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State of the Union Ratings: Fox News Beats CNN, MSNBC Combined in Total Viewers

BaierSOTU2The early ratings are in for the 2014 State of the Union: Fox News was first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. MSNBC and CNN traded off for second place, with MSNBC finishing second in total viewers and CNN finishing second in the demo.

It was the lowest-rated State of the Union on CNN since 2005 and on MSNBC since 2008. Both CNN and MSNBC were down double digits compared to last year’s SOTU: CNN was down -43% in total viewers and -47% in the A25-54 demo and MSNBC was down -24% and -27%, respectively. CNN spent the hours leading up to last year’s address covering the Christopher Dorner manhunt in Los Angeles, which gave them a boost for the speech.

Fox News’ coverage, anchored by Bret Baier, was far out front in total viewers for the night, averaging more than 4 million viewers from 9-11pmET. FNC was up +28% in total viewers and +25% in A25-54 viewers compared to the 2013 address.

Fox News peaked from 9:45-10pmET with 4.8 million viewers. CNN peaked during the same 15 minutes with 2.1 million viewers and MSNBC peaked from 10:00-10:15pmET with 2.4 million viewers.

We’ll have more when the final ratings come in later today.

State of the Union address (9:14 – 10:20pmET)

Fox News: 4,718,853 viewers / 1,197,554 A25-54

MSNBC: 2,292,169 viewers / 752,054 A25-54

CNN: 2,081,431 viewers / 762,450 A25-54

State of the Union address and Republican response (9-11pmET)

Fox News: 4,513,177 total viewers / 1,106,175 A25-54

MSNBC: 2,167,242 total viewers / 703, 527 A25-54

CNN: 1,878,726 total viewers / 663,214 A25-54

The Top Cable News Shows in January Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top four programs in the key A25-54 demographic in January 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,720,000 total viewers and 409,000 demo viewers. “The Five” came in second in both ratings measurements, averaging 2,223,000 and 383,000 viewers, respectively. “The Kelly File,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” round out the top five in total viewers for the month.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which had an extremely strong month and cracked the top five in the A25-54 demographic. Maddow’s program averaged 1,040,000 total viewers and 305,000 demo viewers, placing 15th and fifth, respectively.

CNBC broke into the top ten among A25-54 viewers with “Shark Tank,” which led the network in both total viewers and the demo for the month. Reruns of the ABC program averaged 541,000 total viewers and 276,000 A25-54 viewers, placing 21st overall among total viewers and sixth overall in the demo.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 24th and 27th, respectively. The show averaged 484,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers for the year.

“Forensic Files” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 27th and 23rd, respectively. The show averaged 414,000 total viewers and 173,000 demo viewers.

The top-rated show on FBN was the network’s coverage of the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, which drew 206,000 total viewers and 58,000 A25-54 viewers.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

Shep Smith Sat Next to Wolf Blitzer at the White House Lunch

shep smith white house lunchOn his Fox News program this afternoon, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch.

“It doesn’t matter who the President is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on Planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen. I don’t know how they do it.”

Holding up the menu and his place card, Smith described the meal in great detail throughout the hour, starting with the winter lettuces and reggiano crisp, which he said was “like a cracker with air holes in it and it tastes a little bit like cheese.” He also listed a few of the attendees, including Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Bret Baier, Gwen Ifill and Wolf Blitzer, who Smith was seated next to.

“Wolf Blitzer likes to separate all the foods into different piles. There was a meat, there was a vegetable, some starchy stuff, and he put them all in a separate pile before eating them,” Smith said. “I was like, ‘Wolf, that is an interesting way to eat.’”

Here’s video of Smith describing the first course and the dessert course.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

The business networks and more are after the jump. Read more

The Tale of Bret Baier’s Wrinkled Pants

Bret Baier, who celebrated his fifth anniversary as the anchor of Fox News’ “Special Report” on Monday, talked with Real Clear Politics this week about the milestone. He recalls a very funny story about viewer reaction to his wrinkled pants after he made his debut:

Baier also talked about the moment he learned he had been picked to succeed Brit Hume: Read more

Bret Baier Marks 5 Years as Anchor of ‘Special Report’

bret baierBret Baier will celebrate his fifth anniversary as anchor of “Special Report” tonight. Baier began at Fox as the network’s Atlanta bureau chief in 1998, running the operation out of his garage with a fax machine and a cell phone. He took over for Brit Hume as anchor of “Special Report” when Hume transitioned into his current role as the network’s senior political analyst in 2009.

It has already been a big year for Baier: he was recently elected to the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington. He also plans to write his first book, Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Courage and Love, this year. The book will detail his experience with his six year old son Paul, who suffers from a rare heart condition. Baier will donate his author proceeds from the book to pediatric heart research.

“Special Report” consistently ranks in the top five cable news programs, finishing 2013 fourth in total viewers and fifth in the A25-54 demographic. Baier’s team has put together a look back at his five years in the anchor chair, which will air tonight.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, January 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 155 | CNN: 106 | HLN: 70
  • Primetime: FNC: 359 | MSNBC: 205 | CNN: 153 | HLN: 53

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

181

Five:

359

Baier:

367

Greta:

335

O’Reilly:

540

Megyn:

336

Hannity:

203

O’Reilly:

193

Megyn:

203

MSNBC
Live:

121

EdShow:

170

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

237

Hayes:

189

Maddow:

236

O’Donnell:

192

Hayes.:

105

Maddow.:

110

CNN
Tapper:

121

Blitzer:

113

Blitzer/Cross:

87/68

Burnett:

68

Cooper:

173

Penguins:

143

Cont:


Penguins:

81

Cont:

HLN
News:

70

WWYD:

30

WWYD:

49

Jane:

48

Grace:

45

DrDrew:

60

WWYD:

54

Showbiz:

39

Mystery:

55

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The Top Cable News Shows in 2013 Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top nine programs in the key A25-54 demographic in 2013. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,771,000 total viewers and 438,000 demo viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” was second in both total viewers and demo viewers, averaging 2,293,000 and 381,000, respectively. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Hannity” rounded out the top five programs.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” leads MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 860,000 total viewers, placing 15th overall, and 239,000 A25-54 viewers, placing tenth overall.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 19th and 15th, respectively. The show averaged 647,000 total viewers and 201,000 A25-54 viewers for the year.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 29th and 23th, respectively. The show averaged 493,000 total viewers and 168,000 demo viewers.

“Squawk on the Street” was CNBC’s top-rated program in total viewers, and “American Greed” led the network in the demo. On FBN, “Varney & Company” led the network in total viewers and “Stossel” was tops in the A25-54 demo.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Monday, November 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 272 | MSNBC: 140 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 62
  • Primetime: FNC: 375 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 109 | HLN: 63

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

253

TheFive:

470

Baier:

418

Greta:

289

O’Reilly:

464

Megyn:

378

Hannity:

276

O’Reilly:

306

Megyn:

246

MSNBC
Bashir:

108

EdShow:

109

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

244

Hayes:

150

Maddow:

121

O’Donnell:

84

Hayes:

95

Maddow:

144

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

92

Blitz/Cross:

108/123

Burnett:

170

Cooper:

145

Morgan:

80

Sixties:

110

Cont:


Morgan:

92

HLN
News:

67

WWYD:

28

Showbiz:

44

Jane:

54

Grace:

64

DrDrew:

60

WWYD:

65

Showbiz:

17

DrDrew:

24

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Nov. 2013 Ratings: Fox News Primetime #2 Among All Cable Networks

Fox News finished its 143rd consecutive month as the number one cable news network in November, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in both total day and primetime. FNC was second in all of cable news in primetime this month, finishing behind only ESPN. But like its competitors, Fox News saw double-digit declines compared to the same month last year, when the Presidential election was held.

The ratings for November 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,011,000 total viewers / 348,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,201,000 total viewers / 248,000 A25-54

In primetime, Fox News was down -21% in total viewers and -41% in the A25-54 demographic compared to November 2012. In total day, FNC is down -18% and -30%, respectively.

November was the first full month for Fox News’ revamped primetime lineup. “The O’Reilly Factor” was down -17% in total viewers and -31% in the demo compared to the same month last year. The 9pmET hour of “The Kelly File” was down -10% in total viewers and -27% in the demo compared to November 2012, when Sean Hannity held the timeslot, and “Hannity” was down -21% and 31%, respectively, compared to the 10pmET hour of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” last year.

Since the debut of the new primetime lineup, “The Kelly File” is up +41% in total viewers and +29% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +21% and +26%, respectively. Read more

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