Glenn Beck ratings skyrocket, Olbermann up, Maddow down, has anyone seen CNN?

by editor on March 18, 2009

Note: here’s a more current article on the ratings: O’Reilly-Hannity-Beck go 1-2-3 in cable news ratings again, Fox destroys competition again

The biggest news in cable news this week is the remarkable rise of Glenn Beck at Fox.

Top 10 cable TV shows for 03/13/09His Friday night special drew huge numbers and leapfrogged his show above long-time #2 Sean Hannity. What was CNN thinking when the let this guy get away?

As for the rest of the cable news pack, some were up a little, some were down a little. And Larry King continues to be CNN’s last man standing.

The accompanying chart looks at the top 10 cable TV news shows for March 13, 2009.

Source: MediaBistro, Nielsen Media Research

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professional woman March 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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Stupid, stupid, stupid. I guess you are a fan of maddow or olbermann.

call me Roy March 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

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Fox has destroyed the competition for ONE reason. If you get out of the big cities in America (which are deteriorating because of the Democratic policies for decades), you instantly see how America feels. Most do not trust this President and his Administration because of his “Progressive” policies which were not “mostly” visible during the campaigns before the election. Look at the states that are failing. Look at the thousands of schools that are failing. Why? The teachers unions have completely failed our children. It will take years to rebuild what they have destroyed. What does the Obama Administration want to do? Make the unions stronger. California is a complete disaster and could cause horrible consequences for our economy. What does everyone think is going to happen when 30 states go bankrupt? Does everyone understand what that means? Our country is in deep trouble and I won’t sugar coat it for you, things may never be the same because of both the Democrats and Republicans failing the people by saving Wall Street. Does everyone realize that Wall Street is trading with borrowed money? Our country is broke and soon China will stop buying our Treasury bills. Both of our worthless parties keep telling the American people that it is protectionism to not have the international trade laws and deals we have. These globalists’ are destroying our country. It is the biggest lie ever formulated in politics. Do you know what the Chinese businessmen think about that? Off the record, they say that are politicians are the dumbest &OB’s they have ever seen. Off the record, they laugh at our politicians. They send us poisonous everything and they buy nothing from us. Then they steal our defense and patent secrets and our leaders make a comment and the dismiss it the next day. How long can this go on before we are so weakened that it will affect our national defense? If the government has no money coming in- soon the gravy train is over, not just for the average guy & gal but also for our elderly, children, disabled, …….etc. Donald Trump was on MSNBS this morning and this is what they were talking about. I don’t care which party Donald belongs to, what does matter is that he is a business man. As a business man he knows what is wrong or right for business. And businesses are companies who hire you and me. Like he said, the Chinese are laughing at us, as they take our money everyday. Wake up America. It’s very simple. If we don’t make (manufacture) anything here in America, no matter what anyone tells you (weather it is the most radical far-right Republican or the most radical far-left Democrat), then there will never be any hi-paying jobs again. Remember, this not a party issue. Demand of your politicians to change the trade laws and let’s kick the globalist’s out of our Congress. By the way, we don’t have long to fix this.

John March 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

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Obama SUCKS! plain and simple.

PLEASE READ March 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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Please reply to this if you absolutly hate how every picture you see of Obama he is looking majestically into the air with a little smirk.

thatchickyousawtheotherday May 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm

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Yep. I sure do.

RockingHorseGuy September 15, 2010 at 8:38 am

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I can’t stand the sight or sound of the man. I have trouble watching clips of him spewing lies, so I usually read quotes instead. Then I only lose a little bit of my lunch. Smug, arrogant bastard.

Aileen Walsh April 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

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The only comments I saw on this website that made any sense at all was by”Call me Roy”. Thanks “Roy for the very enciteful words!! Sounds like you are the only one stating the real problem with our nation!!(and for those of you that are only going to read my post and pick up on the fact that I have spelled the word enciteful wrong…..have at me, if it pleases you so!!You seem so readyto put everyone with an opinion other than yours down so….have at me! I’m sure it willmake your day!! Little people have little ways!!

rocketman April 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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Relax Aileen. You are free to spell words how ever it pleases you. No one really cares. Hope you have a really nice day!!

I Don't Like Beck April 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm

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That data’s a year old. And it sure doesn’t show any “skyrocketing.”

Here are the Glenn Beck’s ratings for every Monday over the last threemonths:
2/01/10 – 3.068 million
2/08/10 – 2.858 million
2/15/10 – 2.790 million
2/22/10 – 2.725 million
3/01/10 – 2.782 million
3/08/10 – 2.775 million
3/15/10 – 2.361 million
3/22/10 – 3.446 million
3/29/10 – 2.155 million
4/05/10 – 2.229 million
4/12/10 – 2.009 million
4/19/10 – 2.032 million

Glenn Beck’s ratings have been going down over the past several months. That’s hardly skyrocketing.

Source data here:

Reason of account April 26, 2010 at 5:42 am

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I look at this, you are only counting Monday?

Look at the rest of the week. You are sad and it was very misleading of you….

Try again!!

rocketman April 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Lets play again, except this time lets go back to the same data source and try one of your favorites. How about Matthews or big Ed. Your choice.

Have you ever considered seasonal effects. People are getting out now and doing things like cutting the grass, or maybe playing outside with the kids, etc. How about doing a comparative analysis?

So typical of the naysayers to grab a data point and say See, See, I told you so, nanny nanny poo poo!! Think global warming moron.

We already know what to do come November, so my bet is the “ignorant masses” the the media likes to portray us as will be back with an answer at the polls. Whether or not Beck increases or decreases viewer numbers is irrelevant now. There are enough that have made themselves known or who are staying quetly on the sidelines until the time comes to kick out arrogant representatives and put the smackdown against the will of the elitist media.

rocketman April 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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I know this is off subject, but I found this comment response on one of the pages that “I don’t like Beck” sourced. What irony. Thanks person who doesn’t like Beck! Even though it’s really not funny, I especially couldn’t help laugh at pork items #6 and #11. Way to spend our tax dollars democrats!!
As with Bunning, they are now going after Coburn. What he is saying is what is right. He agrees need to do something with these benefits. He directly asked Max Baucus and Debbie Stabenow (sp) of Michigan if this bill they now want was paid for. They both acknowledged no and couldn’t pay for it. They insist this is an emergency and want to waive the “Pay Go” legislation Dem’s just passed and celebrated at a party they held for themselves for this Pay Go.

Following is a list of the things they say can’t be cut to pay for this “emergency” of unemployment benefits.

1. $107,000 for study of the sex life of the japanese quail
2. $1.2 mill for the study of the breeding habits of the woodchuck
3. $150,000.00 to study the Hatfield – McCoy feud
4. $84.000 to find out why people fall in love
5. $1 million to study why people don’t ride bikes to work
6. $1.9 million to study gas emissions from cow flatulence
5. $144,000 to see if pigeons follow human economics laws
6. Funds to study the cause of rudeness on tennis courts and examine smiling habits in bowling alleys
7. $219,000 to teach college students how to watch television
9. 2 Million to construct an ancient Hawaiian canoe
10. 20 million for a demonstration project to build wooden bridges
11. $160,000 to study if you can hex an opponent by drawing an X on their chest
12. $800,000 for a restroom on Mt. McKinley
13. $100,000 to study how to avoid falling spacecraft
14. $16000.00 to study the operation of the komung a Korean stringed instrument
15. $1 million to preserve a sewer in Trenton NJ as an historic monument
16. $6,000 for a document on worcestershire sauce
17. $10,000.00 to study naval communications on a bulls potency
18. $100,000 to study soybean-based ink
19. $1 million for Seafood consumer center
20. $57,000 sent by the Executive Branch for gold-embossed playing cards on Air Force 2

GM April 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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It’s pretty simple, really. Stupid people watch TV. Intelligent people read. Heard of the internet?

Reason of account April 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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Do you have any facts GM to back that statement or are you just trying to sound smart?

Love to see thoses stats ??

But, I must say Obamanation sure uses you libs and jumps on TV every chance he gets….

Administrator April 30, 2010 at 6:20 am

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GM, I would assume then that you attribute the massive growth and success of this website to intelligent people in action on the net.

Thank you, thank you very much.

thatchickyousawtheotherday May 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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You know, I liked Olberman a lot better when he was on ESPN.

Matt July 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

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Beck is still on, even though some wimpy companies choose not to run commercials on his show because progressives say they’ll boycott their goods. But FOX plays him anyway, some say (people who probably don’t really know, like left wing “news” organizatons) that FOX is taking a loss. But that’s the value of wealth. You can afford to take a hit for the public good. Thank you FOX, for sticking with Glenn Beck. Where would this country be without FOX? Ignorant of any truth. FOX has made errors in the past, like, it seems, they doctored some picutres of the New York Times editor to make him look unshaven and scraggly. That was wrong. But so was MSNBC when they showed a Tea Partier with an M15 slung over his back while commentating (and I paraphrase) “These Tea Partiers are gun toting racists.” Well, Fox played the whole video, and it zoomed out to show that guy was an African American Tea Pariter. They just played the closeup of the gun on MSNBC. We know, from doing the reading, that the real racists and race baters are the Progressives. Sanger, for example, wanted to wipe out blacks in the civilized world. And Wilson segregated the federal government. And the list, and the beat, goes on …

Funny, Hillary Clinton said she was a progressive in the style of the early 1900s in one of her debates. That’s funny, cuz that’s when the Progressives were the most blatantly racist.

idaho2run July 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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Spoken like a true Madam, one like Heidi Fleiss. P.S. Use spell check.

Larry Horowitz from Fort Myers, FL September 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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Glenn Beck is a (not so) secret faggot.

USN-RETIRED September 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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Thank you for sharing. Yawwwnnnnn !!

rocketman September 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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Funny how some people place names and locations on sites when making statements like that. If you Google Larry Horowitz in Ft Myers Florida the top hits include a guy who was arrested for wearing his girlfriends nightgown while he attacked her by ripping off her nightgown then he sat on her. Could that be a coincidence or what?

danybhoy September 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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So you have proof that Beck is gay? Please present us with the info beyond calling him a fag. Otherwise, STFU!

ocmadam September 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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Stella — was that you I saw under the bleechers doing Glen and the rest of the team?

idaho2run July 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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Spoken like a true Madam. Like Heidi Fleiss. P.S. Use spell check.

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