Daily Commentary – Thursday April 19th, 2007 – Cable News Ratings Tell A Story


Dana discusses how the:

  • Cable News Ratings Tell A Story

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    One Response to “Daily Commentary – Thursday April 19th, 2007 – Cable News Ratings Tell A Story”

    1. swivel chair on April 19th, 2007 12:52 pm

      So Dana, it is ok for fox news to be right wing.But it is not ok for MSNBC to be left wing?Its ok for Hannity to be a right wing nut but not ok for Olbermann to be a left wing nut?Olbermann has the highest rated program on MSNBC.While that is not saying much…MSNBC does have Scarborough and Tucker Carlson who are conservative.Fox News has Alan Colmes.*who is drowned out by Hannity and does not have his own show*…And do not say Greta because she does a legal program….I would say MSNBC is more fair and balanced than FOX.As you can see the ratings change weekley besides O’Reilly who is always number 1…This will end eventually as people grow tired of his shtick..When ?Maybe 3 years who knows…But no one will stay #1 forever.Not American Idol,not the Cosby show,and not Bill.

      MONDAY, FEB 5, 2007

      FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,579,000
      FNC HANNITY/COLMES 1,852,000
      FNC GRETA 1,572,000
      FNC SHEP SMITH 1,390,000
      FNC HUME 1,297,000
      CNN DOBBS 818,000
      CNN BLITZER 675,000
      CNN COOPER 636,000
      CNN KING 624,000
      MSNBC OLBERMANN 610,000
      CNNHN GRACE 476,000
      CNN ZAHN 451,000

      Introduction: Top 10 Most Powerful People in TV News 2007

      1. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News

      2. Steve Capus, President of NBC News

      3. Charles Gibson, Anchor, ABC’s ‘World News’

      4. David Westin, President of ABC News

      5. Tim Russert, Managing editor and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ and senior VP and Washington bureau chief for NBC News

      6. Keith Olbermann, Host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’

      7. Sean McManus, President of CBS News

      8. Jon Klein, President of CNN/U.S.; Ken Jautz, Executive VP of CNN Worldwide; Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide

      9. N.S. Bienstock, Talent agency

      10. Jon Stewart, Anchor of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’

      6. Keith Olbermann
      Host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’
      By Michele Greppi
      6. Keith Olbermann
      Host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’
      Last year’s rank: N/A

      Why he was chosen: The utter failure of Phil Donahue on MSNBC in 2003 was presumed to mean left-leaning hosts of prime-time TV shows were an endangered species. But, lo, a star rose in the west over Secaucus, N.J., and its name was Keith Olbermann.
      First-quarter 2007 ratings for the cranky Mr. Olbermann’s “Countdown” rose 76 percent year-to-year to an average 713,000 viewers and helped galvanize MSNBC’s increasingly popular, politically obsessed lineup; even the first telecast of “Tucker Carlson” perked up 33 percent to 238,000 viewers in the first quarter.

      Mr. Olbermann’s take-no-prisoners approach frequently means he gives a demographic beat-down to his CNN competitor, Paula Zahn.

      and from a tv guide interview..

      TVGuide.com: A growing number of people are upset and aggravated about the war in Iraq. Do you think viewers see Countdown as a place they can get news about the war that is a little more attuned to their sentiments?
      Olbermann: I don’t know the exact mix. Clearly in the last year and a half, the people to whom I’m beholden are George Bush, Bill O’Reilly, Dan Patrick and people at Nielsen who decided to include DVR ratings in cable TV ratings. We’re the most DVR’d show in cable news. We had growth from that. But in terms of the sensibility regarding the war, I think the public is still ahead of us, slightly, and way ahead of the politicians. But from the beginning on May 1, 2003, I interviewed Chris Matthews right after the whole “Mission Accomplished” nonsense, and he was fulsome about it and portrayed it fairly correctly in what it would be perceived as…. I said, “Wait a minute. Long-term? What about the fact that you have this country that doesn’t have a government right now and we have no real post-war plan in our pocket. Is this premature?” This has been a steady attitude. It’s obviously gotten louder, and what a fatal boondoggle it’s been. It’s been an ever-increasing element of the show, and it culminated last year with “Special Comments.” [Olbermann's occasional commentaries on the show.]

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