Baier was even congratulated by famous pro golfer Jack Nicklaus and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
Bret Baier celebrates his 10-year anniversary as host of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” this week and everyone from late-night comedians to the newsman’s colleagues have congratulated him for reaching the milestone.
The “Special Report” torch was passed from original host Brit Hume to Baier a decade ago and the result has been overwhelmingly positive. The straight-news “Special Report” averaged 2.3 million viewers in 2018, the No. 6 program in all of cable news including primetime, according to Nielsen Media Research.
In fact, “Special Report” averaged more viewers than anything on CNN, finishing behind only Fox News’ “Hannity,” Tucker Carlson Tonight,” The Ingraham Angle,” The Five” and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” to finish as the most-watched non-opinion program in cable news.
Among Baier’s 6 p.m. ET competition, “Special Report” finished with a 156 percent advantage in total viewers over CNN’s “Situation Room” and a 56 percent advantage over MSNBC’s “The Beat w/ Ari Melber.”