Olbermann’s Hour-Long “Special Comment” Is Top Non-FNC Show

Cable news ratings, October 7, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below: • Keith Olbermann’s full show Special Comment landed him the top non-Fox News program last night in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. He was still way back from Bill O’Reilly, his 8pmET competition, at 8pmET, but was clearly #1 on MSNBC, CNN or HLN.

• O’Reilly had the top show in both categories.

• CNN was #4 in the prime time demo, behind MSNBC and HLN.

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

 

640

Blitzer

 

137

Matthews

 

108

Prime

 

86

6 pm Baier

 

425

Blitzer

 

117

EdShow

 

115

Prime

 

111

7 pm Shep

 

449

Dobbs

 

172

Matthews

 

222

Issues

 

100

8 pm O’Reilly

 

954

Brown

 

117

Olbermann

 

393

Grace

 

291

9 pm Hannity

 

655

King

 

162

Maddow

 

259

Behar

 

143

10 pm Greta

 

466

Cooper

 

205

Olbermann

 

301

Grace

 

251

11 pm O’Reilly

 

462

Cooper

 

163

Maddow

 

192

Showbiz

 

189

TOTAL DAY 396 139 136 150
PRIME TIME 698 161 318 223
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

 

2671

Blitzer

 

602

Matthews

 

549

Prime

 

185

6 pm Baier

 

2022

Blitzer

 

526

EdShow

 

529

Prime

 

247

7 pm Shep

 

1952

Dobbs

 

684

Matthews

 

646

Issues

 

201

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3676

Brown

 

570

Olbermann

 

1317

Grace

 

827

9 pm Hannity

 

2502

King

 

794

Maddow

 

1113

Behar

 

569

10 pm Greta

 

1959

Cooper

 

716

Olbermann

 

874

Grace

 

575

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1464

Cooper

 

490

Maddow

 

563

Showbiz

 

438

TOTAL DAY 1550 517 462 339
PRIME TIME 2719 693 1101 643
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Dennis Miller Honors FNC B-Day By Dissing MSNBC, CNN and Glenn Beck?

Picture 9Bill O’Reilly had regular guest Dennis Miller on last night to discuss/celebrate the 13th anniversary of Fox News. And in what seemed a strange road analogy, Miller took predictable swipes at the cable news competition. But even stranger was that Miller also called out the extreme views of FNC hosts Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. A vexed O’Reilly quickly defended his co-horts.

Comparing cable news to a long stretch of highway Miller said that “on the left lane, MSNBC has gone completely over the shoulder, over the breastplate, over the hip, over the knee…they are so far out there now that quite frankly Magellan and OnStar can’t locate them.”

On CNN, Miller opined “They’ve been around the longest…they are sort of like that old faded yellow line down the middle of the road. Periodically a rumble strip breaks out for the elections or the debates or something like that, but by and large, but people know it, they’re familiar with it…but if they flip right through it and see Wolf Blitzer, they might think they’re watching a Hunt for Red October because he looks like the U-Boat commander.” (Explaining a joke is never a proud moment for a comedian.)

On the Fox News Channel, Miller said “Now on the right side — granted, now I believe that Fox is in the right lane, but you still got rubber on the road! Hannity’s gone off road, and Beck, he’s way down the road, but for the most part you, Cavuto, Greta, Bret… you still got rubber on the road! And I think credibility is like a baseball diamond in a cornfield – if you build it they will come.”

For his part, O’Reilly appeared to be none too pleased by the candid assessment of FNC’s right-lane position, and immediately fired back. “Now I disagree with you in two ways there” he said. “Hannity represents the Republican party – he’s a Reagan Republican, so the Republicans are going to watch Sean. And there’s nothing wrong with having someone on the air that represents the Republican party. But he’s not off the rails anywhere, he’s a Republican.”

“Beck is successful, fabulously successful, because he’s just a guy! He’s not a journalist, he’s a guy. The first time we’ve ever had a guy, all right? He doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a guy, who loves his country he says ‘everyday, I’m going to tell you what I think. It may not be what you think, but its just from me.’ People want to watch people that they identify with, and they identify with beck”

The back and forth starts around the 1:35 mark.

Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow Get Strong 9pm Ratings Tuesday Night

Cable news ratings, October 6, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow, on Fox News and MSNBC respectively, had strong ratings at 9pmET last night. Hannity had the #2 cable news show in the A25-54 demographic (behind Bill O’Reilly) and Maddow had the top non-FNC show. Hannity had Michael Moore as a guest, while Maddow had a rare interview with major lobbyist Rick Berman.

• Fox News had a huge night in the demo, topping CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined.

• CNN aired Amanpour at 3pm on Tuesday to just 49,000 in the demo, while the re-air at 11pmET got 123,000.

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

 

589

Blitzer

 

101

Matthews

 

91

Prime

 

119

6 pm Baier

 

423

Blitzer

 

101

EdShow

 

103

Prime

 

87

7 pm Shep

 

416

Dobbs

 

155

Matthews

 

170

Issues

 

175

8 pm O’Reilly

 

869

Brown

 

146

Olbermann

 

338

Grace

 

273

9 pm Hannity

 

827

King

 

214

Maddow

 

348

Behar

 

190

10 pm Greta

 

634

Cooper

 

187

Olbermann

 

244

Grace

 

251

11 pm O’Reilly

 

532

Amanpour

 

123

Maddow

 

178

Showbiz

 

223

TOTAL DAY 415 119 133 141
PRIME TIME 777 182 310 233
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

 

2603

Blitzer

 

517

Matthews

 

497

Prime

 

236

6 pm Baier

 

2103

Blitzer

 

396

EdShow

 

513

Prime

 

290

7 pm Shep

 

1976

Dobbs

 

565

Matthews

 

635

Issues

 

403

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3263

Brown

 

617

Olbermann

 

1132

Grace

 

835

9 pm Hannity

 

2507

King

 

876

Maddow

 

1098

Behar

 

495

10 pm Greta

 

2269

Cooper

 

743

Olbermann

 

620

Grace

 

540

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1704

Amanpour

 

351

Maddow

 

467

Showbiz

 

384

TOTAL DAY 1584 468 437 307
PRIME TIME 2682 745 950 611
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


O’Reilly #1, Beck #2 Monday Night

Cable news ratings, October 5, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top cable news program in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. As has been the growing trend, his colleague Glenn Beck was #2 in both categories.

Keith Olbermann, at 8pmET on MSNBC, had the top non-FNC program in both categories.

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

 

730

Blitzer

 

123

Matthews

 

148

Prime

 

113

6 pm Baier

 

436

Blitzer

 

143

EdShow

 

154

Prime

 

98

7 pm Shep

 

481

Dobbs

 

156

Matthews

 

200

Issues

 

153

8 pm O’Reilly

 

884

Brown

 

131

Olbermann

 

259

Grace

 

221

9 pm Hannity

 

629

King

 

190

Maddow

 

250

Behar

 

134

10 pm Greta

 

493

Cooper

 

151

Olbermann

 

233

Grace

 

192

11 pm O’Reilly

 

395

Cooper

 

151

Maddow

 

129

Showbiz

 

185

TOTAL DAY 403 152 129 129
PRIME TIME 669 157 247 180
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

 

2943

Blitzer

 

735

Matthews

 

596

Prime

 

276

6 pm Baier

 

2143

Blitzer

 

582

EdShow

 

586

Prime

 

265

7 pm Shep

 

1965

Dobbs

 

611

Matthews

 

650

Issues

 

468

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3142

Brown

 

589

Olbermann

 

933

Grace

 

650

9 pm Hannity

 

2183

King

 

706

Maddow

 

823

Behar

 

411

10 pm Greta

 

1841

Cooper

 

515

Olbermann

 

640

Grace

 

394

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1194

Cooper

 

393

Maddow

 

387

Showbiz

 

357

TOTAL DAY 1501 554 425 302
PRIME TIME 2390 604 799 475
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


FNC #1, CNN and MSNBC Split #2 In Sunday Prime Time

Cable news ratings, October 4, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top-rated cable news network in prime time last Sunday, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. MSNBC was #2 in the demo and CNN was #2 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 147 146 158 50
6 pm 182 141 143 86
7 pm 226 96 218 131
8 pm 224 116 206 113
9 pm 259 172 168 81
10 pm 264 141 202 70
11 pm 247 94 204 146
TOTAL DAY 232 128 154 94
PRIME TIME 249 143 192 88
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 630 400 336 185
6 pm 957 367 278 237
7 pm 1004 366 411 293
8 pm 1050 372 488 369
9 pm 1022 554 358 312
10 pm 1172 413 364 236
11 pm 778 327 346 302
TOTAL DAY 871 401 286 228
PRIME TIME 1082 446 403 306
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




Huckabee Has Most Viewers Saturday Night

Cable news ratings, October 3, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Mike Huckabee had the most total viewers last Saturday for Fox News at 8pmET. Geraldo Rivera’s 10pmET show on Fox News had the most A25-54 demographic viewers last Saturday.

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 261 136 154 56
6 pm 268 142 140 54
7 pm 261 87 94 61
8 pm 262 74 145 73
9 pm 274 122 162 124
10 pm 283 157 168 85
11 pm 173 97 186 163
TOTAL DAY 232 145 135 90
PRIME TIME 273 117 158 94
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 1045 551 372 203
6 pm 1116 732 318 221
7 pm 1192 558 211 270
8 pm 1551 396 372 295
9 pm 1233 467 352 347
10 pm 977 558 338 223
11 pm 680 295 352 296
TOTAL DAY 963 525 299 243
PRIME TIME 1254 474 354 289
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




“Real News” Surrenders: CNN Fact-Checks SNL – UPDATE

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There has been a battle brewing for years between the “real news” and the fake news, with poll after poll showing that more and more Americans get their news from comedy shows like “The Daily Show.” Who can forget Jon Stewart’s throwdown with the hosts of “Crossfire?“  More recently, Stewart got into a fact-fight with Bill O’Reilly (and won), and became a hero-of-the-moment to the right for pointing out the mainstream media’s abdication on the ACORN story.

Now, it seems the “real news” is acknowledging the fake news as its equal, as CNN runs a  “fact check” segment dissecting a Saturday Night Live sketch: (h/t Hot Air)


While there is certainly value in fact-checking a comedy skit that is widely replayed on all of the other news networks, this is usually the purview of the more partisan blogosphere, and of filmmakers like Sarah Palin booster John Ziegler.  A fine example of this comes at about the 2:30 mark in this clip, where CNN references Tina Fey’s “dead-on” impersonation of Palin, without ever mentioning its factual verisimilitude.

As a matter of fact, Saturday Night Live clips featured heavily in the 2008 Presidential campaign, but usually, the discussion centered around the larger points raised by the sketches, not a fact-by-fact analysis.  One cable network even played a snippet of a sketch alongside a snippet of an actual Palin interview to show how they matched exactly.  In this case, there was no attempt to clarify or provide context, but simply to laugh.  Can you guess which network it was?


This is basically the other side of the coin, as they give the impression that the entire sketch used Palin’s actual interview as its script.  They could have clued viewers in that the rest of the sketch did not match the interview verbatim.

By framing the segment as a fact check, CNN is providing conservatives with confirmation that the mainstream media is “in the tank” for Obama, despite evidence to the contrary.  They could have accomplished the same thing by deconstructing the clip as part of a broader examination of the way comedy fiction becomes popular fact.

Perhaps CNN isn’t being inconsistent, but rather instituting a new policy.  If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see their first fact-check of “Family Guy.”


Update
– Via email John Ziegler offered the following comment:

“This CNN “bit” is far more hilarious than the SNL skit. The funniest part (other than them doing the piece to begin with) is that CNN claims that parts of the SNL sketch couldn’t be further from the truth and yet I can’t find one thing that they cam close to proving was totally untrue. I am still waiting for CNN to “fact check” Tina Fey implying Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her “house,” which 87% of Obama voters and many members of the news media (including Barbara Walters) wrongly believed she did. This is simply Media Malpractice in the extreme. I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not.”