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Does Calling Your Viewers ‘Bastards’ Directly Affect Your Ratings?

Don Imus‘s morning show has never been on more radio stations than it is today — more than 80.

But the cowboy boot-wearing jock is having a hard time finding his footing on TV. In the just finished November ratings period, “Imus in the Morning” was the least watched FBN program in A25-54 viewers, averaging 6,000 from 6-9am. An improvement from the 5,000 who watched last month, but down -50% from the 12,000 average in Nov. 2010, when the mid-term elections were the big story.

By comparison, CNBC which is available in 40 million more homes, had more than 10x the A25-54 viewers with 70,000 watching “Squawk Box”. The gap narrows in total viewers as Imus drew 92,000 to CNBC’s 175,000: and both shows grew their Total Viewer numbers year-over-year.

Since May, (5/5/11 – 11/25/11) when Connell McShane took over for Charles McCord, the show has seen an -18% drop in A25-54 viewers. And despite crowing about an occasional win against “Squawk Box”, Imus has not logged a win in the 6-9am block this year, in either Total Viewers or the demo.

Earlier this month, Imus went after his “bastard” viewers for watching one day and not the next, which led Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto to go on the show and declare it wasn’t the viewers’ fault “that your show is awful.”

Imus launched on FBN October 5, 2009 and with another year left on his deal, Fox Business may be looking for what’s next. So might Imus. His deal with FBN comes to an end around the same time as The Wall Street Journal‘s partnership with CNBC expires. Though both are owned by News Corp., an FBN-WSJ team-up is not a sure thing.

The TV version of “Imus in the Morning” aired on MSNBC from 1996-2007 and on RFD-TV from 2007-2009.

  • Cable news morning ratings (Nov. 2011)

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Sen. John McCain on His Daughter Joining MSNBC: ‘She Went Over to the Dark Side’

Senator John McCain called in to “Imus in the Morning” on FBN today, and among the topics that came up was McCain’s daughter, Meghan, joining MSNBC. “She went over to the dark side, I guess,” McCain joked. “I’m sure she’ll do well. She’s feisty, and I think being over there she’s going to have to have quite a bit of that.” Watch:


Cavuto to Imus: It’s Not Viewers’ Fault ‘That Your Show Is Awful’

Things got a little heated on FBN’s “Imus in the Morning” today between Don Imus and FBN anchor Neil Cavuto, who is a frequent guest on the show. At issue was Imus’ claim that his “bastard” viewers are to blame for his inconsistent ratings, which Cavuto, the senior vice president of FBN, disagreed with.  “My ratings are very consistent,” Cavuto said. “Yours are not, because people don’t like you.”

Watch the exchange, which gets interesting around 1:35 and includes references by Imus to both FBN EVP Kevin Magee and CEO Roger Ailes in a less-than-flattering light:


[h/t J$P]

GQ Talks to ‘The Least GQ Person in the World’

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity talks politics, TV, family and … style. Yes, style. It’s an interview with GQ after all.

Hannity: I hate a tie, can’t stand it. If I got one thing I’d ever want to change about my career it’s that. Although I do like Donald Trump‘s ties. He sent me a bunch of them and he’s got some nice ones.

GQ: Would you say he’s your favorite designer?
Hannity: Right now, yeah. But I don’t even know why you are asking me. I am the least GQ person in the world!

GQ: As far as other show hosts, who do you think dresses well?
Hannity: I can’t even begin to answer that question. I have no clue what people are wearing I’m not looking at what people are wearing.

GQ: Not at all?
Hannity: No! Probably I would say Don Imus, there you go, there’s my answer, Don Imus—I like the cowboy look.

Charles McCord bids farewell to ‘Imus’

So, apparently it’s “Good-bye Friday.” Charles McCord, Don Imus‘ longtime sidekick on the radio and on TV, had his last broadcast today. FBN’s Connell McShane takes over on the show. Here’s the look-back from “Imus in the Morning.”


Chris Wallace to Don Imus: ‘Sometimes you’re fun and sometimes you’re not’

FNC’s Chris Wallace did his weekly call-in to Don Imus this morning and for the first minute or so, all Imus wanted to know about was Wallace’s other TV and radio appearances.

Imus: “Are any of them as much fun as being on with us — me?”

Wallace: “Well, sometimes you’re fun and sometimes you’re not.”

Then they got down the business of politics (Trump) and why Wallace hasn’t had him on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t want to be chasing what I think is a wild goose.”


(h/t J$P)

Connell McShane to take over for Charles McCord on ‘Imus in the Morning’

Don Imus‘s longtime sidekick Charles McCord is leaving “Imus in the Morning”, effectively giving three weeks notice on the air this morning.

FBN anchor Connell McShane will take over the seat on both the radio and TV shows beginning May 9. McShane will continue co-anchoring 11amET hour alongside Dagan McDowell on FBN.

McCord has been with Imus since the early 1970s when Imus’s show was on NBC radio. They remained together as Imus moved to WFAN, simulcast on MSNBC, and finally to WABC Radio and FBN. Writes David Hinckley in today’s Daily News:

McCord, who shares Imus’s penchant for personal privacy, added no details after Imus made the announcement. Both seemed upbeat, as Imus played the Righteous Brothers’s “Try To Find Another Man” and Imus joked that “I feel like Newt Gingrich’s wife” – alluding to Gingrich serving his wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital.

While Imus on the radio continues to do well, “the best number of his career,” writes Hinckley, his TV numbers are down. Earlier this week, HuffingtonPost revealed first quarter numbers showing Imus is down -45% from Q1 2010, averaging about 65,000 total viewers. The show averaged around 127,000 viewers when it launched in October 2009.

> Earlier on TVNewser: VIDEO – Connell McShane Looks Beyond Cable

Fmr. Gov. David Paterson on CNN’s Eliot Spitzer: ‘If it doesn’t work out, I’m always there to take his place’

Fmr. Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) talked to Don Imus on FBN on Friday about his predecessor Fmr. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) and his new show on CNN “Parker Spitzer.”

Paterson said that he was never invited to be on CNN with Spitzer, but he does “talk to him from time to time.” Then Paterson said about “Parker Spitzer”: “I think it’s a good show, but If it doesn’t work out, I’m always there to take his place.”


FBN’s Kevin Magee Shoots Down Imus Rumors

Fox Business Network executive VP Kevin Magee was a guest on Don Imus‘ program Friday morning, where they talked about the press coverage related to Imus’ ratings, and standing at the network.

“This is not the first time even this week that those who have wanted the overthrow of a despot have been disappointed,” Magee quipped. “But they are being disappointed, because you are here forever. I have looked at your contract, it seems like it goes on for 1,000 years.”

(h/t J$P)

Don Imus Leaving FBN?

In today’s U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Wispers, there are rumors that Don Imus is leaving Fox Business Network: “Whispers hears that the network considers his mission accomplished and is considering putting a business show into his early morning time slot.”

Kevin Magee, executive vice president for Fox Business, told U.S. News & World Report, “Imus has helped us enormously and he has awhile to go on his contract.”

Moreover, senior VP and managing editor of business news at FBN Neil Cavuto has always been a big fan: “He really does conduct some remarkable interviews, and he gets a lot out of people in an off-guard moment,” Cavuto said when Imus joined FBN in 2009.

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