Greta Tops Beck In Demo Wednesday Night

Cable news ratings, October 21, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• It doesn’t happen very often, even though it used to happen all the time before Glenn Beck joined the network, but the top three programs on cable news last night in the A25-54 demographic were Fox News’ prime time programs, in order. Beck was 4th, just behind Greta Van Susteren at 10pmET.

• The top non-FNC show was, once again, Nancy Grace at 8pmET for HLN in the demo and Keith Olbermann at the same hour for MSNBC in total viewers.

• CNN’s two-hour premiere of Latino in America finished 2nd, behind FNC, in the demo and 3rd in total viewers.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

626

Blitzer

 

139

Matthews

 

116

Prime

 

138

6 pm Baier

 

455

Blitzer

 

135

EdShow

 

143

Prime

 

170

7 pm Shep

 

460

Dobbs

 

153

Matthews

 

145

Issues

 

264

8 pm O’Reilly

 

984

Brown

 

172

Olbermann

 

315

Grace

 

336

9 pm Hannity

 

862

Latino In America

 

293

Maddow

 

286

Behar

 

169

10 pm Greta

 

627

Latino In America

 

293

Olbermann

 

217

Grace

 

220

11 pm O’Reilly

 

553

Cooper

 

244

Maddow

 

168

Showbiz

 

206

TOTAL DAY 424 175 136 175
PRIME TIME 827 253 273 235
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

2555

Blitzer

 

563

Matthews

 

499

Prime

 

398

6 pm Baier

 

2437

Blitzer

 

537

EdShow

 

543

Prime

 

380

7 pm Shep

 

2072

Dobbs

 

610

Matthews

 

605

Issues

 

486

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3722

Brown

 

625

Olbermann

 

1222

Grace

 

812

9 pm Hannity

 

2722

Latino In America

 

1007

Maddow

 

1052

Behar

 

628

10 pm Greta

 

2126

Latino In America

 

1007

Olbermann

 

656

Grace

 

578

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1612

Cooper

 

570

Maddow

 

455

Showbiz

 

404

TOTAL DAY 1610 580 443 379
PRIME TIME 2860 880 977 664
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Soundbite: Barack Nixon Who?

Picture 12“But ignorance is epidemic on Capitol Hill and in the capital’s newsrooms, so let’s say this very simply: Nothing that Obama or any of his aides has done or said remotely resembles the war on the press waged by the Nixon White House until Watergate ended that administration’s assaults on the Constitution. Nobody has sent Joe Biden out to question the patriotism of reporters and columnists who criticize the president, as Agnew did repeatedly. And nobody has tried to intimidate the media with obscene threats and tax audits, in the Mafia style of Nixon’s aides.”

Salon’s Joe Conason on the “cosmic jest” of comparing the White House’s recent ‘war’ on Fox News to that of President Nixon’s policies against the press during his presidency.

Basically Conason thinks the only Nixonian handbook at play right now is that of Roger Ailes, and that some overzealous pundits should perhaps pick up a history book, or two (this one comes highly recommended).


Glenn Beck Is An Expensive Guest Of Honor

glenn beck mt vernon

Glenn Beck is no big fan of government spending, but he put his hometown of Mount Vernon, Washington more than $17,000 in the hole when he came back to town for a celebration in his honor last month. Where did most of that money wind up?

The town was flooded with between 800 and 1000 demonstrators for and against Beck, and security precautions filled up most of the bill. The town’s police chief called it

“the biggest protest he’s seen in his 32 years as a Mount Vernon police officer.”

The Seattle TimesErik Lacitis reports:

[Mount Vernon] mostly for 239 hours of police overtime…

The hours started to add up, with “preplanning” overtime ringing up $4,425.84.

Eventually, 38 law-enforcement people were involved, including officers from neighboring towns, as well as the State Patrol and Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. As part of an agreement in which jurisdictions in the area share police help, officers from other jurisdictions were not paid by Mount Vernon, but from their own agencies’ budgets. Those sums have not been added up.

It’s unclear where the money is going to come from: last month, the Mount Vernon City Council unanimously voted not to sponsor the event. Bumper stickers and Ramahanukwanzmas holiday cards, maybe?

(h/t Romenesko; photo via Tikkun)


Andy Plesser: Exclusive: Msnbc.com Readies New Video Player for Facebook



Msnbc.com,  was the first major video provider to provide an embeddable player, allowing users to play videos on their sites. 



Finding widespread adoption of the player "off domain," the company is further nurturing the process by allowing its player to be resized so it can fit on Facebook, Charles Tillinghast, president and publisher of msnbc.com told Beet.TV

New Ad Thumbnail "Gallery"

For its video player on the site, the company is about to introduce a scheme to arrange thumbnail images of in-stream advertisement around the player. 

He explains that ads which appear for a short time in the player get moved to a sort of thumbnail gallery around the player, allowing users to conveniently find ads without having to watch the video again.

Charlie, president and publisher of msnbc.com, the online venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal, shared these developments in this interview conducted on Tuesday afternoon in midtown Manhattan.

He was the co-host of the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable this week where he spoke about his company's use of embeddable video.  You can tune into the repeating Webcast of the event.

You can find this post on Beet.TV

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer



Dick Cheney’s Job Approval Rating: Why Does Anyone Care?

Yesterday, The Washington Independent's Dave Weigel dug into one of the day's hot Twitter spats ("Spatter?), between Salon's Glenn Greenwald and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough over former Vice President Dick Cheney. It went like this:

GREENWALD: Do Republicans psychologically block out the fact that Bush and Cheney were two of the most unpopular politicians in American history?

Followed by:

SCARBOROUGH: @glenngreenwald Pop Quiz: who has a lower approval rating currently? The former VP or current House speaker?

Now, I can't be bothered to dig into either gentleman's math. I'll leave fact-checking Twitter to CNN. But I think it's probably fair to say that Greenwald is referring to job approval ratings conducted while Bush and Cheney were in office. Whereas Scarborough is explicitly referring to current job approval ratings. This is not just a comparison of apples to oranges -- it's a comparison between apples that have been digested to oranges that are sort of asinine.

Might I take a moment to remind everyone that Dick Cheney currently does not have a job? So why should I, or anyone care about his approval rating? I might argue with Dick Cheney's positions on issues, but his job seems to consist of making speeches in front of organizations who have signaled their tacit approval of his remarks in advance, and giving awards to himself. Who am I to object to his performance, in this avocation? It seems to me he's doing quite well. Insofar as the office of the vice president serves as a frame of reference, what can I say? Dick Cheney is doing a bang-up job, not being Vice President. Of all the people currently not being Vice President, Dick Cheney is among the best. Why, I'd go so far to say that not-vice-presidenting is truly Cheney's calling in life. Would that he had taken up the occupation sooner! Pollsters of America, please mark me down as approving, 100%!

Nancy Pelosi, by contrast, is still serving in an official, non-imaginary capacity, still shaping policy, still presiding over debates, still facing and making tough choices. And people have every right to register their disapproval in real-time. I'm sure that Pelosi probably takes hits to her approval rating depending on how people feel about the direction of the House in general and the whole Democratic caucus. That might not seem fair on its face, but these are the perils of office and responsibility -- the office that Pelosi currently holds, responsibilities Pelosi to which Pelosi must currently answer.

Why does anyone care or report on Dick Cheney's current job approval ratings? Probably because the media has become fixated on creating the illusion that some sort of parallel debate is going on, where the current president is on equal footing to an imaginary vice president, in a separate universe, using quantum theory or something. It's all just pointless mental runoff, that dribbles out into the political discourse.

Also? As Dave Weigel points out, "Cheney's net negative rating is -22, while Pelosi's is -17. The answer to Scarborough's question is 'Cheney.'" So, here's an idea! Why don't we all just doubleplus shut the heck up about Dick Cheney's approval rating? KTHXBAI.

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Michael Wolff: Newser’s iPhone App: Are We Nuts?

The most popular news medium became, over the last 10 years, the computer, effectively putting newspapers out of business and changing the nature of television news. Over the past year, it has become clear that the next news medium of choice will be your phone.

The latest iPhone version of Newser launched this week. I think it's great, but we know as little about how miniaturization and portability changes the nature of the news consumer's behavior as anybody else.

In a way, hand-held news might be more like a newspaper than television or the computer screen has ever been. Television can't be consumed in fits and starts; the computer screen version of news assumes you have more browsing time and interest than you're likely to have looking at your phone.

Phone news, like an old-fashioned newspaper, will best be served in quick headlines. Maybe. On the other hand, it seems obvious that your phone should also be talking to you. So perhaps it's more like radio news. (There was a moment when early adapters had an ear piece and transistor radio.) Or it may be, I suppose, telegraph-like: We'll text you the news.

Continue reading on newser.com


Razorfish Execs Leave for Microsoft After Publicis Deal


NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- As Razorfish is absorbed into Publicis Groupe, two top execs won't be coming along for the ride. Razorfish Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Lanctot and Managing Director Jim Watson, two 10-year veterans of the digital shop, are leaving for Microsoft, which acquired Razorfish as part of the aQuantive deal in 2007.