Fox News Overtakes Brian Williams' MSNBC Show in Late-Night Ratings

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February 27, 2018

The new Fox News program "Fox News @ Night" passed MSNBC host Brian Williams' "The 11th Hour" in the 11 P.M. ET ratings for the first time in February.

In a time slot that once served as a re-run for "The O'Reilly Factor" and later "Tucker Carlson Tonight," veteran Fox News host Shannon Bream was tapped to host the new show mixing hard news and analysis starting Oct. 30.

She finally overtook Williams by getting an average audience of 1.55 million to Williams' 1.48 million this past month, Mediaite reports:

Bream’s 11 p.m. show boasted an average audience of 1.55 million, with 374,000 in the coveted 25-54 demographic, while MSNBC’s program garnered 1.48 million viewers and 325,000 in the key demo. CNN Tonight with Don Lemon took bronze in the time slot. (The previous month, Williams averaged 1.64 million total viewers and 376,000 in the demo, compared to Bream’s 1.523 million and 351,000 in the same metrics.)

Williams has hosted "The 11th Hour," which runs for the hour and serves as a recap of the day's news, since 2016. He was anchor of "NBC Nightly News" for 10 years before being suspended for six months in 2015 and demoted from the position for a series of fabrications.

He returned to MSNBC, NBC's left-leaning cable affiliate, as a breaking news anchor later that year.