Bill O’Reilly’s 11pmET Repeat Tops All Non-Fox Cable News Shows

Cable news ratings, December 2, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on all of cable news Wednesday night, which is a regular occurrence. But his 11pmET repeat even topped all non-Fox News shows, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

• The top non-FNC show last night was Keith Olbermann’s 8pmET MSNBC program in the demo, and Larry King’s 9pmET CNN program 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

755

Blitzer

124

Matthews

91

Prime

57

6 pm Baier

579

Blitzer

138

EdShow

128

Prime

109

7 pm Shep

492

Tonight

145

Matthews

212

Issues

125

8 pm O’Reilly

1025

Brown

152

Olbermann

395

Grace

272

9 pm Hannity

742

King

337

Maddow

287

Behar

146

10 pm Greta

447

Cooper

233

Olbermann

248

Grace

283

11 pm O’Reilly

453

Cooper

189

Maddow

167

Showbiz

261

TOTAL DAY 434 146 120 146
PRIME TIME 739 241 310 227
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

2693

Blitzer

648

Matthews

490

Prime

284

6 pm Baier

2424

Blitzer

568

EdShow

505

Prime

314

7 pm Shep

1997

Tonight

516

Matthews

572

Issues

464

8 pm O’Reilly

3836

Brown

619

Olbermann

1193

Grace

860

9 pm Hannity

2654

King

1363

Maddow

952

Behar

558

10 pm Greta

2053

Cooper

748

Olbermann

650

Grace

564

11 pm O’Reilly

1674

Cooper

540

Maddow

359

Showbiz

530

TOTAL DAY 1677 576 415 356
PRIME TIME 2851 911 938 644
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Fox News Handily Wins Obama Speech Coverage

Cable news ratings, December 1, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top cable news destination, by far, for Pres. Obama’s Tuesday night Afghanistan speech, topping all the cable news competition (CNN, MSNBC, HLN) combined in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. CNN finished 2nd and MSNBC 3rd.

• The analysis following the speech on Fox News was the top-rated single program of the night on cable 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

 

635

Blitzer

 

125

Matthews

 

107

Prime

 

136

6 pm Baier

 

458

Blitzer

 

137

EdShow

 

143

Prime

 

149

7 pm Shep

 

514

Tonight

 

145

Matthews

 

175

Issues

 

183

8 pm Address/Ana.

 

1252/1471

Address/SR

 

669/693

Address

 

434

Grace

 

251

9 pm O’Reilly

 

1293

Special

 

436

Olbermann

 

410

Behar

 

198

10 pm Hannity

 

840

Cooper

 

345

Maddow

 

263

Grace

 

252

11 pm Greta

 

438

Cooper

 

222

Matthews

 

194

Showbiz

 

218

TOTAL DAY 477 201 141 162
PRIME TIME 1113 485 371 231
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

 

2521

Blitzer

 

547

Matthews

 

490

Prime

 

335

6 pm Baier

 

2090

Blitzer

 

645

EdShow

 

495

Prime

 

351

7 pm Shep

 

2159

Tonight

 

745

Matthews

 

657

Issues

 

481

8 pm Address/Ana.

 

4554/5217

Address/SR

 

2349/2442

Address

 

1560

Grace

 

731

9 pm O’Reilly

 

4478

Special

1769

Olbermann

 

1366

Behar

 

680

10 pm Hannity

 

2631

Cooper

 

1093

Maddow

 

924

Grace

 

624

11 pm Greta

 

1397

Cooper

 

579

Matthews

 

558

Showbiz

 

461

TOTAL DAY 1697 728 498 372
PRIME TIME 3792 1744 1281 666
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


O’Reilly Tops All Others By More Than One Million Viewers Monday

Cable news ratings, November 30, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top cable news show again Monday night, beating 2nd place Glenn Beck by more than one million total viewers. In the A25-54 demographic, O’Reilly was #1 and Beck #2 as well.

• The top non-FNC show Monday night was Nancy Grace’s 8pmET program, in the demo and (more rarely) in total viewers as well.

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

 

560

Blitzer

 

132

Matthews

 

135

Prime

 

138

6 pm Baier

 

466

Blitzer

 

129

EdShow

 

153

Prime

 

160

7 pm Shep

 

432

Tonight

 

189

Matthews

 

148

Issues

 

177

8 pm

O’Reilly

 

818

Brown

 

195

Olbermann

 

225

Grace

 

362

9 pm Hannity

 

532

King

 

223

Maddow

 

187

Behar

 

187

10 pm Greta

 

417

Cooper

 

204

Olbermann

 

154

Grace

 

248

11 pm O’Reilly

 

393

Cooper

 

150

Maddow

 

142

Showbiz

 

213

TOTAL DAY 385 145 125 160
PRIME TIME 590 207 188 259
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

 

2546

Blitzer

 

737

Matthews

 

507

Prime

 

323

6 pm Baier

 

2252

Blitzer

 

667

EdShow

 

523

Prime

 

382

7 pm Shep

 

2028

Tonight

 

642

Matthews

 

667

Issues

 

467

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3584

Brown

 

704

Olbermann

 

1084

Grace

 

1103

9 pm Hannity

 

2232

King

 

1068

Maddow

 

816

Behar

 

602

10 pm Greta

 

1671

Cooper

 

816

Olbermann

 

487

Grace

 

519

11 pm

O’Reilly

 

1326

Cooper

 

511

Maddow

 

419

Showbiz

 

427

TOTAL DAY 1554 589 407 367
PRIME TIME 2496 864 796 723
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Sunday Winners: Sex Slaves in America And FOX News Sunday

Cable news ratings, November 29, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• The top show in total viewers on Sunday was a rare win by the 6pmET Fox News re-air of the FOX broadcast network, Chris Wallace-anchored FOX News Sunday. The top A25-54 demographic show was during the MSNBC doc block at 7pmET – Sex Slaves in America.

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 199 90 179 63
6 pm 225 120 272 64
7 pm 270 122 398 60
8 pm 196 114 279 118
9 pm 208 123 322 98
10 pm 259 87 285 137
11 pm 131 76 184 121
TOTAL DAY 206 106 207 107
PRIME TIME 221 108 296 118
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 1055 332 419 296
6 pm 1198 527 455 219
7 pm 1173 581 650 180
8 pm 1100 500 573 323
9 pm 716 560 530 332
10 pm 999 401 451 281
11 pm 461 264 311 237
TOTAL DAY 883 409 370 262
PRIME TIME 938 487 518 312
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


MSNBC Wins Demo, FNC Wins Total Viewers On Saturday

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

• MSNBC had a big Saturday in the A25-54 demographic, winning in both total day and prime time. Fox News was #1 in total viewers, total day and prime time. The top show in the demo was MSNBC’s 10pmET hour and the top show in total viewers was Huckabee on FNC.

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 233 136 279 51
6 pm 259 105 318 83
7 pm 242 123 288 52
8 pm 183 135 238 114
9 pm 146 192 391 64
10 pm 256 162 357 102
11 pm 153 119 347 128
TOTAL DAY 226 149 234 113
PRIME TIME 195 163 328 93
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 1021 687 651 51
6 pm 1009 462 615 290
7 pm 1168 502 562 231
8 pm 1394 472 532 335
9 pm 778 637 781 232
10 pm 1051 530 744 275
11 pm 520 413 732 269
TOTAL DAY 913 512 470 262
PRIME TIME 1074 546 686 281
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Why Fox News’ Massive Ratings Wins Still Matter

baier_12-2We’ve written a lot about Fox News’ huge ratings this year, especially recently.

In November, FNC was still on top of the cable news world by a mile, and one important statistic revealed something else – while most cable news programs, including many on Fox News as well, are seeing year-to-year declines after a huge 2008, FNC’s two big news programs are not down.

Special Report with Bret Baier at 6pmET was up 8% in total viewers vs. 2008 and 5% in the A25-54 demographic. The FOX Report with Shepard Smith at 7pmET was flat year-to-year. While FNC’s prime time shows are seeing increases in the demo, their total viewers are down.

Baier and Smith’s news hours also cracked the top five cable new programs in total viewers, ahead of FNC’s 10pmET prime time program, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. Smith’s 7pmET hour had its highest month of 2009 in total viewers during November. Baier’s 6pmET, along with Bill O’Reilly at 8pmET and Sean Hannity at 9pmET, beat their competitors (CNN, MSNBC, HLN) combined in both total viewers and the demo.

Of course, FNC is known mostly for their opinion hosts – Glenn Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity. But the strong numbers seen from their news anchors continues to boost FNC’s argument about their own news product, as they face criticism from those on the left…and the White House.

Some other key stats:

• O’Reilly had his highest month of the year in total viewers and the demo (It was also Baier’s).

• FNC had the top 13 programs on cable news in total viewers, and the top 10 programs in the demo.

• FNC beat MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined in total viewers in total day and prime time

• FNC had the 3rd highest rated cable network in prime time, 5th in total day.

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News vs. News: CNN’s Ratings Far Surpass MSNBC’s During The Day

cnn_12-2CNN has long maintained they are the newsiest cable news network, and it’s been an answer they’ve stuck to as their prime time ratings have declined.

When looking at November ratings, in news vs. news hour comparisons, CNN far surpasses MSNBC – while Fox News maintains a huge lead overall.

From 9amET-4pmET, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are all in news programming (obviously, some would argue differently, but this is the conventional wisdom). During that time, CNN tops MSNBC in every hour in total viewers, and in the A25-54 demographic, the difference between the two networks is even more glaring. Before we get into the breakdown, Fox News has an enormous lead over all networks in every hour, in every category.

At 9amET-4pmET, MSNBC finished in 5th place, behind FNC, CNN, HLN and sister-business network CNBC. Those include some of their newer programs, like Morning Meeting and Dr. Nancy. During all of these hours, except 9amET, CNN finished 2nd in the demo, with HLN 3rd and CNBC 4th.

In total day, CNN and HLN beat MSNBC during November in the demo. Despite the win by CNN over MSNBC, it should be noted both networks had their worst months of 2009 in total day demo.

Beyond 4pmET, questions about news and opinion start entering the picture, as FNC’s Neil Cavuto takes over. And obviously, during prime time, MSNBC, HLN and FNC are all in opinion programming. MSNBC can claim a big victory over CNN during that time – as can CNN’s sister network HLN. But at 8pmET, HLN’s Nancy Grace once again topped MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in the demo. Fox News, of course, was way ahead of them all.

CNN’s November release pressed their news chops, and their silver medal victory (Fox News no longer is even a competitor) over MSNBC during those hours. And another thing took place – due to the huge ratings during 2008 for the election, CNN omits it and says it is positioned for their best year in five years for today day and prime time, in total viewers and the demo. This shouldn’t be diminished – and neither should the daytime comparison.

While prime time has largely been a focus here and elsewhere, the daytime hours are important as well. And as Fox News leaves the competition in the dust, CNN can claim a head-to-head, news vs. news victory over its new major competitor, MSNBC.

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