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Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

The Top Cable News Shows in February Were…

Fox News had the top 13 programs in total viewers and the top five programs in the key A25-54 demographic in January 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,937,000 total viewers and 450,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second in total viewers, with 2,337,000, followed by Bret Baier‘s “Special Report” with 2,114,000. “The Five” was second in the demo, with 358,000.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 14th overall in total viewers and sixth overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 996,000 total viewers and 287,000 demo viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 23rd and 26th, respectively. The show averaged 421,000 total viewers and 127,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in both total viewers and the demo. Grace’s program averaged 410,000 total viewers and 135,000 demo viewers, placing 25th overall in both ratings measurements.

As for the business networks: “Shark Tank” was CNBC’s highest-rated program, placing 22nd in total viewers and 10th in the demo. “Shark Tank” averaged 474,000 total viewers and 251,000 A25-54 viewers.  The top-rated show on Fox Business was “Varney & Company,” which delivered 121,000 total viewers and 27,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

February 2014 Ratings: Fox News Only Network to Grow in Primetime

Fox News retained its perch atop the cable news leaderboard in February, besting MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers. Fox News was the only cable news network to grow in primetime compared to the same month last year, finishing third for the month — behind only USA and the History Channel — among all cable networks.

The ratings for February 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,896,000 total viewers / 305,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,113,000 total viewers / 221,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News was up +2% in total viewers and down -2% in the A25-54 demographic in total day. In primetime, the network was up +6% in total viewers and +3% in the demo.

All three primetime shows are up year-over-year: “The O’Reilly Factor” is up +3% in total viewers and +2% in A25-54 viewers and Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” is up +23% in total viewers and +11% in the demo compared to the 9pmET timeslot last year. “Hannity” is flat (+1%) in total viewers and +6% in the demo compared to the 10pmET timeslot last year.

“The Five” was the second-highest rated cable news show in the A25-54 demographic for the month, behind only “The O’Reilly Factor.” The show averaged 2,107,000 total viewers and 358,000 A25-54 viewers, up +5% and down -2%, respectively, compared to February 2013.

Fox News grew in total viewers every hour between 11am-4pmET and 5pm-11pmET. The network has been number one in total viewers for both total day and primetime for 146 consecutive months.

Matthews, Maddow Win Demo Last Week

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With the Chris Christie bridge scandal still simmering, two MSNBC shows –”Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” — placed first in A25-54 viewers for the week of February 3.

Matthews’ 7pmET program averaged 285,000 viewers in the demo, narrowly edging out “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which had 282,000 A25-54 viewers. It was the first weekly demo win for MSNBC at 7 p.m. since September 3, 2012, the week of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Maddow’s show delivered 341,000 viewers in the demo, while Megyn Kelly‘s 9pmET Fox News show averaged 335,000 A25-54 viewers. Martha MacCallum subbed for Kelly on Wednesday and Friday’s “Kelly File” was a special. This marks the second week this year that Maddow has delivered a weekly demo win at 9pmET.

Despite the A25-54 wins, Fox News was still far out front of MSNBC in total viewers. We’ll post the full scoreboard shortly.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, February 4

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 257 | MSNBC: 159 | CNN: 86 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 296 | CNN: 112 | HLN: 74

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

187

TheFive:

333

Baier:

313

Greta:

284

O’Reilly:

419

Megyn:

403

Hannity:

296

O’Reilly:

285

Megyn:

155

MSNBC
Wagner:

111

EdShow:

194

Sharpton:

169

Matthews:

272

Hayes:

290

Maddow:

343

O’Donnell:

253

Hayes:

125

Maddow:

116

CNN
Tapper:

70

Blitzer:

65

Blitz/Cross:

80/91

Burnett:

118

Cooper:

135

Morgan:

108

Cooper:

93

Burnett:

63

Morgan:

46

HLN
News:

14

WWYD:

50

WWYD:

74

Jane:

121

Grace:

98

DrDrew:

79

WWYD:

45

Showbiz:

69

Grace:

66

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The Evening Ticker: Sochi, Reid, Leno

  • NBC has released the TV schedule for the first two days of the Sochi Olympics. The competition kicks off tomorrow night from 8pm-11pm with figure skating, men’s and women’s snowboarding, and women’s skiing.

O’Reilly’s Obama Interview Gets 4M Viewers, Maddow and O’Donnell Deliver Demo Wins

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Some ratings notes from primetime Monday night: the second part of Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama delivered strong numbers for Fox News, while MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” won their respective timeslots among younger viewers.

As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the top-rated cable news program for the night, delivering 4,204,000 viewers and 626,000 A25-54 viewers. Fox News more than tripled the combined ratings of CNN and MSNBC in total viewers during the 8pmET hour, delivering its best performance since the week of the Boston Marathon bombing.

That said, it was also a good night for MSNBC, which continued its coverage of the Chris Christie scandal throughout primetime. The network won in the demo at 7pmET, 9pmET and 10pmET. “Hardball with Chris Matthews” beat “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” by +31,000 A25-54 viewers. Rachel Maddow‘s program beat Megyn Kelly‘s by +100,000 demo viewers, and “The Last Word” beat “Hannity” by +82,000.

January 2014 Ratings: Fox #1 For 12 Years

FNC has now been the most-watched news channel for 12 years running and the network was the only cable news channel to post year-to-year gains in total day, both total viewers and the demo.

The ratings for January 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,693,000 total viewers / 264,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,092,000 total viewers / 220,000 A25-54

The network is up +7% in viewers and up +5% in the demo in total day viewing. In primetime, FNC is up +5% in viewers but down -1% in the demo. “The O’Reilly Factor” remains cable news’s #1 show, with FNC’s “The Five” finishing second. “The Factor” is down -5% in viewers and down -10% in the demo vs. January 2013, while “The Five” is up +10% in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

“The Kelly File” which took over the 9pm hour in October, took the No. 3 spot on cable news. Megyn Kelly improved the time period +18% vs. January 2013, but the show was down -8% in the demo vs. January 2013 when Sean Hannity hosted at 9pm.

January marks one year of Fox News sweeping the top 14 programs in cable news among total viewers.

 

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

The business networks and more are after the jump. Read more

Megyn Kelly: ‘I’m Finding the Balance, and it Feels Great’

megyn kellyMegyn Kelly gets her second profile this week in Parade. In the Q+A, the mother of three talks about managing her career and her family: “I’m finding the balance, and it feels great,” she says. Kelly also reflects on how women are treated differently in law and in media:

There was much more paternalism in my legal career. Older male lawyers from other firms would say, “Your skirt needs to be below your knee” or “You shouldn’t wear slingback shoes.” Ridiculous comments they had no business making because they thought they knew better about what would play with the jury and how women would perceive another woman. I haven’t had that in television. I get a lot of feedback from female viewers saying, “You’re a role model for my daughter.”

Kelly will talk with Mike Huckabee about his controversial comments on women and birth control on “The Kelly File” tonight.

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