Larry King’s Live Sunday Show Is Top Cable News Program In Demo

Cable news ratings, January 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The top cable news show in the A25-54 demographic on Sunday was Larry King’s live coverage of Haiti at 9pmET for CNN. CNN was #1 in the demo during total day and prime time in the demo, while FNC was #1 in total viewers. The top show on FNC was the FOX News Sunday re-air.

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 187 174 98 64
6 pm 269 168 65 24
7 pm 196 181 66 39
8 pm 221 179 80 55
9 pm 224 318 80 88
10 pm 265 288 68 70
11 pm 255 280 109 144
TOTAL DAY 260 270 85 94
PRIME TIME 237 262 76 71
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 1061 588 281 219
6 pm 1185 605 173 147
7 pm 1037 574 189 191
8 pm 1072 604 233 228
9 pm 1034 1031 240 247
10 pm 909 893 258 184
11 pm 632 591 267 292
TOTAL DAY 957 768 246 232
PRIME TIME 1005 842 244 220
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


CNN Wins Demo, FNC Wins Total Viewers With Saturday’s Haiti Coverage

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

• CNN was the top rated cable news network in total day and primtime in the A25-54 demographic on Saturday, as the network continued extensive Haiti disaster coverage. Fox News was the #1 network in total viewers in both of those categories. CNN peaked at 7pmET (with Don Lemon anchoring) and FNC at 8pmET (with Mike Huckabee’s taped show).

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 311 353 124 38
6 pm 287 383 87 28
7 pm 253 423 63 47
8 pm 297 402 98 45
9 pm 325 357 69 59
10 pm 329 335 108 83
11 pm 318 403 160 76
TOTAL DAY 315 398 116 93
PRIME TIME 317 365 92 62
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 1148 1080 277 158
6 pm 1173 1098 212 121
7 pm 1260 1331 267 205
8 pm 1522 1182 314 266
9 pm 1228 1008 281 281
10 pm 1070 882 286 259
11 pm 913 919 354 229
TOTAL DAY 1154 1111 307 256
PRIME TIME 1273 1024 294 269
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Chris Matthews: The Economy Is Worse Than Monica Lewinsky

Everything old is new again! Last night certainly felt like a blast from 2008 as all the cablers went wall to wall with coverage of Massachusetts special election. And really it would be hard to argue that there is anyone who enjoys the election circus more than Chris Matthews who had a hard time concealing his glee a the excitement last night’s results generated. Matthews’ sort of freefrom analysis often times feels like its own sort of political art form. Last night he was in top form (video below). Whilst waiting for Martha Coakley’s concession speech last night Matthews, reached farther back than 2008 and summed up the election results thusly (hint: it’s the economy stupid…but his version is far more entertaining):

We deal all the time with the cosmos we live in, the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times…are unhappy. There’s a dissatisfaction out there; it may be the cold winter, it may be the unemployment rate. It’s not going down. People react — I’ve always believed you can trust economic circumstances to give you a fabulous reading on the mood of the country. Richard Nixon. People say ‘what do you mean? He covered up a break in and he lost his presidency over that’ No, the times were terrible economically. Bill Clinton embarrassed us over Monica Lewinsky, but you know what the times were great. I’m a Marxist when it comes to analysis: People judge their current economic circumstances and then make political judgments.

Like we said, it’s the economy stupid. Also, if you’re going to be a misbehaving president wait until the unemployment rate goes down. Rachel Maddow points out it might also have had something to do with Marhat Coakley’s personal appeal…or lack thereof. Video below.



FNC #1, CNN #2 In All Categories As Last Week’s Haiti Coverage Ends

Cable news ratings, January 15, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News Channel was the top cable news network, as usual, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, in total day and prime time, with CNN as the #2 in all categories. The O’Reilly Factor was the top program in both categories.

• The top non-FNC show in the demo was Anderson Cooper’s 10pmET program, and the top non-FNC show in total viewers was Larry King’s 9pmET program.

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

614

Blitzer

340

Matthews

119

Prime

123

6 pm

Baier

473

Blitzer

350

Ed Show

125

Prime

110

7 pm

Shep

514

Tonight

457

Matthews

163

Issues

199

8 pm

O’Reilly

956

Brown

429

Olbermann

246

Grace

270

9 pm

Hannity

756

King

442

Maddow

236

Behar

183

10 pm

Greta

594

Cooper

556

Olbermann

187

Grace

224

11 pm

O’Reilly

566

Cooper

496

Maddow

130

Showbiz

181

TOTAL DAY 467 367 111 162
PRIME TIME 774 480 223 222
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

2524

Blitzer

1161

Matthews

585

Prime

225

6 pm

Baier

2138

Blitzer

1033

Ed Show

564

Prime

219

7 pm

Shep

2101

Tonight

1100

Matthews

656

Issues

448

8 pm

O’Reilly

3661

Brown

1243

Olbermann

995

Grace

745

9 pm

Hannity

2845

King

1345

Maddow

861

Behar

559

10 pm

Greta

2181

Cooper

1258

Olbermann

590

Grace

421

11 pm

O’Reilly

1797

Cooper

1050

Maddow

426

Showbiz

386

TOTAL DAY 1701 997 462 328
PRIME TIME 2902 1287 815 559
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Donny Deutsch: Voters May Be ‘Comforted’ By Scott Brown’s White Maleness

This clip from this morning’s Morning Joe is currently making the rounds due to Peggy Noonan’s remark that today’s Mass. special election GOP candidate Scott Brown is popular because he “looks like an American” (which is not the full quote, though she doesn’t exactly redeem herself either). Actually, Noonan’s remark may be the least offensive to come out of this morning’s chat session on the subject; Donny Deutsch thinks the fact Brown not black or a woman may offer a “visceral comfort” to voters. The more things change, etc.

“We’re going back to basics, we’ve obviously had our first African American president we’ve had the female candidates and whatnot [and whatnot!] you look at him he looks like the candidate, the traditional view of the candidate, and is there a visceral comfort in that for people? I’m just curious from real kind of sociological point of view.”

Ah yes! The sociological point of view! Read: are people less scared because he’s white. Peggy Noonan can actually be heard disagreeing with Deutsch in the background before she goes on to note that Brown does mark a change in the voting habits of a Massachusett because he looks like “a new sort of Republican…he’s a regular guy who looks like an American from the middle, or self-made into a middle class, upper middle class guy…we’re seeing some evolution of what Republicans in Mass are right now.”

So basically a bunch of white people spent part of their morning remarking on how safe and attractive a Republican candidate is. Also, Mike Barnicle thinks Coakley is reminiscent of your least favorite substitute school teacher. Video below.

(h/t Greg Mitchell)



Medved Worries Sarah Palin Makes FOX News Look Biased

“I do think that one thing that is going to be tougher now with Sarah Palin playing such an active role [on Fox News] is the slogan ‘fair and balanced.’ What does that mean, when the two leading Republican candidates, according to polls, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, are both on your network regularly?”


Conservative talk show radio host Michael Medved on this weekend’s Reliable Sources.

Apparently, the hiring of Sarah Palin by Fox News has even some prominent conservatives worried. The concern being, of course, that Palin and Huckabee are not only clearly professing particular political views (the number of cable news talking heads who are not doing this is an increasingly diminishing number regardless of the channel you tune into) but they are also the two leading GOP contenders for the 2012 Presidential race. Meaning they are being served a very large platform on which to unofficially campaign for the next two years. It is sort of the equivalent to MSNBC giving…actually I’m not sure there is an equivalent since all of the leading Dem contenders in 2005 were in elected office at the time, and we now have an incumbent president.

What is also might mean, however, is that Huckabee and/or Palin are forced to make an early decision re; a 2012 run — the FCC equal-time rules are fairly strict where pols are concerned and fundraising is no small undertaking. Still, at the rate we’re going we are still about a gazillion news cycles away from 2012 and a lot can happen in the interim (just ask Obama what a difference a year can make in popularity). Video of Medved clip below.



Olbermann Blasts “Homophobic, Racist” Scott Brown; Scarborough Fires Back

Keith Olbermann unleashed a super-aggressive, borderline-absurd last minute “quick comment” about GOP Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, highlighting some of the story lines that have been put out there by his critics over the last few weeks and taking it to a nauseating extreme.

But it was the Twitter response from Olbermann’s MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough, by name, that may further this story even more. Update: With Scarborough video.

Olbermann introduced the comment by saying Brown has been “talking out of his bare-bottom,” a reference of course to the 1980s Cosmo pictures. In the next minute, he highlighted the off-hand ‘Obama maybe born out of wedlock’ comment from Brown last year, and the murky-at-best possibility Brown responded favorably to a disgusting comment said during a recent rally. And more.

So here’s his conclusion:

In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees…The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is close to sending this bad joke to the Senate of the United States.

We’ll let Scarborough, Olbermann’s co-worker, take the lead on a response (sic’ed):

Obermann calls Brown a “homophobic racist reactionary” who “supports violence against women.” How reckless and how sad.

It is no longer enough to simply disagree with someone. These days some feel the need to call opponents evil. It happens on both extremes.

Just as when Beck called the President racist, this sort of rhetorical extremism must be discouraged. It cheapens the debate.

This isn’t the first time Scarborough has essentially called out Olbermann, but on-air, it is never by name. His one reference on Morning Joe today to the Olbermann comment followed the same model. “A certain person on this network, whose name will not be mentioned, went on a tirade the likes of which are sad and pathetic,” he said.

But even on Twitter, the comment is out there, and the shot is direct. Is it MSNBC civil war? Not quite. But we’ll see if Olbermann has a response tonight – especially if the “bad joke” ends up winning.

Here’s the Olbermann “quick comment”:

> Update: Here is video of Scarborough’s comment on Morning Joe:

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