Fox News Attracts High Ratings After Unveiling New Primetime Lineup

Tucker Carlson host of

Tucker Carlson host of"Tucker Carlson Tonight" appears on the set in New York Thursday

O'Reilly, who hosted "The O'Reilly Factor", was sacked by Fox last week following news about Fox settling sexual-harassment cases involving him for millions of dollars.

"I am sad that I'm not on television anymore", the 67-year-old said in the 19-minute recording.

A New York Times report published earlier this month revealed that O'Reilly and 21st Century Fox, Fox News's parent company, paid about $13 million to five women who had allegedly been harassed by O'Reilly.

The premiere of Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox News Channel featured 20 national TV spots from 18 brands, including some that had pulled out of The O'Reilly Factor. He added he was "very surprised how it all turned out", but "I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out". "I can't say a lot, because there's so much stuff going on right now".

He opened the podcast, however, by addressing both his dismissal from Fox News and the ongoing allegations made against him.

O'Reilly was on vacation in Italy when Fox announced they would cancel his show, The O'Reilly Factor - as well as the announcement of ensuing $25 million payout O'Reilly will receive. O'Reilly said on his podcast. "He set a high bar and I'm going to do my best to meet it".

Aside from that O'Reilly claimed that he would rather keep the information under wraps for now because he doesn't want the media to "misconstrue it".

However, the "Loyal O'Reilly" listeners deserve to know the truth and he and his team are now working in that direction.

Carlson's ratings matched the O'Reilly Factor's long-running dominance of primetime cable news, a sign that viewers of the Factor remain loyal to the network's new line-up - for now.

In the new lawsuit the employees say they repeatedly complained to network executives about Slater's racist behavior but no action was taken.

Compared to the same day previous year, FNC's primetime average is up double-digits in both categories - up 31 percent in total viewers and 54 percent in the demo. And in cable news, nothing draws a bigger crowd of would-be consumers than Fox News' prime-time roster.

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