If the ratings for the Megyn Kelly premier on the Peacock Network is any indication of the future for the former-poster girl for Fox News, the best descriptive word for her very well may be “has-been.”
As it turns out, the long awaited Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly is by every definition, a complete flop.
According to Business Insider, her contract with NBC is estimated to pull-in somewhere between $15-20 million a year.
Yet as reporter Daniel Nussbaum of Breitbart.com notes, the good news for the news reader is that the first-ever airing didn’t come in second. The bad news is, she came in third.
Running away in the prime time ratings was the second game of the NBA championship, but who came in second place was quite a bit of a shocker.
As reported, she came in THIRD, right behind a re-run of 60 Minutes;
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly drew 6.1 million viewers in its 7 p.m. time slot, behind 60 Minutes‘ 6.6 million viewers. Both news programs lost handily to ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals Game 2 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, which drew an average of around 15.5 million viewers.
Overall, NBC finished third on the night in total viewers with an average of 4.7 million, but second in the demo, with an average 1.0 rating. ABC blew away all competition with its NBA coverage, while Fox and CBS came in third and fourth in the demo, respectively.
Kelly — the former Fox News star who departed for NBC in January — promoted a high-profile interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin to help kick off her Sunday night show.
Critical reception to the interview was mixed, though the exchange between Kelly and Putin could be fairly described as contentious; when Kelly asked whether Putin might have compromising information on U.S. President Donald Trump, the Russian president asked: “Have you all lost your senses over there?”
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