FNC Tops CNN With Live Tiger Woods Coverage; MSNBC Stays Largely In Tape

Cable news ratings, November 27, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News beat CNN in a battle of cable news networks who spent Friday largely in live programming, covering the breaking Tiger Woods story (after about 2:30pmET), among other stories. MSNBC was largely in doc block for the day, and finished 2nd (ahead of CNN) in the demo and 3rd in total viewers. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers, total day.

Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET special on Fox News was the top program in total viewers and the demo.

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

348

Blitzer
218
MSNBC Special

226

Prime

134

6 pm Baier

317

Blitzer
204
MSNBC Special
214
Prime

141

7 pm Shep

306

Tonight
167
MSNBC Special
242
Issues

127

8 pm O’Reilly

424

Brown
113
MSNBC Special
197
Grace

191

9 pm Hannity

284

King

133

MSNBC Special
267
Behar

107

10 pm Greta

249

Cooper

196

MSNBC Special
210
Grace

132

11 pm O’Reilly

192

Cooper

191

MSNBC Special
201
Showbiz

127

TOTAL DAY 248 140 163 122
PRIME TIME 319 147 224 140
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

1590

Blitzer
813
MSNBC Special
524
Prime

289

6 pm Baier

1649

Blitzer
703
MSNBC Special
379
Prime

315

7 pm Shep

1508

Tonight
559
MSNBC Special
413
Issues

271

8 pm O’Reilly

2009

Brown
637
MSNBC Special
461
Grace

594

9 pm Hannity

1268

King

595

MSNBC Special
548
Behar

404

10 pm Greta

1032

Cooper
709
MSNBC Special
350
Grace

320

11 pm O’Reilly

769

Cooper

600

MSNBC Special
303
Showbiz

315

TOTAL DAY 1078 556 335 285
PRIME TIME 1437 647 453 427
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


CNN Heroes Beats Competition, But Numbers Down From Last Year

Cable news ratings, November 26, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

CNN Heroes debuted on Thanksgiving night, from 9-11pmET, giving CNN solid ratings for the night. In total viewers, the show won the 10pmET hour and finished 2nd behind FNC at 9pmET. In the A25-54 demo, it was #2 behind Fox News. Still, year-to-year the show was done – 13% in total viewers and 22% in the demo.

• The top show of the night was Bill O’Reilly’s repeat at 8pmET for Fox News in total viewers and the MSNBC Investigates at 11pmET in the demo.

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

228

King
107
MSNBC Investigates

116

Prime

31

6 pm Baier

273

King
102
MSNBC Investigates
132
Prime

23

7 pm Shep

305

King
126
MSNBC Investigates
173
Issues

44

8 pm O’Reilly

323

King
129
MSNBC Investigates
250
Grace

84

9 pm Hannity

262

Heroes

274

MSNBC Investigates
313
Behar

60

10 pm Greta

239

Heroes

274

MSNBC Investigates
348
Grace

83

11 pm O’Reilly

185

King

169

MSNBC Investigates
360
Showbiz

70

TOTAL DAY 240 127 150 99
PRIME TIME 275 226 304 75
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

875

King
264
MSNBC Investigates
334
Prime

90

6 pm Baier

874

King
265
MSNBC Investigates
339
Prime

92

7 pm Shep

1016

King
354
MSNBC Investigates
391
Issues

181

8 pm O’Reilly

1275

King
445
MSNBC Investigates
486
Grace

282

9 pm Hannity

971

Heroes

904

MSNBC Investigates
532
Behar

192

10 pm Greta

780

Heroes
904
MSNBC Investigates
604
Grace

212

11 pm O’Reilly

624

King

519

MSNBC Investigates
602
Showbiz

222

TOTAL DAY 849 426 308 214
PRIME TIME 1008 751 541 224
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bravo Denies Involvement In Party Crashers’ Today Booking

today_12-1Now that the Salahis have broken their silence and told Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today show, essentially, stay tuned for more, the question is: why did they change their mind after first agreeing to appear on Larry King Live?

Gawker thinks they have the answer – that it was part of their Bravo contract – but Bravo is denying it.

Gawker’s John Cook looked at the contract for the Real Housewives of New Jersey, a similar Bravo program to the potential show featuring Michaele Salahi, and concluded it may have been a contractual obligation to go on Today:

In addition to obligating participants to make themselves “reasonably available” to market the show, it prevents them from appearing on any “unscripted, reality-based programs” without Bravo’s written consent. If the Salahis signed a contract like this, Bravo could have prevented them from giving their exclusive to anyone other than Today.

NBC News denies any Bravo involvement, as does the Housewives network. A Bravo spokesperson tells Mediaite, “It is standard operating procedure to have a contract with anyone before being filmed. As we’ve already confirmed we’ve been filming Michaele Salahi along with and handful of other women for The Real Housewives of D.C. About the Gawker story, it is categorically false, Bravo was not involved in this booking.”

But there’s still the question of why they originally planned to tell their story to Larry King and changed. A CNN spokesperson tells Mediaite producers contacted the Salahis directly over the weekend and confirmed the interview. Then came Mahogany Jones, the couple’s publicist. She told the show they had to postpone the interview, but according to the spokesperson, told the show “Larry will get their first interview when they can talk publicly.”

That obviously didn’t happen. The CNN spokesperson says the show still hasn’t been informed if the couple would be canceling the interview, but there has not been a new date set. On a side note, the couple “never asked for money, if they did we would have denied the interview from the outset.”

So what does that mean? Well if Bravo really wasn’t involved in booking the Today interview, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t some encouragement, whether by Jones or someone within NBCU, that giving Lauer the exclusive first interview might help the couple’s chances of becoming Real Housewives stars. But the real way we’ll find out if there’s any contract is if they do, eventually, show up on CNN or another network. If not, more questions will be raised.

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MSNBC Goes Doc Block In Prime Time Wednesday, Finishes Fourth

Cable news ratings, November 25, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• MSNBC made the choice to go into doc block programming Wednesday night, which is normally the programming reserved for the weekends and holidays. So with no new prime time shows, the network finished 4th in prime time in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers. Fox News, as usual, was 1st by far, with HLN 2nd in demo and CNN 2nd in total viewers.

• The top program of the night was Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET show on Fox News – which was basically a Dennis Miller greatest hits show – in total viewers and the demo.

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

641

Blitzer

124

Matthews

110

Prime

80

6 pm Baier

511

Blitzer

79

EdShow

125

Prime

84

7 pm Shep

519

Tonight

108

Special

77

Issues

99

8 pm O’Reilly

794

Brown

143

Special

123

Grace

256

9 pm Hannity

484

King

188

Special

121

Behar

177

10 pm Greta

421

Cooper

132

Special

95

Grace

194

11 pm O’Reilly

344

Cooper

136

Special

69

Showbiz

154

TOTAL DAY 365 122 93 115
PRIME TIME 569 154 113 201
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

2344

Blitzer

513

Matthews

433

Prime

182

6 pm Baier

2180

Blitzer

393

EdShow

423

Prime

216

7 pm Shep

1888

Tonight

485

Special

306

Issues

303

8 pm O’Reilly

2914

Brown

733

Special

390

Grace

683

9 pm Hannity

1785

King

922

Special

402

Behar

460

10 pm Greta

1467

Cooper

626

Special

268

Grace

443

11 pm O’Reilly

1141

Cooper

441

Special

181

Showbiz

388

TOTAL DAY 1360 488 297 274
PRIME TIME 2060 761 353 515
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill O’Reilly Has Only Show More Than One Million Demo Viewers Tuesday

Cable news ratings, November 24, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the only show with more than one million viewers in the A25-54 demographic Tuesday night. He had more demo viewers than any other program on CNN, MSNBC or HLN had total viewers.

Keith Olbermann had the top non-FNC show in total viewers and the demo for MSNBC at 8pmET.

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

 

759

Blitzer

 

102

Matthews

 

133

Prime

 

93

6 pm Baier

 

557

Blitzer

 

104

EdShow

 

146

Prime

 

74

7 pm Shep

 

514

Tonight

 

113

Matthews

 

115

Issues

 

153

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1092

Brown

 

134

Olbermann

 

267

Grace

 

218

9 pm Hannity

 

625

King

 

159

Maddow

 

141

Behar

 

175

10 pm Greta

 

466

Cooper

 

111

Olbermann

 

185

Grace

 

185

11 pm O’Reilly

 

465

Cooper

 

96

Maddow

 

93

Showbiz

 

171

TOTAL DAY 424 114 102 133
PRIME TIME 728 135 197 189
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

 

2677

Blitzer

 

500

Matthews

 

555

Prime

 

233

6 pm Baier

 

2364

Blitzer

 

449

EdShow

 

526

Prime

 

210

7 pm Shep

 

2101

Tonight

 

528

Matthews

 

510

Issues

 

474

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3800

Brown

 

653

Olbermann

 

1011

Grace

 

701

9 pm Hannity

 

2162

King

 

815

Maddow

 

709

Behar

 

530

10 pm Greta

 

1659

Cooper

 

429

Olbermann

 

572

Grace

 

412

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1450

Cooper

 

344

Maddow

 

348

Showbiz

 

400

TOTAL DAY 1500 475 390 308
PRIME TIME 2542 634 764 532
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Website Publishes Half-A-Million Intercepted 9/11 Text Messages

WL_Hour_Glass_smallThe timing on this, coming the day before Thanksgiving, is not so great. Nevertheless, Wikileaks, a website that “publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, organizational or religious documents, while attempting to preserve the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors” has decided to publish 573,000 intercepted text messages sent during the 9/11 attacks. Needless, to say it is not an easy read.

So far Wikileaks says it will not reveal who provided them with the messages beyond that they came from sources “ranging from Pentagon employees to messages sent by the NYPD, and even automated messages relayed by computers to their operators.” According to the BBC “Internet analysts say they believe the messages are genuine but federal authorities have refused to comment.”

The messages understandably veer from confusion, to panic, to fear, to expressions of love as people try to sort out what is happening. Eight years later, the Internet being what it is, it’s also hard not to read these messages and not also think how differently we might have consumed that day, media-wise, had social networking sites like Twitter had been around.

NEXT>>> Intercepted texts, and CNN reports.


CNN Tonight Hits Lowest Ratings Yet At 7pmET In Demo

Cable news ratings, November 23, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

CNN Tonight is the temporary replacement show for CNN at 7pmET until John King officially takes over for Lou Dobbs at the hour early next year. Last night was the first time the program dropped below 100,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic. Overall the program is down 20% in the demo and 23% in total viewers compared to Dobbs’ November average.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on cable news last night, in total viewers and the demo. He had the only program over one million demo 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

 

738

Blitzer

 

97

Matthews

 

156

Prime

 

80

6 pm Baier

 

460

Blitzer

 

88

EdShow

 

232

Prime

 

116

7 pm Shep

 

475

Tonight

 

97

Matthews

 

209

Issues

 

170

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1018

Brown

 

128

Olbermann

 

271

Grace

 

251

9 pm Hannity

 

626

King

 

185

Maddow

 

230

Behar

 

151

10 pm Greta

 

583

Cooper

 

139

Olbermann

 

269

Grace

 

231

11 pm O’Reilly

 

516

Cooper

 

101

Maddow

 

119

Showbiz

 

169

TOTAL DAY 420 109 125 137
PRIME TIME 743 150 256 207
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

 

2847

Blitzer

 

572

Matthews

 

675

Prime

 

191

6 pm Baier

 

2333

Blitzer

 

502

EdShow

 

738

Prime

 

211

7 pm Shep

 

2288

Tonight

 

493

Matthews

 

721

Issues

 

393

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3740

Brown

 

456

Olbermann

 

997

Grace

 

719

9 pm Hannity

 

2577

King

 

596

Maddow

 

799

Behar

 

447

10 pm Greta

 

2225

Cooper

 

509

Olbermann

 

680

Grace

 

445

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1515

Cooper

 

333

Maddow

 

364

Showbiz

 

352

TOTAL DAY 1592 432 429 282
PRIME TIME 2848 520 825 520
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.