"The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor" (2.8 million), according to Nielsen. (The ratings measurement company ends its month a little sooner than most people's calendars do.)
Kelly, a longtime anchor for Fox News, took over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity, who moved to 10 p.m. as part of a broader network shake-up. Bill O'Reilly remained in place at 8 p.m.
Kelly appears to have already improved on Hannity's numbers. As recently as August, he was averaging 1.6 million total viewers. However, October was a fairly high-traffic period for cable news, given concern over the government shutdown.
Fox News still has a commanding lead in cable news, averaging 1.9 million total viewers in prime time. MSNBC is No. 2 with 780,000, while CNN is third with 525,000.
What do you think of Kelly and her new show?