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Archives: June 2010

Q2 2010 Ratings: Fox News Has Top 13 Programs on Cable News

fnc3120.jpg Fox News continued its domination of the cable news landscape in Q2 2010, with the top 13 programs on cable news all on the channel. While it is still dominant, the network took a ratings hit compared to the same quarter last year, though that was mostly across the board for the cable news channels.

Total day (Mon-Sun): 1.057M total/288K A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 1.91M total/473k A25-54

In total day FNC was down -9% in total viewers and -8% in the demo compared to the same period last year. In primetime it was down -10% in total viewers and -9% in the demo. The hardest hit show in primetime was 9 p.m.’s “Hannity,” which was down -11% in both total and demo viewers (2.093M/542k). The top-rated show on cable news, 8 p.m.’s “O’Reilly Factor,” had the strongest performance of any program in that hour, down only -8% in total viewers and flat in the demo (2.961M/738k).

In the afternoons the only program to show growth was 5 p.m.’s “Glenn Beck,” which was up +2% in total viewers and +11% in the demo (2.129M/603k).

In the morning, “Fox & Friends” remained the top show on cable news for the period, flat compared to last year in total viewers, and up +2% in the demo (1M/332k).

Overall FNC was the #3 rated cable network on television, behind only USA and TNT, which typically occupy the top two slots during the Summer months.

FNC had the top 13 programs on cable news in both total and demo viewers, which is believed to be a first, even for them.

Q2 2010 Ratings: MSNBC Down From Last Year, Tops CNN in Primetime

msnbc120.jpg MSNBC was down in Q2 2010 compared to the same period last year, but its declines were less serious than some of its competition. The network also beat CNN in every hour of primetime during the quarter.

Total Day (Mon-Sun): 396k total/136k A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 765k total/240k A25-54

In Primetime, MSNBC was down -4% in total viewers and -11% in the demo compared to last year. In total day MSNBC was up +1% in total viewers and down -4% in the demo. Particularly hard hit was the network’s 8 p.m. program “Countdown,” which was down -9% in total viewers and -25% in the demo (1.07M/266k), although its counter-programming on CNN and HLN fared even worse. 9 p.m.’s “Rachel Maddow” was up+2% in total viewers and down only -9% in the demo (1.006M/257k).

Two MSNBC programs saw growth in both total viewers and the demo, both in the afternoons. 4p.m.’s “Dylan ratigan” was up 7% in total viewers and 6% in the demo (327k/88k), while 6 p.m.’s “The Ed Show” was up 23% and 17% respectively (639k/155k).

In the morning, “Morning Joe” finished second in total viewers behind “Fox & Friends,” but fourth in the 25-54 demo behind FNC, CNN and HLN (403k/117k).

The MSNBC press release is after the jump.

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Q2 2010 Ratings: CNN’s Up and Down Quarter

cnn120.jpgWhile CNN’s primetime struggled in particularly low-rated April, the network fared a little better in June. Still, CNN saw sizeable year-to-year decreases over the whole of the quarter — the largest in cable news.

Total day (Mon-Sun): 439k total/143k A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 596k total/175k A25-54

In total viewers, CNN was down -27% in total day and -31% in primetime year-to-year. In the demo, the network was down -20% and -27% respectively. Those percentages however are much lower than the year-to-year drop CNN saw in Q1.

“John King USA” (450k / 142k) struggled in its first full quarter to match its predecessor. The program is down -41% in total viewers (-36% demo) compared to Q2 of 2009 — when Lou Dobbs was in the time slot. In total viewers, “JK, USA” saw the largest percentage decrease in all of cable news.

“Rick’s List” is still besting the non-Fox competition — topping MSNBC Live and “Dylan Ratigan” by almost 200k total viewers — but is down considerably from a year ago. The 4pmET hour (520k / 138k) is down -40% in total viewers and -22% in the demo, while the 3pmET hour (497k / 142k) is down -31% and -14%.

The program with the biggest year-to-year drop in the demo? “Larry King Live” (677k / 177k) which was down -37% in both total viewers and A25-54. King finished third in behind Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow in both categories.

Anderson Cooper also saw decreases. TVbytheNumbers reports, “The second quarter of 2010 was AC360′s 3rd lowest ever for average viewership and 2nd lowest ever for adults 25-54.”

Campbell Brown, who announced in May that she would be stepping down from her 8pmET program due to a lack of viewership, saw her lowest-rated quarter since the show’s launch (477k / 139k).

The CNN release is after the jump.

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Q2 2010 Ratings: Primetime Down While Meade, Behar Improve for HLN Over Year Ago

hlnlogo.jpg “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and “Joy Behar” continue to be bright spots for HLN, while overall the network saw decreases in primetime from a year ago.

The Q2 2010 averages:

Total day (Mon-Sun): 290k total/129K A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 490k total/158K A25-54

In primetime, HLN saw an -12% decrease in total viewers and -23% decrease in the demo. In total day, the network was down -4% in total viewers and -6% in the demo. While the network was fourth in total day and primetime (Monday-Sunday) in both categories, the network actually eked out a victory over sister network CNN in the primetime demo during weekdays (Monday-Friday).

Once again, “Morning Express” was one of the few programs in cable to post an increase over 2009: +7% in total viewers and +16% in the demo (310k/177k). “Morning Express” was the #4 in total viewers among the morning shows, but #2 in the demo, behind FNC’s “Fox & Friends” but ahead of “American Morning” and “Morning Joe.”

The other HLN program to show growth in its time slot was “Joy Behar,” which was up 39% in total viewers, the largest percentage increase in cable news (588k/155k). Still, Behar finished fourth in the timeslot against Rachel Maddow, Larry King, and Sean Hannity.

The network’s top primetime show, “Nancy Grace,” was not able to see the same kind of growth (724k/233k). Grace was down -32% in the demo and -24% in total viewers year-to-year, though the program still topped “Campbell Brown.”

The HLN section of the CNN release is after the jump.

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Elena Kagan Supports TV Cameras in Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was asked today by Herb Kohl (D-WI) whether she supports having television cameras present in the Supreme Court.

“I think it would be a terrific thing to have cameras in the courtroom,” she said. “When you see what happens there, it’s an inspiring sight.”

Kagan did acknowledge that some of the current justices are opposed to such a move and said she’s open to being persuaded. Video courtesy of the network that has the largest interest in that change, C-SPAN:

Most of the justices have expressed reservations about the idea. Justice Antonin Scalia once said, “If I thought that cameras in the Supreme Court would really educate the people, I would be all for it. But I think it would miseducate and misinform.” You can read more from each of the justices on this issue here.

What do you think? Vote after the jump.

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CNBC’s Rick Santelli Has a Message for the U.S. Government

CNBC anchor Rick Santelli has never been shy about expressing his thoughts on what role the government should have during the current economic crisis. He even drew a response from the White House after trashing some of the administration’s policies on-air.

Well, he has another one:

The rough transcript: “Stop spending! stop spending! stop spending! stop spending! stop spending!”

He also got into another fracas with Steve Liesman, bringing back fond memories of their April confrontation. “Go back to Russia where you understand the state and the citizen,” says Santelli.

Broadcast Evening Newscasts Lose More than 1 Million Viewers in Past Year

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Even as the oil continues to gush from the sea floor, and the networks shuttle their anchors to points along the Gulf coast, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News and the CBS Evening News continue to lose viewers. All three broadcasts were down in Q2 2010 compared to the same period last year.

In numbers released today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams lost -440,000 viewers (-140k in A25-54 demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer lost -260,000 viewers (-80k demo) (Charlie Gibson was anchor in 2009). The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric lost the most, based on a percentage, losing -340,000 viewers (30k demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC and CBS were also down when Q2 2008 is compared to Q2 2009.

Numbers for Q2 2010:

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 7,620,000 6,990,000 5,210,000
• A25-54: 2,260,000 1,980,000 1,600,000

Numbers for Q2 2009

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 8,060,000 7,260,000 5,550,000
• A25-54: 2,400,000 2,060,000 1,630,000

Q1 2010 was not kind to the evening newscasts either. World News and Evening News saw their lowest averages ever for the first three months of 2010. And it was ’round about this time last year those two broadcasts hit all-time ratings lows. It should be noted the anchors, CBS’ Couric and ABC’s Gibson, were off that week.

We’ll have last week’s Evening News ratings later this afternoon…

Beck Sells Over 132,000 Copies of Overton; Toobin Signs New Deal

The numbers are in and FNC host Glenn Beck sold over 132,000 copies of his new novel The Overton Window in one week’s time. As we reported last week, the book will debut at the top of the NYT bestseller list. Meanwhile, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin just signed a deal with Doubleday to publish a new book about the Supreme Court under President Obama. For more on these stories, check out our publishing blog, GalleyCat.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, June 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 176 | CNN: 146 | MSNBC: 178 | HLN: 95

Prime: FNC: 201 | CNN: 158 | MSNBC: 244 | HLN: 62

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ: FNSunday: Report: Huckabee: Special: Geraldo: O’Reilly:
  149 100 149 194 160 249 185
CNN Newsroom: Newsroom: Special: Special: King: Newsroom: Special:
  164 160 145 156 150 167 136
MSNBC Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special:
  210 103 139 268 256 208 259
HLN HLN: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  46 46 63 53 68 64 110


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, June 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 202 | CNN: 146 | MSNBC: 187 | HLN: 86

Prime: FNC: 218 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 185 | HLN: 69

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ: NewsHQ: Report: Huckabee: Special: Report: Jrnl/FNW::
  183 141 221 244 246 164 103
CNN Newsroom: SitRoom: Newsroom: Special: King: Newsroom: Special:
  148 122 147 127 101 111 106
MSNBC Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special:
  161 132 141 176 180 198 250
HLN HLN: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  39 38 58 62 64 81 75


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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