arah Palin's lucrative contract to provide political analysis for Fox News expired and, as was reported last week, wasn't renewed. Palin sources say Fox offered her a new contract and she declined; Howard Kurtz at CNN says that Fox made her a "lowball offer, and both sides agreed to an amicable separation." Kurtz and others in the media treated Palin's departure as the perfect occasion to write her political post-mortem, reflecting on what she meant and why her influence has declined from the boldest of boldface names to near-irrelevance. Palin fans dispute that — despite all the "phony" reports, "Palin is highly relevant," says Ron Devito at Conservatives 4 Palin. "Her potential reach to markets outside Fox News strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of her enemies, because she remains... an existential threat to the way they conduct business." But, indisputably, her run at Fox is, at least for the moment, in the history books. Here's a look back at her tenure at Rupert Murdoch's cable news juggernaut, by the numbers:
The reported price of Palin's annual contract with Fox News
Years that contract lasted, starting January 2010
Average interval, in days, between Palin's Fox appearances during her contract, according to Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier
Total Fox News appearances by Palin during her contract, mostly on Sean Hannity's and Greta Van Susteren's shows
Words Palin spoke during those appearances
Times she mentioned President Obama
Times she mentioned Ronald Reagan
Times she said the phrase "you betcha," both in the first month of her contract
Times she said "Amen"
Times she said "heck"
Amount Palin earned per word spoken on Fox
But how much did Fox pay Palin for each word we wrote ABOUT HER?— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) January 28, 2013
Palin's reported take for each episode of TLC's 2010 series Sarah Palin's Alaska
Viewers who tuned in, on average, to Sarah Palin's Alaska
Palin's speaking fee, as negotiated in 2010
Copies Palin sold of her second book, America By Heart, in 2010
Copies Palin sold of her first book, Going Rogue, in 2009
Days since Palin's defiant "blood libel" video response to the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded then–Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — a reported turning point in Palin's relationship with Fox News chief Roger Ailes and, according to Mediaite's Tommy Christopher, the moment Palin's bright star started fading
Major Best Actress awards Julianne Moore has won for portraying Palin in the 2012 HBO movie Game Change, including a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Critic's Choice Award, and a SAG Award
Palin's Facebook followers
Palin's Twitter followers
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Attack of the invasive species
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
- How to flirt, according to science
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- What The Americans gets wrong about Russian spies
Subscribe to the Week