The Palin Bump? Glenn Beck #1 Show on Cable News Last Night in Demo

glenn_foxCable news ratings, August 26, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• After Sarah Palin suggested her Facebook friends watch Glenn Beck on Fox News yesterday, Beck’s 5pmET program was #1 on all of cable news in the A25-54 demographic. It was Beck’s 2nd highest rated program in total viewers and the demo.

• The top non-FNC program was Chris Matthews‘ 9pmET special on Sen. Ted Kennedy in the demo, and Larry King Live in total viewers.

• The LAT has more on Kennedy coverage ratings – Fox News won, despite less of a Kennedy focus.

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

888

Blitzer

141

Matthews

139

Prime

97

6 pm Baier

463

Blitzer

155

EdShow

211

Prime

94

7 pm Shep

454

Teddy

293

Matthews

265

Issues

124

8 pm O’Reilly

876

Teddy

293

Olbermann

320

Grace

239

9 pm Hannity

752

King

299

Matthews

381

Issues

191

10 pm Greta

577

Cooper

332

Olbermann

253

Grace

194

11 pm O’Reilly

514

Cooper

228

Headliners

235

Showbiz

212

TOTAL DAY 434 217 180 139
PRIME TIME 736 321 318 204
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

3040

Blitzer

688

Matthews

536

Prime

267

6 pm Baier

2067

Blitzer

739

EdShow

541

Prime

259

7 pm Shep

1590

Teddy

1104

Matthews

778

Issues

403

8 pm O’Reilly

3303

Teddy

1104

Olbermann

1091

Grace

757

9 pm Hannity

2592

King

1182

Matthews

1123

Issues

567

10 pm Greta

2104

Cooper

1137

Olbermann

737

Grace

518

11 pm O’Reilly

1651

Cooper

615

Headliners

658

Showbiz

377

TOTAL DAY 1559 770 572 317
PRIME TIME 2667 1187 984 606
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Liberal Bias? Conservative TV Pundits Rule Power Grid

Conservative Power GridIf you’ve paid any attention to our coverage of nightly television ratings, you know that Fox News Channel is more than running the show, sometimes beating all of its competitors combined. But this cable news hegemony goes beyond ratings, as the top five ranked TV pundits on our Power Grid stand firmly on the right of the political spectrum, while the top four call Fox home. The fifth slot, meanwhile, is held by Pat Buchanan, another long-time fixture of the conservative movement currently at MSNBC.

Former political players-cum-pundits Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove occupy the top two spots, followed by arguably the most influential females in Republican talking head royalty, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter. The conservative domination of the Grid insinuates a well-rounded pundit base, not only commanding the most TV airtime but maintaining a ubiquitous presence online as Gringrich rules the Twitter pack, while Malkin and Coulter monopolize blog buzz on their personal websites.

At one time or another, each of these powerful pundits have complained about a “liberal bias” in the media (or the “elite media,” as it were), but when you combine Fox News’ continued reign and the quantifiable influence of these media figures, some might be lead to wonder, “What Liberal Media?”

As the ever-contentious health care debate rages on, though Democrats are ostensibly running the show, using these metrics it’d be tough to argue that conservatives aren’t steering the conversation.

Bill O’Reilly’s Demo Beats Campbell Brown’s Total Last Night

Cable news ratings, August 25, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly’s FNC program topped all cable news shows last night in both the A25-54 demographic and in total viewers. He also had more demo viewers than CNN’s Campbell Brown had total viewers at 8pmET (1,001,000 to 857,000). The Factor had more than 1 million demo viewers for the 5th time this month.

• The top non-FNC program in the demo was Countdown with Keith Olbermann, while CNN’s Larry King Live was #1 in total viewers.

• CNN topped MSNBC in the battle for #2 in prime time.

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

731

Blitzer

105

Matthews

195

Prime

125

6 pm Baier

453

Blitzer

159

EdShow

182

Prime

101

7 pm Shep

476

Dobbs

177

Matthews

216

Issues

123

8 pm O’Reilly

1001

Brown

268

Olbermann

384

Grace

279

9 pm Hannity

812

King

351

Maddow

226

Issues

177

10 pm Greta

618

Cooper

218

Olbermann

206

Grace

246

11 pm O’Reilly

625

Cooper

241

Maddow

135

Showbiz

209

TOTAL DAY 454 165 132 133
PRIME TIME 810 279 272 229
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

527

Matthews

598

Prime

259

6 pm Baier

2179

Blitzer

552

EdShow

571

Prime

212

7 pm Shep

1992

Dobbs

643

Matthews

645

Issues

394

8 pm O’Reilly

3893

Brown

857

Olbermann

1091

Grace

823

9 pm Hannity

2878

King

1279

Maddow

788

Issues

542

10 pm Greta

2231

Cooper

699

Olbermann

629

Grace

557

11 pm O’Reilly

1684

Cooper

641

Maddow

329

Showbiz

432

TOTAL DAY 1637 580 407 310
PRIME TIME 3001 945 836 633
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Olbermann Attacks O’Reilly Personally, Glenn Beck Has His Back

best_8-26We know whatever GE/FOX “deal” there was is now dust. But last night the attacks reached heights not seen since before the summer. On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host went after Bill O’Reilly personally.

And it was based on some faulty ratings – which Glenn Beck pounced on during his radio show today.

Olbermann named O’Reilly the “Best Person in the World” last night (and changed the picture), but it was more of the same – a knock at the FNC host. Began Olbermann (via J$):

In his nightly round of self-applause last night, designed to drown out the echo of daddy hitting him…

This insult takes the feud to another level – or rather, the level it was at before June when several reports say a truce of some kind was first reached.

The attack came over O’Reilly’s insult toward MSNBC’s ratings, and Olbermann answered with some new ratings info of his own. “Ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News,” he said.

Well besides the fact that “35 and younger” isn’t exactly a usual demographic, according to Nielsen, this doesn’t appear to be accurate. The lowest age level would be the 18-34 demo, which O’Reilly still beat Olbermann in during July (140,000 to 124,000). The FNC host is winning by that same percentage in August so far.

On Beck’s radio show today, he went after Olbermann. Olbermann continued last night describing the FNC audience as “tinfoil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists,” and Beck had a response:

I don’t know how many lines you need to cross before you get to State‑Controlled Media. Does Barack Obama need to sign the check for Keith Olbermann before we can look at MSNBC and NBC News as State‑Controlled Media?

O’Reilly won’t fire back at Olbermann – he considers that swinging down. But expect another GE takedown soon, and for the cycle to continue. With Beck involved, the ante is upped that much further.

Here’s Olbermann’s “bests” segment:

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Chyron of the Day: Olbermann – “GOP To US: Drop Dead”

MSNBC, 8:21pmET:

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This actually comes from last night: a chyron about the health care debate. And it comes form Countdown with Keith Olbermann. You can probably guess which side it comes down on – but the implication seems like even more of a stretch than usual.

“GOP to US: Drop Dead” is even more hyperbolic than a usual Countdown chyron. Here’s Olbermann and The Nation editor Christopher Hayes discussing the GOP opposition to Obamacare. Which apparently calls back to death panels.

> Update An emailer notes the chyron is a reference to the famous New York Daily News headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead“.

(via @AllahPundit)

Do you have a pick for Chyron of the Day? Email me at Steve@Mediaite.com with an image or time/network (and check out all the past Chyrons of the Day here)…

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While CNN and MSNBC Go Wall-To-Wall Kennedy; FNC Focuses On Town Halls

kennedyms_8-26Sen. Ted Kennedy passed away early this morning and it hit the cable news networks as a bit of a surprise.

InsideCableNews has a good live blog of the way each network handled the news overnight, and it highlights how the coverage has continued into this morning – with MSNBC and CNN going wall-to-wall, and Fox News finding a few pockets for coverage while continuing to bash Pres. Obama’s health care plan relentlessly.

Here’s a telling passage of Fox & Friends coverage, at 6:12amET, as they transitioned away from Sen. Kennedy news to other stories:

Brian Kilmeade: It will be everybody. It will be a lot of people coming up to speak and eulogizing the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy at the age of 77, meanwhile we’re going to be covering other issues this morning.

Gretchen Carlson: Yeah because health care, that’s still front and center with the American people right now. The Democrats are having a hard time selling their plan.

Or maybe it was when country music star Jack Ingram was singing his hit “Barefoot and Crazy” on a makeshift stage in the Fox & Friends studio near the end of the 8amET hour.

To be fair, FNC launched its morning program 40 minutes early, and spent the time covering the death of Kennedy. But it was the only network that seemed antsy to get to other news. The town hall coverage, in Fox News’ usual protester-supporting way, was the top story on Fox & Friends. Interestingly, during America’s Newsroom which followed at 9amET, the program devoted the same 12 minute opening to Kennedy, before moving to other stories and leaving Kennedy coverage behind entirely.

On CNN, the coverage has been wall-to-wall like on MSNBC. But the network has seemed to hit more of the memes highlighted by Colby Hall today. With all the talk of bi-partisanship and “liberal lion” and the Kennedy legacy, there were discussion that involved Chappaquiddick as well.

Also, we get word from CNN about an interesting programming decision regarding Kennedy’s passing. From 7-9pmET, Campbell Brown will host an airing of the recent HBO documentary, “Teddy: In His Own Words.

The documentary was well-reviewed when it premiered last month, and will give CNN a unique perspective when it covers the death in prime time tonight.

While on MSNBC, as Brian Stelter described it on Twitter, the coverage was like a “wake.” Questions like whether Kennedy was the “most effective Senator in the history of the country” were thrown around, and it was largely a celebration of his life.

Mike Barnicle, Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan and more weighed in throughout the morning, from 5amET and well after 9amET when Morning Joe usually ends, the tributes poured in. It was at times very moving, but the storylines were largely positive.

There will be more coverage throughout the day, and week. We’ll see if anything surprising comes out.

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Bill O’Reilly Tops ABC’s 8pmET Programming Monday Night

Cable news ratings, August 24, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• It happened again. The number one cable news program last night, FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor at 8pmET, topped a broadcast network in total viewers. This time it was ABC’s Dating in the Dark, which was a repeat. Bill O’Reilly’s show featured a Jesse Watters segment from Martha’s Vineyard and more.

• The best non-FNC show in the A25-54 demographic was hosted by HLN’s Nancy Grace. The 8pmET program just edged MSNBC during the hour, and nearly doubled CNN.

• MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann had the most total viewers out of the non-FNC shows.

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

776

Blitzer

114

Matthews

158

Prime

141

6 pm Baier

518

Blitzer

139

EdShow

183

Prime

215

7 pm Shep

485

Dobbs

182

Matthews

211

Issues

216

8 pm O’Reilly

916

Brown

166

Olbermann

323

Grace

325

9 pm Hannity

801

King

250

Maddow

209

Issues

143

10 pm Greta

710

Cooper

270

Olbermann

214

Grace

242

11 pm O’Reilly

553

Cooper

225

Maddow

169

Showbiz

188

TOTAL DAY 450 163 136 146
PRIME TIME 809 229 248 233
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

2810

Blitzer

565

Matthews

580

Prime

313

6 pm Baier

2066

Blitzer

491

EdShow

566

Prime

457

7 pm Shep

1860

Dobbs

559

Matthews

640

Issues

521

8 pm O’Reilly

3440

Brown

560

Olbermann

1114

Grace

898

9 pm Hannity

2937

King

1063

Maddow

885

Issues

464

10 pm Greta

2450

Cooper

827

Olbermann

668

Grace

538

11 pm O’Reilly

1735

Cooper

562

Maddow

395

Showbiz

432

TOTAL DAY 1597 559 437 334
PRIME TIME 2563 817 889 621
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.