For anyone wondering whether Brit Hume's departure would slow the "Special Report" ratings, the answer is a resounding no.
"Special Report with Bret Baier," which debuted Monday night, scored an impressive 1,852,000 total viewers, and 409,000 in the coveted Adults 25-54 demographic. For a comparison, in December Hume averaged 1,699,000 million total viewers and 313,000 in the 25-54 demo, and for the last six months of 2008 Hume averaged 1,497,000 total viewers and 379,000 in the 25-54 demo.
On his first night, Baier also showed no vulnerability to CNN's "Situation Room" (947,000 total, 243,000 A25-54) or or MSNBC's "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" (551,000 total, 156,000 A25-54). In fact, "Special Report" beat both its main competitors combined.
Watch Baier's sign-off from his first night below: