O’Reilly’s GE Attack Brings in Most Ratings Last Night

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

Bill O’Reilly’s attack of GE helped The O’Reilly Factor to the best ratings on cable news last night. It wasn’t as much as Tuesday night, but still enough for more than triple MSNBC at 8pmET in total viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360 just edged Larry King Live as the top program for CNN last night in the demo, but LKL was tops in total viewers.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann was the top show for MSNBC last night 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

 

551

Blitzer

 

144

Matthews

 

99

Prime

 

102

6 pm Baier

 

385

Blitzer

 

162

EdShow

 

93

Prime

 

101

7 pm Shep

 

364

Dobbs

 

188

Matthews

 

170

Issues

 

117

8 pm O’Reilly

 

856

Brown

 

216

Olbermann

 

311

Grace

 

237

9 pm Hannity

 

737

King

 

307

Maddow

 

288

Issues

 

131

10 pm Greta

 

536

Cooper

 

309

Olbermann

 

220

Grace

 

185

11 pm O’Reilly

 

527

Cooper

 

286

Maddow

 

166

Showbiz

 

184

TOTAL DAY 326 208 108 111
PRIME TIME 710 277 273 180
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

 

2286

Blitzer

 

666

Matthews

 

520

Prime

 

234

6 pm Baier

 

1788

Blitzer

 

610

EdShow

 

481

Prime

 

178

7 pm Shep

 

1625

Dobbs

 

657

Matthews

 

640

Issues

 

355

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3485

Brown

 

719

Olbermann

 

1150

Grace

 

726

9 pm Hannity

 

2587

King

 

1195

Maddow

 

1016

Issues

 

485

10 pm Greta

 

2100

Cooper

 

982

Olbermann

 

705

Grace

 

506

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1644

Cooper

 

711

Maddow

 

409

Showbiz

 

408

TOTAL DAY 1274 697 386 269
PRIME TIME 2725 965 957 564
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

O’Reilly Triples Olbermann in Total Viewers

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

Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET The O’Reilly Factor was once again the top-rated cable news show last night, and by a bigger margin than usual. The Factor had more than triple the total viewer total of MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, in 2nd place. It was just short of tripling MSNBC’s 8pmET in the A25-54 demographic.

• In the prime time demo, MSNBC edged CNN for second in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Larry King was the top program for CNN again last night in both categories. It was good enough for #2 in total viewers, ahead of Rachel Maddow.

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

535

Blitzer

310

Matthews

153

Prime

94

6 pm Baier

441

Blitzer

232

EdShow

90

Prime

74

7 pm Shep

407

Dobbs

152

Matthews

207

Issues

149

8 pm O’Reilly

868

Brown

240

Olbermann

339

Grace

239

9 pm Hannity

699

King

313

Maddow

315

Issues

145

10 pm Greta

628

Cooper

300

Olbermann

305

Grace

242

11 pm O’Reilly

541

Cooper

244

Maddow

182

Showbiz

157

TOTAL DAY 344 184 122 117
PRIME TIME 735 284 319 207
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

2350

Blitzer

997

Matthews

498

Prime

326

6 pm Baier

1930

Blitzer

729

EdShow

435

Prime

219

7 pm Shep

1874

Dobbs

642

Matthews

611

Issues

360

8 pm O’Reilly

3672

Brown

915

Olbermann

1133

Grace

660

9 pm Hannity

2667

King

1163

Maddow

1098

Issues

513

10 pm Greta

2199

Cooper

920

Olbermann

790

Grace

494

11 pm O’Reilly

1618

Cooper

771

Maddow

578

Showbiz

415

TOTAL DAY 1331 603 403 294
PRIME TIME 2850 999 1007 548
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Changing of the “Worst Persons” Guard: Olbermann Debuts Lou Dobbs Caricature

dobbs_8-5Keith Olbermann’s Fox News bashing in the face of a supposed ‘truce’ lasted one night, before changing topics.

Instead, last night he turned his attention to CNN’s Lou Dobbs as the “Worst Person in the World.” There was a new voice, a new caricature and a new vitriol. Almost enough to make you forget all about that Bill-o guy.

On Dobbs’ radio show he called him the MSNBC host “off his meds Olbermann” and a “liar.”

Well this didn’t sit well with Olbermann: “Meds, Lou? CNN’s fading…soft-focus, birther-embracing former star, a man who during the week makes millions off bashing immigrants and especially Hispanics, even though his wife and kids are Hispanics?”

This certainly sounds personal. But beyond the comments, it was the voice and tone of the segment that should be noted. Olbermann’s Dobbs caricature (which sounds like a mix between Kermit the Frog and Darth Vader) is something he hasn’t used when he has previously named Dobbs to his “Worst” list.

Olbermann’s attacks will be scrutinized now in the face of the supposed deal between his and O’Reilly’s networks. This strong tone taken against Dobbs – of course from CNN – could signal the beginning of a new era, and a new cast of opposing caricatures, on Countdown.

Check out the segment:

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O’Reilly Wins at 8pm, But Big Night For Olbermann In Return

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

• As usual, Bill O’Reilly was the top-rated cable news host last night in both the A25-54 demographic and in total viewers. But in Keith Olbermann’s return, and in his outright assertion of independence in the face of ‘Truce’-gate, the MSNBC host had a solid rating. 445,000 demo viewers watched, while 1,338,000 total. That was the top show on either MSNBC or CNN.

• The lead-in helped Rachel Maddow’s hour at 9pmET on MSNBC, who saw some of her best ratings recently with 400,000 in the demo and 1,255,000 total. That was good enough to beat every program on CNN.

Sean Hannity held strong for FNC at 9pmET, with the 2nd best show of the night in the demo and total viewers.

• The top show on CNN was Larry King Live, who had an exclusive, and explosive, interview with Griffin O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal’s son.

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

 

635

Blitzer

 

113

Matthews

 

135

Prime

 

97

6 pm Baier

 

447

Blitzer

 

105

EdShow

 

103

Prime

 

111

7 pm Shep

 

366

Dobbs

 

228

Matthews

 

227

Issues

 

131

8 pm O’Reilly

 

788

Brown

 

198

Olbermann

 

445

Grace

 

217

9 pm Hannity

 

668

King

 

342

Maddow

 

400

Issues

 

128

10 pm Greta

 

640

Cooper

 

255

Olbermann

 

302

Grace

 

162

11 pm O’Reilly

 

460

Cooper

 

222

Maddow

 

182

Showbiz

 

159

TOTAL DAY 327 133 132 119
PRIME TIME 699 265 384 163
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

 

2243

Blitzer

 

612

Matthews

 

615

Prime

 

222

6 pm Baier

 

1908

Blitzer

 

456

EdShow

 

551

Prime

 

252

7 pm Shep

 

1648

Dobbs

 

688

Matthews

 

771

Issues

 

325

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3504

Brown

 

652

Olbermann

 

1338

Grace

 

675

9 pm Hannity

 

2720

King

 

1155

Maddow

 

1255

Issues

 

369

10 pm Greta

 

2184

Cooper

 

830

Olbermann

 

785

Grace

 

402

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1419

Cooper

 

613

Maddow

 

532

Showbiz

 

329

TOTAL DAY 1247 578 422 266
PRIME TIME 2804 862 1128 498
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Geraldo Wins Demo, Huckabee Wins Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, August 1, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The top rated cable news program in the A25-54 demographic on Saturday was FNC’s Geraldo At Large at 10pmET. #1 in total viewers was the 8pmET program Huckabee on FNC. FNC won every hour from 5pmET-MidnightET in both categories, except in the demo at 11pmET (finished #3).

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 NewsHQ

219

Newsroom

162

Special

243

News

57

6 pm NewsHQ

203

SitRoom

131

Special

178

Prime

46

7 pm Report

220

Newsroom

165

Special

194

Issues

27

8 pm Huckabee

281

Reclaiming the Dream

147

Special

158

Grace

79

9 pm Beck

274

Investigates

106

Issues

125

10 pm Geraldo

315

Newsroom

122

Investigates

170

Grace

105

11 pm JER/FNW

179/193

Reclaiming the Dream

204

Investigates

282

Showbiz

116

TOTAL DAY 208 154 172 223
PRIME TIME 290 139 145 98
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 NewsHQ

842

Newsroom

676

Special

548

News

163

6 pm NewsHQ

844

SitRoom

621

Special

442

Prime

133

7 pm Report

995

Newsroom

661

Special

430

Issues

127

8 pm Huckabee

1488

Reclaiming the Dream

602

Special

396

Grace

279

9 pm Beck

1188

Investigates

272

Issues

393

10 pm Geraldo

1026

Newsroom

575

Investigates

314

Grace

288

11 pm JER/FNW

685/668

Reclaiming the Dream

396

Investigates

468

Showbiz

306

TOTAL DAY 834 525 349 233
PRIME TIME 1234 594 327 305
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Glenn Beck Finishing Week With #2 Cable News Show on Friday

Cable news ratings, July 31, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News host Glenn Beck finished as the #2 cable news show on Friday, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The 5pmET show regularly wins the hour, but one of FNC’s prime time programs usually takes the silver (Bill O’Reilly is consistently #1).

Richard Wolffe, filling in for Keith Olbermann, gave MSNBC’s Countdown a solid rating, with 244,000 in the demo and #2 during the 8pmET hour. Olbermann is back tonight – will the ratings be strong as people wait to hear what he has to say re Truce-gate?

• In the battle for #2 in prime time, MSNBC won in the demo, while CNN took 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

 

504

Blitzer

 

160

Matthews

 

102

Prime

 

72

6 pm Baier

 

409

Blitzer

 

194

EdShow

 

145

Prime

 

66

7 pm Shep

 

291

Dobbs

 

131

Matthews

 

178

Issues

 

96

8 pm O’Reilly

 

544

Brown

 

191

Olbermann

 

244

Grace

 

169

9 pm Hannity

 

411

King

 

192

Special

 

197

Issues

 

78

10 pm Greta

 

338

Cooper

 

163

Special

 

255

Grace

 

115

11 pm O’Reilly

 

336

Cooper

 

203

Special

 

331

Showbiz

 

169

TOTAL DAY 285 161 135 106
PRIME TIME 431 182 232 118
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

 

2108

Blitzer

 

648

Matthews

 

429

Prime

 

198

6 pm Baier

 

1863

Blitzer

 

633

EdShow

 

468

Prime

 

264

7 pm Shep

 

1528

Dobbs

 

566

Matthews

 

533

Issues

 

379

8 pm O’Reilly

 

2524

Brown

 

765

Olbermann

 

765

Grace

 

612

9 pm Hannity

 

1902

King

 

877

Special

 

487

Issues

 

309

10 pm Greta

 

1557

Cooper

 

646

Special

 

433

Grace

 

288

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1334

Cooper

 

629

Special

 

480

Showbiz

 

388

TOTAL DAY 1166 558 343 274
PRIME TIME 1995 763 562 392
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

A victory for the conservative blogosphere?

TVNewser is reporting that CNN’s Susan Roesgen is out at CNN after the network declined to renew her contract. Roesgen faced harsh criticism a few months ago because of her on-air reaction to a group of tea party protesters, and the videos of the encounter received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. In fact the YouTube video was getting so much traction within the blogosphere that CNN used copyright claims to get one of the earliest versions removed from the site.

I predict a lot of schadenfreude in the conservative blogosphere today. They kept he issue alive for weeks after it happened, and permanently tarnished Roesgen’s reputations until she was likely viewed as damaged goods.

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