McCaughey Vs. Ratigan: “One Of The Most Browbeating Interviews In TV History”

ratigan_10-5Betsy McCaughey (the former Lt. Gov. of New York and “Death Panel” term originator) debated Rep. Anthony Weiner about health care last night in New York City, and they went for an encore performance today on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting.

But one thing they didn’t factor in – host Dylan Ratigan. Weiner was left in the dust while Ratigan and McCaughey went at it for more than 12 minutes.

Ratigan hammered away at McCaughey for what he perceived as non-answers on her part. At one point around the midway mark she said, “You’re not a very fair moderator, you know.” Ratigan’s response: “You’re not a very fair answerer. So there you go. Okay? Takes one to know one.”

You just don’t get that kind of exchange on most cable news programs. There was also this:

McCaughey: You’re not behaving like a moderator. You’re behaving like a partisan.
Ratigan: I’m behaving like somebody not getting an answer to his question.
M: You haven’t given me a chance.
R: I’m all ears.
M: That’s right. Now you are all ears. Let me explain that current bills in congress not only…
R: You’re not answering my question!
M: I haven’t finished one sentence.

And so on. McCaughey summed up her thoughts with about two minutes to go. “This will go down in history as one of the most browbeating interviews in television history,” she said.

“I hope that it does, and maybe you’ll learn at that point then to answer questions as opposed to going on television and cast accusations,” responded Ratigan.

The very end, which is where Weiner begins to get into his side of the argument (at one point he can be seen sitting with his head resting on his hands, watching the duel unfold), focuses about math and years and specifics. Still, the debaters got some fireworks going as well.

When it comes time for Ratigan’s next on-air review, we’d imagine this interview will be cited. Still, Ratigan’s quest for answers made for some good television.

Here’s the full, nearly 14-minute debate/’browbeating interview’, but the real fun kicks off around the 7:00 mark:

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Glenn Beck And Bill O’Reilly Juan Williams Split As Top Show Friday Night

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

Glenn Beck had the top cable news show Friday night in the A25-54 demographic, averaging 689,000 in the A25-54 demographic. His colleague Bill O”Reilly Juan Williams (he filled in for O’Reilly Friday night) stayed in his usual top spot in total viewers, averaging 2,743,000 total viewers.

• CNN’s Larry King had the top non-FNC show Friday night, in both categories, 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 Beck

689

Blitzer

145

Matthews

114

Prime

86

6 pm Baier

523

Blitzer

76

EdShow

131

Prime

105

7 pm Shep

455

Dobbs

171

Matthews

152

Issues

92

8 pm O’Reilly

657

Brown

175

Olbermann

282

Grace

187

9 pm Hannity

491

King

295

Maddow

227

Behar

169

10 pm Greta

444

Cooper

226

Olbermann

181

Grace

177

11 pm O’Reilly

318

Cooper

261

Maddow

155

Showbiz

233

TOTAL DAY 356 176 142 138
PRIME TIME 534 232 230 174
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

2598

Blitzer

663

Matthews

506

Prime

212

6 pm Baier

2312

Blitzer

532

EdShow

533

Prime

307

7 pm Shep

1866

Dobbs

734

Matthews

595

Issues

311

8 pm O’Reilly

2743

Brown

758

Olbermann

785

Grace

668

9 pm Hannity

2583

King

1151

Maddow

751

Behar

565

10 pm Greta

2083

Cooper

819

Olbermann

488

Grace

400

11 pm O’Reilly

1383

Cooper

560

Maddow

392

Showbiz

494

TOTAL DAY 1568 608 395 317
PRIME TIME 2473 909 675 531
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Glenn Beck’s Demo Rating Beats Competition’s Total Viewers

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

Glenn Beck was the #2 cable news show last night in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers (Bill O’Reilly was #1). But Beck achieved something rare – he had more demo viewers (719,000) than his 5pmET competition had total viewers. CNN had 657,000 total viewers, MSNBC 576,000 and HLN 301,000.

• The top non-FNC show last night was CNN’s Larry King Live at 9pmET in both categories. Must be the power of Jon Gosselin.

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

719

Blitzer

156

Matthews

121

Prime

116

6 pm Baier

477

Blitzer

151

EdShow

192

Prime

133

7 pm Shep

481

Dobbs

170

Matthews

207

Issues

170

8 pm O’Reilly

865

Brown

197

Olbermann

389

Grace

246

9 pm Hannity

624

King

416

Maddow

309

Behar

149

10 pm Greta

711

Cooper

254

Olbermann

270

Grace

141

11 pm O’Reilly

678

Cooper

170

Maddow

165

Showbiz

201

TOTAL DAY 455 173 151 155
PRIME TIME 734 289 323 174
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

2965

Blitzer

657

Matthews

576

Prime

301

6 pm Baier

2235

Blitzer

727

EdShow

629

Prime

323

7 pm Shep

1940

Dobbs

707

Matthews

674

Issues

411

8 pm O’Reilly

3444

Brown

767

Olbermann

1167

Grace

791

9 pm Hannity

2449

King

1256

Maddow

1016

Behar

542

10 pm Greta

2458

Cooper

869

Olbermann

656

Grace

399

11 pm O’Reilly

1819

Cooper

387

Maddow

515

Showbiz

467

TOTAL DAY 1680 596 444 333
PRIME TIME 2786 964 946 563
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill O’Reilly #1 Wednesday By Almost 900,000 Total Viewers

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

Bill O’Reilly had the top-rated cable news show Wednesday night, but by an even wider margin than usual. O’Reilly’s 8pmET show averaged 3,561,000 total viewers, while #2 cable news show was Glenn Beck with 2,679,000 viewers. O’Reilly was 1st with Beck second in the A25-54 demographic as well.

• CNN’s Larry King had the top non-FNC show in the A25-54 demo at 9pmET, while MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann at 8pmET had the top show 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

 

690

Blitzer

 

193

Matthews

 

89

Prime

 

133

6 pm Baier

 

379

Blitzer

 

171

EdShow

 

140

Prime

 

136

7 pm Shep

 

431

Dobbs

 

155

Matthews

 

166

Issues

 

158

8 pm O’Reilly

 

901

Brown

 

145

Olbermann

 

267

Grace

 

285

9 pm Hannity

 

641

King

 

313

Maddow

 

215

Behar

 

208

10 pm Greta

 

455

Cooper

 

261

Olbermann

 

253

Grace

 

262

11 pm O’Reilly

 

552

Cooper

 

211

Maddow

 

184

Showbiz

 

253

TOTAL DAY 412 168 120 168
PRIME TIME 668 240 245 248
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

 

2679

Blitzer

 

776

Matthews

 

423

Prime

 

249

6 pm Baier

 

2006

Blitzer

 

691

EdShow

 

500

Prime

 

270

7 pm Shep

 

1941

Dobbs

 

672

Matthews

 

628

Issues

 

395

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3561

Brown

 

613

Olbermann

 

1007

Grace

 

796

9 pm Hannity

 

2637

King

 

953

Maddow

 

809

Behar

 

566

10 pm Greta

 

2012

Cooper

 

818

Olbermann

 

659

Grace

 

558

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1656

Cooper

 

526

Maddow

 

480

Showbiz

 

462

TOTAL DAY 1604 590 401 337
PRIME TIME 2744 795 825 628
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Nancy Grace Finishes 2nd (Twice), Joy Behar 3rd For HLN

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

Joy Behar’s premiere at 9pmET for HLN finished 3rd in the A25-54 demographic, ahead of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, but 4th in total viewers. Her colleague Nancy Grace, however, had a huge night. Grace finished 2nd (behind Fox News) in the demo at both 8pmET and for her repeat at 10pmET.

• The top show of the night was Bill O’Reilly’s at 8pmET, followed far behind by Glenn Beck at 5pmET for 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 Beck

 

701

Blitzer

 

162

Matthews

 

149

Prime

 

133

6 pm Baier

 

516

Blitzer

 

165

EdShow

 

161

Prime

 

155

7 pm Shep

 

386

Dobbs

 

222

Matthews

 

203

Issues

 

228

8 pm O’Reilly

 

906

Brown

 

259

Olbermann

 

208

Grace

 

290

9 pm Hannity

 

577

King

 

300

Maddow

 

161

Behar

 

215

10 pm Greta

 

514

Cooper

 

176

Olbermann

 

143

Grace

 

262

11 pm O’Reilly

 

506

Cooper

 

185

Maddow

 

140

Showbiz

 

202

TOTAL DAY 421 175 126 159
PRIME TIME 666 273 171 253
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

 

2793

Blitzer

 

752

Matthews

 

568

Prime

 

342

6 pm Baier

 

2239

Blitzer

 

684

EdShow

 

518

Prime

 

308

7 pm Shep

 

1954

Dobbs

 

760

Matthews

 

642

Issues

 

520

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3527

Brown

 

769

Olbermann

 

739

Grace

 

853

9 pm Hannity

 

2200

King

 

815

Maddow

 

661

Behar

 

559

10 pm Greta

 

2092

Cooper

 

797

Olbermann

 

423

Grace

 

550

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1437

Cooper

 

504

Maddow

 

405

Showbiz

 

434

TOTAL DAY 1565 581 385 351
PRIME TIME 2609 794 608 644
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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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