Fox News ratings down, but not disastrous

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 08:20 hrs

Like most news outlets, Fox News has taken a post-election ratings hit, but it is not as dire as some would have you believe.

Don Kaplan of New York Daily News reports that Fox News host Sean Hannity "lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly... retained around 70 percent of his audience."

The official numbers, which Nielsen provided to POLITICO upon request, go through the week of Nov. 19 and show "Hannity" (9 p.m. ET) finishing with 1.952 million viewers, down from a 3.6 million high in the week before the election. Ratings for "The O'Reilly Factor" (8 p.m. ET) fell from 4.135 million in the week prior to the election to 3.049 million three weeks later.

But the drop for both Hannity and O'Reilly merely brings them back to the ratings they had prior to the Republican National Convention, with Hannity drawing around two million viewers a night while O'Reilly draws roughly 3 million. (ANI)

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