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Fox News slaughters CNN and MSNBC in ratings

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The second quarter 2009 cable ratings show Fox News prime-time ratings jumping an unheard of 34%. The prime-time segment includes Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

During otherwise normal viewing hours, Fox News averages 1.2 million viewers on average, more than twice as many viewers as CNN which shows an average of 598,000 viewers. As for MSNBC – Obama’s favorite TV channel – Fox’s ratings more than tripled MSNBC’s pitiful average of 392,000 viewers.

Obama followers, no doubt rushing to adopt his viewing habits, helped NBC beat CNN for the first time ever by contributing to its weekday prime-time average audience of 946,000 viewers compared to CNN’s 939,000.

The prime-time slot between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. is where MSNBC and Fox place their politically driven opinion shows. For MSNBC and it’s liberal followers the shows are “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show”. For Fox and its conservative viewers it’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity”. As for CNN, Anderson Cooper and Larry King tend to spend their energies on developing stories and interviews.

There has been an increase of anti-Obama sentiment in recent months and is reflected in several polls. The rise in the core viewership at Fox is being attributed to this population and the additional viewers helped Fox dominate both CNN and MSNBC. During the daily prime-time slot which includes weekends, Fox averaged 2.1 million total viewers, more than doubling the combined totals of CNN (862,000) and MSNBC (790,000).

Defending its ratings, CNN pointed out that this month was its most-watched June ever, no doubt helped along by the Iran protests and the death of Michael Jackson.

The message is clear. When America wants news and information along with thoughtful and emotionless opinion about their country, the world and the activities about and surrounding their president, they turn to Fox News. Otherwise, it appears they prefer CNN and MSNBC.

Written by Ben

September 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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The (not so) mainstream media agrees Dems obstructed reform

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International Herald Tribune: “Democratic takeover of Congress was major victory for Fannie and Freddie … Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage finance giants, which have been recovering from accounting scandals, had faced the possibility of tight new oversight laws pushed largely by Republicans. But some powerful Democrats had resisted, preferring to promote the companies’ housing mission over tighter capital standards and portfolio limits. (International Herald Tribune, 11/8/06)

American Banker: “Democrats Oppose White House plan to strengthen Fannie and Freddie oversight.” In late summer Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. began an effort to reach an agreement in the Senate, where Democrats oppose a White House-favored provision that would force Fannie and Freddie Mac to slash their mortgage portfolios. (American Banker, 12/1/06)

Origination News: “Until recently, the administration and Sen. Shelby have pushed for limits on the size of the GSE portfolios, which Democrats opposed. Now it appears that Secretary Paulson will insist on language that would allow the new GSE regulator to use systemic risk considerations in determining proper size of the portfolios. But the Democrats see systemic risk as a code word for portfolio limits.” (Origination News, 12/1/06)

Written by Ben

March 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm