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Archives: January 2007

Jan. #’s: FNC #6 In Prime On Cable

Fox News Channel placed sixth in primetime on all of cable in January, according to this Nielsen ranking.

CNN was ranked #25 and MSNBC came in at #31…

Jan. #’s: 25-54 Demo vs. Jan. 2006

Update: The headline originally said Jan. 2005. These numbers are comparisons to Jan. 2006.

Jan. 07: 262 186 138 98 95
Jan. ’06: 235 145 91 96 45
% change: +11% +28% +52% +2% +111%

Jan. ’07: 389 260 217 139 121
Jan. ’06: 319 202 150 114 76
% change: +22% +29% +45% +22% +59%

Jan. #’s: Total Viewers vs. Jan. 2006

Update: The headline originally said Jan. 2005. These numbers are comparisons to Jan. 2006.

Jan. 07: 874 521 332 234 225
Jan. ’06: 898 460 238 234 138
% change: -3% +13% +39% 0% +63%

Jan. ’07: 1,605 809 530 343 290
Jan. ’06: 1,483 724 349 343 155
% change: +8% +12% +52% 0% +87%

Jan. #’s: FNC “Marks Five Years At #1″

Quoting the press release:

“Fox News Channel marked five consecutive years as the number one cable news channel in January and ranked sixth overall in primetime basic cable, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC has been the only cable network to take down a category leader in the modern television era.

Headline News, A CNN Network

Headline News is seemingly continuing to distance itself from the CNN brand. Today the net tweaked its lower-thirds, and removed the “CNN” logo in the process.





>Also: CNN is hosting a party celebrating the second anniversary of Headline Prime tonight in NYC…

Cosby Says They Needed A “Good Time”

“Although MSNBC personality Rita Cosby couldn’t make it to the National Review Institute’s Conservative Summit Saturday night, her business card was the focus of amusement when it floated around the J.W. Marriott hotel bar, where event participants gathered later that night,” The Politico reports.

“A doctored version of Rita Cosby’s business card was passed around, much to the amusement of late-night attendees. ‘FOR A GOOD TIME CALL …’ was printed above Cosby’s contact information for her former program Live & Direct, in manuscript block letters.”

“I love my buddies at the National Review, but I’m sorry I missed this prom,” Cosby told the column. “It sounds like they needed a ‘good time!’”

Jan. #’s: CNN Says Cooper Is Closing Gap

In January, “CNN’s Anderson Cooper continued to erode Fox News’ lead at 10p,” CNN says in its monthly ratings release. “Before Anderson Cooper took over the 10pm time slot Fox News had a 174% advantage in the demo (Aug. 2005). Now that gap is a mere 18% in January. For the fourth month in a row, Anderson Cooper 360 delivered monthly audience gains — increasing 29% in total viewers at 10pm, while On the Record with Greta Van Susteren declined 7%.”

Here is a chart distributed by the network:


On Monday’s Evening Newscasts, Where Did Barbaro Belong?

barbarojan30.jpgWhat made the most sense as a lead on the evening news last night: Barbaro or the Middle East?

“ABC led with Barbaro, while NBC led with Iraq” and CBS led with an exclusive about Iranian interference in Iraq, an e-mailer notes.

“The idea that the CBS Evening News is in any way ‘softer’ is dead,” one e-mailer thinks. But another e-mailer thinks ABC made the right decision, saying “NBC doesn’t seem to have a clue.”

Each network had a package about the horse, but at different times in their respective newscasts.

ABC covered Barbaro at 6:30pm. “Today, it was as if we had all lost a friend,” Charles Gibson said at the top of World News. “The great horse Barbaro had to be put down.” CBS covered it with a package around 6:40pm. And NBC held it for the end of the broadcast, with Brian Williams introducing it like this:

“We’ll no doubt hear from some folks who will want to know why, with all that is going on in our world, we chose to spend even some of our precious airtime on a thoroughbred horse. The answer has to do with the fact that some men and women and children across this country cried today when they learned that Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner, had been put to sleep. They will tell you the world lost a great competitor today when the people around him finally said ‘enough…’”

> Update: 4:10pm: An e-mailer remarks: “What do you mean, NBC doesn’t have a clue? How could a network put the death of a horse before a war?”

Unseen Clips From ‘Path To 9/11′ Attract Viewers To Hannity’s America


Alessandra Stanley‘s review of “Hannity’s America” is interesting:

“‘Every week we will bring you a different side of the country you love,’ Mr. Hannity promised on the show’s premiere on Jan. 7. Mostly, however, he seems to be exposing the worst excesses of godless capitalism.”

And viewers apparently love it. On Sunday, when Hannity aired the previously unseen clips from ABC’s Path to 9/11, the show averaged 1,376,000 total viewers, with 408,000 in the 25-54 demo. That’s the highest viewership in the show’s four-week history, and double the viewership from the week before.

Most importantly, over the same day last year, Hannity was up 40 percent in total viewers and 113 percent in the 25-54 demo…

The Scoreboard: Sunday, January 28

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 262 | CNN: 171 | MSNBC: 148 | HLN: 103 | CNBC: 48

Prime: FNC: 311 | CNN: 275 | MSNBC: 244 | HLN: 104 | CNBC: 55

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Big Story: FN Sunday: Report: War Stories: Hannity: Line Up: War Stories:
  255 230 302 213 408 312 286
CNN Newsroom: Dobbs: Newsroom: Investig.: King: Newsroom: Investig.:
  169 120 159 254 317 252 201
MSNBC Special: Special: Special: Special (two hours): Russert: Special (two):
  111 206 151 286 161 166
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  168/142 152 119 99 92 121 102

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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