CNN Is Top Network For Saturday’s Earthquake/Tsunami Coverage

Cable news ratings, February 27, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• When it came to breaking news last weekend, CNN was the place viewers turned to the most. The network was #1 on cable news in total day and prime time in the A25-54 demographic, and #1 in total viewers for total day (FNC was #1 in total viewers during prime time). The top hour in both categories was 5pmET for CNN.

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 1257 2008 519 100
6 pm 684 1067 281 84
7 pm 546 602 154 100
8 pm 334 370 152 111
9 pm 361 266 177 92
10 pm 229 309 405 96
11 pm 247 295 531 94
TOTAL DAY 485 628 265 116
PRIME TIME 308 315 245 100
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 3571 4891 1405 225
6 pm 2016 2640 634 278
7 pm 1849 1725 369 260
8 pm 1543 1185 371 327
9 pm 1167 853 497 295
10 pm 920 831 874 233
11 pm 733 859 982 230
TOTAL DAY 1567 1668 638 280
PRIME TIME 1210 956 581 285
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Fox & Friends Celebrates 100 Months As Top Cable News Morning Show

Like other programs on Fox News, the morning show Fox & Friends celebrated their 100th month as the top cable news morning show in February. It was the only morning show to grow year-to-year in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

More details on the F&F milestone, and all of Fox News’ ratings, after the jump.

Fox & Friends was the #2 program on all of cable from 6-9amET in February, in both categories. It was #2 behind just NICK in total viewers and TNT in the demo.

Other highlights:

Special Report at 6pmET and FOX Report at 7pmET finished in the top five cable news programs overall, in both categories. Special Report was 3rd, behind Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck (but ahead of Sean Hannity) in total viewers.

• FNC had the top 13 programs in total viewers and the demo on all of cable news for the 2nd consecutive month.

• The new America Live with Megyn Kelly at 1pmET was the only program at that hour to show growth year-to-year in both categories.

• While all CNN and MSNBC programs were down double digits year-to-year, FNC showed growth with Your World (in total viewers), O’Reilly Factor and FOX Report (in demo) and Special Report (in both). However Hannity was down 11% in total viewers and 9% in the demo and prime time as a whole was down 7% in total viewers.

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MSNBC And CNN February Ratings: The Good News And Bad News

It’s that time of the year again – ratings.

Here’s a look at CNN and MSNBC, the good and the bad news, while we’ll focus on Fox News (yeah, it’s just good news over there) in a subsequent post.

MSNBC:

Good News- MSNBC topped CNN by 75% in total viewers and 138% in the A25-54 demographic in prime time.

Bad News- Morning Joe finished fourth in the demo, behind CNN and HLN.

Good News: Keith Olbermann finished 2nd at 8pmET in both categories. Rachel Maddow finished 2nd at 9pmET in both categories. Chris Matthews at 7pmET finished 2nd in total viewers.

Bad News: All MSNBC programs were down double digits year-to-year in both categories.

CNN:

Good News- CNN topped MSNBC during day time hours (9am-5pmET) and in total day in total viewers and the demo. MSNBC was fourth or fifth during these hours.

Bad News- CNN finished fifth in prime time in the demo, behind even CNBC, for the first month ever (it happened to be a month that had a lot of Olympics on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC).

Good News- CNN’s The Situation Room finished 2nd for all three hours in the demo.

Bad News- CNN was down big in prime time (54% and 57% in total viewers and the demo), the most of any cable news network.

More Bad News- All of CNN’s prime time shows individually had their worst months ever in total viewers, while in the demo, it was Anderson Cooper’s worst and Larry King and Campbell Brown had their second worst months ever.

Oh, also HLN:

Good News: Robin Meade had her best ratings in history in total viewers and the demo. Joy Behar at 9pmET was the only program that hour to grow year-to-year in total viewers.

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O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity Take Gold, Silver, Bronze Friday

Cable news ratings, February 26, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The cable news ratings were about what you’d expect on Friday, the last weekday of the Vancouver Olympics. Bill O’Reilly was #1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, Glenn Beck was #2 and Sean Hannity was #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

Beck

623

Blitzer

162

Olympics Update

295

Prime

113

6 pm

Baier

508

Blitzer

126

Olympics

Prime

61

7 pm

Shep

470

Blitzer

130

Matthews

184

Issues

102

8 pm

O’Reilly

758

Brown

154

Olbermann

221

Grace

190

9 pm

Hannity

552

King

134

Maddow

226

Behar

91

10 pm

Greta

380

Cooper

145

Olbermann

149

Grace

122

11 pm

O’Reilly

306

Cooper

124

Maddow

87

Showbiz

90

TOTAL DAY 376 123 156 123
PRIME TIME 565 144 198 133
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

2523

Blitzer

702

Olympics Update

897

Prime

167

6 pm

Baier

2383

Blitzer

632

Olympics

Prime

231

7 pm

Shep

1900

Blitzer

558

Matthews

645

Issues

451

8 pm

O’Reilly

3103

Brown

495

Olbermann

904

Grace

873

9 pm

Hannity

2302

King

551

Maddow

865

Behar

539

10 pm

Greta

1648

Cooper

409

Olbermann

472

Grace

464

11 pm

O’Reilly

1107

Cooper

336

Maddow

288

Showbiz

349

TOTAL DAY 1544 481 510 304
PRIME TIME 2356 485 747 458
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Jim Bunning Not the First to Use Congressional Elevators as Shield

Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky), coiner of awesome new GOP slogans, pulled a pretty weak move this morning when he fled for the elevators to avoid talking to ABC News cameras. According to Jonathan Karl and producer Z. Byron Wolf, Bunning also flipped them the bird before the cameras were rolling.

Still, I like to believe that what unites us is greater than what divides us. To that end, I’d like to point out that, at least when it comes to fleeing reporters, Congress has managed some bipartisan action.

First, here’s the clip from this morning. Kudos to Karl for keeping his foot in there for two door-closings, but I would have gone for the hat-trick:


This clip put me in mind of an attempted interview of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl) by Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. You may remember Grayson from such stories-of-the-microsecond as “Republicans want you to die quickly” and “K Street Whore.

While Grayson is nominally less belligerent, and tries the “do you have an appointment” gambit first, this interview ends pretty much the same way Bunning’s does.


People on the right and the left might not agree on much, but I’m sure we all wish that politicians would spend less time avoiding questions they don’t want to hear, and more time thinking of good answers to them.


Fox News Dominates Ratings With Health Care Summit Coverage

Cable news ratings, February 25, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top-rated cable news network, by far, Thursday while covering the Health Care Summit. The network averaged 2,088,000 total viewers from 9:45-5:30pmET, more than the cable competition combined. It was also #1 by more than 100% with 468,000 in the A25-54 demographic. CNN finished solidly in 2nd in both categories.

• The top rated cable news hour was Bill O’Reilly’s in total viewers, but was MSNBC’s 6pmET Olympics coverage 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

HC Summit/Beck

660/603

Blitzer

318

Olympics Update

194

Prime

66

6 pm

Baier

629

Blitzer

196

Olympics

1129

Prime

103

7 pm

Shep

609

Blitzer

212

Olympics

Issues

176

8 pm

O’Reilly

923

Brown

250

Olympics

Grace

274

9 pm

Hannity

749

King

216

Matthews

350

Behar

136

10 pm

Greta

584

Cooper

185

Matthews

Grace

215

11 pm

O’Reilly

469

Cooper

125

Matthews

207

Showbiz

169

TOTAL DAY 494 181 322 153
PRIME TIME 752 217 755 203
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

Health Care Summit/Beck

2663/2462

Blitzer

1719

Olympics Update

563

Prime

167

6 pm

Baier

2491

Blitzer

938

Olympics

2491

Prime

231

7 pm

Shep

2248

Blitzer

860

Olympics

Issues

451

8 pm

O’Reilly

3493

Brown

773

Olympics

Grace

873

9 pm

Hannity

2842

King

788

Matthews

1068

Behar

539

10 pm

Greta

2235

Cooper

563

Matthews

Grace

464

11 pm

O’Reilly

1376

Cooper

303

Matthews

302

Showbiz

349

TOTAL DAY 1912 815 866 350
PRIME TIME 2857 709 755 612
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


O’Reilly Factor Poll: “Compassionate” Democrats Love Family Guy, Hate Palin

Americans can’t separate Sarah Palin’s person from her politics– that is the conclusion The O’Reilly Factor came to on Friday after having Fox News’ resident pollster Dr. Frank Luntz survey Philadelphia voters on their reactions to the Trig Palin-inspired Family Guy episode that sent his mother into yet another fit of Facebook rage. The polling showed that “Republicans” were much more repulsed by the program and more likely to support Palin’s plea to keep her son out of the political debate. “Democrats have a reputation of being more compassionate,” Luntz noted, “yet the Democrats didn’t find that offensive.”

Luntz specifies at the beginning of the segment that the people used in the experiment are neither Democrats nor Republicans, but people chosen because they voted for Barack Obama or John McCain. Using the parameters Luntz himself sets, it is possible that some of those Obama voters specifically voted against Palin despite being Republicans, so the conclusion that Democrats are not as compassionate as they seem because eleven Obama voters from Philadelphia laughed at Family Guy seems like a bit of a stretch. Bill O’Reilly’s point– that people find it difficult to separate Palin’s person and family life from her politics– is a more likely theory, especially considering how much of the Palin platform centers around family values and personal issues that are appealing to social conservatives.

What O’Reilly fails to point out is that this knife cuts both ways, and outrage from Palin voters at the segment is probably more of a reaction to seeing Palin offended than it is to watching a program that ridicules special needs babies. In fact, Luntz points out that the Palin voter line “tanks” right after the character with Down Syndrome says her mother is the former governor of Alaska, moreso than when the characters are ridiculing the Down Syndrome girl’s appearance without her having a political identity.

Watch the video below (and follow the nifty dynamic survey graph) below: