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Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures

Some interesting information from the Huffington Post…..

I’m interested to see how/if this trend continues….

Keep in mind, Fox News has the same problem as the GOP: Only old white people pay them any attention and that demographic is dying out.  Younger people don’t watch much TV news anyway, but they certainly aren’t watching Fox.

And cheers to Rachel Maddow and the gang at MSNBC….

And, does anyone watch CNN anymore?  I can remember when they did real news and I watched it almost all the time.  Now I can’t take five minutes of their blathering.  Well, except for Anderson Cooper and even his show is not exactly a master class in journalism anymore….

Here is an excerpt from the Huff Post article and a link to the full story:


At the end of each month, cable news ratings are released to the public. And, like clockwork, Fox News dominates the top 13 or so programs, far outstripping its competitors.

January was … a little different. To be sure, everything is relative in cable news: Fox News still had nine out of the top ten programs. It has spent 11 consecutive years as the top-rated cable news channel. Its 6 AM show drew almost double the ratings of CNN’s top-ranking prime time show.

But, as rival MSNBC was quick to point out, and BuzzFeed was quick to trumpet, Fox News had its worst primetime ratings in the coveted 25-54 demo since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008.

To a seasoned watcher of cable news ratings, there were other surprises. Rachel Maddow, for instance, came in 10th, beating “Studio B” and the 11 PM repeat of “The O’Reilly Factor.” In January 2012, she came in 14th. It may not seem like much, but the top of the cable news field has been extremely stable — and if Maddow were to continue creeping up the list, it would mean a real sea change. Overall, MSNBC — perhaps powered by liberal euphoria over President Obama’s inauguration — was the only cable news channel to grow its ratings from 2012.

This continues a pattern that emerged in 2012: Fox News viewers tuned out en masse from Democratic-themed events, causing the network’s ratings to plunge during the Democratic National Convention, the hours immediately following Obama’s re-election, and the president’s inauguration. MSNBC, meanwhile, benefited from the solidification of its Democratic-friendly lineup, and drew a lion’s share of eager liberal viewers.

via Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures.

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Jane, I mean Laura, You Ignorant Slut…

Doesn’t NBC remember they started this as parody on Saturday Night Live in the 1970’s?

And now, it’s become reality….

This is the latest bust up at MSNBC

Ed Schultz will take one week of unpaid leave from MSNBC following his controversial comments about Laura Ingraham.

On his radio show Tuesday, Schultz called Ingraham a “right-wing slut.”

Wednesday evening, the network released the following statement about the matter, saying “remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated”:

And this is where Dan and Jane started it all….

Seems the times aren’t a changing that much.

Except satire has now become reality…

via Ed Schultz To Take Unpaid Leave From MSNBC Following Laura Ingraham ‘Slut’ Comment.


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CNN Tops Cable Ratings Amid World News Bounty – NYTimes.com

Great news about both the rise in ratings at CNN and their returned focus to hard news.  As a former news junkie, there just isn’t anything for me on TV anymore…

I like MSNBC, but they have to be the worst managed Network out there.  As their ratings started to improve, they let Keith get away.  And they basically ceded the weekends by putting that prison crap on all Saturday and Sunday.

They don’t seem to realize the Fox viewers just keep Fox on all the time.  I used to do that with CNN before it became so insipid.  MSNBC will never build that kind of loyalty when they aren’t even willing to program news all week….

Maybe CNN will come back to what it once was.  It would be nice to have at least one TV channel I could watch without wanting to throw things at the TV…

But that still won’t cure the issue with both the number of commercials and their vulgarity that appear on TV…but that’s another post….

CNN has been the big ratings gainer among the cable news networks during the extensive coverage of events in Japan and Libya in the last two weeks, and that success has come mostly at the expense of MSNBC, which has fallen into third place almost across the board because of CNN’s surge.

The disparity has been most noticeable during the last two weekends, when CNN has attracted huge audiences with continuing coverage of the international crises, beating even Fox News, the perennial leader among the news channels. Meanwhile MSNBC, sticking to a weekend lineup of recorded programs largely about problems in prisons, attracted only about a third as many viewers as CNN.

In prime time Saturday, CNN averaged 678,000 viewers among the audience most desired by news advertisers, ages 25 to 54. MSNBC averaged 254,000, while Fox News drew 353,000. On Sunday, CNN averaged 442,000 viewers; MSNBC, 298,000; and Fox News, 344,000.

Now CNN’s advantage has begun to carry over into weeknights. For more than two years, MSNBC has consistently beaten CNN in prime time on weeknights. But for March, CNN has moved ahead from 8 to 11 p.m., beating MSNBC in every hour among the 25-to-54 audience.

If the message seems to be that CNN cannot be matched in covering breaking international news, even MSNBC’s top executive is not disputing it.

“This is where CNN excels,” said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC. “This is in their bull’s-eye, and they’ve done a great job. Even Fox News, which dominates them, gets beat by CNN at times like this.”

He called MSNBC’s weekend reliance on “Lockup,” its recorded documentary-style program about prisons, a “tricky situation.” He said, “This is our strategy for weekends, and it has worked well for us.” Its audience now “has an expectation” of seeing such programs on Saturday and Sunday nights, he said.

via CNN Tops Cable Ratings Amid World News Bounty – NYTimes.com.

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