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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.

John Oliver…the Journalist?

OliverThe Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about HBO satirist John Oliver‘s comedy show venturing into new and unknown territory—investigative journalism.

His 15-minute Miss America segment began with jokes about how dated a beauty pageant seems, and his incredulity at some of the questions contestants are asked. He took some shots at Donald Trump, who owns a competing pageant. Then he zeroed in on the Miss America organization’s claim of making $45 million in scholarship money available to young women each year. “Forty-five million,” Oliver said. “That is an unbelievable amount of money. As in, I literally did not believe that.” His staff researched documents, finding a federal disclosure form that said the pageant spent $482,000 in scholarships in 2012. They researched tax forms on statewide pageants, finding several scholarship offers that couldn’t possibly be awarded at the same time were added together to help reach the final figure. In other words, people shouldn’t confuse money that may be available with money spent.That’s journalism, minus any apparent attempt to let pageant officials offer their side. The organization subsequently issued a statement not specifically addressing Oliver’s charge that Miss America was being misleading, but said that “as with any scholarship, the full amount awarded may not always be used as recipients plans change or evolve.

Bauder reports Oliver has former New York Times and ProPublica journalists writing on his “Last Week Tonight” staff. At the TVNewser Show in April, Fox News’ Bret Baier lauded Oliver for his coverage of India’s elections. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’” Baier told us. Oliver’s investigation into the Miss America Pageant after the jump.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 254 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 231 | HLN: 86

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Pres. Obama’s ISIS Speech Ratings: FNC #1

ObamaISIS304During President Obama’s speech last night, which lasted just shy of 15 minutes, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and tied them combined in the A25-54 demo.

Megyn Kelly anchored with Bret Baier appearing before the speech. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper co-anchored. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow anchored with a panel featuring Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and Andrea Mitchell.

Here are the numbers. FNC and MSNBC’s are from 9-9:15pmET; CNN’s from 9:02-9:16pmET

Network Anchor Total Viewers A25-54
Megyn Kelly 4,447,000M 994K
Rachel Maddow 1,890,000M 361K
CNN Wolf Blitzer/Cooper 1,827,000M 633K

And our full scoreboard is here.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

’13 Hours at Benghazi’ Draws Strong Ratings for Fox News

BenghaziFox News’ special documentary, “13 Hours at Benghazi,” was the highest-rated cable news program Friday at 10pmET, beating CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers and also netting significant gains year-over-year.

The special, hosted by Bret Baier, drew 2.1 million total viewers and 323,000 A25-54 demo viewers.

In the hour-long special, Baier exclusively interviewed the American security forces who fought on the ground at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12.  Compared to the same night at 10pmET last year, the hour was up +77% in viewers and flat in the demo.

The Top Cable News Shows in August Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top nine programs in the key A25-54 demographic in August 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,703,000 total viewers and 462,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second in total viewers and the demo, with 2,245,000 and 409,000 viewers respectively. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren rounded out the top five in total viewers; “Hannity,” “The Five,” and “Special Report” rounded out the top five in the demo.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show in total viewers was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 15th overall with 810,000 viewers. “Lockup” was the top show in the demo for the network, drawing 190,000 viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was CNN’s highest-rated daily show in both total viewers and the demo, finishing 17th overall in total viewers and 10th overall in the demo. Cooper’s program averaged 708,000 total viewers and 242,000 demo viewers. “The Sixties,” whose weekly Thursday run ended in the middle of the month, drew the most total viewers for the network. The original series averaged 726,000 viewers.

“Nancy Grace” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 34th in total viewers and 31st in the demo with 400,000 and 138,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Varney & Co.,” which ranked 77th overall. “The Independents” led the way in the demo, also ranking 77th. CNBC’s leader in both total viewers and the demo was “Shark Tank,” ranking 35th and 24th, respectively.

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Fox News to Premiere ’13 Hours at Benghazi’

Baier304Days before the two-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Fox News will air a special documentary.

“13 Hours At Benghazi,” hosted by Bret Baier, will premiere September 5 at 10pmET. Baier will exclusively interview the American security operatives who fought on the ground.

“The men will share what really happened during the fighting at a U.S. diplomatic compound and at a secret CIA annex nearby, which they were assigned to protect,” FNC previews. This special will reveal their identities for the first time.

The documentary is based on the upcoming book, “13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff. Repeats of the documentary will air Saturday, September 6 at 5pmET and 9pmET, and Sunday, September 7 at 9pmET.

Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

Watch all three after the jump…

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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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