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Rupert Murdoch Congratulates Fox News Staff for High Ratings after Ousting Bill O’Reilly

Despite releasing Bill O’Reilly recently, Fox News seems to still be doing well according to the head of the network.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, congratulated Fox News staff Tuesday for excellent ratings after O’Reilly’s departure.

“Last night’s ratings are in and I couldn’t be more proud to announce that, not only did FOX News beat all other cable news competition with our new primetime debut, but we also increased our ratings 31% in total viewers and 54% in the demo compared to last year,” Murdoch said in a memo obtained by Business Insider. 

“This was a stellar performance that couldn’t have happened without the amazing effort and dedication from everyone on the team over the last week,” he added.

Tucker Carlson replaced O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot Monday, beating out all other U.S. cable news programs.

Carlson’s debut at the new time drew in just under 3.2 million viewers, beating the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined.

Reflecting on the loss of O’Reilly, Murdoch wrote the following in his memo:

“I know the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work.”

O’Reilly has started up again with his new podcast where he has vowed to let the truth behind his ousting at Fox come out eventually.

“I am sad that I’m not on television anymore,” he said. “I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot because there’s much stuff going on right now, but I can tell you that I am very confident the truth will come out and when it does I don’t know if you are going to be surprised, but I think you are going to be shaken as I am.”