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FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country since January 2002. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network is available in more than 90 million homes. Fox News launched Oct. 7, 1996. Roger Ailes is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Fox News Channel.

As President Obama Goes, Here’s How Cable News Goes…

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With the midterm elections approaching and President Obama three quarters of the way through his presidency, we thought we’d see how the big three cable news networks’ ratings have fared in direct comparison to the president’s popularity.

We looked at President Obama’s monthly Gallup approval ratings dating back to January 2009: from his inauguration through September’s approval ratings, which was released yesterday. The president began his first term with a 64% approval rating. As of today, he is at 42%, a 22-point drop. For the networks, we looked at the Monday-Sunday total viewership for both total day and primetime (Live +Same Day). Our chart (after the jump) breaks down the networks’ quarterly averages.

Of the three networks, Fox News’ ratings have been the most stable in comparison to fluctuations in the president’s approval rating. FNC’s high point was around the 2012 presidential election, when Obama was at 51% approval. The network’s low point came earlier this year, when Obama was at 43% approval.

CNN’s peak came at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration, when Obama sat at 64% approval. Its basement was the second quarter of 2012 when Obama had dropped to 47%. At that time, all networks were in wall-to-wall presidential campaign coverage.

Like FNC, MSNBC’s high point came at the time of the 2012 election, when Obama was at 51%. MSNBC has had the biggest drop since the 2012 election, and is at its low point right now, just as President Obama is, who’s tied for his all-time low at 42%.

Network and presidential ratings, after the jump.

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Q3 2014 Ratings: Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network

fox news logoIn addition to being the most-watched basic cable network for the quarter in primetime, Fox News Channel saw across-the-board growth vs. Q3 2013. FNC was up +2% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo for total day viewing and up +10% in viewers and up +11% in the demo in primetime.

The ratings for Q3, 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,777,000 total viewers / 309,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,045,000 total viewers / 215,000 A25-54

FNC’s all-network total viewer win in extended primetime (7-11pmET) is its first since the network launched 18 years ago. Six of FNC’s programs were number one in total viewers on all of basic cable during their timeslots for the quarter, including “Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom,” “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“On The Record” was up +16% in total viewers and up +8% in the A25-54 demo. Both “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” had their best quarters in the demo for their timeslots since Q4 2012, which included the presidential election.

For the 7th consecutive quarter, Fox News had the top 14 programs among total viewers.

For First Time Ever, Fox News is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime For Full Quarter

Fox News Channel reached a historic milestone in the just-finished third quarter. Not only is the network once again the most-watched news channel, but for the first time ever FNC was No. 1 in extended primetime total viewers (7-11pmET/Mon-Fri) in all of basic cable – topping ESPN, USA and TNT. It’s also the first time since the first quarter of 2003 that Fox News was No. 1 in primetime (8-11pmET).

In extended prime (7-11pmET) FNC is up +11% in total viewers and up +10% in A25-54 viewers for the hours which include “On the Record,” “O’Reilly Factor,” “Kelly File,” and “Hannity,” a lineup which went into affect a year ago next week.

FNC’s gains came as the entertainment and sports networks saw loses: ESPN was down -3% in Total Viewers and down -11% in the demo vs. Q3 2013. TNT was down -13%/-18% and USA was down -23%/-15% from 7-11pmET.

FNC was third for total day viewing, behind Nickelodeon and Adult Swim.

We’ll break down the full news channel quarterly ratings later today. First, here’s a look at how the top cable channels stacked up in Q3 2014 (Mon-Fri).

Cable Network Ranker (Q3 2014)

O’Reilly: ‘Mr. Colbert and Others of His Ilk Have No Bleeping Clue How to Fight the Jihad’

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly had a clear message for Stephen Colbert on fighting terror.

“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the Jihad,” O’Reilly said. “In the world of the ideologue, where Colbert lives, solutions don’t really matter…it’s how you feel about things,” O’Reilly added before advising his audience to run fast when they encounter people who have nothing constructive to say.

O’Reilly was responding to a segment in which Colbert mocked him for his plan to have an anti-terror mercenary force paid for by coalition forces.

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FNC’s Jon Scott to Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro

WaterJonScottWhen he’s not anchoring, Jon Scott has another passion: mountain climbing. This summer he conquered Colorado’s Torreys Peak. Today, he leaves for a trek to the roof of Africa: Mt. Kilamanjaro. In the process the Fox News anchor is helping an African village get access to clean water. Through the children’s charity Compassion International, Scott is raising money “to provide a clean-water system for a Tanzanian village of nearly two-thousand people.”

I’ve been impressed with Compassion since my kids and I first began sponsoring children through the program a couple of decades ago. The letters from the children we helped support gave my own kids an appreciation for just how fortunate they are to be living in the USA. Yet they also were able to see that poverty doesn’t necessarily equate to misery – and that happiness can exist in places where material wealth does not.

Scott’s climbing group is paying all the costs associated with the trip. All donations will go to the clean-water system. Scott signed off from Fox News on Friday. He’ll be back in two weeks and will be updating viewers on Twitter.

(h/t J$P)

Gregg Jarrett Works His Way Back at Fox News

gregg jarrettGregg Jarrett penned a FoxNews.com piece this week on the issue of sexual assault on America’s college campuses. Jarrett, a weekend anchor of Fox News Channel, has been off the air since the spring when he checked himself into alcohol rehab. Jarrett ended up extending his stay after an incident at the Minneapolis airport which resulted in his arrest. Jarrett, who just dropped his daughter off at college, writes:

I’m a newsman. I know what happens. I report the stories all too often. Yes, college campuses are generally secure. But they are not impervious to the hidden danger of rape and other sexual crimes. It happens at an alarming rate.

An FNC spokesperson confirmed with TVNewser that Jarrett recently started writing for foxnews.com and said his return to air is “to be determined at this time.”

Katie Couric to Bill O’Reilly: ‘Why Do You Keep Killing People Bill?’

CouricIn an interview earlier this week for Yahoo!, Katie Couric spoke with Bill O’Reilly about his new book “Killing Patton.”

“Why do you keep killing people Bill?” Couric asked about O’Reilly’s four books about the murders of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Jesus, and now George Patton. “People want to know about history in an entertaining way,” O’Reilly answered, adding his new book is interesting because he believes General Patton wasn’t accidentally killed like the U.S. army told the world.

The two also touched on President Obama’s actions toward ISIS and the media coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”The media coverage convicted the police officer. And that’s wrong. But I said many times, if the police officer did shoot — Michael Brown unnecessarily, and that should be able to be proven by all the FBI and all the state of Missouri people we have in there, he should go to jail for the rest of his life,” O’Reilly said.

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Eric Bolling Apologizes Again For Inapproriate Comment: ‘I’m Sorry For What I Said’

BollingApologyFor the second day in a row, Eric Bolling is apologizing for a bad joke he made Wednesday about Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot.

On Wednesday’s “The Five,” the hosts were talking about Al Mansouri’s strike mission against ISIS.

“So is this considered boobs on the ground?,” said Bolling, who was roundly and swiftly criticized.

So yesterday he apologized: “When I got home, I got the look and realized some people didn’t think it was funny at all. I want to say sorry to my wife, and I apologize to all of you as well. I want to make that very clear.”

But it wasn’t clear enough. Today he apologized again:

A personal comment before we go to break. Earlier this week I made a comment that was wholly inappropriate. And I apologize for it. The comment became during [Kimberly's] one more thing honoring UAE bomber pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri who bombed ISIS. My remark was not intended to be disparaging of her, but that’s how it was taken. I should have known better, and used better judgment.

Yesterday, I made an apology on this show, but it was inadequate. Fox News has received letters from viewers including from women in the military and I’m taking them to heart. Therefore let me speak clearly and sincerely. I’m sorry for what I said, I believe that Major Al Mansouri is a hero. She’s courageous, brave and she deserves our praise and not inappropriate jokes. She has my admiration and my very, very sincere gratitude.

Greg Gutfeld apologized on the program as well for comments directed at Major Al Mansouri. WATCH: Read more

Which Fox News Contributor Landed on the Terrorism Watch List?

Well here’s a talking point to add to your cable news sound bite: being on the terrorism watch list.

And Fox News Contributor and senior writer for The Weekly Standard Stephen Hayes can do just that. He tweeted this afternoon about finding out he’s on America’s enemies list.

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Bill O’Reilly Says a Mercenary Army is the way to Defeat ISIS

BORCTMBill O’Reilly is making the rounds promoting the latest in his “Killing” series. “Killing Patton”  looks at WWII General George Patton who died under mysterious circumstances just after the war ended. But in an effort to defeat the current global threat, on his show last night O’Reilly called for the formation of a mercenary army to defeat ISIS.

“The United States would pay well mercenary troops from all over the world,” O’Reilly said on “CBS This Morning.” “We would select them. Special forces would train them. 25,000-man force to be deployed to fight on the ground against worldwide terrorism, not just ISIS and that would be a permanent force and take the politics out of it.”

Up next for O’Reilly, “Live with Kelly & Michael.” He’ll be a guest on today’s show.

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