Reports say NBC ‘freaking out’ over ‘ratings disaster’ Megyn Kelly

On Monday, Breitbart.com reported that NBC is said to be “freaking out” over “ratings disaster” Megyn Kelly, citing a report at Radar Online.

According to Radar Online, Kelly’s “interview with Erin Andrews for Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly was destroyed by 60 Minutes, which scored 7.66 million total viewers. Kelly got a paltry 4.35 million people to tune in to her program.”

“They didn’t pay her $15 million for this. They are now worried that her numbers will be bad when she joins the 9 am hour of Today,” a source reportedly said. “If Kelly tanks at 9 am she will also bring down Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at 10 am.”

Breitbart added:

The debut of Kelly’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, with its much-hyped Vladimir Putin interview, could not even beat out a rerun of 60 Minutes. Her second show got clobbered as well. As Radar Online noted, Kelly’s interview with Erin Andrews “was destroyed by 60 Minutes, which scored 7.66 million total viewers. Kelly got a paltry 4.35 million people to tune in to her program.”

Already in desperation mode, NBC is reportedly “scrambling” to land big “gets” like Kathy Griffin or Adrianna Grande because, according to the source, the network seems to have already determined that “people are not tuning in to watch Megyn without huge guests.”

After reportedly being rejected multiple times, Kelly finally found a producer for her daily one-hour morning show just last Friday.

The unnamed source also reportedly Radar Online the network is trying to get Kelly interviews with Kathy Griffin, the alleged comedian who held a facsimile of Donald Trump’s bloody severed head.

“NBC needs big gets to increase Megyn’s numbers,” the source reportedly said. “People are not tuning in to watch Megyn without huge guests.”

Which may explain why she interviewed Infowars’ Alex Jones for a program to be broadcast on Father’s Day.  Jones, by the way, has asked the network to pull the interview, according to Infowars:

In response to the promo video, Jones said that Megyn Kelly had lied to him about the purpose of the interview.

They were here from 9:30 in the morning to almost 11 at night. And Megyn Kelly lied to me several weeks before she came here, and she said that the interview was not going to be about Sandy Hook and the mass shooting there, and it was not going to be about pizzagate – these other issues that the media always obsesses on and misrepresents what I’ve said and what I’ve done.

She said, “oh, we might mention those but it’s really just a profile on you.”

The Infowars host then remembered all the strange and ‘lawyery’ questions Kelly asked throughout the interview…

“She’s a lawyer. It was a total cross-examination,” he said, according to the Infowars post. “And when I said that I believe children died at Sandy Hook, as I’ve said for years, she kept coming back with answers saying ‘you believe nobody died! You believe Anderson Cooper was involved!’ and I said ‘NO! My listeners questioned it, I had debates with both sides, and I played devil’s advocate.’”

“I agree with the families of the victims of Sandy hook – the Alex Jones profile interview with Megyn Kelly does not need to air. It needs to be shelved,” Jones said. “And it needs to not be aired on Father’s Day. It’s not appropriate, and it misrepresents what I said, and I told them that I had a final statement last year.”

The Breitbart piece noted:

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack has reportedly been busy lowering expectations for Kelly to the network’s affiliates.

When news of NBC’s hiring of Kelly broke, one executive reportedly said that “the degree of difficulty” would be “extremely high” for Kelly and if she does not succeed, “she could end up fading into obscurity,” especially since her trial run at Fox News for a news-magazine show was panned and got terrible ratings.


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