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FNC Has More Viewers Than CNN/MSNBC Combined During Museum Shooting Breaking News

fnc_6-11.jpgAll three cable news networks were in wall-to-wall coverage yesterday from 1:20pmET through the 4pmET hour, reporting on the shooting at Washington D.C.’s Holocaust Museum.

Fox News was the most-watched cable news network during that period, ahead of CNN and MSNBC combined, each hour, in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. CNN was #2 in each category, except 3pmET in the demo when MSNBC finished 2nd.

From 1-5pmET, FNC averaged 1,322,000 Total Viewers and 326,000 in the demo, followed by CNN (824,000 and 126,000) and MSNBC (311,000 and 93,000).

Compared to the year-to-date 1-5pmET average (M-F), FNC was up 8% in Total Viewers and 18% in the demo. Despite the breaking news, CNN and MSNBC did not see gains in the ratings. CNN was flat in Total Viewers and down 39% in the demo, and MSNBC was down 15% in both categories.

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Media Panel Before “Media Project”

panel_11-18.BMPMembers of the media descended on Michael’s today in midtown Manhattan, although this time it wasn’t just for lunch (or to be name-checked on FBNY).

Arianna Huffington
moderated a panel in conjunction with the premiere tonight of “The IFC Media Project,” a series hosted by Gideon Yago that takes a look at the influences shaping today’s media coverage. It premieres tonight at 8pmET on IFC.

Joining Huffington were Yago, FNC contributor William Kristol, former National Review columnist (and Daily Beast blogger) Christopher Buckley and former New York Post and New York Daily News EIC Pete Hamill.

Buckley recalled one way TV news has changed. “I grew up in a day when if you saw breaking news on TV, the President had been assassinated,” he said.

The panel discussed at length whether prime time hosts like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly could be called “journalists.” “I admire all these people, they’re very smart, but they are not classical journalists,” said Buckley.

Huffington thought a “distinction” should be made between MSNBC’s and FNC’s hosts. Hamill disagreed with the journalist label, but went on to praise FNC’s Shepard Smith for “some of the best reporting on Katrina.”

During the Q&A portion, Kristol defended Olbermann’s hefty new contract. “I’m usually his worst man of the week,” joked Kristol. “But he is a subsidiary of the news gathering part of MSNBC.”

We also twittered the event — check there for more on what was discussed.

The video below shows the panel disagreeing on Iraq War coverage, and after the jump, arguably the most heated minute of the panel (as a side note, Yago later rephrased his use of the word “mercenary” and apologized for using it):

Related: FishbowlNY talks to Yago about his IFC show.

Click continued to see the part of the panel that caused Huffington to ask people to talk “one at a time”…

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The Ticker: Couric Travels, King Anchors, Buckley Speaks…

> Katie Couric takes her show on the road to battleground states. Couric anchors the CBS Evening News from Charlotte tonight, from St. Louis on Monday and from Denver next Monday, Oct. 27.

> CNN’s John King anchors a one-hour special tomorrow night titled The Next President: Battlegrounds. The special, anchored from St. Louis, airs at 9pmET and re-airs Sunday night at the same time.

> After his rather shocking endorsement of Barack Obama, Christopher Buckley, son of the founder of the modern conservative movement William F. Buckley, will be on BloombergTV’s Political Capital with Al Hunt tonight at 7:30pmET.