Blog traffic today DESTROYED last week’s new record by nearly a factor of two and the day isn’t over yet.
September 26, 2006
Crooks and Liars has video of the Fox and Friends gang this morning outside the studio where a group of sign waving Bill Clinton supporters showed up…
When I posted this morning’s Radar item on O’Reilly, I posted it and then moved on. I got home this evening and then it hit me…O’Reilly did an interview with Newsweek. Why didn’t I post it? Well here is O’Reilly’s rather short Newsweek interview by Jonathan Darman…
If you had to spend an afternoon with Keith Olbermann, Al Franken or Frank Rich, whom would you pick?
I wouldn’t choose any of them. There is nothing on earth that could make me engage any of those people.
What do you think of Katie Couric’s CBS News?
CBS made a brilliant move. Network news is going to depend on personalities rather than general presentation. Katie Couric is a terrific personality.
Tonight on Larry King Live the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby was revealed. Partial transcript follows…
SMITH: One really good thing about being a parent is your presents.
Yes, my son last night, he brought me home a t-shirt that said “Anna Nicole,”
and then painted it at the carnival. And he got a tattoo on his arm, and he wanted to put my name on that for his mom. You know, most parents would be like, oh, my God, you got a tattoo! I was like, oh, that’s so cool. But I’m not most moms. But I’m a devoted and very caring mom. Plus, he’s 20, so,
(inaudible) tattoo more than anybody.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: By the way, Howard Stern, before we get to the story of the baby girl, how are you doing? Did you have to be sedated?
STERN: I wasn’t sedated, but it’s been rough. It’s been really rough.
Here is a chart breaking down the Sep 2006 vs. Sep 2005 P2+ numbers by hour for the cable news channels…
Here’s a chart breaking down the year to year P25-54 (Demo) differences for the networks for September 2006 vs. September 2005 by hour…
The Q3 2006 numbers are out. FNC is noting that all the cable networks were down from Q3 2005 (due to last years devastating Hurricane season spiking viewer interest)…
All three cable news networks posted losses in September and third quarter 2006 vs. the same period last year with CNN witnessing the largest losses in September, according to Nielsen Media Research. FOX News Channel (FNC) continued its dominance for the month and quarter, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in both total day and primetime viewers and capturing nine out of the top 10 programs in cable news.
In September 2006, CNN suffered the sharpest declines in both total day and primetime viewers and demo over the same period last year. In total day, the long time number two news network was down 60% in viewers and 64% in the 25-54 demo. The losses were even more significant in primetime, with CNN losing 61% in viewers and 68% in the demo. Although it had more viewers to lose over last year, FNC posted smaller losses in each of these categories.
In 3Q 2006, FNC averaged 891,000 viewers in total day (down 28% vs. 3Q ‘05) while CNN garnered 548,000 viewers (down 21%) and MSNBC attracted just 263,000 (down 12%). In Prime Time, FNC averaged 1,462,000 viewers for the quarter (down 35% vs. 3Q ‘05) while CNN averaged 856,000 viewers (down 24%) and MSNBC averaged 366,000 viewers (down 22%).
Countdown flat out beat Paula Zahn Now in both the P2+ and P 25-54 categories, coming in 2nd for the hour behind O’Reilly. I’m not sure but I think it may be the highest P2 number the show has turned in this year on a non-breaking news day. But that big number wasn’t enough to prevent HLN from beating MSNBC in primetime…
Cable News Ratings for September 25, 2006
P2+ Total Day
FNC - 869,000 viewers
CNN - 524,000 viewers
MSNBC - 267,000 viewers
CNBC - 161,000 viewers
HLN - 245,000 viewers
P2+ Prime Time
FNC - 1,571,000 viewers
CNN - 883,000 viewers
MSNBC - 417,000 viewers
CNBC - a scratch with 87,000 viewers
HLN - 495,000 viewers
25-54 Total Day
FNC - 291,000 viewers
CNN - 187,000 viewers
MSNBC - 121,000 viewers
CNBC - 50,000 viewers
HLN - 102,000 viewers
25-54 Prime Time
FNC - 444,000 viewers
CNN - 243,000 viewers
MSNBC - 184,000 viewers
CNBC - a scratch with 46,000 viewers
HLN - 205,000 viewers
Barbara Walters will enter the “No Spin Zone” Wednesday night on The O’Reilly Factor. Walters will be talking about her interview with the widow of Steve Irwin…
CNBC announced this afternoon that it will air the 2 hour “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life” anchored and reported by Peter Greenberg on Wednesday, October 18th at 9pm ET…
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, CNBC reveals the inner workings of the world’s biggest airline in an original two-hour documentary INSIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES: A WEEK IN THE LIFE hosted and reported by Peter Greenberg, veteran NBC News “Today” travel editor. The primetime special will air on CNBC on Wednesday, October 18th beginning at 9 PM ET with a rebroadcast at Midnight.
How 9/11 changed the way pilots and flight attendants train for their jobs… why one passenger on a flight pays $50 for a ticket while another passenger on the same flight pays a whopping $800… the reason it is so hard for frequent flyers to cash in their miles… and how airlines manage the volatile price of fuel. CNBC tackles these and many other issues facing the nation’s airlines — and tens of millions of air travelers — in this unique documentary.
During one week in August, CNBC received extraordinary access to virtually every department within American Airlines. With more than a dozen camera crews and producers, CNBC documented the effort that is required to carry nearly two million passengers each week, and operate more than 4,000 flights each day.
Radar Online tries to debunk a claim by Bill O’Reilly that he doesn’t get invited to parties…
Bill O’Reilly seems to have a problem with lists. Last week, multiple sources dismissed his dubious-sounding tale of being warned by the FBI that his name was on an Al Qaeda “death list.” Now, he’s telling Newsweek he can’t get on New York City’s better guest lists to save his life: “I don’t get invited to parties. Nobody wants me.”
Well … that’s not what we’ve heard. Two prominent event planners say that they’ve invited O’Reilly to all sorts of fancy soireés over the years.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story on FNC’s impending license rate renewal negotiations…
Fox, which overtook CNN in the ratings race in early 2002, currently gets an average of 27 cents per subscriber each month. The network has proposed bumping that amount to a stunning $1, while also talking with cable companies about carrying a proposed Fox business news channel.
Some believe Fox is playing an aggressive bit of gamesmanship with its $1 request and will settle for a smaller increase. “Going from 25 cents to a dollar is completely unrealistic,” said Derek Baine, an analyst with Kagan Research.
Yet honchos at Fox’s parent, News Corp., have postured about putting up a fight if they don’t get what they want, including the possibility of yanking the channel and unleashing the wrath of the channel’s base of vociferous viewers.
Determining who wins— or, more likely, who compromises — promises to be a lively business drama. Fox may be powerful, but so are the nation’s cable companies. “The sides are evenly matched,” said cable and media veteran Dennis Miller, of Spark Capital in Boston.
UPDATE: Left off link. Fixed.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough writes about last night’s News Emmy Awards ceremony…
Also winning for investigative journalism in a nightly newscast was the “Money Trail” series on ABC’s “World News Tonight” about big money and politics. “Anderson Cooper 360″ won in the category of live coverage of a breaking news event for “Starving in Plain Sight,” about the crisis in Rwanda. It also won a feature-story award for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s report on Charity Hospital in New Orleans after the hurricane.
CNN announced this morning that it will air “CNN Presents Rumsfeld - Man of War” anchored by Fank Sesno on Saturday, September 30th at 8 pm ET…
A revealing new documentary, CNN Presents Rumsfeld – Man of War, takes an unprecedented, up-close look at U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. CNN special correspondent Frank Sesno was given rare access to the defense secretary, his allies and critics of his stewardship of the war in Iraq. During an exclusive interview and tour of his Pentagon offices, a candid Rumsfeld admits that he did not anticipate the strength of the Iraqi insurgency – but he also challenges those who have questioned his war planning.
Man of War premieres on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. and re-airs on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. All times Eastern.
Sesno reports that Rumsfeld, who achieved extraordinary success in turning around two corporations as a CEO in the 1980s and 1990s, brought a business executive’s cost-cutting sensibility to the Pentagon. While supporters say he listens to ideas and is eager to hear opposing views, his critics say that once he has staked out a position, it is nearly impossible to change his mind.
The New York Daily News’ Rush and Molloy speculate that Kim Hume’s departure may be for reasons other than what had been stated…
Kim Hume’s imminent exit as Fox’s D.C. bureau chief was announced Thursday. The buzz out of Washington is that she and the anchorman had been tattletaling on each other to the chairman and CEO of Fox Television Stations.
“They’d been calling Roger [Ailes] in New York separately,” reports our source. “They’d complain to him about each other.”
A Fox spokeswoman denied that either Hume has bothered Ailes. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. But another source told us that the couple, who together weathered the suicide of Brit Hume’s son, Sandy, in 1998, often argued in front of staffers.
Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann called FNC’s Chris Wallace “a monkey posing as a newscaster” for his question that got Bill Clinton all riled up. This is beyond patently ridiculous. It’s offensive. Wallace asked a perfectly legitimate question. It doesn’t matter that nobody else bothered to ask the question. That’s their problem to answer for. Clinton was hardly sandbagged. He agreed in advance that part of the interview would be about any subject and part would be about the Clinton Global Initiative.
This isn’t about whether I think Clinton has a point about whether conservatives have been trying to lay 9/11 on his administration (I do to a certain extent). This isn’t about whether I think Bush had other priorities than Al Qaeda when his administration took office (I think there’s evidence to suggest as much). This is about professional respect and common courtesy towards a fellow journalist who has shown no outward signs of bias in his conduct. Just because Clinton didn’t like the question and used it to launch an over the top tirade doesn’t mean the question wasn’t a legitimate question. Even Clinton agreed the question was legitimate. He just didn’t like the fact it was coming from someone from FNC.
Ever since Olbermann’s first, and I would argue necessary and proper, finger wagging commentary at Donald Rumsfeld, his successive criticisms on the Bush administration in recent weeks have gotten shriller and shriller. It appears to me like it’s almost as if he feels he has to top himself with each new commentary. Be more outlandish…more daring…more critical. At some point he was bound to go too far. And tonight he did just that. Olbermann should apologize to Wallace.
And, no I don’t think Olbermann used the term “monkey” in any other manner than as a trained monkey…as in a FNC “lackey”, as ridiculous as it would still be considering Wallace’s demonstrated lack of bias in how he conducts his interviews. Anyone who argues otherwise is out on a very long limb in my opinion…