Chris Matthews Highlights Lack of GOP Guests on Other MSNBC Shows

matthews_11-25MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had a pair of guests on last night, one from the right and one from the left, to rate Pres. Obama’s first 10 months in office.

The discussion was predictable, but Matthews’ ad-lib close, when he compared Hardball and “some of the other shows on this network” was not.

Matthews had Steve McMahon, a democratic strategist, and Kate Obenshain, Vice President of the Young Americans Foundation, for the discussion, which saw Matthews side with McMahon almost exclusively throughout the entire interview.

At the end, Matthews had this to say (h/t @HowardKurtz):

You know, Kate, people on the left who watch…let me just tell you, at Thanksgiving time with really a full heart, the reason people on the left sometimes ask me, ‘why do you have so many Republicans on the show, and some of the other shows on this network don’t have as many on like you,’ I bring you on so that people can see what Republicans are like. Kate, thank you very much for coming on, Kate Obenshain, and it’s great to have you on to remind everybody what a Republican looks like. Steve, thank you, you’ve been great tonight. I’m being a little sarcastic. You’ve been great tonight, Kate. You’ve made the point I wanted to make.

The awkward close seemed to jokingly touch on two points – the fact that some other shows on MSNBC feature far less Republicans and right-leaning guests than Hardball, and Matthews’ assertion that Obenshain’s arguments proved his point about how wrong those on the right really are. The first point seems to be aimed at hosts like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, whose shows feature far less debate and far more validation of their own ideas.

As for the other point, while Matthews was certainly a supporter of Pres. Obama during the 2008 campaign (the infamous ‘thrill up my leg’ comment), he has recently been critical of the Commander-in-Chief’s inaction as well. Still, he seems to give him the benefit of the doubt during this review segment.

Here’s the end of the interview last night:

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CNN Tonight Hits Lowest Ratings Yet At 7pmET In Demo

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

CNN Tonight is the temporary replacement show for CNN at 7pmET until John King officially takes over for Lou Dobbs at the hour early next year. Last night was the first time the program dropped below 100,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic. Overall the program is down 20% in the demo and 23% in total viewers compared to Dobbs’ November average.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on cable news last night, in total viewers and the demo. He had the only program over one million demo 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

 

738

Blitzer

 

97

Matthews

 

156

Prime

 

80

6 pm Baier

 

460

Blitzer

 

88

EdShow

 

232

Prime

 

116

7 pm Shep

 

475

Tonight

 

97

Matthews

 

209

Issues

 

170

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1018

Brown

 

128

Olbermann

 

271

Grace

 

251

9 pm Hannity

 

626

King

 

185

Maddow

 

230

Behar

 

151

10 pm Greta

 

583

Cooper

 

139

Olbermann

 

269

Grace

 

231

11 pm O’Reilly

 

516

Cooper

 

101

Maddow

 

119

Showbiz

 

169

TOTAL DAY 420 109 125 137
PRIME TIME 743 150 256 207
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

 

2847

Blitzer

 

572

Matthews

 

675

Prime

 

191

6 pm Baier

 

2333

Blitzer

 

502

EdShow

 

738

Prime

 

211

7 pm Shep

 

2288

Tonight

 

493

Matthews

 

721

Issues

 

393

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3740

Brown

 

456

Olbermann

 

997

Grace

 

719

9 pm Hannity

 

2577

King

 

596

Maddow

 

799

Behar

 

447

10 pm Greta

 

2225

Cooper

 

509

Olbermann

 

680

Grace

 

445

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1515

Cooper

 

333

Maddow

 

364

Showbiz

 

352

TOTAL DAY 1592 432 429 282
PRIME TIME 2848 520 825 520
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Sean Hannity’s Palin Interview Repeat Gives Him Top Show Sunday Night

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

• The repeat of Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin gave the 9pmET show Sunday night the best ratings on cable news in the A25-54 demographic. The top show in total viewers was The FOX Report two hours before on Fox News.

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 200 86 142 46
6 pm 305 72 172 71
7 pm 387 90 110 116
8 pm 315 110 75 97
9 pm 432 126 104 80
10 pm 317 83 90 117
11 pm 186 71 95 147
TOTAL DAY 243 103 85 96
PRIME TIME 355 106 90 98
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 953 330 256 146
6 pm 1086 379 355 199
7 pm 1398 454 277 234
8 pm 1343 428 239 269
9 pm 1248 425 292 287
10 pm 981 328 251 224
11 pm 540 170 190 301
TOTAL DAY 889 380 204 209
PRIME TIME 1191 394 261 260
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Fox News Wins With Health Care Vote Coverage Saturday Night

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

• Fox News was the top-rated cable news network Saturday night, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. During the 8pmET live health care vote in the Senate, FNC was the top cable network, followed by CNN and MSNBC in total viewers (MSNBC was #4 behind HLN in the demo).

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 210 112 128 65
6 pm 247 150 147 61
7 pm 267 183 214 63
8 pm 291 170 120 121
9 pm 290 142 194 109
10 pm 184 135 340 88
11 pm 172 82 277 111
TOTAL DAY 241 115 148 89
PRIME TIME 255 149 218 106
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 1019 436 326 178
6 pm 1094 516 329 235
7 pm 1079 787 392 247
8 pm 1317 705 307 321
9 pm 1413 441 401 235
10 pm 1062 444 632 207
11 pm 686 225 536 247
TOTAL DAY 971 442 303 219
PRIME TIME 1264 530 447 254
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Soundbite: Tina Brown Gives Sarah Palin And Barack Obama Back-handed Compliments

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“I think that what people are responding to is that great sort of vitality, confidence. It doesn’t matter that the confidence is based on a kind of total ignorance. It’s a vitality about her that people like, an unequivocal, in the present, raw, visceral quality that she has. And the reason people are responding quite so profoundly is we do have a president that does start to feel rarefied, unpassionate, with no bottom line. And I think the juxtaposition of those two things is making the excitement about Palin perhaps even greater.”


Tina Brown, founder of The Daily Beast, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning discussing Sarah Palin.

As Brown juxtaposed Palin with Obama, she seemed to compliment each while simultaneously exposing what she feels are their political weaknesses. Co-host Joe Scarborough asked Brown to explain her “total ignorance,” comment, and later Mika Brzezinski revisited some of what she had to say. “With all due respect, don’t you think there’s a possibility the media is misreading her message, and how she translates with people?” asked Brzezinski.

Brown seemed to defend the legitimacy of Palin. “I think they underestimate how profound the connection is,” she said. “I mean, I don’t think it’s just a celebrity connection. I think the profound connection is about the great discontent Americans rightly feel with how they’ve been stiffed.”

Here’s the clip, including a discussion of Lou Dobbs and his presidential aspiration (Obama vs. Palin vs. Dobbs 2012?):

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Rick Sanchez Dominates Ratings – Compared To The Rest Of CNN Prime Time

Cable news ratings, November 20, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Rick Sanchez filled in for Campbell Brown Friday night for CNN at 8pmET, and the hour topped Larry King’s 9pmET program (with Dancing With The Star’s Tom Bergeron filling in) and Anderson Cooper at 10pmET for the first time all week in the A25-54 demographic. Sanchez’s hour finished 2nd out of CNN’s prime time shows in total viewers, behind Larry King Live. Fox News had the top show by far in the 8pmET hour, followed by HLN, MSNBC and CNN.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on cable news for Fox News at 8pmET, in both total viewers and the demo. Sean Hannity was #2.

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

579

Blitzer

126

Matthews

79

Prime

124

6 pm Baier

452

Blitzer

139

EdShow

140

Prime

117

7 pm Shep

385

Tonight

164

Matthews

184

Issues

165

8 pm O’Reilly

911

Brown

187

Olbermann

270

Grace

278

9 pm Hannity

750

King

145

Maddow

244

Behar

138

10 pm Greta

464

Cooper

147

Special

116

Grace

173

11 pm O’Reilly

450

Cooper

157

Special

50

Showbiz

174

TOTAL DAY 406 128 99 139
PRIME TIME 712 160 210 193
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

2404

Blitzer

527

Matthews

423

Prime

271

6 pm Baier

2230

Blitzer

532

EdShow

525

Prime

261

7 pm Shep

1612

Tonight

504

Matthews

640

Issues

463

8 pm O’Reilly

3481

Brown

713

Olbermann

819

Grace

930

9 pm Hannity

2561

King

901

Maddow

828

Behar

441

10 pm Greta

2027

Cooper

529

Special

374

Grace

421

11 pm O’Reilly

1459

Cooper

421

Special

149

Showbiz

367

TOTAL DAY 1526 509 358 323
PRIME TIME 2694 714 674 581
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Saturday Night Fight: Will Fox Carry The Best Coverage Of The Health Care Vote?

110th_US_Senate_class_photoThe senators of this great nation have agreed to give up their Saturday to cast the first vote for health care reform with the initial roll call expected around 8 p.m., according to the Associated Press. But that means a full day’s worth of legislative festivities with the starting gavel coming at 10 a.m. this morning and no end in sight. But where should those engaged citizens hoping to tune in for coverage of the debate turn? It all depends on your obsession level with the United States Senate, health care reform and of course, CSPAN.

The aforementioned Associated Press report provides a solid recap of where we are up to this point, running down the following facts:

  • “The vote will determine whether debate can go forward on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2,074-page bill to dramatically remake the U.S. health care system over the next decade.”
  • “The two [necessary Democrat] holdouts are Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.”
  • “After the vote Saturday night, senators will leave for a Thanksgiving recess. Upon their return, assuming Democrats prevail on the vote, they will launch into weeks or more of unpredictable debate on thehealth care bill, with numerous amendments expected from both sides of the aisle and more 60-vote hurdles along the way.”

Elsewhere, Brian Beutler is liveblogging the proceedings at Talking Points Memo, while the New York Times will doubtlessly have coverage on The Caucus blog.

But the television front is where things get most interesting, especially when it comes to the cable news wars. Two weeks ago, when the bill passed in the House, Fox News made a valiant and concerted effort to show their newsiness, interrupting pre-recorded programming for live highlights from the House floor, including notable speeches and the final vote. And they were rewarded in the ratings. CNN and MSNBC, meanwhile, both missed Nancy Pelosi’s speech, though the MSNBC online video player was streaming coverage all day.

When it comes to all day coverage for the truest obsessives, CSPAN is the only sure bet and no one would dare question it. But with the rest of the networks vying for more, er, entertaining coverage, it will be interesting to see if the other stations will have adjusted their strategy since Fox’s domination two weeks prior. You can be sure we’ll be watching.