The O’Reilly Factor Beats Cable News Competition Combined

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

• Fox News’ 8pmET The O’Reilly Factor was the number one show on cable news, and beat the cable news competition (CNN, MSNBC and HLN) combined in total viewers on Friday. The total viewer average of 2,551,000 was more than 500,000 total viewers ahead of the 2nd place show, Glenn Beck.

• HLN’s Nancy Grace is regularly topping CNN’s Campbell Brown at 8pmET in both categories. In the demo on Friday, Grace was 3,000 viewers away from finishing in 2nd place.

• The #1 non-FNC program Friday was MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in the demo and Countdown with Keith Olbermann 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

544

Blitzer

103

Matthews

203

Prime

171

6 pm Baier

488

Blitzer

157

EdShow

189

Prime

176

7 pm Shep

355

Dobbs

138

Matthews

158

Issues

152

8 pm O’Reilly

556

Brown

120

Olbermann

284

Grace

281

9 pm Hannity

420

King

131

Maddow

289

Issues

119

10 pm Greta

361

Cooper

178

Olbermann

178

Grace

155

11 pm O’Reilly

350

Cooper

106

Maddow

151

Showbiz

174

TOTAL DAY 348 113 153 144
PRIME TIME 446 143 250 180
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

2035

Blitzer

623

Matthews

580

Prime

325

6 pm Baier

1875

Blitzer

668

EdShow

537

Prime

346

7 pm Shep

1592

Dobbs

614

Matthews

516

Issues

348

8 pm O’Reilly

2551

Brown

653

Olbermann

877

Grace

704

9 pm Hannity

1881

King

692

Maddow

848

Issues

334

10 pm Greta

1673

Cooper

519

Olbermann

534

Grace

397

11 pm O’Reilly

1305

Cooper

402

Maddow

426

Showbiz

287

TOTAL DAY 1329 525 430 307
PRIME TIME 2036 621 753 468
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

What’s More Important For Daily Show: Being Funny Or Being Accurate?

oreilly_8-23After Bill O’Reilly’s fact-checking of Jon Stewart’s Fox News smackdown, the whole exchange got the Reliable Sources treatment today.

One of the central questions raised – what is more important for a comedy/news hybrid like The Daily Show: being funny or being accurate?

Anne Kornblut of The Washington Post brought up the question:

I’m glad he has a new target besides Olbermann. There’s a new fight going on. Look, we have to be…I think all of us here are careful about how we describe the protesters and giving them credence. They operate in a different universe. And certainly, I think, Jon Stewart’s goal in all of this is to be funny first and probably accurate first-ish.

Is it okay that Stewart operates in a world where he’s only accurate-ish? We’ve raised questions with segments that were both funny and, at the very least, misleading before. And at a time when people view Stewart as such a stalwart of the news industry, taking some license with selective editing – for the sake of comedy – is not entirely fair.

Stewart’s interviews can at times be brilliant, and his media critique especially relevant. But the accurate-ish portions of The Daily Show give fodder for people like Bill O’Reilly to brush him off.

Another guest David Frum raised a separate issue: shouldn’t cable news networks be providing more comprehensive coverage? He said they should be asking, “Look, we’re a cable show, we’re the middle of the day, not a lot of people are watching anyway. Why not use this time to really explain what’s going on, dare to go into a little bit more in depth than the old network news did?”

That sounds like wishful thinking-ish to us.

Here’s the clip:

Bill O’Reilly Tops NBC, Not Just MSNBC, In Total Viewers Last Night

Cable news ratings, August 20, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly didn’t just have the program with the most total viewers on all of cable news last night – he actually beat a network. And it’s one he’s battled with before – NBC. The Factor’s 3,512,000 total viewers topped re-runs of 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation at 8pmET.

Anderson Cooper had the top-rated non-FNC show in the demo for CNN at 10pmET. In total viewers, the win went to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 9pmET.

• O’Reilly had nearly 400,000 more demo viewers than 2nd place Sean Hannity.

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

562

Blitzer

133

Matthews

136

Prime

155

6 pm Baier

525

Blitzer

89

EdShow

141

Prime

123

7 pm Shep

500

Dobbs

123

Matthews

196

Issues

195

8 pm O’Reilly

1056

Brown

178

Olbermann

291

Grace

247

9 pm Hannity

660

King

283

Maddow

277

Issues

139

10 pm Greta

531

Cooper

315

Olbermann

236

Grace

256

11 pm O’Reilly

532

Cooper

203

Maddow

176

Showbiz

227

TOTAL DAY 423 170 144 146
PRIME TIME 753 259 268 212
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

2170

Blitzer

610

Matthews

529

Prime

240

6 pm Baier

2022

Blitzer

468

EdShow

540

Prime

272

7 pm Shep

1760

Dobbs

532

Matthews

760

Issues

501

8 pm O’Reilly

3512

Brown

686

Olbermann

1029

Grace

715

9 pm Hannity

2630

King

1050

Maddow

1085

Issues

439

10 pm Greta

2021

Cooper

916

Olbermann

653

Grace

566

11 pm O’Reilly

1549

Cooper

540

Maddow

396

Showbiz

497

TOTAL DAY 1559 589 444 330
PRIME TIME 2726 885 925 564
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Anderson Cooper Makes A Booty Call To Andy Cohen

cohen_8-21Anderson Cooper called in to Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (which we’ve written about before) last night.

It was part of the regular segment “Midnight Booty Call” – in which host Andy Cohen throws out funny questions and talks about Bravo programming. Cooper is a well-known Real Housewives of Atlanta, so he had a lot to talk about.

“I like how you used perhaps one of the worst pictures ever taken of me,” joked Cooper at the beginning of the interview. (Side note: Kim from the Real Housewives of Atlanta liked it though.)

He also got to answer important questions like “Who has the worst weave in TV news?”

Critics will say appearances like this (and his frequent guest hosting gigs on Regis & Kelly) diminish his news credibility. But this is who he is – a well-rounded television personality. He’s going to Afghanistan in September, but last night, he was chatting about weaves.

Here’s the Booty Call:

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Who Exactly Was Cash For Clunkers “Popular” With?

monstruck The New York Times reports today that the government is ending the $3 billion Cash For Clunkers program, which allowed consumers to get a cash voucher of up to $4500 when they traded in low-mileage cars for higher mileage cars. According to the Times article, “Although the program has brought on a welcome surge in demand for cars after months of dismal sales, some dealers will be glad to put it behind them because it has been plagued by confusion and processing delays.”

The Times, like many other outlets covering Cash for Clunkers, leads off by referring to the program as “popular.” The LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer (”wildly popular,” in the Inquirer’s case), Forbes, and PC Magazine (”ultra-popular”) have all done the same. If it was so “popular,” then why did more than half of the country oppose it from the start? Continue reading "Who Exactly Was Cash For Clunkers “Popular” With?"

Bill O’Reilly’s NBC Anchor Attack Leads To Best (Demo) Night Of 2009

Cable news ratings, August 19, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News’ 8pmET host Bill O’Reilly had his best night of 2009 last night — a show during which he went after NBC anchors — in the A25-54 demographic, averaging 1,101,000 viewers. That means the program had more demo viewers than every prime time CNN show had total viewers. O’Reilly also had the top program of the night in total viewers, with 3,701,000.

• The best non-FNC show was once again Countdown with Keith Olbermann in both the demo and in total viewers, with 476,000 in the demo and 1,207,000 total viewers.

• Fox News continued the streak of topping all the cable competition combined, beating CNN, MSNBC, HLN and CNBC during prime time 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

 

492

Blitzer

 

129

Matthews

 

168

Prime

 

94

6 pm Baier

 

391

Blitzer

 

159

EdShow

 

169

Prime

 

105

7 pm Shep

 

397

Dobbs

 

188

Matthews

 

182

Issues

 

137

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1101

Brown

 

201

Olbermann

 

476

Grace

 

256

9 pm Hannity

 

813

King

 

255

Maddow

 

353

Issues

 

186

10 pm Greta

 

651

Cooper

 

185

Olbermann

 

295

Grace

 

134

11 pm O’Reilly

 

599

Cooper

 

187

Maddow

 

236

Showbiz

 

131

TOTAL DAY 415 167 155 127
PRIME TIME 859 214 375 186
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

 

2044

Blitzer

 

684

Matthews

 

486

Prime

 

225

6 pm Baier

 

1812

Blitzer

 

635

EdShow

 

466

Prime

 

155

7 pm Shep

 

1686

Dobbs

 

624

Matthews

 

638

Issues

 

370

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3701

Brown

 

687

Olbermann

 

1207

Grace

 

653

9 pm Hannity

 

2637

King

 

884

Maddow

 

1044

Issues

 

455

10 pm Greta

 

2229

Cooper

 

584

Olbermann

 

754

Grace

 

416

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1764

Cooper

 

447

Maddow

 

538

Showbiz

 

417

TOTAL DAY 1565 569 445 293
PRIME TIME 2865 718 1002 496
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Nancy Grace Over Campbell Brown: HLN Tops CNN At 8pm

Cable news ratings, August 18, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• HLN’s Nancy Grace jumped past CNN’s Campbell Brown in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic last night at 8pmET. Grace won by a fairly wide margin in the demo (294,000 to 153,000) and by less in total viewers (746,000 to 613,000). Grace also won by much less on Monday.

• Once again, FNC defeated CNN, MSNBC, HLN and CNBC combined in total viewers and the A25-54 demo during prime time last night.

• The top non-FNC show last night was MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, in both categories. Olbermann averaged 434,000 in the demo – more than several hours of FNC from 5-MidnightET.

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

458

Blitzer

125

Matthews

173

Prime

102

6 pm Baier

386

Blitzer

126

EdShow

165

Prime

66

7 pm Shep

371

Dobbs

100

Matthews

282

Issues

132

8 pm O’Reilly

804

Brown

153

Olbermann

434

Grace

294

9 pm Hannity

746

King

236

Maddow

393

Issues

111

10 pm Greta

633

Cooper

175

Olbermann

248

Grace

156

11 pm O’Reilly

523

Cooper

143

Maddow

253

Showbiz

135

TOTAL DAY 397 134 161 121
PRIME TIME 728 188 359 182
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

2022

Blitzer

607

Matthews

644

Prime

216

6 pm Baier

1894

Blitzer

568

EdShow

526

Prime

199

7 pm Shep

1772

Dobbs

421

Matthews

653

Issues

338

8 pm O’Reilly

3543

Brown

613

Olbermann

1094

Grace

746

9 pm Hannity

2972

King

886

Maddow

1063

Issues

436

10 pm Greta

2445

Cooper

646

Olbermann

751

Grace

423

11 pm O’Reilly

1757

Cooper

404

Maddow

610

Showbiz

286

TOTAL DAY 1593 524 457 273
PRIME TIME 2988 715 970 526
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.