(HOLLYWOODREPORTER) — Perennial ratings victor Fox News Channel celebrates a new milestone this week: It just wrapped its 50th consecutive quarter (and 150th consecutive month) as the most watched cable news network in both total day and primetime. It's a record only matched by ESPN, which has enjoyed a similar dominance in the sports category.
Though FNC, like all cable news networks, saw year-to-year losses in the second quarter, its average 1.6 million viewers and 267,000 adults 25-54 still gives it large margins of victory in primetime — where its biggest competition might be itself. In recent weeks, 9 p.m. anchor Megyn Kelly has out-rated her lead-in, reigning cable news champ Bill O'Reilly, on several occasions. That achievement did not escape the attention of FNC executive vp programming Bill Shine, who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the streak, the year of changes and some recent coverage choices.
"For us, that was a big change; we hardly make any adjustments to our primetime lineup," Shine says of the decision to move Kelly from daytime to prime. "[She's] much newsier. And I think we're fortunate to have good timing."
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