Fox News Tops CNN, MSNBC, HLN Combined In Prime Time Monday

Cable news ratings, September 28, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top cable news network during prime time Monday night, in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers. The network topped CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined during that time in both categories. Bill O’Reilly had the #1 show of the night.

• The top non-FNC show in the demo was, for the first time since we started here at Mediaite in early July, MSNBC’s 7pmET broadcast of Hardball with Chris Matthews. The top non-FNC show in total viewers was Countdown an hour later.

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

 

501

Blitzer

 

139

Matthews

 

124

Prime

 

113

6 pm Baier

 

343

Blitzer

 

137

EdShow

 

140

Prime

 

88

7 pm Shep

 

460

Dobbs

 

170

Matthews

 

236

Issues

 

171

8 pm O’Reilly

 

873

Brown

 

157

Olbermann

 

198

Grace

 

259

9 pm Hannity

 

652

King

 

189

Maddow

 

187

Issues

 

177

10 pm Greta

 

540

Cooper

 

205

Olbermann

 

198

Grace

 

267

11 pm O’Reilly

 

469

Cooper

 

188

Maddow

 

134

Showbiz

 

217

TOTAL DAY 398 148 140 166
PRIME TIME 689 184 194 230
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

 

2317

Blitzer

 

621

Matthews

 

551

Prime

 

213

6 pm Baier

 

2055

Blitzer

 

641

EdShow

 

589

Prime

 

245

7 pm Shep

 

1903

Dobbs

 

616

Matthews

 

706

Issues

 

509

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3353

Brown

 

655

Olbermann

 

726

Grace

 

782

9 pm Hannity

 

2203

King

 

605

Maddow

 

603

Issues

 

480

10 pm Greta

 

1975

Cooper

 

526

Olbermann

 

509

Grace

 

513

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1531

Cooper

 

369

Maddow

 

359

Showbiz

 

367

TOTAL DAY 1557 538 388 334
PRIME TIME 2515 595 613 577
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Fox News Baker’s Dozen: FNC Has Top 13 Cable News Shows In September

beckoreilly_9-29If you’re a regular reader of this site, or even an occasional reader, you probably know that Fox News is by far the most-watched cable news network.

But now let’s put some perspective on it – here are some statistics from September and the entire third quarter that will confirm what you likely already know – Fox News is dominating the ratings.

September was FNC’s top-rated month in 2009 in total day, for total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. But beyond that, Fox News had the top 13 cable news programs in total viewers for the month. That was the first time this happened since former Pres. George W. Bush was getting re-elected – November 2004. For those counting at home, Bill O’Reilly was #1, Sean Hannity #2, Glenn Beck #3…and CNN’s Larry King #14.

Here’s a chart about September ratings.

Now that we know September – what about the third quarter of ‘09 (which just ended)? Another question: Fox News – great network or the greatest network? (Colbert reference, of course.)

Here are some bullet points:

• FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic in both total day and prime time.

• FNC was the only cable news network of the three to post audience gains across the board when compared to the 2008. CNN and MSNBC were down big in the demo.

• FNC ranked 3rd in prime time total viewers among all basic cable networks, behind only ESPN and USA Network, with CNN and MSNBC at 20th and 25th.

• FNC had the top 10 programs in cable news for the 3Q09 based on total viewership. The O’Reilly Factor was #1 for 106 consecutive months and led all programs with 3,295,000 viewers (12% increase over the same quarter last year).

• In the key 25-54 demographic, CNN plummeted 39% in prime time, averaging 287,000 viewers, and MSNBC dropped 21%, with 271,000 viewers.

• In total day, CNN was down 27% in the demo and MSNBC was down 25%.

• In total viewers, CNN was down 30% in prime time and MSNBC was down 10%, and in total day, CNN dropped 15%, while MSNBC dropped 17%.

Here’s a chart about 3Q.

In summary, Fox News is up, competition is down (and now they’ll add at least one more viewer from New York). This whole Obama presidency thing is working out for the FNCers…

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MSNBC Tops Fox News In Sunday Prime Time Demo, FNC #1 in Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, September 27, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• MSNBC was the top network during prime time on Sunday in the A25-54 demographic, topping Fox News by 53,000 viewers. FNC was #2, followed by CNN. In total viewers, FNC was #1, followed by CNN and MSNBC finished 3rd. The #1 hour for MSNBC in the demo was at 9pmET.

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 183 179 275 61
6 pm 233 192 260 25
7 pm 257 203 243 80
8 pm 234 142 250 110
9 pm 199 272 306 92
10 pm 212 189 250 111
11 pm 192 99 276 100
TOTAL DAY 230 149 171 94
PRIME TIME 215 201 268 104
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 651 387 426 158
6 pm 1042 467 435 138
7 pm 1206 524 476 220
8 pm 1337 475 538 230
9 pm 941 892 584 205
10 pm 985 455 539 253
11 pm 599 289 534 242
TOTAL DAY 885 452 333 201
PRIME TIME 1088 607 554 229
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.



Fox News Viewers Heart Huckabee – Top Show Saturday

Cable news ratings, September 26, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Mike Huckabee’s 8pmET show on Fox News was the top-rated cable news show last Saturday in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. While Glenn Beck was enjoying his day in Seattle, a repeat of his weekday program finished 2nd 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 204 127 200 50
6 pm 214 134 187 34
7 pm 236 171 230 60
8 pm 321 106 174 104
9 pm 263 151 249 58
10 pm 268 142 344 96
11 pm 194 114 335 95
TOTAL DAY 255 134 160 88
PRIME TIME 284 133 255 86
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 956 415 371 141
6 pm 925 456 419 182
7 pm 1114 558 497 175
8 pm 1595 413 477 278
9 pm 1134 589 550 196
10 pm 1101 454 604 230
11 pm 666 318 550 281
TOTAL DAY 1006 428 353 227
PRIME TIME 1276 486 544 235
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.



The Real and Fake Media Cover The “Conan Concussion”

conan_9-29Conan O’Brien suffered a concussion Friday night after hitting his head during a segment with Teri Hatcher.

After O’Brien played the footage of the incident last night (the show never aired Friday because O’Brien was taken to the hospital), the TV world has been covering the story thoroughly.

Admittedly, the incident looked pretty bad, and despite O’Brien’s attempts to recover and throw to a replay, it’s clear something was up. “”I kind of couldn’t speak at that point,” said O’Brien last night. After he went to change in his dressing room and came back on set, he looked at his notes before the next interview.

“I said ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, I don’t know what this is,’” he said. “It was like a menu for an Egyptian restaurant.”

At that point he was pulled off set, and the nurse tested his short-term memory. After answering what year it was by saying ‘I know it’s before 2011,’ (and definitely before the Year 3000), they shipped him to the hospital before being released the next day. He was back to work last night.

MSNBC has covered the story in four segments so far today, according to TV Eyes. NBC’s Today show brought it up as well. CNN discussed it once on American Morning. Update at 1:25pmET: Now Fox News is doing a segment on it.

One of the MSNBC segments was during Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s hour, who gave it a purely medical bent. “That incidental bump on the head, people like Conan O’Brien, smart people, saying ‘no no no I’m fine’ and than frankly astute people standing around who really can intervene and make the difference,” she said, before introducing a doctor who talked about the dangers and warning signs of concussions.

Stephen Colbert also weighed in on The Colbert Report last night. After saying he wanted to “extend my best wishes” to O’Brien, he threw the first jab – “Evidently Conan’s fontanelle hasn’t quite closed yet.” Then he launched into his theory on what really happened. It involves Glamour magazine. Check out the video here.

Well, it is good video – and luckily, the late night host has fully recovered.

Here’s the Tonight Show clip last night, and below, the Today segment (featuring Meredith Vieira’s own famous fall):

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FNC #1, HLN #2 In Prime Time Demo Friday

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

• Fox News was the top rated cable news network, as usual, on Friday in every category. But the 2nd-rated cable channel in the prime time A25-54 demographic was a new one – HLN. After HLN’s sister network CNN finished 3rd and MSNBC 4th. In total viewers during prime time, CNN just edged HLN, and MSNBC was 4th.

Bill O’Reilly had the top-rated program (8pmET, Fox News) 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

 

563

Blitzer

 

204

Matthews

 

136

Prime

 

84

6 pm Baier

 

516

Blitzer

 

173

EdShow

 

139

Prime

 

69

7 pm Shep

 

483

Dobbs

 

156

Matthews

 

128

Issues

 

180

8 pm O’Reilly

 

768

Brown

 

183

Olbermann

 

222

Grace

 

241

9 pm Hannity

 

712

King

 

255

Maddow

 

207

Issues

 

246

10 pm Greta

 

500

Cooper

 

209

MSNBC Investigates

 

169

Grace

 

275

11 pm O’Reilly

 

454

Cooper

 

195

MSNBC Investigates

 

184

Showbiz

 

218

TOTAL DAY 433 161 144 133
PRIME TIME 660 216 200 255
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

 

2468

Blitzer

 

792

Matthews

 

474

Prime

 

215

6 pm Baier

 

2133

Blitzer

 

588

EdShow

 

492

Prime

 

232

7 pm Shep

 

1759

Dobbs

 

589

Matthews

 

479

Issues

 

424

8 pm O’Reilly

 

2832

Brown

 

637

Olbermann

 

770

Grace

 

822

9 pm Hannity

 

2292

King

 

703

Maddow

 

811

Issues

 

584

10 pm Greta

 

1773

Cooper

 

642

MSNBC Investigates

 

345

Grace

 

561

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1490

Cooper

 

504

MSNBC Investigates

 

383

Showbiz

 

462

TOTAL DAY 1528 553 413 316
PRIME TIME 2312 661 642 651
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Ratigan’s Switch From CNBC To MSNBC Explained To Michael Moore

ratigan_9-26Dylan Ratigan had Michael Moore as a guest on his MSNBC show Friday, as his media tour continued.

And during the interview, Ratigan revealed information about his exit from CNBC – and subsequent return to the NBCU family.

The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes about the exchange, in which Ratigan said he was “somebody who left his job at CNBC in order to pursue politicians because of his frustration and anger at the revelation of a system that was clearly designed, basically, to perpetuate generational theft and then cover it up.”

Linkins thought this revealed more about CNBC than Ratigan’s desire to cover a new subject matter. “It’s interesting to hear Ratigan edge right up to saying that CNBC is institutionally averse to providing any clarity or insight into the way in which financial institutions, aided and abetted by well-lobbied politicians, rogered America,” he writes.

But this line of reasoning, while not discussed on air, is nothing new for Ratigan. When I interviewed him in July about the new show, he echoed the sentiments about looking to cover the financial story in a new way:

When I watched what happened last fall, and when capitalism switched from who has the best ideas to who can bribe the government so we can steal taxpayer money, it made clear I wanted to make a move from a financial bias to a policy bias in journalism.

The reason for Ratigan’s switch does not necessarily mean he wasn’t allowed to ask the questions he wanted answered. Rather, CNBC’s strict financial focus means there was less of an opportunity to ask questions Ratigan thought were important to policy makers and politicians. It’s not a shot at CNBC – but a recognition the story has moved beyond the realm CNBC occupies.

Here’s the full interview:

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