Fox News #1 In All Categories On Sunday, CNN #2

Cable news ratings, September 13, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News was the top cable news network on Sunday in every category. CNN was #2 across the board. The top hour for FNC in prime time was at 10pmET in the A25-54 demographic and at 8pmET 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 196 102 159 48
6 pm 255 114 155 87
7 pm 247 125 143 78
8 pm 295 115 111 159
9 pm 295 220 132 95
10 pm 316 155 138 103
11 pm 264 73 175 140
TOTAL DAY 268 137 130 102
PRIME TIME 302 163 127 119
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 950 368 312 176
6 pm 1200 518 316 250
7 pm 1287 618 269 187
8 pm 1344 502 278 372
9 pm 1256 663 383 306
10 pm 1336 490 367 307
11 pm 795 254 425 282
TOTAL DAY 1052 449 275 232
PRIME TIME 1312 551 343 328
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.



Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Special Scores Big For Fox News

Cable news ratings, September 12, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project special had huge ratings for Fox News – as expected. It was up well over 100% in ever category at both 1pmET and 2pmET. FNC beat MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined in the demo and in total viewers, with an average of more than 2.4 million viewers.

• The top prime time hour was on Fox News at 9pmET in the demo, and on FNC at 8pmET 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 315 136 170 42
6 pm 251 118 143 62
7 pm 354 193 161 62
8 pm 335 177 146 76
9 pm 431 207 214 63
10 pm 428 184 339 68
11 pm 237 132 192 107
TOTAL DAY 357 180 142 82
PRIME TIME 398 190 233 69
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 1377 566 393 125
6 pm 1221 393 266 192
7 pm 1406 613 353 165
8 pm 1918 471 305 273
9 pm 1653 646 384 277
10 pm 1755 618 585 281
11 pm 912 315 335 306
TOTAL DAY 1385 549 319 220
PRIME TIME 1775 578 425 277
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.



Fox News’ 9/11 Special #1 Program On Cable News Friday

Cable news ratings, September 11, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• Fox News’ special about 9/11 on Friday night at 10pmET was the top cable news show of the day in the A25-54 demo. The program was the only one to bring in more than 1 million viewers in the demo. Bill O’Reilly’s program at 8pmET was the top show in total viewers for FNC.

• The top non-FNC program was MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET in both categories.

Glenn Beck’s 5pmET program came down to earth a bit Friday night – O’Reilly’s repeat at 11pmET beat it in the demo, as did Sean Hannity’s 9pmET show.

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

 

608

Blitzer

 

140

Matthews

 

151

Prime

 

66

6 pm Baier

 

449

Blitzer

 

141

EdShow

 

148

Prime

 

73

7 pm Shep

 

431

Dobbs

 

101

Matthews

 

217

Issues

 

135

8 pm O’Reilly

 

785

Brown

 

130

Olbermann

 

329

Grace

 

240

9 pm Hannity

 

771

King

 

273

Maddow

 

254

Issues

 

145

10 pm 9/11 Special

 

1043

Cooper

 

140

Olbermann

 

130

Grace

 

141

11 pm O’Reilly

 

626

Cooper

 

167

Maddow

 

182

Showbiz

 

206

TOTAL DAY 488 164 190 120
PRIME TIME 866 181 238 170
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

 

2544

Blitzer

 

889

Matthews

 

563

Prime

 

222

6 pm Baier

 

1968

Blitzer

 

790

EdShow

 

577

Prime

 

247

7 pm Shep

 

1705

Dobbs

 

564

Matthews

 

616

Issues

 

356

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3212

Brown

 

610

Olbermann

 

1067

Grace

 

728

9 pm Hannity

 

2644

King

 

875

Maddow

 

948

Issues

 

396

10 pm 9/11 Special

 

2627

Cooper

 

470

Olbermann

 

445

Grace

 

461

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1762

Cooper

 

437

Maddow

 

413

Showbiz

 

465

TOTAL DAY 1674 602 523 312
PRIME TIME 2828 652 820 514
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

CNN Covers Huge Washington Protest While Ignoring Its Planner: Glenn Beck

beck-20090812-912projectApart from the discovery of the Lascaux cave paintings in 1940, September 12th is a day that has largely lived in obscurity. But thanks to the meteoric rise of popularity and influence of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck, today is now also known for The 9/12 Project – a day for followers of the Tea Party movement and other conservative groups to march on the nation’s capital to protest what they say is out-of-control government spending (with similar, smaller events are expected in cities across the country). It’s a given that the march will receive extensive coverage on Fox News Channel (starting at 1:00 PM EST), but raises questions of how other news outlets should cover this event — as grass-roots movement, publicity stunt or both?

While its too early to gauge the overall attendance and success of this event, it is getting a lot of attention by CNN. However, in its early reports, a viewer would never know that the event was conceived and promoted by the Fox host. Beck put together The 9/12 Project, a campaign named for the “nine principles and twelve values that embody the spirit of the American people on the day after the September 11 attacks.”

Beck has previously supported the tea party protests from their inception, both on his shows and by participating in fundraisers, and has also promoted tea parties organized by FreedomWorks and the American Family Association with whom he’s working with on the 9/12 project.

Before coming to the Fox News Channel, Beck had his own show on CNN’s Headline News. Now that he has effectively created his own news spectacle, he has put CNN in a significant quandary – how does one cover the event and ignore the individual who put it together? See for yourself in the following clip:

Chyron of the Day: MSNBC Does Some 9/11 Math

MSNBC, 12:54pmET:

chyron_9-11

Just to be clear, we don’t want to diminish the work Anthony Gardner, who started “The September 11th Education Trust” and lost a brother on 9/11, is doing to educate children about what happened that tragic day. But this chyron on MSNBC during his interview with Tamron Hall is the definition of ’stating the obvious.’

For all you non-math majors out there, September 11, 2001 was exactly eight years ago. So if you’re someone who is seven-years-old or younger, you were not born yet.

Glad MSNBC cleared that up for everyone.

Do you have a pick for Chyron of the Day? Email me at Steve@Mediaite.com with an image or time/network (and check out all the past Chyrons of the Day here)…

—–
» Follow Steve Krakauer on Twitter

Twitter Reacts to MSNBC’s 9/11 Replay

I found out, this morning, that MSNBC is replaying its 9/11 coverage in realtime when I got this tweet from my old colleague, Mo Rocca:

MSNBC’s rerunning of 9/11 coverage (as it happened!) is not news. It’s death porn

For a variety of reasons, 9/11 is usually a TV-free day for me, with the exception of the observance of the moment of silence. As such, I had no idea that MSNBC had been doing this for the last four years, and that the decision to do so sprang from Mediaite creator Dan Abrams:

Four years ago I decided MSNBC should replay NBC’s 9/11 coverage all morning. They are still doing it 4 years later. What do you think?

My immediate reaction was revulsion. Turning on the TV and seeing that coverage in real time was like being hit in the face.

I was surprised when Dan tweeted that he was getting mixed reactions:

The Twitterverse seems divided about replaying the 9/11 coverage much the way we were in 2006 (with more believing it is worth it).

There is unquestionable historical value in seeing how that event was covered that day. The uncertainty, the fast-flying rumors, the gut-wrenching images, all serve to=2 0enunciate the true horror of the day in ways that hindsight accounts lack.

Still, it is jarring to turn the channel and be thrust into that nightmare, unawares. Unfortunately, there’s no real way for MSNBC to issue a warning as you tune in.

I’ve found that reactions to 9/11 tend to be very individual, and very personal. For me, the images I carry from that day are more than enough. Here’s what folks on Twitter have been saying:

bookwomanblue@TommyXtopher I lived 9/11 and can’t stomach watching it again. Maybe it is different for people outside the tri-state area? #msnbcreplayabout 1 hour ago from web in reply to TommyXtopher

dibutler@TommyXtopher It is probably diff seeing this for those of us who didnt live thru it in NY. It is also important for those who are younger.about 1 hour ago from web in reply to TommyXtopher

tradepolicyguy: Watching MSNBC as they replay NBC’s coverage of 9/11. I’m glad that they do this every year
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
philrj: @sjflynn Did MSNBC say they were going to replay the footage or is this just a big suprise to boost ratings? I want to vomit.
about 2 hours ago from SimplyTweet · Reply · View Tweet · Thread Show Conversation
CraigOchs: Dare I say kudos to @msnbc for being the only cable outlet to replay the actual events of 9/11. On now.
about 2 hours ago from Tw eetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
rw09: #retrored Good question. I had my kids watch the replay on MSNBC while they got ready for school.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
scattoni: MSNBC replay o f 9-11-01 coverage is brutal..
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
LauMusic: Every yr msnbc replay the horros of Sept 11. I can’t c how ppl can stand 2 watch as the memories r still fresh. Tell sum1 u love them 2day
about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter · Reply · View Tweet
< /div>

Slah3: @danielabrams MSNBC should move on and not replay the coverage – the other channels are showing memorial events with the President etc.
about 2 hours ago from Twittelator · Reply · View Tweet
TonyBruno: TV on MSNBC as they replay the coverage from the morning of September 11, 2001 in real time. I appreciate this tradition more than any other
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
jwhite63: I have to admit that I am feeling sick to my stomach and have some anxiety, watching the replay of 9/11 on MSNBC.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
JoySims: MSNBC replaying 9/11 coverage from dark day. I’m a20MSNBC fan, but IMHO not sure this replay helps our country’s healing/future.
24 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

A Powerful, Heart-Wrenching Cable News Option: MSNBC’s 9/11 Replay

nbc_9-11aBeginning at 9amET this morning, and concluding at Noon, MSNBC looked like NBC from eight years ago.

As they have for the past four years, MSNBC replayed the heart-wrenching, raw broadcast of the extended Today show from September 11, 2001. Despite the emotions it surely will illicit, it’s a piece of history well worth watching.

Our boss here, Dan Abrams, said on Twitter this morning he was behind the decision to air the unedited broadcast back in 2006, and noted the reaction on Twitter has been very mixed.

MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines tells Mediaite, “We believe it’s important to take a few hours every year and recall the events that changed this nation and the world.”

I agree – and for those who don’t, you can watch CNN and Fox News, which are airing tributes and reaction from around the country interspersed with other news. Or something else entirely.

But if you did tune into MSNBC, you saw Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer reacting and reporting in real time about the horrendous event as it unfolded. (The MSNBC coverage was briefly interrupted around 10:30amET for a report on the scare over the coast guard exercise.)

nbc_9-11cThe broadcast shows the range of emotions that came from those who reported the news and those who lived through the event. “These pictures are beyond belief,” said Couric as smoke billowed from both towers.

“This footage we’re seeing right now is showing the damage is so severe,” said Lauer, after one tower collapsed.

Then there was this from Brokaw, summing up the events even before the full tragedy could be digested:

The ripple effect continues this morning, as we all try to adjust psychologically and intellectually to what we are witnessing here. It is difficult to comprehend, but this country, the strongest country in the world has been the target of a major coordinated terrorist attack. And the end is not over yet even if its confirmed to just these three targets. The ripple effect goes on.

Eight years later, the broadcast proves two things. On one hand, it serves as a powerful historical record of the event. NBC’s broadcast could have been ABC’s, or Fox News’ or Howard Stern’s. Each provide a window into the American experience, as defined from the moment the world changed forever. But it also shows three great journalists – and journalism as a whole – at the top of their game. The magnitude of the event was deftly handled by those who reported from the streets of New York City, the Pentagon and the anchors who coordinated the coverage from back in the studio.

MSNBC reminded the country today, once again, of the tragic story – and the way it was covered.

Twitter reacts to MSNBC’s 9/11 replay.

—–
» Follow Steve Krakauer on Twitter