O'Reilly Routs Chung in Debut


The debut of Cable News Network's Connie Chung Tonight posted a 0.9
rating, way behind Fox News Channel rival Bill O'Reilly but way ahead of what
the time slot was doing a year ago.

On Monday, Chung's 8 p.m. offering, which was heavily promoted, attracted
750,000 households with its 0.9 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research data
supplied by FNC. That compares with the 2.0 rating, or 1.629 million homes,
The O'Reilly Factor garnered that same night at 8 p.m.

On MSNBC, The News with Brian Williams did a 0.5, or 413,000

Chung's household ratings were up 83 percent from what the 8 p.m. slot was
doing on CNN the same day one year ago. But most of the cable news channels are
up, with O'Reilly actually seeing a 109 percent ratings gain this past Monday
compared with the same day one year ago.

In the 25-through-54 demographic, Chung averaged 217,000 viewers. That number
was beat by both O'Reilly (581,000) and Williams (247,000).