Bill O’Reilly’s lost his mojo. His “triumphant” return to TV only managed to attract a meager 17,000 viewers. At the height of his career on Fox News millions of people tuned into his show every weeknight.
O’Reilly appeared on Newsmax TV Tuesday night to discuss President Trump’s State of the Union address.
O’Reilly was booted from Fox News last April after a string of sexual abuse allegations became public. The network spent tens of millions of dollars trying to keep O’Reilly’s victims quiet.
“I may come back to television, it just depends,” O’Reilly told Newsmax TV last year after his public disgrace.
“We’re living in a pretty vicious age now. Whoever I work for is going to have to have a lot of courage to stop the far left from attacking sponsors and spreading lies about people.”
O’Reilly denies the allegations against him. His denials seem a little hollow, however, when you remember that one of his accusers was paid a whopping $32 million to keep quiet. That’s a lot of money for an innocent man to fork over.
The public has lost its faith in the former host.
“Newsmax TV was founded by longtime Trump-pal Chris Ruddy in 2014, and is seen by many as an up-and-coming challenger to Fox News,” Mediaite writes.
“But even with the former king of cable providing special analysis, the network’s SOTU coverage averaged a paltry 11,000 households, reaching a high of 17,000 households… That, to put it bluntly, is basically a zero in cable news.”
His old colleagues meanwhile, had a terrific night. Megyn Kelly knocked it out of the park with her coverage for NBC, and MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN all enjoyed a State of the Union ratings bump.
Viewers were eager for coverage of Trump’s explosive speech, they just didn’t want it from O’Reilly.