FNC Tops Cable News Competition Combined In Prime Time Demo and Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, December 16, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News Channel regularly beats CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers every weeknight during prime time. But last night, they also beat the cable news competition combined in the A25-54 demographic during prime time – averaging 695,000 to 627,000. They also topped the other three combined in total viewers, total day.

• The top non-FNC show was Nancy Grace on HLN at 8pmET in the demo, and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC at 8pmET 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

665

Blitzer

88

Matthews

94

Prime

132

6 pm Baier

474

Blitzer

124

EdShow94 Prime

81

7 pm Shep

469

Tonight

115

Matthews

160

Issues

128

8 pm O’Reilly

894

Brown

111

Olbermann

249

Grace

258

9 pm Hannity

692

King

184

Maddow

208

Behar

168

10 pm Greta

496

Cooper

232

Olbermann

279

Grace

210

11 pm O’Reilly

568

Cooper

160

Maddow

151

Showbiz

199

TOTAL DAY 398 135 109 150
PRIME TIME 695 175 245 207
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

2476

Blitzer

621

Matthews

527

Prime

278

6 pm Baier

2172

Blitzer

553

EdShow

488

Prime

254

7 pm Shep

1997

Tonight

534

Matthews

560

Issues

405

8 pm O’Reilly

3362

Brown

484

Olbermann

1068

Grace

826

9 pm Hannity

2369

King

820

Maddow

915

Behar

645

10 pm Greta

1706

Cooper

921

Olbermann

753

Grace

501

11 pm O’Reilly

1611

Cooper

489

Maddow

404

Showbiz

382

TOTAL DAY 1477 542 415 347
PRIME TIME 2480 742 912 638
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Nancy Grace, Joy Behar Top CNN And MSNBC In Demo Tuesday

Cable news ratings, December 15, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• HLN’s prime time shows – Nancy Grace at 8pmET and Joy Behar at 9pmET – topped CNN and MSNBC in their timeslots in the A25-54 demographic. Fox News was #1. In total viewers, Grace was also #2 in cable news, but Behar was #4.

• The top show on cable news last night was, once again, Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET FNC program 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

552

Blitzer

106

Matthews

96

Prime

61

6 pm Baier

462

Blitzer

87

EdShow

178

Prime

131

7 pm Shep

507

Tonight

131

Matthews

154

Issues

168

8 pm O’Reilly

796

Brown

135

Olbermann

176

Grace

279

9 pm Hannity

682

King

213

Maddow

186

Behar

218

10 pm Greta

529

Cooper

153

Olbermann

168

Grace

165

11 pm O’Reilly

572

Cooper

131

Maddow

99

Showbiz

152

TOTAL DAY 395 120 95 142
PRIME TIME 673 167 177 216
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

2354

Blitzer

636

Matthews

501

Prime

184

6 pm Baier

1975

Blitzer

549

EdShow

653

Prime

283

7 pm Shep

2119

Tonight

589

Matthews

614

Issues

468

8 pm O’Reilly

3299

Brown

555

Olbermann

831

Grace

846

9 pm Hannity

2603

King

948

Maddow

857

Behar

796

10 pm Greta

2102

Cooper

578

Olbermann

495

Grace

491

11 pm O’Reilly

1756

Cooper

421

Maddow

312

Showbiz

386

TOTAL DAY 1471 515 399 340
PRIME TIME 2672 694 728 694
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Ron Paul Agrees With Time Choice For Person Of Year…Who Can “Do No Good”

paul_12-16Right after the announcement on NBC’s Today show of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Ben Bernanke, NBC’s cable outlet MSNBC had a very appropriate guest.

Rep. Ron Paul – who just wrote the book “End the Fed” – was on set at Morning Joe this morning. He understood the decision by Time.

“If I could pick someone to follow up Rick Stengel’s person of the year pick of Ben Bernanke it would be this guy,” said Joe Scarborough as he introduced Paul.

Here’s his take: “He’s the most powerful man in the world. I believe a case can be made for that.”

More from Rep. Paul:

The big question is has he used that power for good or for evil? Of course, my side of the argument is the system is evil and the chairman, whether it’s Greenspan or Bernanke, they can do no good. They cause our troubles, they cause the inflation, they cause the bubbles and therefore, the bust, the correction, is always their fault.

Strong words, but not unexpected. Paul was just a guest on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show – look for him to be seen making the media rounds to talk health care as well as Person of the Year and Bernanke. In fact, whoever gets him on Sunday morning will have a good guest.

Another good guest? Rep. Barney Frank, who was asked about the Bernanke pick on MSNBC earlier today. Tonight you’ll see these two – Frank and Paul – go head-to-head about health care (and potentially Time’s pick), tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live.

Here’s the full Paul interview (h/t @AndyLevy):

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Mediaite Caption Contest: Ailes And Maddow Converse At White House

The White House held its annual Christmas party for the press last night, and the press came out in full force to celebrate themselves.

FishbowlDC tweeted a lengthy list of names of who were there, and other journalists put their personal reports up late last night. But one image won the night.

Let’s all take a minute to take this in – and start thinking of a caption:
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Just to clarify, this is MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes just, you know, chatting by a Christmas tree, NBD. But here’s the backstory:

This is a twitpic from Sam Feist, CNN Vice President (follow him here). It’s his first twitpic ever, and what a good one it is. It came with this statement: “Rachel Maddow and Roger Ailes in deep discussion tonight at the White House.”

The image doesn’t seem to show a deep discussion. But here’s what Feist tweeted a few minutes before: “Most interesting scene at White House reception: Rachel Maddow engrossed in deep conversation with… Roger Ailes.”

Here’s what happened – Maddow and Ailes were chatting, Feist saw it (there weren’t many other comments about this, although Andrea Mitchell mentioned it as well today on Morning Joe), he thought ‘hey maybe I’ll take a picture,’ they stopped talking, and we can now let the speculation about what this “deep conversation” was about.

So – leave your caption in the comments! (And maybe Maddow will talk about it on her show today.)

This was our 2nd favorite photo we saw last night – CNN’s Roland Martin and FNC’s Bill O’Reilly. Eggnog at the White House – it brings people together:
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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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