Bill O’Reilly Has Top Show Monday By 1.2 Million Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, December 14, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly once again had the top show on cable news Monday night, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. He was way ahead of the 2nd place show, Glenn Beck’s 5pmET FNC program, by more than 1.2 million viewers.

• The top non-FNC show was Nancy Grace’s 8pmET HLN program in the A25-54 demographic, and Keith Olbermann’s 8pmET program on MSNBC was the top non-FNC show 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

 

590

Blitzer

 

128

Matthews

 

118

Prime

 

158

6 pm Baier

 

442

Blitzer

 

104

EdShow

 

113

Prime

 

128

7 pm Shep

 

429

Tonight

 

114

Matthews

 

189

Issues

 

151

8 pm O’Reilly

 

949

Brown

 

134

Olbermann

 

242

Grace

 

325

9 pm Hannity

 

599

King

 

188

Maddow

 

167

Behar

 

174

10 pm Greta

 

460

Cooper

 

152

Olbermann

 

174

Grace

 

214

11 pm O’Reilly

 

427

Cooper

 

117

Maddow

 

129

Showbiz

 

190

TOTAL DAY 378 123 114 144
PRIME TIME 671 158 194 232
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

 

2563

Blitzer

 

671

Matthews

 

536

Prime

 

286

6 pm Baier

 

2243

Blitzer

 

466

EdShow

 

542

Prime

 

329

7 pm Shep

 

2078

Tonight

 

523

Matthews

 

702

Issues

 

453

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3767

Brown

 

385

Olbermann

 

1161

Grace

 

897

9 pm Hannity

 

2229

King

 

710

Maddow

 

755

Behar

 

615

10 pm Greta

 

1765

Cooper

 

639

Olbermann

 

490

Grace

 

439

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1575

Cooper

 

335

Maddow

 

374

Showbiz

 

387

TOTAL DAY 1517 473 413 317
PRIME TIME 2589 578 804 628
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


MSFNC?: Comcast Doesn’t Rule Out Launching Right-Leaning Fox Competitor

comcast_12-15Ever since Fox News launched in 1996, it has been alone in the cable news world as the only right-leaning network.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if it was NBCU that launches the first competing network? It’s now a possibility, thanks to the Comcastic new deal.

Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico talks to Comcast’s Executive Vice President David L. Cohen for a larger article about the company’s political ties. Cohen himself is a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, but said the company has worked to “foster an image as a ‘purple’ company.”

But Vogel writes that Comcast may have another trick up its sleeve:

Cohen – who oversees the company’s Washington operation spent last week pitching the deal to regulators, editorial boards and reporters – described himself as “a news junkie” who watches MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. He didn’t dismiss out of hand the possibility of launching a right-leaning network to compete with Fox News, and he said Comcast wouldn’t tamper with NBC or MSNBC’s operations.

MSNBC – a left-leaning cable news outlet – and a right-leaning competitor to Fox News, under the same Comcast/NBCU umbrella? It would be a very bold move. It would be almost unfathomable, but in the current state of the media industry, where conglomerates are merging with conglomerates, this could be where we’re headed. Will Rupert Murdoch launch a left-leaning competitor at News Corp. aimed at knocking MSNBC out of picture completely?

Keith Olbermann weighed in on the Comcast takeover, saying: “I’m confident they know exactly what they’re doing and exactly how valuable a commodity MSNBC has become.”

Here’s one more quote from Cohen to Politico about his company’s space in the political sphere:

Cohen explained that Comcast’s job is not “to shape the content that people receive. It is our job to facilitate the delivery of a diverse set of voices and opinions to consumers, and we believe it’s up to the consumer to decide which of that content he or she would like to listen to or watch and which of that content he or she would like to avoid.”

This Comcast/NBCU deal will stay in the news for the next year, and likely even longer. Expect more side storylines like this to bubble up while the process continues.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Holiday Greeting: Fox News Was Nice, WSJ Naughty

hussoloji_1081293281Rupert-Murdoch-_ap_BAnd here you thought he was just a big Grinch! Gawker has obtained the holiday message media mogul Rupert Murdoch sent out to his entire team today in an email entitled “A note to all staff: Mr. Murdoch’s Holiday Greetings 2009.” It was, of course, sent out by “Corporate Affairs” to “Corporate Affairs,” but signed by Mr. Murdoch. (It’s also unclear from this letter which businesses were given additional, company-specific messages.) Still, we’re willing to wager 12 fruit cakes and 3 cartons of egg nog that the Aussie Scrooge didn’t sit down at a computer during any point in the conception or execution of the below email.

Maybe that’s needlessly cynical, because how many other media moguls are penning their own holiday letters, but if you’re a Murdoch-owned employee, does this feel authentic? Or validating? Or would you rather receive nothing?

“This has been one of the most challenging periods in our history, but, as I wrote to you in February, the steps we are taking today will define the character of our company for many years to come,” the letter begins. The praise is deservedly high — Murdoch highlights “resilience and creativity,” as well as “unique solutions” in difficult times — but the letter is, perhaps necessarily, vague considering the amount of people who received it.

The longest paragraph of the note, though, is indeed a list of accomplishments, in which Murdoch specifically cites his film properties, Fox News and Fox Business Network. As noted by Gawker, the Wall Street Journal is absent in name, as is the New York Post. Maybe they got individual emails?

There’s the requisite back-patting (”Together we informed and entertained, but more importantly, enriched the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe.”) and sentimentality (”We are stronger because of your dedication.”), but overall, no surprises. Read the whole email below, via Gawker:

From: Corporate Affairs
Date: December 15, 2009
To: Corporate Affairs
Subject: A note to all staff: Mr. Murdoch’s Holiday Greetings 2009

Dear Colleagues,

This has been one of the most challenging periods in our history, but, as I wrote to you in February, the steps we are taking today will define the character of our company for many years to come.

As I have travelled around the world, I have been struck by your resilience and creativity, even in the face of the sharpest advertising downturn ever. In tough times, our company is leading the industry in expanding and adjusting our business models to reflect the huge changes that are underway across the media landscape.

You’ve made difficult decisions and instituted unique solutions to ensure our businesses continue to perform at the highest levels. Thanks to your hard work, I am confident that we enter the new decade strongly positioned, renewed in spirit and determination, and prepared for more progress and success.

Together we informed and entertained, but more importantly, enriched the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe. We continued to pursue our goal of being the world’s best producer of media content, spreading the message of freedom we all believe in. Across all our businesses we advanced our digital initiatives, while holding true to our values and commitment to change for the better, including our support for clean energy and the environment.

In news, we asserted the value of quality journalism in society. Many of our newspapers are among the world’s best performing. In
publishing, we produced stories that captured readers’ interests and aspirations and made impressive strides towards books’ digital future. In movies, we are providing the most compelling and advanced filmed entertainment in the industry. Blockbusters like Ice Age 3 and Avatar may well change forever the way movies are made. Our international TV assets expanded in many countries and languages, including the number one network group in the world’s largest democracy, India. We extended pay-TV in Western Europe. FOX News in the U.S. remains the undisputed cable news leader. FOX Business Network is growing its viewership and Fox Broadcasting Company had its best fall season ever.

Alone, each of these accomplishments is impressive. Together, they are a record of achievement few, if any, companies can match. Above all, they reflect the immense talent and leadership that you and your colleagues around the world bring to News Corporation every day. We are stronger because of your dedication. I am very grateful for your efforts and very proud of your performance.

My sincere best wishes to you and your families for the holidays.

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch Wishes Some of You Happy Holidays [Gawker]


FOX News Sunday Performing Well In FNC Repeat

Cable news ratings, December 13, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• FOX News Sunday is FOX network broadcast’s Sunday morning public affairs show, and it regularly finishes far behind Meet the Press, This Week and Face the Nation. But it gets the benefit of being repeated on Fox News as well – and it has been doing better in recent weeks. On Sunday for its 6pmET re-air, it finished as the top show on cable news for the day in total viewers, and the top show at the hour (one of the only to top MSNBC’s doc block) 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 154 89 155 75
6 pm 173 74 149 50
7 pm 151 65 190 98
8 pm 142 122 260 167
9 pm 182 133 250 121
10 pm 215 86 209 83
11 pm 157 111 253 81
TOTAL DAY 195 92 147 97
PRIME TIME 180 114 240 124
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 735 321 293 224
6 pm 921 352 259 165
7 pm 867 388 371 210
8 pm 858 351 468 380
9 pm 618 323 437 374
10 pm 693 268 290 228
11 pm 435 275 434 266
TOTAL DAY 740 342 301 240
PRIME TIME 723 314 398 327
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Lock Up And Huckabee Win Again Saturday

Cable news ratings, December 12, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The combination happened again: MSNBC’s 11pmET airing of Lock Up was the top show Saturday in the A25-54 demographic, while FNC’s 8pmET Mike Huckabee first airing was the top show 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 301 188 132 87
6 pm 313 147 96 56
7 pm 349 118 121 50
8 pm 346 111 115 100
9 pm 308 148 103 66
10 pm 229 159 249 94
11 pm 263 116 358 114
TOTAL DAY 304 149 159 109
PRIME TIME 294 139 156 87
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 1130 587 350 231
6 pm 1077 495 379 209
7 pm 1326 447 480 183
8 pm 1486 431 426 312
9 pm 1150 547 313 297
10 pm 999 490 486 293
11 pm 766 264 622 356
TOTAL DAY 1024 491 402 288
PRIME TIME 1212 489 409 301
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


FNC #1, CNN #2 In Prime Time Friday Night

Cable news ratings, December 11, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• In a month that saw CNN finish fourth place in prime time during 2009 for the 100th time in the A25-54 demographic, Friday night came as a big victory – 2nd place, behind Fox News, in both total viewers and the demo. Larry King at 9pmET and Anderson Cooper at 10pmET finished 2nd in the time slot in both categories.

• The top cable news show on Friday was FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor in both categories. Laura Ingraham filled in for Bill O’Reilly.

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

 

576

Blitzer

 

113

Matthews

 

94

Prime

 

100

6 pm Baier

 

415

Blitzer

 

83

EdShow

 

88

Prime

 

105

7 pm Shep

 

461

Tonight

 

102

Matthews

 

111

Issues

 

151

8 pm O’Reilly

 

655

Brown

 

126

Olbermann

 

209

Grace

 

270

9 pm Hannity

 

529

King

 

226

Maddow

 

153

Behar

 

153

10 pm Greta

 

469

Cooper

 

252

Olbermann

 

161

Grace

 

126

11 pm O’Reilly

 

388

Cooper

 

176

Maddow

 

155

Showbiz

 

118

TOTAL DAY 369 142 110 133
PRIME TIME 555 202 175 175
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

 

2267

Blitzer

 

641

Matthews

 

499

Prime

 

278

6 pm Baier

 

2096

Blitzer

 

504

EdShow

 

516

Prime

 

275

7 pm Shep

 

2016

Tonight

 

521

Matthews

 

494

Issues

 

392

8 pm O’Reilly

 

2569

Brown

 

551

Olbermann

 

827

Grace

 

744

9 pm Hannity

 

1982

King

 

865

Maddow

 

706

Behar

 

486

10 pm Greta

 

1866

Cooper

 

811

Olbermann

 

474

Grace

 

427

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1264

Cooper

 

542

Maddow

 

430

Showbiz

 

396

TOTAL DAY 1365 565 376 336
PRIME TIME 2145 743 669 539
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Shocker! Fox News Pundits Not Satisfied With Obama’s B+ Grade

obama-b+When Obama gave himself a “solid” grade of B+ in a recent interview with Oprah, it was only a matter of time — less than a day, to be precise — before the cable news punditocracy chimed in. As you can imagine, the Fox News faction, represented by Greta Van Susteren, Dana Perino, and Bill O’Reilly, did not take too kindly to it.

The president giving himself a grade is the sort of opportunity cabledom dreams of: it’s ‘newsworthy’ but totally subjective, and provides a hook for hanging on any sort of argument, talking point, or roundtable debate one wishes.

On On the Record, Van Susteren and Perino took the popular ‘bludgeon Obama for all his failings’ route. A preview of the clip below: B+ is a darn fine grade, and if my kid got a B+ in calculus I’d be proud; Obama was disrespectful to Bush; Obama was arrogant for analogizing himself to FDR in his Oprah interview (”I think we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt”).



O’Reilly was still critical, but a little more nuanced. He hammered Obama on public approval ratings and confidence polls. But he had the edge of having rolled out his own set of grades for Obama on GMA the previous week, which he made a focus of his discussion: B on jobs, C on Afghanistan, D on health care — a C average, if they’re all equally weighted, but not as brutal a pile-on as it could have been.