All 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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Members 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.
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.”
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):