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O’Reilly Ratings Up Despite Suit

10/15/2004 9:15 AM Eastern

Despite, or maybe because of, the sexual-harassment suit he faces, Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor averaged 3.3 million viewers Thursday night, a 10% increase over his ratings in September, according to Nielsen Media Research data supplied by Fox News Channel Friday.

The show also averaged 1 million viewers in the 25-54 demographic, an 11% jump from September.

O’Reilly this week sued an associate producer on his show, Andrea Mackris, alleging that she was trying to extort $60 million from him and Fox News. Shortly thereafter, she lodged a sexual-harassment suit against O’Reilly.

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