2009 sees record ratings at Fox News, record teeth gnashing at MSNBC

by editor on December 18, 2009

glenn-beck That horrible gnashing of teeth you hear is Chris Matthews. The pathetic whimpering is Keith Olbermann. That plaintive wailing is Rachel Maddow. All because Fox News will finish 2009 as the number one cable news network thanks to the highest ratings in the network’s history.

Broadcasting & Cable reports the rosy details:

Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly provided Fox News' one-two punch in 2009

Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly provided Fox News' one-two punch in 2009

FNC topped the competition in all dayparts: morning (1 million Total Viewers, 340,000 viewers in news’ target demographic of 25-54-year-olds); total day (1.2 million viewers, 323,000 in the demo); primetime (2.2 million viewers, 551,000 in the demo). Those numbers mark year-to-year demo gains of 14% in the morning, 16% in total day and 10% in primetime (Mon-Sun), according to Nielsen.

FNC saw double-digit gains for all of its programs. Year-to-year, Glenn Beck is up 96% among total viewers (2.3 million) and 148% in the demo (612,000). Special Report with Bret Baier posted gains of 25% among total viewers (2 million) and 33% in the demo (454,000). The O’Reilly Factor is up 13% among total viewers (3.3 million) and 27% (801,000) in the demo, marking its tenth consecutive year as the No. 1 cable news program.

As Media Bistro points out, two Fox News success stories stand out:

Glenn Beck is up 96% in total viewers (averaging 2.3 million). He’s also up 148% in the A24-54 demo, averaging 612,000 viewers.

Bill O’Reilly, who now makes it 10 years as the top cable news program, was up 13% in Total Viewers with 3.3 million tuning in and 27% in the demo (801,000). In 2009, O’Reilly often outdrew programs on broadcast networks — just this week, “The Factor” had a larger audience than ABC’s “Better Off Ted” (“Ted” drew 3.183 million viewers, while O’Reilly drew 3.299 million at 8pmET.)

Amusingly, CNN and MSNBC are also touting their 2009 ratings. But that discussion is like the captain of the Titanic arguing with the captain of the Lusitania about which ship is sinking faster.

Source: MediaBistro.com, Broadcasting & Cable

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Keith
Guest

Jon (the loser) wrote:

>Funny, such high ratings for a pro-conservative pro-republican propaganda machine but people keep electing Democrats.

I wonder how he explains what happened yesterday.

Whipper
Guest

You should have kept Jon around he was pretty funny at times in a weird way.

Diego
Guest

Do they really think they are proving anything with those tactics?

IMO
Member

Damn, now Jon’s going to be another saved job… and get some Obama Money

Administrator
Admin

Jon is no longer with us. But he’ll be back from time to time, thinking he’s really outsmarted us by registering with new email addresses and hiding IP addresses and such. It doesn’t take brilliance, it just takes a person who needs a life, and is desperate for attention.

Jon
Guest

Fox is popular for the same reason that National Enquirer is. It’s a train wreck!

Funny, such high ratings for a pro-conservative pro-republican propaganda machine but people keep electing Democrats.

Could it be the same mindless Enquirer/Entertainment Tonight crowd watching, beleiving, repeating what they’ve heard and then NOT VOTING.

And before you get too excited about the ratings keep in mind that Smackdown beats all cable news networks handily. Just to keep things in perspective.

P.S. Why do you care? I don’t care whether ABC beats NBC or Fox. Doesn’t really matter to me. If I worked for one of the networks I might care. It’s not religion. Is It?

IMO
Member

Bill O’Reilly…. The initials BO have started to send a thrill up your spine. Please don’t feel it neceassary to broker a peace on behalf of Beck and the WH, he’s doing just fine and we urge you to change it to THE NO SPINE ZONE…!

Greg
Member

Maybe news is hard to define and we just know it when we see it. We see it on Fox News.

I do miss seeing Brit Hume every night.

Jon
Guest

Have you considered the possibility that you’re homosexual? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you are, just exploring the possible causes for you’re desire to see Brit Hume every night.

Tell me, when you went to the mall as a child and sat on Santa’s lap, how did that make you feel?

Let’s explore this Greg.

theallmightyq
Member

Ah…douchbaggery at it’s finest. Seriously, you are one of the greatest douche bags it has ever been my pleasure to encounter. Greg misses seeing Brit Hume, and you automatically pull out the “homosexual” bit. I do like to see more originality than that…but you gotta love a classic.

It’s just a shame that you mother didn’t teach you any manners. But then, I was keeping her on her back and knees a lot, so she didn’t really have a lot of time.

See what I did there? You’re not the only one who can be a insufferable prick. It’s not hard, and it doesn’t take a great deal of talent. But you are still King Douche. Don’t fret, your title is secure.

Jon
Guest

Come on james. You know the only time you’ve had a woman on her knees is when she was working a dildo up your backside.

Judging by your response to what I said to someone else I must have hit a sore spot with you. Not litteraly though (I don’t get down like that).
Look on the bright side, here’s your chance to get in good with Greg and maybe you can set up that three-way with him and your di#%suckin’ pappy.
See ya sissy

Administrator
Admin

Jon, this is your one and only warning. We’re not going to put up with crap like that here. And remember, we don’t even need an excuse anyway, we can rid ourselves of you any time we like.

I really don’t care for you–you’re a bore and you’re not really very intelligent. But we keep you around for amusement, sort our little predictable pet.

You can attempt to bait me into conversing with you, but I’m not interested. So you won’t be hearing back from me.

theallmightyq
Member

I am very sorry…my fault, really. I know you’re not supposed to feed the trolls, but in this instance lil’ Jonny was just being a prick for the sake of being one. Couldn’t let that slide. I will refrain from conversing with him, or commenting on his posts in the hopes that he won’t get so riled up anymore and start attacking random people. We wouldn’t want to see him banned, as I’m sure he would be missed.

Jon
Guest

Get off his pipe. Take a break from being a queer once in a while.

Jon
Guest

I give you permission to do your worst maggot.

theallmightyq
Member

Those increases in Fox’s rating are likely just a direct result of all the government employees that are monitoring the “dangerous” goings on over at Fox. It clearly couldn’t be because the shows are resonating with the American people. That would be crazy. Where do these people even get these numbers from? Those ratings were clearly doctored.

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