Bill O'Reilly Ratings Rise During Controversy

Bill O'Reilly at Desk - H 2014
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 Bill O'Reilly - H 2014

Hitting a year high on Wednesday, the Fox News host obliterates MSNBC's special on President Obama.

Leave it to Bill O'Reilly to draw a devoted audience, even during his lingering controversy.

Fox News Channel's ratings golden boy and 8 p.m. host drew his highest numbers this year on Wednesday night. With no special guest or further commentary on reports that he exaggerated the danger he faced covering the 1982 Falklands conflict, O'Reilly nabbed 705,000 adults 25-54.

The last time O'Reilly pulled such a big number was during the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in November. He was up 62 percent in demo compared to the same day last year and 24 percent to the same day last week. Among total viewers, he brought in a relatively steady 3.08 million viewers.

FNC topped the other cable news networks for the night, notably outperforming MSNBC's modest special on President Obama's immigration town hall. That averaged 129,000 adults 25-54 and 907,000 viewers.