O’Reilly: ‘Catastrophic’ Ratings Show MSNBC in ‘Collapse’

By Mark Joyella 

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Bill O’Reilly, whose ratings have only grown since he was accused of misrepresenting his “wartime” reporting experience, blasted MSNBC as a failed network Thursday. O’Reilly noted that millions watched Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu give a speech before Congress Tuesday, but MSNBC’s audience for the speech was a distant third behind Fox News and CNN. “The ratings for them were catastrophic,” O’Reilly said.

“At 8 p.m., the Factor had nearly five times as many viewers as the program on MSNBC,” O’Reilly explained. “At 9 p.m., Megyn Kelly slaughtered her opposition three-to-one.” MSNBC ended February with a significant drop in viewership among key viewers, and has since canceled two daytime shows, “The Reid Report” and “Ronan Farrow Daily.” To O’Reilly, the network’s ratings show “total collapse.”

Asking regular guest Bernard Goldberg why the network has fared so poorly, Goldberg suggested it’s simply not interesting to watch. “Whether you love Fox or hate Fox, and people do both, it’s never boring,” Goldberg said. “And whether you love Barack Obama or Bill Clinton, they weren’t boring either. They were entertaining in their own way.”