Huckabee Has Most Viewers Saturday Night

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

Mike Huckabee had the most total viewers last Saturday for Fox News at 8pmET. Geraldo Rivera’s 10pmET show on Fox News had the most A25-54 demographic viewers last Saturday.

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 261 136 154 56
6 pm 268 142 140 54
7 pm 261 87 94 61
8 pm 262 74 145 73
9 pm 274 122 162 124
10 pm 283 157 168 85
11 pm 173 97 186 163
TOTAL DAY 232 145 135 90
PRIME TIME 273 117 158 94
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 1045 551 372 203
6 pm 1116 732 318 221
7 pm 1192 558 211 270
8 pm 1551 396 372 295
9 pm 1233 467 352 347
10 pm 977 558 338 223
11 pm 680 295 352 296
TOTAL DAY 963 525 299 243
PRIME TIME 1254 474 354 289
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




If You Like Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comments,” Then Get Excited

countdown_10-6If you happen to be a fan of Keith Olbermann’s occasional, lengthy, “Special Comment” monologues, you’re going to love tomorrow’s show.

And if you’re not, well you may want to avoid MSNBC for the entire 8pmET hour. That’s right, tomorrow night will be an hour-long Special Comment.

Here’s part of the plan, as Olbermann revealed last night:

We will devote the entirety of Countdown to a Special Comment, on the need for reform, the real meaning of reform and the protests against it, and what we, you and I, can do about it. I will propose group action by patience.

Get ready, sir, it’s going to get really intense up in 30 Rock for an hour tomorrow, SIR.

Here’s all of Olbermann’s past Special Comments, and what it looks like when Ben Affleck makes fun of these Special Comments:

And here’s Olbermann’s announcement last night (via, via):

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McCaughey Vs. Ratigan: “One Of The Most Browbeating Interviews In TV History”

ratigan_10-5Betsy McCaughey (the former Lt. Gov. of New York and “Death Panel” term originator) debated Rep. Anthony Weiner about health care last night in New York City, and they went for an encore performance today on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting.

But one thing they didn’t factor in – host Dylan Ratigan. Weiner was left in the dust while Ratigan and McCaughey went at it for more than 12 minutes.

Ratigan hammered away at McCaughey for what he perceived as non-answers on her part. At one point around the midway mark she said, “You’re not a very fair moderator, you know.” Ratigan’s response: “You’re not a very fair answerer. So there you go. Okay? Takes one to know one.”

You just don’t get that kind of exchange on most cable news programs. There was also this:

McCaughey: You’re not behaving like a moderator. You’re behaving like a partisan.
Ratigan: I’m behaving like somebody not getting an answer to his question.
M: You haven’t given me a chance.
R: I’m all ears.
M: That’s right. Now you are all ears. Let me explain that current bills in congress not only…
R: You’re not answering my question!
M: I haven’t finished one sentence.

And so on. McCaughey summed up her thoughts with about two minutes to go. “This will go down in history as one of the most browbeating interviews in television history,” she said.

“I hope that it does, and maybe you’ll learn at that point then to answer questions as opposed to going on television and cast accusations,” responded Ratigan.

The very end, which is where Weiner begins to get into his side of the argument (at one point he can be seen sitting with his head resting on his hands, watching the duel unfold), focuses about math and years and specifics. Still, the debaters got some fireworks going as well.

When it comes time for Ratigan’s next on-air review, we’d imagine this interview will be cited. Still, Ratigan’s quest for answers made for some good television.

Here’s the full, nearly 14-minute debate/’browbeating interview’, but the real fun kicks off around the 7:00 mark:

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Glenn Beck And Bill O’Reilly Juan Williams Split As Top Show Friday Night

Cable news ratings, October 2, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Glenn Beck had the top cable news show Friday night in the A25-54 demographic, averaging 689,000 in the A25-54 demographic. His colleague Bill O”Reilly Juan Williams (he filled in for O’Reilly Friday night) stayed in his usual top spot in total viewers, averaging 2,743,000 total viewers.

• CNN’s Larry King had the top non-FNC show Friday night, in both categories, at 9pmET.

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

689

Blitzer

145

Matthews

114

Prime

86

6 pm Baier

523

Blitzer

76

EdShow

131

Prime

105

7 pm Shep

455

Dobbs

171

Matthews

152

Issues

92

8 pm O’Reilly

657

Brown

175

Olbermann

282

Grace

187

9 pm Hannity

491

King

295

Maddow

227

Behar

169

10 pm Greta

444

Cooper

226

Olbermann

181

Grace

177

11 pm O’Reilly

318

Cooper

261

Maddow

155

Showbiz

233

TOTAL DAY 356 176 142 138
PRIME TIME 534 232 230 174
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

2598

Blitzer

663

Matthews

506

Prime

212

6 pm Baier

2312

Blitzer

532

EdShow

533

Prime

307

7 pm Shep

1866

Dobbs

734

Matthews

595

Issues

311

8 pm O’Reilly

2743

Brown

758

Olbermann

785

Grace

668

9 pm Hannity

2583

King

1151

Maddow

751

Behar

565

10 pm Greta

2083

Cooper

819

Olbermann

488

Grace

400

11 pm O’Reilly

1383

Cooper

560

Maddow

392

Showbiz

494

TOTAL DAY 1568 608 395 317
PRIME TIME 2473 909 675 531
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Glenn Beck’s Demo Rating Beats Competition’s Total Viewers

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

Glenn Beck was the #2 cable news show last night in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers (Bill O’Reilly was #1). But Beck achieved something rare – he had more demo viewers (719,000) than his 5pmET competition had total viewers. CNN had 657,000 total viewers, MSNBC 576,000 and HLN 301,000.

• The top non-FNC show last night was CNN’s Larry King Live at 9pmET in both categories. Must be the power of Jon Gosselin.

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

719

Blitzer

156

Matthews

121

Prime

116

6 pm Baier

477

Blitzer

151

EdShow

192

Prime

133

7 pm Shep

481

Dobbs

170

Matthews

207

Issues

170

8 pm O’Reilly

865

Brown

197

Olbermann

389

Grace

246

9 pm Hannity

624

King

416

Maddow

309

Behar

149

10 pm Greta

711

Cooper

254

Olbermann

270

Grace

141

11 pm O’Reilly

678

Cooper

170

Maddow

165

Showbiz

201

TOTAL DAY 455 173 151 155
PRIME TIME 734 289 323 174
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

2965

Blitzer

657

Matthews

576

Prime

301

6 pm Baier

2235

Blitzer

727

EdShow

629

Prime

323

7 pm Shep

1940

Dobbs

707

Matthews

674

Issues

411

8 pm O’Reilly

3444

Brown

767

Olbermann

1167

Grace

791

9 pm Hannity

2449

King

1256

Maddow

1016

Behar

542

10 pm Greta

2458

Cooper

869

Olbermann

656

Grace

399

11 pm O’Reilly

1819

Cooper

387

Maddow

515

Showbiz

467

TOTAL DAY 1680 596 444 333
PRIME TIME 2786 964 946 563
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill O’Reilly #1 Wednesday By Almost 900,000 Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, September 30, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top-rated cable news show Wednesday night, but by an even wider margin than usual. O’Reilly’s 8pmET show averaged 3,561,000 total viewers, while #2 cable news show was Glenn Beck with 2,679,000 viewers. O’Reilly was 1st with Beck second in the A25-54 demographic as well.

• CNN’s Larry King had the top non-FNC show in the A25-54 demo at 9pmET, while MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann at 8pmET had 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 Beck

 

690

Blitzer

 

193

Matthews

 

89

Prime

 

133

6 pm Baier

 

379

Blitzer

 

171

EdShow

 

140

Prime

 

136

7 pm Shep

 

431

Dobbs

 

155

Matthews

 

166

Issues

 

158

8 pm O’Reilly

 

901

Brown

 

145

Olbermann

 

267

Grace

 

285

9 pm Hannity

 

641

King

 

313

Maddow

 

215

Behar

 

208

10 pm Greta

 

455

Cooper

 

261

Olbermann

 

253

Grace

 

262

11 pm O’Reilly

 

552

Cooper

 

211

Maddow

 

184

Showbiz

 

253

TOTAL DAY 412 168 120 168
PRIME TIME 668 240 245 248
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

 

2679

Blitzer

 

776

Matthews

 

423

Prime

 

249

6 pm Baier

 

2006

Blitzer

 

691

EdShow

 

500

Prime

 

270

7 pm Shep

 

1941

Dobbs

 

672

Matthews

 

628

Issues

 

395

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3561

Brown

 

613

Olbermann

 

1007

Grace

 

796

9 pm Hannity

 

2637

King

 

953

Maddow

 

809

Behar

 

566

10 pm Greta

 

2012

Cooper

 

818

Olbermann

 

659

Grace

 

558

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1656

Cooper

 

526

Maddow

 

480

Showbiz

 

462

TOTAL DAY 1604 590 401 337
PRIME TIME 2744 795 825 628
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Nancy Grace Finishes 2nd (Twice), Joy Behar 3rd For HLN

Cable news ratings, September 29, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Joy Behar’s premiere at 9pmET for HLN finished 3rd in the A25-54 demographic, ahead of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, but 4th in total viewers. Her colleague Nancy Grace, however, had a huge night. Grace finished 2nd (behind Fox News) in the demo at both 8pmET and for her repeat at 10pmET.

• The top show of the night was Bill O’Reilly’s at 8pmET, followed far behind by Glenn Beck at 5pmET for Fox News.

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

 

701

Blitzer

 

162

Matthews

 

149

Prime

 

133

6 pm Baier

 

516

Blitzer

 

165

EdShow

 

161

Prime

 

155

7 pm Shep

 

386

Dobbs

 

222

Matthews

 

203

Issues

 

228

8 pm O’Reilly

 

906

Brown

 

259

Olbermann

 

208

Grace

 

290

9 pm Hannity

 

577

King

 

300

Maddow

 

161

Behar

 

215

10 pm Greta

 

514

Cooper

 

176

Olbermann

 

143

Grace

 

262

11 pm O’Reilly

 

506

Cooper

 

185

Maddow

 

140

Showbiz

 

202

TOTAL DAY 421 175 126 159
PRIME TIME 666 273 171 253
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

 

2793

Blitzer

 

752

Matthews

 

568

Prime

 

342

6 pm Baier

 

2239

Blitzer

 

684

EdShow

 

518

Prime

 

308

7 pm Shep

 

1954

Dobbs

 

760

Matthews

 

642

Issues

 

520

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3527

Brown

 

769

Olbermann

 

739

Grace

 

853

9 pm Hannity

 

2200

King

 

815

Maddow

 

661

Behar

 

559

10 pm Greta

 

2092

Cooper

 

797

Olbermann

 

423

Grace

 

550

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1437

Cooper

 

504

Maddow

 

405

Showbiz

 

434

TOTAL DAY 1565 581 385 351
PRIME TIME 2609 794 608 644
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.