Mike Huckabee Has Top Show Saturday

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

Mike Huckabee had the top show on cable news Saturday in prime time, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. FNC’s 8pmET show had director Barry Levinson as a guest, among others.

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 251 164 132 53
6 pm 266 137 121 108
7 pm 225 170 240 49
8 pm 333 169 191 108
9 pm 267 158 155 75
10 pm 296 159 223 159
11 pm 176 147 166 166
TOTAL DAY 265 163 143 109
PRIME TIME 299 162 190 114
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 876 564 312 170
6 pm 986 615 322 222
7 pm 1053 669 508 198
8 pm 1625 504 369 359
9 pm 1118 514 267 224
10 pm 1083 475 350 370
11 pm 679 336 288 327
TOTAL DAY 961 492 290 274
PRIME TIME 1275 498 328 318
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


CNN Last in TV News on Cable

The pioneer in the all-news cable TV format loses viewers’ interest in the political scrum between Fox on the right and MSNBC on the left.

Rachel Maddow Has Top Non-FNC Show Friday Night In Both Categories

Cable news ratings, October 23, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Rachel Maddow had the top non-FNC show in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on Friday night. It was the only non-FNC show to reach more than 300,000 demo viewers and 1 million total viewers. It was still significantly behind the top 9pmET show, Sean Hannity’s on FNC.

• The top show on cable news was The O’Reilly Factor, followed by Glenn Beck’s 5pmET 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

 

731

Blitzer

 

180

Matthews

 

182

Prime

 

146

6 pm Baier

 

521

Blitzer

 

144

EdShow

 

239

Prime

 

128

7 pm Shep

 

433

Dobbs

 

190

Matthews

 

228

Issues

 

199

8 pm O’Reilly

 

769

Brown

 

153

Olbermann

 

268

Grace

 

278

9 pm Hannity

 

664

King

231

Maddow

 

319

Behar

 

208

10 pm Greta

 

439

Cooper

186

Olbermann

 

138

Grace

 

211

11 pm O’Reilly

 

558

Cooper

 

176

Maddow

 

159

Showbiz

 

262

TOTAL DAY 426 151 149 166
PRIME TIME 624 190 242 228
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

 

2785

Blitzer

 

668

Matthews

 

604

Prime

 

346

6 pm Baier

 

2250

Blitzer

 

527

EdShow

 

687

Prime

 

328

7 pm Shep

 

1962

Dobbs

 

608

Matthews

 

742

Issues

 

549

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3426

Brown

 

613

Olbermann

 

877

Grace

 

991

9 pm Hannity

 

2495

King

1050

Maddow

 

1098

Behar

 

545

10 pm Greta

 

1705

Cooper

743

Olbermann

 

563

Grace

 

524

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1611

Cooper

 

519

Maddow

 

340

Showbiz

 

498

TOTAL DAY 1629 552 428 367
PRIME TIME 2542 802 846 672
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Polar Opposites: Fox News Seeing Best Ratings, CNN and MSNBC Worst

cooper_10-26We’ve written a lot about Fox News’ ratings. Here’s the deal – they’re on pace for their best year of all time in total viewers during prime time and total day.

CNN and MSNBC, on the other hand, are headed the opposite direction. Here’s a look at the ratings from October, which officially came to an end yesterday.

In every category – total day and prime time, A25-54 demographic and total viewers, October has shaped up to be the worst month of 2009 for both CNN and MSNBC. But when comparing the networks, it looks worse for CNN, which, as reported by the New York Times today, dropped to fourth on cable news, even behind sister network HLN, in prime time demo.

A CNN spokesperson tells Mediaite:

We couldn’t be more pleased that both our networks (CNN and HLN) are now topping MSNBC in total day and that CNN.com leads all TV news competitors on the web. As we have said for years, we measure our audience across all CNN Worldwide platforms and throughout the day, not just primetime. CNN provides quality journalism and our ratings reflect the news environment more than opinion programming does – especially in primetime.

There’s no dispute that CNN has a broad range of outlets to measure its audience. It has a vibrant international network, a prime web destination and much more (there’s an actual airport network as well). But – and this is important – the ratings drops on CNN during prime time are notably dramatic, and as HLN increases viewership there could be rumblings for a shake up.

Every CNN program is down more than 50% year-to-year in total viewers and the demo, but Anderson Cooper’s 10pmET hour is down 72% and 79%. The top program right now, Larry King’s 9pmET hour, is just the 16th best cable news program for October in total viewers, and 17th in the demo (More on that below).

CNN can say they measure their audience ‘across all platforms’, but lagging A25-54 demo numbers is a bad sign. As Daily Finance notes, although every cabler did well in October 2008 due to the election, CNN is down the most year-to-year in the category. Back in April 2008, for example, CNN President Jon Klein told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “That’s the demographic that advertisers are buying.”

Meanwhile with MSNBC, the cable network is stuck in 4th place in total day in both total viewers and the demo. HLN moves up to #2 in the demo, while CNN is #2 in total viewers. While its opinion programming in prime time has succeeded, the new line-up during the day is not nearly as successful.

Below is the program ranker for October. Fox News had the top 11 programs in the demo and the top 13 programs, again, in total viewers. Some other notes:

• The Nancy Grace repeat on HLN and Keith Olbermann repeat on MSNBC topped Anderson Cooper’s live 10pmET show in the demo.
• CNN’s late afternoon Situation Room performed better than both Cooper’s 10pmET hour and Campbell Brown’s 8pmET hour.
• Fox News’ 3amET show Red Eye once again beat CNN’s 8pmET show Campbell Brown in the demo.

Here’s the ranker.

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At Ratigan’s Meeting, Daylight Saving Time Ends Early (Update)

A tipster gave us a heads up that MSNBC’s clock is a little off right now for this first hour of Morning Meeting. The Dylan Ratigan-hosted show seems to have already ended Daylight Saving Time – the clock is an hour behind right now (we move them back on Sunday).

It was correct earlier during Morning Joe, but as this 10amET hour begins, it still looks like 9amET at the Meeting.

ratigan_10-26

We’ve reached out to MSNBC, but again, this Daylight Saving Time “Fall back” ends November 1.

> Update: As of 11amET, the clock is correct. Still no word what happened there.

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Fox News’ Dominant Demo Thursday

Cable news ratings, October 22, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News wins the A25-54 demographic on a nightly basis, but last night they achieved even greater success than usual. At 5pmET (Glenn Beck), 6pmET (Bret Baier), and 11pmET (Bill O’Reilly’s repeat), the shows had a higher demo average then all their competitor’s total viewer average. The prime time demo average was higher than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined. All shows from 5-11pmET had 635,000+ demo viewers.

• CNN’s Latino in America, from 9-11pmET, averaged 229,000 in the demo and 848,000 total viewers. It finished 3rd in the demo, and 3rd in total viewers at 9pmET and 2nd in total viewers at 10pmET.

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

 

783

Blitzer

 

142

Matthews

 

147

Prime

 

153

6 pm Baier

 

678

Blitzer

 

98

EdShow

 

128

Prime

 

143

7 pm Shep

 

635

Dobbs

 

110

Matthews

 

202

Issues

 

195

8 pm O’Reilly

 

893

Brown

 

129

Olbermann

 

327

Grace

 

276

9 pm Hannity

 

646

Latino In America

 

229

Maddow

 

257

Behar

 

122

10 pm Greta

 

662

Latino In America

 

229

Olbermann

 

279

Grace

 

167

11 pm O’Reilly

 

489

Cooper

 

133

Maddow

 

197

Showbiz

 

163

TOTAL DAY 471 136 141 157
PRIME TIME 734 196 287 183
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

 

2920

Blitzer

 

653

Matthews

 

635

Prime

 

329

6 pm Baier

 

2648

Blitzer

 

508

EdShow

 

563

Prime

 

358

7 pm Shep

 

2372

Dobbs

 

563

Matthews

 

677

Issues

 

534

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3436

Brown

 

550

Olbermann

 

1179

Grace

 

937

9 pm Hannity

 

2362

Latino In America

 

848

Maddow

 

945

Behar

 

542

10 pm Greta

 

2238

Latino In America

 

848

Olbermann

 

704

Grace

 

471

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1519

Cooper

 

465

Maddow

 

451

Showbiz

 

401

TOTAL DAY 1675 517 454 387
PRIME TIME 2682 749 944 632
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Greta Tops Beck In Demo Wednesday Night

Cable news ratings, October 21, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• It doesn’t happen very often, even though it used to happen all the time before Glenn Beck joined the network, but the top three programs on cable news last night in the A25-54 demographic were Fox News’ prime time programs, in order. Beck was 4th, just behind Greta Van Susteren at 10pmET.

• The top non-FNC show was, once again, Nancy Grace at 8pmET for HLN in the demo and Keith Olbermann at the same hour for MSNBC in total viewers.

• CNN’s two-hour premiere of Latino in America finished 2nd, behind FNC, in the demo and 3rd 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

 

626

Blitzer

 

139

Matthews

 

116

Prime

 

138

6 pm Baier

 

455

Blitzer

 

135

EdShow

 

143

Prime

 

170

7 pm Shep

 

460

Dobbs

 

153

Matthews

 

145

Issues

 

264

8 pm O’Reilly

 

984

Brown

 

172

Olbermann

 

315

Grace

 

336

9 pm Hannity

 

862

Latino In America

 

293

Maddow

 

286

Behar

 

169

10 pm Greta

 

627

Latino In America

 

293

Olbermann

 

217

Grace

 

220

11 pm O’Reilly

 

553

Cooper

 

244

Maddow

 

168

Showbiz

 

206

TOTAL DAY 424 175 136 175
PRIME TIME 827 253 273 235
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

 

2555

Blitzer

 

563

Matthews

 

499

Prime

 

398

6 pm Baier

 

2437

Blitzer

 

537

EdShow

 

543

Prime

 

380

7 pm Shep

 

2072

Dobbs

 

610

Matthews

 

605

Issues

 

486

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3722

Brown

 

625

Olbermann

 

1222

Grace

 

812

9 pm Hannity

 

2722

Latino In America

 

1007

Maddow

 

1052

Behar

 

628

10 pm Greta

 

2126

Latino In America

 

1007

Olbermann

 

656

Grace

 

578

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1612

Cooper

 

570

Maddow

 

455

Showbiz

 

404

TOTAL DAY 1610 580 443 379
PRIME TIME 2860 880 977 664
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.