O’Reilly Wins at 8pm, But Big Night For Olbermann In Return

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

• As usual, Bill O’Reilly was the top-rated cable news host last night in both the A25-54 demographic and in total viewers. But in Keith Olbermann’s return, and in his outright assertion of independence in the face of ‘Truce’-gate, the MSNBC host had a solid rating. 445,000 demo viewers watched, while 1,338,000 total. That was the top show on either MSNBC or CNN.

• The lead-in helped Rachel Maddow’s hour at 9pmET on MSNBC, who saw some of her best ratings recently with 400,000 in the demo and 1,255,000 total. That was good enough to beat every program on CNN.

Sean Hannity held strong for FNC at 9pmET, with the 2nd best show of the night in the demo and total viewers.

• The top show on CNN was Larry King Live, who had an exclusive, and explosive, interview with Griffin O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal’s son.

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

 

635

Blitzer

 

113

Matthews

 

135

Prime

 

97

6 pm Baier

 

447

Blitzer

 

105

EdShow

 

103

Prime

 

111

7 pm Shep

 

366

Dobbs

 

228

Matthews

 

227

Issues

 

131

8 pm O’Reilly

 

788

Brown

 

198

Olbermann

 

445

Grace

 

217

9 pm Hannity

 

668

King

 

342

Maddow

 

400

Issues

 

128

10 pm Greta

 

640

Cooper

 

255

Olbermann

 

302

Grace

 

162

11 pm O’Reilly

 

460

Cooper

 

222

Maddow

 

182

Showbiz

 

159

TOTAL DAY 327 133 132 119
PRIME TIME 699 265 384 163
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

 

2243

Blitzer

 

612

Matthews

 

615

Prime

 

222

6 pm Baier

 

1908

Blitzer

 

456

EdShow

 

551

Prime

 

252

7 pm Shep

 

1648

Dobbs

 

688

Matthews

 

771

Issues

 

325

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3504

Brown

 

652

Olbermann

 

1338

Grace

 

675

9 pm Hannity

 

2720

King

 

1155

Maddow

 

1255

Issues

 

369

10 pm Greta

 

2184

Cooper

 

830

Olbermann

 

785

Grace

 

402

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1419

Cooper

 

613

Maddow

 

532

Showbiz

 

329

TOTAL DAY 1247 578 422 266
PRIME TIME 2804 862 1128 498
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Geraldo Wins Demo, Huckabee Wins Total Viewers

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

• The top rated cable news program in the A25-54 demographic on Saturday was FNC’s Geraldo At Large at 10pmET. #1 in total viewers was the 8pmET program Huckabee on FNC. FNC won every hour from 5pmET-MidnightET in both categories, except in the demo at 11pmET (finished #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 NewsHQ

219

Newsroom

162

Special

243

News

57

6 pm NewsHQ

203

SitRoom

131

Special

178

Prime

46

7 pm Report

220

Newsroom

165

Special

194

Issues

27

8 pm Huckabee

281

Reclaiming the Dream

147

Special

158

Grace

79

9 pm Beck

274

Investigates

106

Issues

125

10 pm Geraldo

315

Newsroom

122

Investigates

170

Grace

105

11 pm JER/FNW

179/193

Reclaiming the Dream

204

Investigates

282

Showbiz

116

TOTAL DAY 208 154 172 223
PRIME TIME 290 139 145 98
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 NewsHQ

842

Newsroom

676

Special

548

News

163

6 pm NewsHQ

844

SitRoom

621

Special

442

Prime

133

7 pm Report

995

Newsroom

661

Special

430

Issues

127

8 pm Huckabee

1488

Reclaiming the Dream

602

Special

396

Grace

279

9 pm Beck

1188

Investigates

272

Issues

393

10 pm Geraldo

1026

Newsroom

575

Investigates

314

Grace

288

11 pm JER/FNW

685/668

Reclaiming the Dream

396

Investigates

468

Showbiz

306

TOTAL DAY 834 525 349 233
PRIME TIME 1234 594 327 305
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Keith Olbermann Obsessively Defies Truce – On-Air and On Daily Kos

worst_8-3When it came to discussing the ‘truce’ story, Keith Olbermann addressed it on air and Bill O’Reilly did not. No big surprise there.

But Olbermann didn’t just address it – he spent an entire “Worst Persons in The World” segment on the matter. He wrote about it at his online home, the liberal community site, The Daily Kos. He jumped into the comments section until after 3amET this morning, responding to readers. In other words, he assured this story would not go away.

His bronze WPITW went to New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, after previously teasing the segment saying the Times was “carrying water” for Fox News. Stelter tells Mediaite, “Last year Bill O’Reilly said I was ‘in the tank’ for NBC. Now Keith Olbermann says I’m ‘carrying water’ for Fox. Maybe next time I’ll be ‘on the payroll’ at CNN.”

The silver went to Bill O’Reilly – and in a big way. Back was “the name, the photograph, and the caricature” he supposedly “retired” back on June 1. Then, to put an exclamation point on the whole segment, he closed it out with naming News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch as the “worst.” It didn’t sound like the “cease-fire” reported in the NYT, or even the ‘end to personal attacks‘ reported by TVNewser.

But that was just the beginning. Before Countdown even aired, Olbermann was on The Daily Kos, writing about the story. “There is no ‘deal’ between MSNBC and Fox over what we can and cannot cover,” he writes. “This is part of a continuing strategy of blackmail by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, that reaches back to 2004, and has as its goal the cancellation of ‘Countdown.’”

He also says “Ailes himself is tonight quoted as saying he tried to ‘broker peace’ by restraining his hosts,” but Ailes is not quoted anywhere discussing this. In the same post, Olbermann gave his thoughts on the Richard Wolffe situation, and announced Wolffe was banned from the show (for now).

Then Countdown ended, and Olbermann began his 15-comment run that lasted until after 3amET. Here’s a sampling.

On the Wolffe situation:

There’s me and the Executive Producer, and when we’re both, uh, preoccupied with larger issues, what we are told by long-term contributors who have changed jobs tends not to get vetted.

On whether Glenn Greenwald should be blamed:

I don’t think he has an axe in this fight. As I tried to tell Stelter, yes, there’s plenty of evidence about, even claims of, a deal. But if one of the people whose performance decides whether or not there is a deal, says he is not party to a deal, then there is no deal.

And then there’s this, which gives people like Greenwald even more fodder for corporate influence discussion:

Pressures ebb and flow on what should be said and what shouldn’t be (see Jujitsu comment in diary). Show executives and network executives are forever in meetings. People horse trade.

Whether this new old program will be the norm remains to be seen. Since Olbermann’s attacks have significantly dialed down since June 1, until last night, this comes across more like a singular outward display of independence than an everyday occurrence. This story isn’t going away, and the signs of a “deal” between the two parties involved cannot be determined after one night. But for the hardcore Countdown fans, most will be satisfied by these shots at Fox News, and seeming autonomy from outside pressures – for now.

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Keith Olbermann Kicks Richard Wolffe Off Countdown

wolffe_8-3We watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC and The O’Reilly Factor on FNC tonight at 8pmET to see what each would have to say about the ‘Truce’-gate story. And we’ll have more on that later.

But there’s another story, and it concerns MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald raised questions about Wolffe’s day job at Public Strategies, Inc., and Olbermann addressed this tonight in a post on The Daily Kos – effectively banning Wolffe from Countdown.

Keep in mind, Wolffe is not just an MSNBC contributor – he was the host of Countdown on Thursday and Friday last week. He’s a regular guest on the program, and he has guest hosted several times before.

Now, he’s persona non grata. Here’s part of what Olbermann wrote on the Daily Kos:

What appears to be the truth here is certainly not what Richard told us about his non-news job. I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us.

This is a strong move by Olbermann. Earlier tonight, an MSNBC spokesperson told Mediaite in a statement: “We should have disclosed Richard’s connection to Public Strategies. We will do so in the future.”

Will it be on Countdown? We’ll see what Olbermann says after he ‘clarifies’ what Wolffe is doing.

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Glenn Beck Finishing Week With #2 Cable News Show on Friday

Cable news ratings, July 31, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News host Glenn Beck finished as the #2 cable news show on Friday, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The 5pmET show regularly wins the hour, but one of FNC’s prime time programs usually takes the silver (Bill O’Reilly is consistently #1).

Richard Wolffe, filling in for Keith Olbermann, gave MSNBC’s Countdown a solid rating, with 244,000 in the demo and #2 during the 8pmET hour. Olbermann is back tonight – will the ratings be strong as people wait to hear what he has to say re Truce-gate?

• In the battle for #2 in prime time, MSNBC won in the demo, while CNN took 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

 

504

Blitzer

 

160

Matthews

 

102

Prime

 

72

6 pm Baier

 

409

Blitzer

 

194

EdShow

 

145

Prime

 

66

7 pm Shep

 

291

Dobbs

 

131

Matthews

 

178

Issues

 

96

8 pm O’Reilly

 

544

Brown

 

191

Olbermann

 

244

Grace

 

169

9 pm Hannity

 

411

King

 

192

Special

 

197

Issues

 

78

10 pm Greta

 

338

Cooper

 

163

Special

 

255

Grace

 

115

11 pm O’Reilly

 

336

Cooper

 

203

Special

 

331

Showbiz

 

169

TOTAL DAY 285 161 135 106
PRIME TIME 431 182 232 118
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

 

2108

Blitzer

 

648

Matthews

 

429

Prime

 

198

6 pm Baier

 

1863

Blitzer

 

633

EdShow

 

468

Prime

 

264

7 pm Shep

 

1528

Dobbs

 

566

Matthews

 

533

Issues

 

379

8 pm O’Reilly

 

2524

Brown

 

765

Olbermann

 

765

Grace

 

612

9 pm Hannity

 

1902

King

 

877

Special

 

487

Issues

 

309

10 pm Greta

 

1557

Cooper

 

646

Special

 

433

Grace

 

288

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1334

Cooper

 

629

Special

 

480

Showbiz

 

388

TOTAL DAY 1166 558 343 274
PRIME TIME 1995 763 562 392
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.