In a wide-ranging interview with Playboy that even touched on his admiration for disco, Sean Hannity seemed to grow somewhat touchy when the magazine asked about his Fox News ratings.
Fox News' ratings have been somewhat of a roller coaster this year. While every network has seen its ratings drop from the election year of 2012, Fox News hit record lows in the coveted 25-54 age demographic. Hannity's show was one of the Fox News programs that saw the biggest drop. In February, Hannity's show fell 35 percent in the key demo from 2012. During its April primetime programming hours, Fox News suffered the biggest plunge compared to the other cable networks, falling 33 percent from the year before. A recent poll that found that viewer trust in the network had rapidly declined probably didn't help much, either.
But in recent months, the network has regained its cable news dominance. When asked about his show's performance, Hannity argued that the program was in fine shape:
PLAYBOY: Let’s move on. Fox News’s ratings are down, and your show in particular has taken a hit this year.
HANNITY: No, actually, our ratings are back up.
PLAYBOY: Your ratings were down 35 percent in February.
HANNITY: Well, from the year before, which was an election year.
PLAYBOY: Rachel Maddow has beaten you in your time slot.
HANNITY: Never! Not once!
PLAYBOY: She has in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic.
HANNITY: But overall, we’re at double her ratings. You’ve got to be careful how you make these comparisons.
Later in the interview, Hannity was asked if he regretted saying that President Obama "grew up in Kenya" on his Fox News show in 2011. "But he did grow up in Kenya, and he told The New York Times that he went to a school there and one of the most beautiful things on the planet is Islamic prayer at sunset," Hannity insisted. He later added, "He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia, or wherever it was, Kenya. I forget. Now you’ve got me. I think it was Indonesia. I’m trying to remember his biography. It’s going back so long."