Sex Slaves in the Suburbs & FOX Report

Cable news ratings, February 28, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Well here were your two gold medal winners in the ratings on the final night of the Olympics: In the A25-54 demographic, it was Sex Slaves in the Suburbs on MSNBC at 8pmET. And in total viewers, FOX Report with Julie Banderas at 7pmET on FNC was #1.

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 114 38 179 76
6 pm 266 81 214 106
7 pm 301 101 298 92
8 pm 157 85 422 143
9 pm 177 72 331 98
10 pm 165 84 343 72
11 pm 101 88 242 105
TOTAL DAY 221 116 218 138
PRIME TIME 166 81 365 104
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 701 268 351 206
6 pm 1363 420 392 238
7 pm 1400 390 568 218
8 pm 905 384 646 379
9 pm 790 457 564 221
10 pm 684 391 556 169
11 pm 430 360 484 267
TOTAL DAY 907 430 422 315
PRIME TIME 793 411 589 256
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


CNN Is Top Network For Saturday’s Earthquake/Tsunami Coverage

Cable news ratings, February 27, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• When it came to breaking news last weekend, CNN was the place viewers turned to the most. The network was #1 on cable news in total day and prime time in the A25-54 demographic, and #1 in total viewers for total day (FNC was #1 in total viewers during prime time). The top hour in both categories was 5pmET for CNN.

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 1257 2008 519 100
6 pm 684 1067 281 84
7 pm 546 602 154 100
8 pm 334 370 152 111
9 pm 361 266 177 92
10 pm 229 309 405 96
11 pm 247 295 531 94
TOTAL DAY 485 628 265 116
PRIME TIME 308 315 245 100
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 3571 4891 1405 225
6 pm 2016 2640 634 278
7 pm 1849 1725 369 260
8 pm 1543 1185 371 327
9 pm 1167 853 497 295
10 pm 920 831 874 233
11 pm 733 859 982 230
TOTAL DAY 1567 1668 638 280
PRIME TIME 1210 956 581 285
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


John Ziegler On Sarah Palin: ‘Brilliant’ But ‘Can’t Beat Barack Obama’

John Ziegler was back on the air with his favorite sparring partner this morning, MSNBC, in an interview with Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe.

And the Sarah Palin filmmaker and fan had mostly positive things to say about the former VP nominee – although some surprisingly negative comments as well.

Both Scarborough and Ziegler praised Palin’s appearance on Jay Leno. “My gosh this woman, when she is comfortable in front of a camera, can hold an audience better than anybody,” said Scarborough.

Ziegler: “I thought she was outstanding. If she hadn’t already been destroyed by the news media she’d be in great shape right now.”

But then Ziegler talked about the “new,” post-book tour, FNC contributor Palin. “The Sarah Palin of 2008 doesn’t exist anymore,” he said.

This is Sarah Palin 2.0 She had very limited options about what she was going to do with her future because she was unfairly destroyed, as my documentary proves, in the 2008 election…Since January of this year when she decided to become a Fox commentator, I believe she has gone down a path that makes it absolutely positively impossible in 2012 to beat Barack Obama.

When pressed by Scarborough, Ziegler cited her need to “appeal to non-conservatives or at the very least moderate conservatives,” which she hasn’t done by “cozying up to people like Glenn Beck, and elements of the tea party that I think she’s rather naive about.”

It was a fairly harsh critique of Palin’s political future by someone who certainly is a huge Palin supporter. And while he says she has been “brilliant” in the way she’s dealt with the media since Going Rogue was released, someone with a direct line to Palin is putting his money on a future outside of the political spectrum. And he would know.

Here’s the full interview – Ziegler almost made it the whole five minutes without a knock at MSNBC as a whole:

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MSNBC And CNN February Ratings: The Good News And Bad News

It’s that time of the year again – ratings.

Here’s a look at CNN and MSNBC, the good and the bad news, while we’ll focus on Fox News (yeah, it’s just good news over there) in a subsequent post.

MSNBC:

Good News- MSNBC topped CNN by 75% in total viewers and 138% in the A25-54 demographic in prime time.

Bad News- Morning Joe finished fourth in the demo, behind CNN and HLN.

Good News: Keith Olbermann finished 2nd at 8pmET in both categories. Rachel Maddow finished 2nd at 9pmET in both categories. Chris Matthews at 7pmET finished 2nd in total viewers.

Bad News: All MSNBC programs were down double digits year-to-year in both categories.

CNN:

Good News- CNN topped MSNBC during day time hours (9am-5pmET) and in total day in total viewers and the demo. MSNBC was fourth or fifth during these hours.

Bad News- CNN finished fifth in prime time in the demo, behind even CNBC, for the first month ever (it happened to be a month that had a lot of Olympics on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC).

Good News- CNN’s The Situation Room finished 2nd for all three hours in the demo.

Bad News- CNN was down big in prime time (54% and 57% in total viewers and the demo), the most of any cable news network.

More Bad News- All of CNN’s prime time shows individually had their worst months ever in total viewers, while in the demo, it was Anderson Cooper’s worst and Larry King and Campbell Brown had their second worst months ever.

Oh, also HLN:

Good News: Robin Meade had her best ratings in history in total viewers and the demo. Joy Behar at 9pmET was the only program that hour to grow year-to-year in total viewers.

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O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity Take Gold, Silver, Bronze Friday

Cable news ratings, February 26, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The cable news ratings were about what you’d expect on Friday, the last weekday of the Vancouver Olympics. Bill O’Reilly was #1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, Glenn Beck was #2 and Sean Hannity was #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

Beck

623

Blitzer

162

Olympics Update

295

Prime

113

6 pm

Baier

508

Blitzer

126

Olympics

Prime

61

7 pm

Shep

470

Blitzer

130

Matthews

184

Issues

102

8 pm

O’Reilly

758

Brown

154

Olbermann

221

Grace

190

9 pm

Hannity

552

King

134

Maddow

226

Behar

91

10 pm

Greta

380

Cooper

145

Olbermann

149

Grace

122

11 pm

O’Reilly

306

Cooper

124

Maddow

87

Showbiz

90

TOTAL DAY 376 123 156 123
PRIME TIME 565 144 198 133
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

2523

Blitzer

702

Olympics Update

897

Prime

167

6 pm

Baier

2383

Blitzer

632

Olympics

Prime

231

7 pm

Shep

1900

Blitzer

558

Matthews

645

Issues

451

8 pm

O’Reilly

3103

Brown

495

Olbermann

904

Grace

873

9 pm

Hannity

2302

King

551

Maddow

865

Behar

539

10 pm

Greta

1648

Cooper

409

Olbermann

472

Grace

464

11 pm

O’Reilly

1107

Cooper

336

Maddow

288

Showbiz

349

TOTAL DAY 1544 481 510 304
PRIME TIME 2356 485 747 458
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Keith Olbermann: ‘Roger Ailes Encouraged Me To Join Him’

Did Fox News try to hire Keith Olbermann in the late 90s?

That’s what the MSNBC host is saying in a Daily Kos comment left last night. He’s hinted at it before, but this time, he gets specific.

Here’s the key part of the comment, that was left on a post thanking Olbermann for bringing the health care situation in America to light:

Politically, nothing should steel you more than knowing that the day NBC finally agreed to free me from our all-Lewinsky show in November 1998 and sold my contract to Fox Sports, as I went to the news conference to announce it I was intercepted in the lobby by John Moody, Fox’s News VP, begging me to also work for him. This followed by a few months a note from Roger Ailes encouraging me to join him.

And then I became the devil.

Just imagine for a second the possibility Olbermann could have accepted a hypothetical job at the young, up-and-coming Fox News Channel in the 1998 or 1999. Would he have his own Countdown-like show? Would it have been Hannity and Olbermann? Or would he have been in and out of the job, as he was at Fox Sports?

An FNC spokesperson tells Mediaite: “It appears that Keith’s ratings plunge has driven him deeper into the world of delusion.”

While Olbermann had the #2 show on cable news in February at 8pmET, behind FNC, the show is down 29% in total viewers and 43% in the A25-54 demographic year-to-year. Although if he is remembering the circumstances incorrectly, as FNC is implying, maybe there’s a different reason than ratings – like his ailing father.

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Harold Ford, Jr. Goes On Morning Joe And Finally Sounds Like A Senator

Harold Ford, Jr., the former Tennessee Democratic Congressman whose non-run for US Senate in New York ushered in the definitive return of the word “carpetbagger” to American political vernacular, appeared on Morning Joe today to reiterate his reasons for not running and expand upon the comments he made in the New York Times op-ed published yesterday announcing his decision not to run. The short version is that he is such a party loyalist that he wants nothing less than a Democratic victory in New York, and while he believes he could have won the primary, it would have been such a tough race that the Republican candidate would have cruised to victory in November. He was surprisingly laid back, believable, and, with a supportive Joe Scarborough on his side, confident. Which begs the question: where was this Harold Ford for the past three months?

For the past two months or so, all the mainstream media was able to get out of Ford were severely economically detached quotes like “I landed there in a helicopter once” in response to being asked whether he had ever visited Staten Island and a messy collection of stories about whether or not he has ever paid property taxes in New York. Today, with the pressure off, Ford finally sounded for the first time like a legitimate candidate, a day after stating more believably than ever that he “refuse[s] to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”

Sure, he couldn’t go an entire interview without saying something mildly out-of-touch (“I wish we could all be millionaires… that would’ve been part of my platform”), but, on the whole, this did not look like a man whose political career was just destroyed by a Gawker blogger. “We have not only a leadership void in Washington and Albany, but I think across all political circles,” he said, and finally defended his changes in views in a concrete way – by pointing out that all politicians flip-flop, all the time. “It’s just like there are Senators who are evolving on health care and evolving on the jobs bill,” he argued. “Do we say ‘no, we don’t want you because last week you weren’t in support of it?’ Of course not! We embrace them.”

Joe Scarborough, who has been similarly attacked by his own side of the political aisle for being too moderate, backed him up: “You have been branded as some right-wing nut by the Democratic establishment. Maybe that explains why they’re doing so poorly now across America.”

Watch the segment below: