Fox News Channel announced today it has brought former Congressman Dennis Kucinich on board as contributor to the top-rated cable news network. He will debut Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor. “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement Wednesday. The strongly liberal Kucinich had represented Ohio’s 10th District since 1997, but he lost his seat in redistricting in during the fall elections. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008. Here’s FNC announcement:
FOX News Channel (FNC) has signed former two-time presidential candidate and former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) as a contributor in a multi-year deal, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network. Kucinich will provide analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network (FBN). He will make his debut in the new role on The O’Reilly Factor (8:00 PM/ET) this Thursday, January 17th. READ MORE »
For the 11th consecutive year, Fox News Channel has won the cable news network war. The News Corp-owned channel finished No. 1 in primetime total viewers this election year with an average of 2.071 million, according to Nielsen data released today, an 11% rise over 2011. However, all of the cable news networks were down in primetime viewership from the 2008 election. FNC pulled in an average of 2.1 million four years ago and MSNBC drew 920,000. In second place in 2008 with a primetime viewership of 1.3 million, CNN suffered the biggest drop four years later. In 2012, MSNBC, meanwhile, saw double-digit gains over last year in both viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic. Behind several nights during the Presidential election in which it took the top spot over FNC, MSNBC was up 18% over last year in primetime viewership for an average of 913,000. CNN finished in third place for a third consecutive year, down 3% in viewership from 689,000 a year ago to 670,000. With almost 11.5 million viewers on October 22, Fox News hit an all-time network viewership high with coverage of the third debate between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. With The O’Reilly Factor on top in both viewers and the 25-54 demo, Fox News had the top 11 shows on cable news in overall viewership and eight of the top 10 in the demo.
Some of the nation’s largest media companies were simultaneously hit with patent lawsuits over cloud technology this week. In virtually identically worded complaints against Time Warner’s CNN Interactive and Time, News Corp’s Fox News and Dow Jones — plus The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today owners Gannett and AOL’s the Huffington Post (read CNN complaint here) — patent owner Clouding claims the organizations are infringing two of their patents on mobile phone apps and websites. Read More »
Nikki Finke reported in real time on Karl Rove questioning Fox News’ own judgment last night after the network called Ohio for Barack Obama. It was fascinating TV: live, awkward and, in the end, humiliating.
Clint Eastwood told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity today that conservatives in Hollywood are afraid to reveal their political beliefs. “There is a group of people in Hollywood that are conservative, but by the nature of the word itself, they’re just reticent to speak out. And they’re reticent because they feel that they’ll maybe lose work, or they’ll be chastised in some way for having political views,” he said. The interview with the Oscar winner will play on Hannity tonight at 9 PM ET. (Check out a sneak peek below). A public supporter of Mitt Romney, Eastwood made similar statements about conservatives in Hollywood during his surprise speech on the closing night of the Republican National Convention in August. Calling himself “crazy,” the actor responded afterward to the criticism he received and the distraction it caused the GOP nominee by saying his speech was never vetted. Eastwood has since appeared in a pro-Romney ad.
The Weather Channel’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy beat all the cable news networks in primetime among adults 25-54 and in overall day viewership. TWC’s viewership peaked to 1.44 million in the demographic Monday during the 10 PM hour. … Read More »
ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC and the Associated Press are changing the way Election Night exit polls are conducted. Their poll consortium is cutting back this year on in-person exit polls while increasing the amount of telephone polling, the AP reports. This is to take into account more people voting before November 6 and households that have dropped land lines in favor of cell phones. “It makes it trickier,” said Joe Lenski, EVP of Edison Research, which oversees the election operation. “It means there are a lot of different pieces to keep track of.” The changes are also partly because of the expense, although AP didn’t cite any figures. Read More »
UPDATE, 2:49 PM: The third Presidential debate of 2012 pulled in 2.7 million more viewers last night than watched the third debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008. Pulling in 59.2 million total viewers, last night’s debate was down 10% from the 65.6 million viewers who watched the second meeting between Obama and Mitt Romney on October 16 and down 12% from the 67.2 million who watched their first debate October 3. NBC led the night Monday with 12.39 million viewers (5.84 million in the adults 25-54 demo) watching the third face-off between President Obama and Romney. ABC came in second with 11.73 million viewers. Fox News Channel was third with almost 11.5 million viewers, an all-time viewership high for the 16-year-old news network. CBS was fourth with 8.43 million viewers overall. ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Current TV and CNBC all aired the 9-10:30 PM ET debate live last night. Telemundo played it on tape delay. Fox did not broadcast the debate, instead airing Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, which drew 8.1 million viewers. ESPN aired Monday Night Football to 10.7 million viewers. Both sports events were beaten in viewership by NBC, ABC and Fox News’s debate coverage.
UPDATE, 11:45 AM: News Corp has made this official with a press release. See below.
PREVIOUS, 10:55 AM: In addition to leading cable’s politically conservative news channel, the new deal will keep Roger Ailes at Fox Business, the Fox station group, and first-run syndication unit Twentieth Television, Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reports on Twitter. Although Ailes’ previous deal lasted until next summer, he was widely believed to be negotiating a high-priced renewal. Indeed, one report said he was angling for at least $30M a year, far more than his $21.1M package for the fiscal year that ended in June and even ahead of COO Chase Carey’s $24.8M. Ailes has a strong hand to play now: Profits from Fox News will be especially critical for News Corp next year after it spins off its publishing operations including Dow Jones. People close to the 72-year-old former GOP political consultant had hinted that he might turn the page and either retire or try something different — he said last year that he’d like to run the Cleveland Indians. New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman, who’s writing a book about Ailes and Fox News, wrote last month that the news network “is his kingdom, and he rules over the operation unchallenged. He has yet to publicly designate a successor. And his competitive streak provides plenty of drive for him to keep the ratings numbers juiced.” Read More »
The Five had the best viewership numbers in its 15-month history last night. Talking about the second presidential debate, Fox News Channel’s multi-host show pulled in 2.5 million total viewers Wednesday, with 576,000 in the adults … Read More »
The Daily Show host kicked off last night with the rebound of Barack Obama in the second Presidential debate. Jon Stewart gave particular attention to the way the now-engaged incumbent (and tonight’sDaily Show guest) handled rival Mitt Romney’s assertion that he did not immediately call last … Read More »
UPDATE, 2:45 PM: The second presidential debate was down 1.6 million viewers from the 67.2 million who watched the October 3 match-up between President Obama and Mitt Romney. NBC was No. 1 overall with 13.8 million viewers. The 65.6 million that watched the Candy Crowley-moderated town hall-style debate last night were 2.4 million more than watched the second similarly formatted debate between Obama and John McCain in 2008. ABC followed NBC in viewership with 12.46 million and then Fox News Channel with 11.1 million. CBS had 8.9 million total viewers, and the Fox network had 4.6 million, according to Nielsen. NBC also was tops in network post-debate analysis, followed by ABC and CBS. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, FNC, MSNBC, Current TV and CNBC all ran the debate live from 9-10:45 PM ET on Tuesday, with Univision and Telemundo broadcasting coverage on tape delay. Read More »
UPDATE, 2:46 PM: The Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan last night pulled in 51.4 million viewers — 18 million less than the record-breaking face-off between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden in 2008, which drew 69.9 million viewers. Fox News won Thursday’s debate among all outlets with an audience of just more than 10 million. CBS was the most-watched broadcast network with 8.31 million viewers, just above ABC’s 8.29 million. NBC was third with 7.85 million. Overall, the viewership is down considerably from the numbers all three received in 2008 for Palin-Biden, when ABC drew 13.1 million viewers, NBC 12.8 million and CBS 11.1 million. Last night’s debate also drew 15 million viewers less than the first Presidential debate October 4 between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNBC, CNN, Current TV, Fox News and MSNBC ran the Biden-Ryan debate live from 9-10:30 PM ET; Telemundo and Univision broadcast it on tape delay. The debate was the third-most watched VP debate ever, following Palin-Biden and the 1984 debate between incumbent George H.W. Bush and Geraldine Ferarro, which drew 56.7 million viewers.
The fallout over Mitt Romney’s presidential debate promise to cut federal funds to PBS continues with Jon Stewart turning the argument against Sesame Street on its fuzzy head. Then it’s a visit to This Week With George Snuffleupagus. Watch the video:
Fox News Channel today was showing live coverage of an Arizona police chase that ended when the suspect fled the scene, pulled out a handgun and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head — before Fox News … Read More »