a robust form. But I suspect there will be another network maybe merging with us. There will be a network that rises up because the numbers for Fox are going down.”
It’s always better for the people if there is competition and choice, so this will probably come as good news for O’Reilly’s fan base. Some people were not happy that Fox News fired him over allegations that never actually went to court because the accusers accepted monetary settlements.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out and who his potential partner could be in this idea if they move forward with it.