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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

Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

O’Reilly and Hannity clips after the jump…

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Sarah Palin Cancels NBC Interview Over Martin Bashir Remarks

sarah palin_304x200Sarah Palin has canceled an interview with Matt Lauer “as a protest against NBC for not taking action against [Martin] Bashir,” Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reports.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she was a candidate for being urinated and defecated on. He apologized earlier this week, saying his remarks were “wholly unacceptable … neither accurate, nor fair.” Bashir continues to host his show today.

Palin, a Fox News contributor, was most recently on “Today” for an in-studio interview on November 11. For the upcoming Christmas-season interview, Lauer was slated to travel to Wasilla to speak with the former Alaska governor, Kurtz reports.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, November 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 142 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 130 | MSNBC: 175 | CNN: 169 | HLN: 94

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt:/Health:

69

Kurtz:

105

FNSunday:

111

Faulkner:

170

Huckabee:

151

Geraldo:

133

Stossel:

106

Huckabee:

108

Hannity:

108

MSNBC
Finney:

14

Caught:

67

Caught:

111

Caught:

172

Caught:

198

Predator:

175

Predator:

153

Predator:

151

Lockup:

183

CNN
Nwsroom:

70

Nwsroom:

133

Nwsroom:

112

Turner:

93

Nwsroom:

107

JFK:

201

Cont.:


JFK:

238

Cont:


HLN
Mystery:

125

Mystery:

116

Mystery:

105

Mystery:

145

Mystery:

95

Mystery:

83

Mystery:

104

Mystery:

122

Mystery:

131

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O’Reilly: ‘They Hate Me Because I Represent Something That is Very Feared in America’

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Visits FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor"On “MediaBuzz” Sunday, Bill O’Reilly sparred with Howard Kurtz about whether “The O’Reilly Factor” host has become more accepted in the mainstream media.

Listing off the major programs O’Reilly has visited to promote his new book, Kurtz suggested that the “narrative” of O’Reilly vs. the media elite is no longer prevalent, and that O’Reilly is a more accepted figure than in years prior.

“I disagree with you,” O’Reilly shot back. “They hate me because I represent something that is very feared in America. I made my success outside of the establishment—that’s how I did it—and they don’t like that.” O’Reilly foreshadows if he ever falls, the mainstream media will be like “jackals on my carcass.”

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CBS Benghazi Apology, Review ‘Just Isn’t Enough’

MediaBuzzBenghaziThe two cable news media criticism shows criticized CBS’s plan for an internal review of its botched Benghazi report. On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” media critic and CBS News alum Terence Smith said “60 Minutes” needs to “re-report this story and share the results with the public.”

The network has reportedly appointed Al Ortiz, a CBS News executive producer, to lead the review and plans to keep it internal.

“We all make mistakes, myself included,” said Fox News’s Howard Kurtz, on MediaBuzz. Kurtz says Logan’s apology “just isn’t enough,” adding that the network should “appoint an outside investigator” to look into the report.

Both clips after the jump…

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Brian Stelter Joins CNN as ‘Reliable Sources’ Host, Senior Media Correspondent

"Page One: Inside The New York Times" - New York PremiereNew York Times media reporter — and founder of this siteBrian Stelter is joining CNN as a senior media correspondent and host of “Reliable Sources,” the network announced this morning.

“Brian has a keen understanding of this field – as both a journalist covering the industry and as an innovator,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in as statement. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to CNN to this newly broadened role.”

Stelter started blogging about TV news in 2003 and would later launch CableNewser. He sold it to Mediabistro in 2004 where it was renamed TVNewser. He remained editor while finishing college, then joined the Times in 2007. He has been one of a rotating cast of guest hosts on “Reliable Sources” since Howard Kurtz joined Fox News in July.

“It is an honor to take the helm of Reliable Sources, the very best of a very small number of programs about the media’s role in society,” Stelter says.

Earlier this year, when he was publicizing his book “Top of the Morning,” we asked Stelter whether he’d ever want to host his own media criticism show: “First I’d sit on the bench for a while,” he said. “I can’t imagine that you would work at the Times or any newspaper and at the same time have a show on one of these channels that you write about. I just don’t think personally I’d be able to manage that situation.”

Stelter joins CNN November 25 and his first “Reliable Sources” airs December 1. The topics covered on Stelter’s appearances throughout the week will feed the “Reliable Sources” discussion. The show will continue to be based in Washington, DC. Stelter currently lives in New York.

Our Media Beat interview and CNN’s release, after the jump… Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, October 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 123 | MSNBC: 133 | CNN: 120 | HLN: 103
  • Primetime: FNC: 119 | MSNBC: 209 | CNN: 184 | HLN: 112

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/Health:

63

Kurtz:

79

FNSunday:

107

Faulkner:

111

Huckabee:

122

Baier:

132

Stossel:

103

Huckabee:

68

Baier:

77

MSNBC
Finney:

38

Caught:

101

Caught:

145

Caught:

207

Caught:

287

Slaves:

151

Slaves:

190

Slaves:

205

Slaves:

234

CNN
Nwsroom:

82

Nwsroom:

65

Nwsroom:

36

Nwsroom:

66

Bourdain:

161

Blackfish:

153

Cont.:

237

Bourdain:

152

Blackfish:

220

HLN
Mystery:

61

Mystery:

111

Mystery:

140

Mystery:

120

Mystery:

105

Mystery:

107

Mystery:

123

Mystery:

92

Mystery:

112

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The AM Ticker: Matthews, Murrows, Kurtz

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was feted at a book party in Washington DC. “He also beats everybody in the competition — meaning Fox, our big challenger — one out of three nights. And we hope to do that regularly,” Phil Griffin said, as recounted by Politico. TVNewser will be at Matthews’ New York book party tonight.

Ratings: Five Weeks Of ‘Reliable Sources’ And ‘MediaBuzz’

MediaShowsIt has been five Sundays since Fox News Channel’s new media criticism program “MediaBuzz” debuted, anchored by former CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz.

Seeing as the two programs both air at 11 AM on Sundays, we thought we would check in on where they are stacking up ratings-wise.

Two quick notes: “MediaBuzz” has been getting replays on Sunday afternoons, but for this item, we are just looking at the original 11 AM airings. Likewise, “Reliable Sources” has had a rotating panel of guest-hosts since Kurtz left, which may have affected the ratings one way or another depending on the news of the week and who was hosting.

Since Kurtz’s FNC hosting debut September 8, “MediaBuzz” has averaged 803,000 total viewers and 151,000 adults 25-54. “Reliable Sources” has averaged 497,000 total viewers and 137,000 adults 25-54.

“Reliable” may have taken week one in the demo, but “MediaBuzz” has taken every week since. Will a permanent host on “Reliable” change that trend? We may have to wait and see.

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