NBC’s newest talent Megyn Kelly’s first three shows have failed to beat reruns of 60 Minutes, and television executives are already reportedly wondering if NBC is going to cancel Kelly’s Sunday newsmagazine show after the football season.
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, whose reporting on the establishment press is well-regarded, reported this week, “After three episodes of Megyn Kelly’s ‘Sunday Night,’ TV execs are asking: Will the newsmag come back after the fall/winter NFL season?”
Kelly’s show was scheduled to “have a limited run on NBC this summer” before returning to “a more regular schedule in the spring of 2018, after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and Sunday Night Football.” But those plans may be in doubt after Kelly has failed to deliver NBC ratings.
The premiere of Kelly’s show drew 6.1 million viewers three weeks ago but still lost to a rerun of 60 Minutes. It has been all downhill since for Kelly. Her second show drew 3.6 million viewers and lost to reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Her third show, which featured Kelly’s controversial interview with Alex Jones, was her lowest-rated show to date despite being the most hyped. It drew just 3.5 million viewers and again failed to beat reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos.