Hannity Beats O'Reilly in Ratings War
His interview with Sarah Palin trumps that of his Fox colleague
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2009 1:04 PM CST
Bill O'Reilly in a 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
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(Newser) – Sean Hannity's interview with Sarah Palin helped him achieve a rare feat: his show beat the O'Reilly Factor as the top-rated cable news program of the week. Hannity's Nov. 18 interview drew 4.2 million viewers, a shade above Bill O'Reilly's talk with her the next night at 4.12 million. O'Reilly's long been the ratings king, but Hannity's been closing fast. Watching with interest is IrishCentral, which sees it as an epic battle between two "Celtic warriors."