Ratings for the Fox News Channel benefited from a series of high-profile interviews last week. Deadline.com reports that Megyn Kelly’s sitdowns with various members of the Duggar family from “19 Kids and Counting” — embroiled in a child abuse scandal — helped the cable channel pull an average prime-time audience of 1.64 million viewers for the week of June 1-7.
That was good enough to place FNC in the No. 2 spot for the week among cable networks, just behind USA Network with 1.653 million.
“Up 12% in viewers over the week before, it is pretty clear that Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interviews with the parents and two of the sisters/victims of ’19 Kids and Counting’s’ Josh Duggar [were] fueling a lot of FNC’s traction,” Deadline reports.
The docuseries “Legends & Lies,” airing on Saturday, made its own contribution to the FNC success story with 1.37 million viewers, the report notes.
Among Fox’s cable news competitors, MSNBC placed 27th overall among cable channels with a prime-time average of 519,000, and CNN was 33rd with 443,000.