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Fox News Dominates Cable News

Fox News Channel dominates cable news every hour of the day from 6:00am to midnight, according to TV Newser:

How's this for cable news domination - Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour from 6amET to MidnightET in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for April 2009.

FNC had the top 11 cable news programs in Total Viewers and 12 of the top 15 in the demo. FNC is the #2 network in Total Viewers on all of cable.

From 9amET on, every program grew by more than 60% in the demo. The 5pmET hour, now occupied by Glenn Beck, is up 212% in the demo and up 128% in Total Viewers. Your World with Neil Cavuto is up 102% in the demo and up 60% in Total Viewers. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren is up 75% in demo and up 55% in Total Viewers. Also in demo: FOX Report is up 75%, Special Report 70%, The O'Reilly Factor 74% and Hannity 64%.

Wow. The American people have a lot to say about CNN's and MSNBC's liberal slant and they're saying it loud and clear with their remote controls. I'm curious how much Fox News' ratings were affected as a result of their positive coverage of the Tea Parties and how much CNN' and MSNBC's ratings were affected by their condescending and hostile coverage.


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Comments (42)

Wow...Is that ALL you have?... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Wow...Is that ALL you have?

Who cares. Nobody believes anything anyone on fox says anyway - and the country has moved on.

Give it up. This is a desperation story.

SteveP - "Give it up. T... (Below threshold)
marc:

SteveP - "Give it up. This is a desperation story."

Correct, but not in the sense you think.

If you fail to think reps, dems and independents haven't been highly offended to the point of turning off CNN and MSNBC the music your facing isn't a clear tune.

Perchance do you have a valid reason why both CNN and MSNBC have consistently lost viewership over the last few years?

Only an extreme liberal wou... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Only an extreme liberal would take the blow out in ratings as a sign of "nobody cares". A lot of people do skippy. A lot. ww

Only an extreme li... (Below threshold)
SteveP:
Only an extreme liberal would take the blow out in ratings as a sign of "nobody cares".

Doesn't matter to me. My party isn't falling apart at the seams and needs to add feel-good posts to avert everyone's attention from the Specter issue.

All this signifies is that ... (Below threshold)

All this signifies is that more conservatives watch Fox than liberals watch CNN and MSNBC (let's not delude ourselves into thinking moderates watch either).

Does it mean that CNN and MSNBC are making a mistake in going liberal? No, lots of cable channels do quite well targeting selected demographics.

But given how little conservatives have to be happy about, enjoy.

Fox News gets okay to misin... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:
Also, do the overwhelmingly... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Also, do the overwhelmingly liberal demographics--young men and women, a.k.a. the future of your country--watch as much cable news as, say, the ever-couched old white guy demographic? Or do they have better things to do with their lives than watch Bill O'Reilly fart out of his mouth?

"Those who receive most of ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions. Those who received most of their news from NPR or PBS are less likely to have misperceptions. These variations cannot simply be explained as a result of differences in the demographic characteristics of each audience, because these variations can also be found when comparing demographic subgroups of each audience."

http://ken_ashford.typepad.com/blog/2004/01/fox_news_misinf.html

High ratings mean more ad r... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

High ratings mean more ad revenue for the network. It is also a fact that Fox is the only major media outlet on television that is making a profit. The more profit Fox shows the more people they will hiring. The others are consistently losing viewership, because of the hate that they spew and consequently are laying off people.

Young people grow up to be ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Young people grow up to be conservative. When they start raking in the money and see how much is wasted, they come over very easily. The democrats are the party of the "hand out losers". Always has been since The Great Society. The dems have enslaved a section of our society and made them dependent. Only liberals would cheer that. ww

SteveP - "Doesn't matte... (Below threshold)
marc:

SteveP - "Doesn't matter to me. My party isn't falling apart at the seams and needs to add feel-good posts to avert everyone's attention from the Specter issue."

And that's demonstrated how?

Isn't there a post here on the Specter issue? Why yes... there certainly is.

So I guess the diversion lays at your feet as you point at the shiny object that is miserable ratings at CNN and MSNBC.

Democtratic Party Dominates... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

Democtratic Party Dominates Senate

hyper - "watch as much ... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "watch as much cable news as, say, the ever-couched old white guy demographic? Or do they have better things to do with their lives than watch Bill O'Reilly fart out of his mouth?"

March 31, 2009.

In the key 25-54 demographic, FNC expanded upon an already commanding lead in prime time averaging 511,000 viewers (up 19%) compared with CNN's 343,000 (down 22%) and MSNBC's 343,000 (up 7%). In total day, FNC averaged 317,000 (up 23%) compared to CNN's 236,000 (up 7%) and MSNBC's 180,000 (up 11%).
Gee hyper last time I checked people of age 54 were classified as middle-aged at worst, not as "old white guy demographic."

FOX has great ratings. Cons... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

FOX has great ratings. Conservatives dominate TalkRadio. So what? How has that translated into power?

Republicans lost the last two elections. The Republican leadership in Congress polls slightly higher than salmonella. Now, with the Specter defection, and the Franken victory, the Dems have a filibuster-proof majority in Congress.

Keep patting yourselves on the back while the Republican Party, led by nutjobs Limbaugh and Beck, Boner and McConnell, Palin and Rick "I'm for Secession!" Perry, marches into the dustbin of history, alongside the Know-Nothing Party and the Whigs.

a browne quoting someone's ... (Below threshold)
marc:

a browne quoting someone's blog (a five year old post I might add): - ""Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions. Those who received most of their news from NPR or PBS are less likely to have misperceptions.

State of the Media 2008:

On Fox News, the trend was somewhat reversed. The largest share of its audience - 38% -- were Republicans, followed by Democrats (31%) and independents (22%)
So, what are you saying, that 53% of those the watch Fox have misconceptions?

Does that mean the dems and indys represent parties of The Dumb?

If so, glad you admit it.

bh - "The Republican le... (Below threshold)
marc:

bh - "The Republican leadership in Congress polls slightly higher than salmonella."

Gloating won't get you anywhere.

April 23-26, 2009 "Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their job?"

Approve 43% Disapprove 53%.

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009 "Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?"

Right direction 41% Wrong Track 50%

15:"Those who rece... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

15:

"Those who receive most of their news from Fox News . . ."

"most" -- that's the operative word you're pretending to ignore

and

The fact that the article is five years old makes it all the sadder.

a browne "The fact that... (Below threshold)
marc:

a browne "The fact that the article is five years old makes it all the sadder."

No, it being five years old is just that OLD and not reflective in any way of demo changes at all networks and news coverage changes since that was posted.

Nice try, but if graded at elementary school level, which seems to be the level you're operating at... D -.

Gee marc, wonder why you di... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Gee marc, wonder why you didn't link to the same question re: the GOP leadership?

You don't think Wizbang readers are stupid, do you, marc?

Also, marc, your usual hair... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Also, marc, your usual hair-splitting doesn't address my point: that the GOP is shrinking before your very eyes, and all you guys can do is point to the fact that they sell more Viagra on FOX than they sell Levitra on CNN.

bh - "Also, marc, your ... (Below threshold)
marc:

bh - "Also, marc, your usual hair-splitting doesn't address my point: that the GOP is shrinking before your very eyes,"

On the contrary, your "point" was purposefully ignored, your thoughts on relevance of the rep party whether true or not have zero to do with the subject of the post which if I recall correctly was cable news ratings.

bh - "Gee marc, wonder ... (Below threshold)
marc:

bh - "Gee marc, wonder why you didn't link to the same question re: the GOP leadership?"

Well, that proves one thing, you didn't click thru to the one link provided.

With very light research you would have seen the very thing your looking for and provided by the very same people.

It also proves one other thing, it's much easier for you to discount something out of hand with ZERO intellectual curiosity on your part.

But here I'll do you a favor considering you're such a lazy ass.

LINK

Are those letters large enough so as you can see that link?

Twit.

"Fox Dominates Cable News" ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Fox Dominates Cable News" is like saying My bathroom dominates 10 minutes of my day, EVERY DAY!

I still PREFER the bedroom and den, though.

And the KITCHEN! (I almost forgot the effing kitchen!!)

P.S. My condolences on "24" blowing chunks (or was Lorie the "24" fan?).

P.P.S. Has Beck knocked Hannity from Media Subthrone (position2afterRush) yet?

I don't REALLY care enough to look it up myself, but it is the only real action to watch.

Anyway_ cable viewership is dispersed and wingnut huddle in a corner of the bandwidth. Situation same since 2006, at least, politically speaking.

Translation: Don't wait up for Fox News. Rupert might be with his mistress or something that you don't want to know about.


"Wow. The American people h... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Wow. The American people have a lot to say about CNN's and MSNBC's liberal slant and they're saying it loud and clear with their remote controls." -- Kim

Liberals are more apt to read the news from different sources, including the Internet. Conservatives are more inclined to be reclined while sitting on their fat asses having the news read to them, someone telling them what they need to know.

Herman... and yet another a... (Below threshold)
marc:

Herman... and yet another asshatted twit joins the fray.

Herman... and yet ... (Below threshold)
SteveP:
Herman... and yet another asshatted twit joins the fray.

Except that he's 100% correct and all you can do is insult him. Pathetic.

"FOX has great ratings. ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"FOX has great ratings. Conservatives dominate TalkRadio. So what? How has that translated into power?"

Oh, I get it. News isn't supposed to be "reported". It's supposed to "facilitate the transfer of power".

"Except that he's 100% c... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Except that he's 100% correct and all you can do is insult him. Pathetic."

Oh Lord. Herman's vitriolic remarks about conservatives sitting on their fat asses preferring to be fed their news wasn't insulting? The vast majority of your remarks aren't ad hominem in nature?

I'm so glad we have such intellectual heavy weights from the left, such as you and Herman, to spar with here.

Pathetic.

marc: the Right Track/Wrong... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

marc: the Right Track/Wrong Track numbers--41% vs. 50%--aren't great, but what were they in... say... Summer 2008? (You brought it up, so the least you could do is provide some context.)

Owning the cable news demographic (and yes, 54 is old--ask any marketer) is like having the best-smelling septic tank.

Trolls -166 thus far..Hey ... (Below threshold)
914:

Trolls -166 thus far..Hey ! thats the same way CNN and MSNBC ratings are heading. Coincidence?

marcSince FOX "New... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

marc

Since FOX "News" is the official mouthpiece of the Republican party, there's your relevance to the post about cable news ratings.

As you would surely realize, were you not so eager to find an excuse for your childish name-calling. What are you, twelve?

Maybe so, since in comment # 21 you forget basic rules of punctuation, and the difference between "purposely" and "purposefully."

And, oh please, now link to a dictionary to prove that I'm a "twit" or an "asswipe," your utterly charming nickname for those who have dared to piss you off.

My $0.02: careful on confla... (Below threshold)
Morrissimo:

My $0.02: careful on conflating "Republican voters" with "conservatives". While these labels may have been virtually interchangeable once-upon-a-time, they aren't any longer. More and more I hear (admittedly anecdotal) evidence of self-identified conservative (or at least conservative-leaning) individuals who are disgusted with both Democrat and Republican performances in DC.

Whether you think it's KoolAid or not, Fox has well-established itself as the more conservative news network - or at least, the least-left-leaning news network. Note that I'm not saying that That Is How It Is, I'm just pointing out that that seems to be the popular consenseus or perception.

Given these two thoughts - (1) that conservatives and Republicans are not automatically one and the same, and in fact the gap seems to have been growing, especially over the past decade; and (2) that Fox is widely perceived as the more conservative news network - it becomes more plausible that Fox's ratings could be rising while the Republican party continues to hemorrhage voters.

Why do you all continue to ... (Below threshold)
MagicMagic:

Why do you all continue to try and educate the trolls? SteveP, Marc, Herman, Bruce Henry have drunk the Kool-Aid, they don't use anything above their lips. Trying to enlighten them to fact/truth is like trying to teach you pet gerbil to talk all you get is a lot of noise and an angry gerbil.

NBCCBSABCPBSCNNMSNBC has a ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

NBCCBSABCPBSCNNMSNBC has a daily conversation with the Barry administration leaders and Brucy says Fox is the official mouthpiece of the republican party. You guys are soooo out of it. ww

bh - "Since FOX "News" ... (Below threshold)
marc:

bh - "Since FOX "News" is the official mouthpiece of the Republican party, there's your relevance to the post about cable news ratings."

Really, show me the memo, show me the agreement in contract form. An email? Scribbling on a Murdock bathroom wall?

And, spare me any quotes from a former Bush press secretary who offered zero proof of his charge and oh GEE... was on a book tour looking to make headlines to sell it.


bh - "As you would surely realize, were you not so eager to find an excuse for your childish name-calling. What are you, twelve?"

No, I waste no time looking for excuses for assholes like you. Oh, and I'm only "six" which should embarrass you as you've demonstrably proven to have less knowledge and intellectual curiosity than you.

bh - "Maybe so, since in comment # 21 you forget basic rules of punctuation, and the difference between "purposely" and "purposefully."

bh - "And, oh please, now link to a dictionary to prove that I'm a "twit" or an "asswipe," your utterly charming nickname for those who have dared to piss you off."

First off, pissed off isn't the proper description, it's more like highly amused to the lengths some one you trolls will go.

BH - "And, oh please, now link to a dictionary to prove that I'm a "twit" or an "asswipe," your utterly charming nickname for those who have dared to piss you off."

Ok, will this suffice? - Sorostitute!

hyper - "Owning the cab... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "Owning the cable news demographic (and yes, 54 is old--ask any marketer) is like having the best-smelling septic tank."

You need to ask any marketer, there's a reason why those ratings and those used for TV are broken down to that segment of the population, a fact you obviously will deny since you were shown to be completely wrong.

hyper - "marc: the Right Track/Wrong Track numbers--41% vs. 50%--aren't great, but what were they in... say... Summer 2008? (You brought it up, so the least you could do is provide some context.)"

So, which is it?

Are you lying? Have an extreme inability to comprehend the written word?

Hoping your fellow trolls will read that and make them believe YOU were right?

Or just flatout stupid?

So no one is confused by your idiocy here's the direct passage you refer to:

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009 "Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?"
Do I enough emphasis on the date or should I have more so you can see, understand it and then stick it in your ass.

SteveP - "Except that h... (Below threshold)
marc:

SteveP - "Except that he's 100% correct and all you can do is insult him. Pathetic."

Ok, I'll bite, show me the data the proves herman's contention that... "Liberals are more apt to read the news from different sources, including the Internet. Conservatives are more inclined to be reclined while sitting on their fat asses having the news read to them, someone telling them what they need to know."

You have it right?

Before you post it, please wipe the feces off please.

The cable ratings numbers w... (Below threshold)
Mickey C:

The cable ratings numbers were for the 25-54 demographic and not just for "54 year olds." So, to make the dubious claim that 54 is old ("just ask any marketer")becomes nothing more than your lone opinion. Especially since, in a variety of business interests, 54 is an ideal age.

Most folks in that age group own their own home, have a great deal of discretionary income, are nearing the point of "empty-nesting," and have attained certain levels of education, travel experience, and life lessons.

Furthermore, the demographic cells within that 25-54 demo are; 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54. To somehow come to the conclusion that most of the respondants were at or near the upper level of the demographic criterion, is yet another mistaken fallacy you've fallen prey to.

Essentially what I'm saying is that you have taken once miniscule segment of a ratings survey you disagree with, and have elevated it to majority status. In so doing, you have shown through both your bias and your unadultered ignorance.

Oh, marc, do go on a... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh, marc, do go on and lecture me about why marketers segment the population the way they do. Hey, it's not that's part of my job or anything. Same for you, Mickey C. Pick up a copy of Marketing or Advertising Age and avail yourself of viewership trends among the younger segments within the under 54 age break. Those aged 45-54 have demonstrably different behaviour from the younger segments; and they are a far less lucrative marketing demographic for most advertisers, except perhaps health insurance and retirement funds, and fibre-heavy cereal products. It doesn't matter that they have more money to spend than 25 year olds, when you consider the fact that 25 year olds project brand preference much more forcefully such that they define future markets.

I mentioned summer of 2008, marc, because since Obama has taken office, and the GOP congresspeople got stomped at the polls for the second consecutive election season, the "right direction/wrong direction" figures have trended positively. As in, they're higher now.

By the way, you seem downright obsessed with feces, rectums, and the wiping thereof. Did a babysitter make you sit through the ouchy part of Deliverance or something?

To somehow come to... (Below threshold)
marc:
To somehow come to the conclusion that most of the respondants were at or near the upper level of the demographic criterion, is yet another mistaken fallacy you've fallen prey to.
Hyper hasn't fallen pray to anything except his own disingenuous, intellectually lazy attitude.
hyper - "I mentioned su... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "I mentioned summer of 2008, marc, because since Obama has taken office, and the GOP congresspeople....."

And so... you've just followed whatever talking points memo that's been let loose...."look, bush's numbers were worse."

Confirmed, you're a Sorostitute, and a dem drone.

They weren't Bush's ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

They weren't Bush's numbers, marc. They're America's--as in, people now think the country is better off than they did when Bush was President. So not only do people like Bush less than Obama, they think America is better off without him.

And kudos for posting a whole comment without a single mention of butts or poop, you pervert.




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