Megyn Kelly-Fox News ratings: "The Kelly File" is already the no. 2 most-watched show on cable news.

Megyn Kelly Trails Only Bill O'Reilly in the Cable News Ratings Race

Megyn Kelly Trails Only Bill O'Reilly in the Cable News Ratings Race

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Oct. 30 2013 11:31 AM

Megyn Kelly Trails Only Bill O'Reilly in the Cable News Ratings Race

Megyn Kelly attends at the benefit concert for Army SPC Bryan Dilberain at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on April 27, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

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Megyn Kelly isn't the Fox News anchor of liberals' dreams, but it appears as though she doesn't need bipartisan cross-over appeal to post monster ratings. According to the latest Nielsen numbers, her new show is already the second-most-watched on cable news after only one month on the air. The Los Angeles Times:

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.

"The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor" (2.8 million), according to Nielsen. (The ratings measurement company ends its month a little sooner than most people's calendars do.)
Kelly, a longtime anchor for Fox News, took over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity, who moved to 10 p.m. as part of a broader network shake-up. Bill O'Reilly remained in place at 8 p.m. Kelly appears to have already improved on Hannity's numbers. As recently as August, he was averaging 1.6 million total viewers. However, October was a fairly high-traffic period for cable news, given concern over the government shutdown.

Overall, Fox News still has a strangelhold on cable news' prime-time race, averaging 1.9 million total viewers compared to MSNBC's 780,000 and CNN's 525,000.

If you haven't read it yet, now's a good time to check out my colleague Willa Paskin's great The Kelly File review, which tackles the dueling legends of Megyn Kelly: "Kelly the unflappable, impeccable Fox News star, and Kelly the unflappable, impeccable Fox News star who maybe knows Fox News is crazy."