Megyn Kelly is in trouble.
The once-rising star of Fox News left for NBC in pursuit of more money and in the midst of accusing Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
But Megyn Kelly just got horrible news.
NBC believed Megyn Kelly was box office talent and that her loyal fans would follow her.
But they didn’t.
Kelly has not lived up to her reported $18 million contract because her ratings continue to plummet since her premiere episode featuring an interview with Vladimir Putin.
A rerun of 60 Minutes beat out the episode – which signifies one of two things – either nobody cares about the Trump-Russia conspiracy, or Kelly’s clout as a “journalist” has significantly declined.
In her following Sunday episode, Kelly interviewed controversial talking head Alex Jones of InfoWars – and even he called her out on Twitter.
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) June 26, 2017
NBC is clearly kicking themselves for choosing to hire her.
“NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly got walloped by a fresh episode of 60 Minutes and lost yet again to a rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos. In fact, as Variety pointed out, Kelly’s show slipped to “a new low in both the key demo and total viewers.’
Kelly’s much-hyped interview with Alex Jones that aired last week was her lowest-rated program to date until last night’s show, which ‘averaged a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.
That is down from a 0.5 and 3.6 million viewers [for] last week’s episode.’ 60 Minutes had 7.2 million viewers while the rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos got 3.9 million.
Kelly’s debut show, which featured an interview with Russian Vladimir Putin that was resoundingly mocked because Kelly seemed way out of her league, lost to a rerun of 60 Minutes and her second show could not beat out reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Her third program, which featured the much-hyped Alex Jones interview, tanked as well, losing again to reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos while drawing just 3.6 million viewers.
Kelly’s terrible ratings have led to many questions about her marketability and competence.
A network executive reportedly told CNN that NBC’s ‘fundamental mistake’ was thinking Kelly was a “superstar” while Variety noted that Kelly’s star is ‘dimmer than ever’ The Boston Globe eviscerated Kelly for being a ‘poseur’ who lacks the ‘acumen’ and ‘magnetism’ to succeed at NBC News.
Variety also pointed out that Kelly has pretty much alienated everyone in just three weeks at NBC.
NBC News has reportedly been ‘freaking out’ over the that Kelly is turning out to be.
Her ratings have been so terrible a New York radio host said NBC may be looking to unload Kelly and even ask Fox News to take her back.
But a high-ranking Fox News official told Breibart News last week that there would be ‘no way’ Kelly could crawl back to the network if such a scenario occurred and emphasized that Kelly simply would ‘not be welcomed back.’”
NBC has an enormous contract with Kelly, but it’s starting to look reminiscent of when they hired Conan O’Brien to replace Jay Leno – and still had to pay O’Brien despite their costly mistake.