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MSNBC Flatlines On Big Big News Day While Fox News Dominates & CNN Ratings Surge

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 12:58pm PDT

MSNBC Flatlines On Big Big News Day While Fox News Dominates & CNN Ratings SurgeThe rule of thumb is that when news is breaking and a crisis is unfolding, cable news networks see a big jump in viewership. Turns out that’s not the case if you are MSNBC. On the first full day of coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster and Israeli troop movement into Gaza the day before, the Comcast-owned news channel actually was down double digits among adults 25-54 both in total day and in primetime on July 18. While rivals CNN and Fox News Channel were up 16% and 13% in total day over the comparable day last year, when the news was much quieter to say the least, MSNBC fell 38% to a mere 87,000.

Image (2) foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939__130827191454__140401180009-150x149.jpg for post 715548Take a look at primetime, the numbers get even harsher for MSNBC with a 46% fall in the demo to 118,000 from July 19, 2013 compared to a rise of 16% and 30% for FNC and CNN. Winning in all categories on Friday and benefiting from the breaking news, FNC had 268,000 among 25-54s for total day and 323,000 during primetime. Seeing an uptick as it commonly does during breaking news, the often ratings struggling Time Warner-owned network got 208,000 in the demo total day and 263,000 in Image (1) cnnlogo__140117174347-275x131__140122180929__140425214942__140602211242.jpg for post 739150primetime.

Related: FNC Wins 50th Straight Ratings Quarter

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UPDATE: Networks Break In Again For Obama News Conference On Shot-Down Malaysia Airlines Plane

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 8:57am PDT

UPDATE: Networks Break In Again For Obama News Conference On Shot-Down Malaysia Airlines PlaneUPDATE, 8:57 AM: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as the cable networks have just broken away from normal programming to cover President Obama‘s remarks live from the White House on the latest from yesterday’s Malaysia Airlines disaster over the Ukraine. Obama said one U.S. citizen was among the 298 passengers killed from what is suspected to be a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian rebels. He called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and demanded a credible investigation, saying a UN investigation is already underway with Ukraine and Russia expected to cooperate fully. Read More »

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Former Fox News Anchor Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

Former Fox News Anchor Alisyn Camerota Joins CNNAlisyn Camerota left Fox News Channel in March after 16 years as reporter and anchor. CNN announced on its blog this morning that she has moved to CNN Worldwide as anchor. She begins her new job today.  “I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find. I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.” Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN. A permanent role will be announced in the coming months, the news org says.
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Jon Voight Vents On Obama On Eve Of ‘Ray Donovan’ Season Debut

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 5:23pm PDT

Jon Voight Vents On Obama On Eve Of ‘Ray Donovan’ Season DebutWith Showtime‘s Ray Donovan set to debut season 2 tonight, star Jon Voight, one of Hollywood’s highest-profile conservatives, used the bully pulpit of Fox News to vent about Barack Obama’s Middle East policy and more, as shown on the attached video below.

On the show, Voight plays the title character’s Very Bad Dad, ex-con Mickey Donovan. On Fox News Channel‘s Huckabee, he takes the role of Very Mad American, talking with host Mike Huckabee and reading from a statement about Obama in Iraq (or not), U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) campaigning on reproductive rights, Democratic boycotts of Dinesh D’Souza over his latest film and more.

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Same As It Ever Was: Fox News Wins 50th-Straight Ratings Quarter, But All Channels Down

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 7:06pm PDT

Same As It Ever Was: Fox News Wins 50th-Straight Ratings Quarter, But All Channels DownHo hum, another quarter, another Fox News Channel win in the ratings against its all-news competitors, MSNBCCNN and HLN. The win is now the 50th straight quarter (and 150th straight month) for Fox, going back more than a dozen years. They’ve been so consistently ahead for so long that another win, even a landmark like this, seems a bit of a yawner for the cable news powerhouse as it transforms into the Rolling Rock of ratings kings. So, how did they win this time ’round? Let us count the ways:

  • FNC was sixth in Primetime total viewers among all cable networks (CNN was 34th, MSNBC 29th).
  • FNC was seventh in Total Day viewers among all cable nets (CNN was 29th, MSNBC 30th).
  • For the quarter ending today, FNC had the top 14 highest-rated news shows in total viewers. It had nine of the top 10 news shows for the core Adults 25-54 demo, with only re-runs of CNBC’s Shark Tank on MSNBC sneaking into the tenth spot.
  • Total viewers for the Top 5 shows were: The O’Reilly Factor (2,361,000); The Kelly File (1,998,000); The Five (1,842,000); Special Report w/ Bret Baier (1,730,000); and On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren (1,496,000).
  • FNC led all cable networks in that 25-54 demo, which is the heart and crabby commentariat of the news-watching audience.
  • Both Fox & Friends and Your World with Neil Cavuto have been No. 1 in their respective slots for 50 consecutive quarters, again dating back more than 12 years to the first quarter of 2002.
  • FNC has more Total Day viewers, 945,000,

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Hillary Clinton Fares Better On Fox News Channel Than On CNN, Ratings-Wise

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 2:56pm PDT

Hillary Clinton Fares Better On Fox News Channel Than On CNN, Ratings-WiseFour times as many people watched presumed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appear on Fox News Channel yesterday as watched her on CNN at 5 PM. About 2 million people watched the former Secretary of State tangle with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier from 6:45-7:15 PM – 313,000 of them in the news demo.

Meanwhile, about 521,000 people watched Christiane Amanpour and audience members question Clinton during a CNN town-hall confab at 5 PM — 115,000 in the news demo. FNC’s The Five clocked a bigger audience in the 5 PM timeslot: 1.88 million, and 336,000 demo viewers.

CNN actually did better with its repeat of the Clinton town hall at 9 p.m., when 593,000 tuned in — 146,000 in the demo — which was the network’s biggest naul of the night (though it came in behind FNC’s The Kelly File (2.126 million, 337,000 demo viewers) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (918,000 viewers, 167,000 demo viewers).

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Hillary Clinton Emerges Largely Unscathed From CNN, Fox News Interviews: Video

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 6:59pm PDT

Hillary Clinton Emerges Largely Unscathed From CNN, Fox News Interviews: Video“She’s running,” CNN’s John King declared after Hillary Clinton’s town hall Q&A on his network this afternoon, part of a media tour purporting to be about her new book, Hard Choices. “Her decision is whether to stop running,” he snarked. “Right now – she’s running.” Clinton, however, said — stop us if you’ve heard this one before — she hasn’t yet made up her mind.

King said he did “not learn a tremendous amount new” from the Q&A, while Christiane Amanpour, who’d done the Clinton interview, did her best impressive imitation of a journalist who was not mulling how to hit King with a blunt instrument. King gave Clinton props for not filibustering and answering questions quickly and clearly so as to tackle a “diversity of questions.” Jake Tapper agreed, noting the town hall setup had quacked like a political campaign format.

Related: Hillary Clinton’s “Book” Tour Begins In Earnest: Video

Extra points if you guessed both the CNN town hall, and Clinton’s grilling at Fox News Channel that followed, would begin with questions about the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya. On CNN it took the form of Amanpour asking Clinton whether, in retrospect and “knowing what you know now”, she would have wanted Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the attack, to be in Libya on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Would you have told him not to go to Benghazi on that day, of all days?” Amanpour asked, as though it was not a rhetorical question. Read More »

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Column: Hillary Clinton Takes “Book Tour” To CNN, Fox News Channel

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 1:56pm PDT

Column: Hillary Clinton Takes “Book Tour” To CNN, Fox News ChannelCNN’s Hillary Clinton Countdown Clock ticked off the minutes until her town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington D.C. begins at 5 PM ET. The event is moderated by the cable news network’s Christiane Amanpour, during which the presumed Democratic presidential candidate will take questions from the public. After that, Clinton is scheduled to do a live interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier from that network’s Washington studio, starting at 6:45 PM ET, and then FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will take a crack at her around 7:15 PM ET.

Related: Hillary Clinton’s “Book” Tour Begins In Earnest: Video

LisaDeMoraesColumnClinton has been warming up for this Big Day with dress rehearsals across the TV news landscape, starting with her “surprise guest” appearance on Barbara Walters’ final day on ABC’s The View. Since then, she’s sparred with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on June 9, chatted with ABC’s Robin Roberts the next morning, and walked around her alma mater with Jane Pauley on June 15. Read More »

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tops Cable Kingpin Bill O’Reilly For First Time For Entire Week

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 2:40pm PDT

Megyn Kelly Ratings Fox NewsIt might be known as the week that saw an earthquake at Fox News Channel as Megyn Kelly beat the almost unbeatable Bill O’Reilly in the key news demo last week. Yes, the 9 PM The Kelly File has topped 8 PM’s The O’Reilly Factor on FNC before both on individual nights and even for a full week. However, those single nights were mainly around the time Kelly’s show debuted in early October last year and on Election Night 2013. The Kelly File beat The Factor during the week of May 5, but O’Reilly himself wasn’t hosting that week. Last week’s victory was the first host-to-host face-off where Kelly came out the winner. From June 2-June 6, Kelly File drew 413,000 adults 25-54. That’s a hair ahead of the 402,000 that O’Reilly pulled in among the demo, but in ratings as in horse races, a win is still a win. Both shows were up from the 344,000 and 370,000 among the 24-54s that they had the previous week, respectively. O’Reilly remained No.  1 with 2.528 million viewers overall compared to Kelly’s 2.434 million. Last week was Kelly’s second best week of the year among the demo so far. For the week of January 27, the host had 440,000 viewers on average among Adults 25-54. With Kelly at No. 1, O’Reilly at No. 2 and Hannity at No. 3 with 340,000 in the demo, FNC … Read More »

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Stephen Colbert Promises To Inform Less After Study Ranks His The Most Informative U.S. News Program: Video

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 6:46am PDT

stephen_colbert__120216081730Stephen Colbert celebrated the release of a new Annenberg Public Policy Center study that concluded viewers of The Colbert Report  who watched him set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels. (Colbert’s show is shuttering at the end of 2014 so he can take over for David Letterman at CBS in 2015.) ”That’s right! I did abetter job of informing the public about campaign finance reform than every other news organization  — and CNN,” Colbert said on his show last night. “So let that be a lesson to you Fox: show — don’t tell. If you want your viewers to have a better understanding of your editorial position, they need to see you sucking Ted Cruz’s balls.” Watch here:

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Cable News Networks Keep Hammering Away At Bowe Bergdahl Release: Video

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 3:28pm PDT

Idaho Hometown Of Released Army Solider Bowe Bergdahl Celebrates His ReleaseCable news networks continue their stranglehold on the subject of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban a year into his tour and held for five years until Saturday’s dramatic announcement that he’d been swapped for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners. CNN‘s Jake Tapper landed the first TV interview with Bergdahl’s squad leader, who was there when Bergdahl disappeared from his camp and says Bergdahl “totally deserted” his comrades. Fox News, meanwhile, reported Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown has canceled its welcome-home ceremony, in the interest of public safety, amid questions about Bergdahl, and the arrival of a convoy of TV trucks and journalists. Fox News reports City Administrator Heather Dawson has explained, “Hailey, a town of 8,000, does not have the infrastructure to support an event of the size this could become.” Watch Tapper’s interview here:

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UPDATE: CBS Gets June 15 Date With Hillary Clinton; CNN’s Clinton Town Hall To Bookend FNC Interview

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT

Hillary-Clinton__130930213209UPDATED: Jane Pauley is taking the last spot on Hillary Clinton’s dance card, on June 15; she’ll interview Clinton on CBS Sunday Morning — about her new book, Hard Choices, the network said this afternoon.

Previous, 8;02 AM: Hillary Clinton‘s “book-promo” dance card is rapidly filling up, as the media is noticing. CNN reported this morning Clinton will participate in a “town hall” meeting, on June 17, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which Clinton will take questions from the public. Yes, it’s the same day Clinton’s scheduled to undergo a joint interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, spanning the two anchors’ respective programs, starting on Special Report at about 6:45 PM ET and wrapping with On The Record at about 7:15 PM. CNN’s Newseum event will bookend that FNC appearance — telecast at 5 PM and repeated at 9 PM.

Clinton will warm up for that very big day on a couple broadcast networks. NBC News this morning told TV Newser its Cynthia McFadden will interview Clinton on June 10. And ABC already had announced Diane Sawyer has snagged Clinton’s “first” interview, on June 9, followed the next morning by a sit-down with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. In theory, Clinton’s out promoting her new book, Hard Choices.

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Roger Ailes To Appear On CNN In Docu About President George H.W. Bush

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 8:29am PDT

RogerAiles110926214747-200x157__130709001336Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes will make a rare appearance on CNN on June 15, when the network premieres 41ON41, a profile of President George H.W. Bush. The gimmick is that 41 people will be seen on screen, talking about Bush –  including Ailes, who was a campaign advisor. And yes, the two-hour film, weaving first-person accounts of the policy decisions and personal life experiences that shaped Bush’s life and presidency, is premiering on Father’s Day — and three days after Bush celebrates his 90th birthday. The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation funded the film, which is executive produced by Bush’s former White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News. The film team also includes Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax at Lookalike Productions who produced and directed the film.

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Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Land Hillary Clinton Interview On June 17

Hillary-Clinton__130930213209Fox News Channel said today that Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren will conduct a joint half-hour interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 17, spanning the two anchors’ respective programs.foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939__130827191454 It will begin on Special Report at about 6:45 PM ET and continue during On The Record until 7:15 PM. The interview will cover an array of topics, including the 2016 presidential election, the 2012 attacks in Benghazi and Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices. Van Susteren most recently interviewed Clinton in January 2013.

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CNN Enjoys Ratings Bump With White House Correspondents’ Dinner

100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association DinnerCNN led the cable news charge Saturday night at 10 PM when the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was in full boil. The network flooded the zone with three hours of Nerd Prom, starting at about 8 PM ET. MSNBC began its coverage at 9 PM. Fox News Channel stuck with its regular schedule until 10 PM, when it switched to a special on the Benghazi investigation. FNC ran the guts of the WHCD — President Obama‘s speech followed by NBCU star Joel McHale — at midnight.

Related: Obama Rips Cable News & Joel McHale Bombs At WHCD

C-SPAN had the most comprehensive coverage of the annual Hollywood celebrity petting zoo for Washington press and the government officials they cover. Once again, C-SPAN’s coverage began with its traditional camera-trained-on-boom-mike coverage of celebs arriving at the hotel and the C-SPAN LeahyCam. Sadly C-SPAN is not rated by Nielsen, so those of you who watched on that network are lost to history.

Related: Video: Joel McHale’s Speech at WHCD

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Stephen Colbert Slams Fox News’ Sean Hannity Over Cliven Bundy Story: Video

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 7:49am PDT

As conservative TV hosts raced to distance themselves from their new folk hero Cliven Bundy, after Bundy began wondering if slavery wasn’t better for “the negroes,” Stephen Colbert made sure the door hit them on the way out — particularly Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity. Bundy became a TV talker over the past couple weeks for having grazed cattle on federal land for decades and clocking a reported $1 million in unpaid grazing fees (Bundy says he doesn’t recognize the U.S. government as even existing). “Man, Hannity ate up that story so hard Bundy should have charged him grazing fees,” Colbert said on his show last night — and more where that came from. (Hannity yesterday called Bundy’s comments “beyond repugnant.”) Watch Colbert here, followed by Hannity on his FNC show last night:


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Fox News Signs Chris Wallace To New Contract

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT

0_61_wallace_chris_320Per terms of his new multiyear deal, the veteran newsman will continue as anchor and moderator of Fox News Sunday. Since joining Fox News Channel in 2003, Chris Wallace has served as moderator of the one-hour public affairs program presented on the Fox Broadcasting Co. and replayed on FNC. He also has  contributed to FNC’s political and election coverage. This year marks Wallace’s 50th year in the broadcasting industry; he began his TV career at 16 as a gofer for Walter Cronkite at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Read More »

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Fox News’ New Take On Female Panelist Daytime Talker Will Feature One Guy And Be Called ‘Outnumbered’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 12:08pm PDT

foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939__130827191454Fox News Channel finally announced the replacement program with which it will fill the void left when Megyn Kelly moved to primetimeOutnumbered. It’s kind of like The View, in that it’s a panel of women taking on the day’s top news/pop culture headlines — only with an FNC spin in that it’s got one rotating slot for a guy, who’s, you know, outnumbered. The announcement comes the same day The View announced it had talked all of its current and former co-hosts — including the ones who left under a cloud — to return to the show May 15 to say so-long to Babs Walters, who is retiring as show on-air Den Mom, though she’s continuing as show exec producer.

Outnumbered debuts Monday, April 28 at 12 PM ET; Fox Report Weekend anchor Harris Faulkner and Fox Business Network’s Sandra Smith are among the panelists named today. Additional personalities to be featured include co-hosts of The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros; along with FNC contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. Each of the panelists maintain their respective roles on FNC and FBN. Read More »

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Jon Stewart Explains Media Angst Over Hollywood’s Take On Religion: Video

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 3:34pm PDT

Jon Stewart has deconstructed the media’s consternation over Hollywood’s depiction of religion in Noah and Son Of God — particularly Fox News Channel and CNN. Fortunately for Paramount, which distributes Noah, and 20th Century Fox, which distributes Son Of God (a repurposing of History’s hit 10-hour miniseries The Bible), fewer than 3 million people watch Fox News Channel and CNN combined in primetime — leaving about 317 million uninformed people available to buy tickets. This helps explain how Noah topped its opening weekend with nearly $44 million in domestic boxoffice (and $95 million worldwide) despite much hair-tearing over at FNC (and by Glenn Beck, who pronounced it “awful”),  and why Son Of God opened with $26 million in domestic boxoffice, though a CNN anchor said it made her feel “kinda dirty and freaky.” Watch Stewart’s takedown here:

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