Bill O’Reilly #1, Glenn Beck #2 On Wednesday

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

Bill O’Reilly had the top cable news show again Wednesday night, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. He had the only show that reached more than 3 million viewers. Glenn Beck’s 5pmET show was #2 in both categories.

• The top non-FNC show in the demo was Nancy Grace’s 8pmET HLN program in the A25-54 demographic. In total viewers, the #1 non-FNC show was Rachel Maddow’s 9pmET MSNBC program.

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

 

671

Blitzer

 

166

Matthews

 

149

Prime

 

114

6 pm Baier

 

475

Blitzer

 

158

EdShow

 

149

Prime

 

104

7 pm Shep

 

394

Dobbs

 

149

Matthews

 

127

Issues

 

103

8 pm O’Reilly

 

899

Brown

 

110

Olbermann

 

217

Grace

 

246

9 pm Hannity

 

653

King

 

187

Maddow

 

214

Behar

 

163

10 pm Greta

 

446

Cooper

 

180

Olbermann

 

166

Grace

 

226

11 pm O’Reilly

 

444

Cooper

 

104

Maddow

 

110

Showbiz

 

162

TOTAL DAY 390 136 105 150
PRIME TIME 668 159 199 209
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

 

2745

Blitzer

 

651

Matthews

 

638

Prime

 

295

6 pm Baier

 

2332

Blitzer

 

653

EdShow

 

500

Prime

 

279

7 pm Shep

 

1881

Dobbs

 

655

Matthews

 

589

Issues

 

328

8 pm

O’Reilly

 

3384

Brown

 

567

Olbermann

 

937

Grace

 

935

9 pm Hannity

 

2306

King

 

747

Maddow

 

1008

Behar

 

517

10 pm Greta

 

1609

Cooper

 

572

Olbermann

 

643

Grace

 

485

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1439

Cooper

 

398

Maddow

 

418

Showbiz

 

328

TOTAL DAY 1572 537 432 335
PRIME TIME 2443 628 863 628
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Intra-Office Parody? Who Is Joe Scarborough Mocking Here?

scarborough_11-2We’ve seen Ben Affleck’s impression on Saturday Night Live. Glenn Beck gave it a shot recently (it still needs a little work).

And this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough took on the persona of his colleague Keith Olbermann as he mocked the lofty rhetoric of 2008 Election Night. Update: maybe.

Newsbusters caught the moment, which they describe as “beautiful.”

While discussing the Virginia Gubernatorial race – one of the three big races ending tomorrow, along with the New Jersey governor race and the New York-23 congressional race – Scarborough recalled the declarations that were being made about the state as Pres. Obama won a decisive victory in ‘08. If polls hold, the Republican candidate Bob McDonnell will defeat Democrat Creigh Deeds handily tomorrow, despite Pres. Obama’s campaigning for the Democratic candidate.

As co-host Mika Brzezinski uncomfortably tried to interrupt Scarborough, and others on set like Mike Barnicle laughed nervously, Scarborough took on the vocal inflections, mannerisms and tone of MSNBC’s 8pmET liberal host a liberal blowhard. “I heard that Virginia had been switched forever last year,” said Scarborough, before launching into his impression. “It’s a transformative night. Virginia, once solidly in the Republican’s column – it’s gone purple, my friends. This will change the landscape of America for the next generation! Or the next…eleven months, until Republicans kick their ass by twelve points.”

> Update: We listened again – could it be Ed Schultz? Maybe. Just a generic liberal blowhard? Could be. Here’s a clip of what seems to be Scarborough’s Olbermann impression. Is it the same? Maybe it’s a variation.

Here’s the clip:

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Breaking: Media Getting More Partisan

john.harwood

For all of the hoopla about Fox News’s partisan bias, what about the rest of cableland? Writing in The New York Times, CNBC correspondent John Harwood makes the point that essentially all cable news networks that aren’t Fox have viewerships that tilt substantially to the left, which is very different from how it was eight and even four years ago. It’s not just MSNBC: even the likes of HLN, CNBC, and Comedy Central have big Democratic leans. 

From his article, titled “If Fox Is Partisan, It Is Not Alone:”

By 2008-9, the network audiences tilted decisively, like Fox’s. CNN viewers were more Democratic by 50.4 percent to 28.7 percent; MSNBC viewers were 53.6 percent to 27.3 percent Democratic; Headline News’ 47.3 percent to 31.4 percent Democratic; CNBC’s 46.9 percent to 32.5 percent Democratic; and Comedy Central’s 47.1 to 28.8 percent Democratic.

Harwood also points out that as recently as 2001, MSNBC had a slight Republican lean: 41.4 percent to 39.4 percent. All of these numbers come, incidentally, from Scarborough Research; no relation to the Morning Joe host.

How strongly do these tilts reflect left-leaning editorial content? Unclear. MSNBC, often singled out for taking a Fox News-like approach with its primetime block, has the biggest margin of any network mentioned, but CNN’s isn’t much smaller; perhaps the most disappointed constituency of all will be Comedy Central fans, who love to trot out the line that Republicans and Democrats alike love The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

The trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of reversing; as more conservative voices like Lou Dobbs and John Stossel drift over to Fox networks, odds are it will continue to get worse.

(image via ACCJ)


Mediaite Presents: Halloween Costumes Ripped From The Headlines

So it’s the day before Halloween, and you don’t have a costume. You were going to be Kanye West, but the friend you were counting on to be your Taylor Swift got swine flu at the last minute. Then, it was going to be Sarah Palin, until you remembered that that’s what you were last year. Then, you were going to dress up as Balloon Boy, but you realized that all of your friends, neighbors, and extended family members were planning to as well. What to do?

Fortunately, Mediaite has come up with some costume suggestions for you. Pulled straight from the headlines, these are guaranteed to be hits:



Barack Obama, According to Glenn Beck’s Imagination

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For obvious reasons, the current president of the United States is likely to be a popular Halloween costume this year. But beyond form-fitting Hart Schaffner Marx suits, the challenge remains: How is a trick-or-treater supposed to pull off the look?

Fortunately, cable pundit/voice of reason Glenn Beck is on the case. A well-executed Obama according to Glenn Beck’s imagination should wear a Che Guevara t-shirt, a Hitler mustache, and a Soviet-style ushanka, preferably bearing a red hammer-and-sickle. Gasoline can for torching the Average American optional.

Barack Obama, According to Keith Olbermann’s Imagination

barack-obama angel

Cable pundit/voice of reason Keith Olbermann, on the other hand, might have slightly different ideas about what constitutes a good Obama costume. Olbermann’s Obama should have billowy, flowing wings, a resplendent halo, and, if budget allows, a heavenly host of sanctified Cabinet appointees carrying blazing swords and playing gleaming trumpets, singing the praise of the anointed one, and also mentioning offhandedly that Bush kind of sucked.


Summer of Death

grim.reaper

Year-by-year, the Grim Reaper is always a popular Halloween costume, particularly among people who don’t have any costume ideas when they go to Party City on October 30th and kind of just phone it in. But coming off the Summer of Death, the costume has a special resonance this year. A (sexy) black hood, (sexy) black robe, and (sexy) blood-dripping scythe are of course mandatory, but how to work in the contemporary angle? It would probably be in poor taste to carry photos of Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Cronkite, etc. A safer bet might be to carry around copies of expired mags Gourmet, TrumpVibe, Nickelodeon Magazine, etc.

Levi Johnston

levi_10-29

Last year’s Levi costume would have been an awkward suit and a hockey stick, but this year it’s much different — now that he’s an aspiring male model. Sarah Palin’s former-almost-son-in-law is promising to reveal “huge” things about the former VP candidate, but the big news is his upcoming spread in Playgirl. For this popular costume, just wear briefs and bask in your 15 minutes of fame (briefs optional).

Next Page: Great newsy group costumes, and a twist on the Andre Agassi look


O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity At Top Of Ratings Again Tuesday

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

Bill O’Reilly had the top cable news show last night, again, in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. #2 in the demo was Sean Hannity, while Glenn Beck was #2 in total viewers.

• The top non-FNC show in the demo was Nancy Grace’s 8pmET hour on HLN. The top non-FNC show in total viewers was Keith Olbermann’s 8pmET hour on MSNBC.

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

 

796

Blitzer

 

122

Matthews

 

126

Prime

 

122

6 pm Baier

 

543

Blitzer

 

149

EdShow

 

150

Prime

 

116

7 pm Shep

 

440

Dobbs

 

178

Matthews

 

171

Issues

 

140

8 pm O’Reilly

 

936

Brown

 

140

Olbermann

 

365

Grace

 

368

9 pm Hannity

 

814

King

 

250

Maddow

 

334

Behar

 

144

10 pm Greta

 

547

Cooper

 

196

Olbermann

 

205

Grace

 

298

11 pm O’Reilly

 

444

Cooper

 

158

Maddow

 

143

Showbiz

 

211

TOTAL DAY 411 140 138 161
PRIME TIME 766 195 302 264
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

 

3111

Blitzer

 

681

Matthews

 

601

Prime

 

263

6 pm Baier

 

2485

Blitzer

 

615

EdShow

 

667

Prime

 

238

7 pm Shep

 

2017

Dobbs

 

522

Matthews

 

669

Issues

 

435

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3760

Brown

 

592

Olbermann

 

1312

Grace

 

1091

9 pm Hannity

 

2686

King

 

699

Maddow

 

1122

Behar

 

423

10 pm Greta

 

2011

Cooper

 

573

Olbermann

 

645

Grace

 

565

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1467

Cooper

 

376

Maddow

 

431

Showbiz

 

432

TOTAL DAY 1650 498 489 349
PRIME TIME 2819 621 1026 677
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Bill O’Reilly Tops All Cable News Competition By 1 Million+ Monday

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

Bill O’Reilly once again had the top cable news show last night, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The 8pmET FNC host was well ahead of even the 2nd best show – by more than one million total viewers and more than 300,000 demo viewers.

Lou Dobbs at 7pmET topped the beginning of CNN’s prime time, Campbell Brown’s 8pmET show, in both total viewers and the demo. In fact, Dobbs beat all of CNN’s prime time line-up 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

 

669

Blitzer

 

126

Matthews

 

123

Prime

 

95

6 pm Baier

 

456

Blitzer

 

163

EdShow

 

127

Prime

 

83

7 pm Shep

 

458

Dobbs

 

169

Matthews

 

261

Issues

 

119

8 pm O’Reilly

 

998

Brown

 

168

Olbermann

 

330

Grace

 

362

9 pm Hannity

 

628

King

 

207

Maddow

 

252

Behar

 

155

10 pm Greta

 

459

Cooper

 

180

Olbermann

 

264

Grace

 

263

11 pm O’Reilly

 

514

Cooper

 

116

Maddow

 

151

Showbiz

 

305

TOTAL DAY 393 132 131 181
PRIME TIME 696 185 282 255
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

 

2592

Blitzer

 

636

Matthews

 

510

Prime

 

294

6 pm Baier

 

2201

Blitzer

 

552

EdShow

 

551

Prime

 

303

7 pm Shep

 

1902

Dobbs

 

616

Matthews

 

789

Issues

 

412

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3624

Brown

 

493

Olbermann

 

1133

Grace

 

885

9 pm Hannity

 

2306

King

 

588

Maddow

 

913

Behar

 

416

10 pm Greta

 

1864

Cooper

 

458

Olbermann

 

731

Grace

 

476

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1444

Cooper

 

322

Maddow

 

435

Showbiz

 

545

TOTAL DAY 1522 486 435 377
PRIME TIME 2600 513 926 578
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.