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If you thought Fox News was in trouble after O’Reilly exit, PR nightmares and lineup changes, you’d be wrong

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Even as rival networks gleefully report on the downfall of Fox News, the embattled network continues to hammer them into dust.

The month of April saw Fox’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, ousted after a barrage of sexual harassment claims were levied against him.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper heralded the news of O’Reilly’s demise, and for good reason as O’Reilly pummeled him in the ratings for years, when he declared that “the sleazy have fallen.”

Sean Hannity was accused of sexual harassment by one of his long time detractors, who then promptly backtracked.

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Hannity then began to claim there was a conspiracy in the high reaches of Fox News to frame an “innocent man.”

That “innocent man” was speculated by many to be co-President Bill Shine, who was fired days later.

Despite all of the controversy and firings, Fox News didn’t roll over as it announced a new primetime lineup that saw Tucker Carlson moved to O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. spot.

But the glee of Tapper and Fox News detractors was premature.

The ratings for the week of April 24-30 showed that the number one cable news network continued to beat the competition, despite the changes to the lineup.

Compared to last year at the same time, Fox had a 28 percent increase in viewership overall, which included a 48 percent increase in the ages 25-54 demographic sought after by advertisers.

Sean Hannity brought in a 42 percent ratings increase from the same period in 2016.

O’Reilly’s replacement, Tucker Carlson, did see a dip from his predecessor’s ratings from his final show but he still won the 25 – 54 demographics and won in total viewers for his time slot.

And the newest ratings for the week starting May 1 showed that even Fox News’ new shows hammered their more established adversaries.

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The debut episodes of “The Fox News Specialists” and “The Story with Martha MacCallum” both scored around two million viewers, and defeated both CNN and MSNBC in overall ratings and the 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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