Bill O'Reilly, you have a new contender for the cable-news throne: Megyn Kelly.
"The Kelly File" -- with former daytime host Kelly carving up the issues of the day -- delivered big returns for Fox News Channel in its second outing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to Nielsen.
Kelly rounded up 2.8 million total viewers, which dominated the time slot over MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (1.1 million) and CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" (590,858). That was a huge increase over the 2.1 million "Kelly File" saw for Monday's premiere.
More important, Kelly was within hailing distance of the man who has dominated cable news for more than a decade: O'Reilly (3 million). In fact, Kelly decisively beat O'Reilly -- and everyone else -- in the crucial adults ages 25 to 54 demographic, which is what most advertisers care about in the TV news business.