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  • FOX News Debate canceled per Salt Lake City local news

    03/16/2016 9:50:07 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 108 replies
    twitter ^ | 03/16/2016 | Kelton Wells, FOX 13
    Kelton Wells ‏@keltonwells 15m15 minutes ago BREAKING: GOP Debate in Salt Lake City is canceled. Confirmed by Salt palace Convention Center.
  • February 2016 Ratings: Fox News Is Most-Watched Cable Channel for 6 Weeks, Breaking 13-Year Record

    03/01/2016 2:03:11 PM PST · by iowamark · 64 replies
    TVNewser ^ | Mar. 1, 2016 | Chris Ariens
    Fox News has broken its own record that stood since the Iraq War. The channel has been the most-watched basic cable network for the past six weeks, which hasn’t happened since March/April 2003, at the start of the Iraq War. In prime time, FNC was up +22 percent in viewers and up +24 percent in the A25-54 demo. In total day viewing, FNC was up +20 percent and up +16 percent, respectively. The ratings for February, 2016 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data): Prime time (Mon-Sun): 2,220,000 total viewers / 427,000 A25-54 Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,340,000 total viewers / 263,000...
  • TV Ratings: Latest GOP Debate Rises to 14.5 Million Viewers for CNN/Telemundo

    02/27/2016 6:16:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/27/2016
    The latest GOP debate saw a slight uptick in ratings on Thursday night — especially if you factor in both of the networks tuning in. Shared by CNN and Telemundo, the debate grossed an overnight rating of 9.9 among metered market households, with a 9.0 rating for CNN's coverage a 0.9 rating for Telemundo's. With final numbers, the debate fetched 14.5 million viewers. That's up 1 million from the most recent debate. For a Republican debate, it's also the strongest of 2016. It just edges past the recent weekend affair on CBS, which had a 9.3 overnight rating that ultimately...
  • TV Ratings Saturday: Republican Presidential debate wins the night

    02/07/2016 10:01:08 AM PST · by TomGuy · 30 replies
    TvByTheNumbers/Zap2It ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Welch
    Preliminary Republican Debate numbers from Saturday night: 11.63 million viewers
  • MSNBC's Democratic debate is lowest rated of the season

    02/05/2016 2:37:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2016 | Brian Stelter
    With 4.5 million viewers, it was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to Nielsen data. The prior low was 7.8 million viewers for ABC's Democratic debate on the Saturday night before Christmas. [Snip] Thursday's two-hour session, moderated by Maddow and Chuck Todd, represented the first time Clinton and Sanders sparred head-to-head, without Martin O'Malley on stage with them. Some Twitter critics said it was the best debate of the election cycle thus far, burnishing the brands of Todd and Maddow.
  • TV Ratings: 'Grease Live' Surges on Fox, Nabs 12.2 Million Viewers

    02/01/2016 9:34:19 AM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 1st, 2016 | by Michael O'Connell
    Grease will be the word in the halls of Fox this week. The network's three-hour live telecast of the musical was a ratings success. Nielsen has the performance averaging 12.2 million viewers and a handsome 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's after early numbers gave the performance a 7.4 overnight rating among households. Fox easily had first-place status on broadcast for the night and saw its score in the key demo rival TV's biggest live musical in recent memory. This being the network's first live musical, its only ratings comparisons will be to NBC's last three efforts. Topping the first...
  • Media coup: Drudge poised to overtake CNN

    01/31/2016 3:35:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 01/29/16 | Cheryl Chumley
    A report that looks at where online news readers go for their daily scoops shows Matt Drudge, who operates the popular headline aggregation site that's a must-read for many of both political camps, is gaining big on massive media organizations like NBC and even CNN. The latter, specifically, might want to take notice. CNN has spent the last few years loudly proclaiming its dominance in the news market, even as competitors like Fox News - and now, Drudge - have gained steam. MediaPost, in its "10 Publishers Account for Half of All Online News," cited SimilarWeb and found "the top...
  • Observations on the Debate and Trump

    01/29/2016 5:22:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I was almost right. My gut was telling me yesterday that this thing was not over when the show ended yesterday, that the possibility of Trump showing up at the debate was not over. We've learned that the moderators, the moderating crew -- Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly -- even as late 8:45 thought Trump might bop over. There were negotiations going on all during the day. Trump was never serious about it. And I figured it out when I learned that Trump made a demand to Fox News, $5 million donation to his veterans group....
  • Trump to Hold Veteran Rally in Place of GOP Debate

    01/28/2016 3:27:42 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 72 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | 1/27/16 | Staff Writer
    Instead of joining his GOP rivals for the Fox News debate on Thursday, Donald Trump will be hosting his own event in Des Moines that will benefit veterans. Trump announced Tuesday that he will not participate the debate in Des Moines because of a feud with moderator Megyn Kelly, of Fox News. Trump plans to hold his alternative event at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event starts at 8 p.m.
  • NBC scores highest-rated Democratic debate since October [10.2 Million Viewers]

    01/19/2016 1:14:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    KCCI ^ | 01/19/2016
    Sunday night's NBC face-off between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was watched by 10.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched Democratic primary debate since October. The ratings were an improvement over the other two Democratic debates on broadcast networks this election season. CBS's Democratic debate on a Saturday night in November averaged 8.5 million viewers. The ABC debate on the Saturday before Christmas in December had 7.8 million. NBC had an advantage over ABC and CBS, since Sunday nights have heavier TV viewership. Still, NBC's debate -- the fourth of the Democratic cycle -- didn't come close to matching the...
  • 11 million watch Trump and Cruz spar on Fox Business Network's GOP primary debate

    01/18/2016 6:47:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/18/2016 | Stephen Battaglio
    Fox Business Network's Republican primary debate was watched by an average of 11 million viewers on Thursday, the smallest audience of the six GOP candidate showdowns held so far. The figure from Nielsen is down 2.5 million viewers from the first FBN debate on Nov. 10, which pulled a record high 13.5 million viewers for the cable network. It's less than half of the largest debate audience of the 2016 presidential campaign when the Republicans' first meeting pulled in 24 million viewers for Fox News Channel on Aug. 6 and significantly below the last GOP debate on CNN, which had...
  • Saturday night 2016 Democratic debate gets lowest ratings of any debate this year

    12/22/2015 2:01:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/22/2015 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    It was live on Saturday night but dead in the TV ratings. The third 2016 Democratic debate got the lowest TV ratings of any debate this cycle, ratings data released Monday showed. About 7.85 million viewers tuned into the prime-time debate between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, Nielsen data showed, noticeably below all of the other Democratic and Republican debates this year. The viewership for the two-hour debate -- held on the Saturday night before Christmas and moderated and televised by ABC -- had been expected to be low, although the viewership was still higher than some expected,...
  • Fox News Sunday with El Rushbo Delivers Highest Ratings in 9 Years

    12/01/2015 6:09:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: By the way, people have been asking about the ratings for my appearance on Fox News Sunday. Fox News Sunday had their highest ratings in nine years. I sent Chris Wallace a note, 'cause he sent a note thanking me. I sent him a note back saying, "You know what we should do next time? Next time you have me on as your guest and then put me on the panel analyzing what I just said. In fact, make me the panel." I said, "Chris, we could blow television wide open. Have me on as a guest,...
  • Donald Trump demands $5 million from CNN to participate in next Republican debate

    11/30/2015 7:42:08 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/30/2015 | Victor Morton
    Like a star football player holding out before training camp, Donald Trump said he may demand CNN pay him to be in next presidential debate. At a campaign rally in Macon, Georgia, Mr. Trump said he pulls in such big ratings that he deserves $5 million from CNN. "I won't do the debate unless they pay me 5 million dollars," said the real-estate tycoon worth billions. Mr. Trump told his audience at the rally, according to CBS News, that the network was treating him unfairly, over its coverage of his meeting with black pastors earlier in the day. He then...
  • CBS Democratic debate draws lowest ratings

    11/21/2015 6:35:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/2015 | Hadas Gold
    The second Democratic debate hosted by CBS drew 8.5 million viewers, according to ratings from Nielsen. It was the lowest rated primary debate this campaign season from either party, though it was the most watched show on Saturday night for broadcast television. The first Democratic debate, hosted by CNN, brought in a record-breaking 15.3 million viewers. The previous record for a Democratic debate was in 2008, which saw 10.7 million viewers for a debate on ABC. CBS also garnered 1.2 million live streams of the debate across several platforms. Broadcast networks have a far wider reach than cable, since anyone...
  • Donald Trump on SNL: yep. It was yuge

    11/08/2015 9:56:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/08/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    By this point it probably goes without saying that I didn’t stay up to watch SNL last night and had to instead queue it up this morning. (I go to bed by around 9:30 and get up a bit past 5, so that’s just not TV watching time for me.) Judging by the responses in the overnight thread I’m guessing that more than a few of you took the plunge, though. Given all the hype surrounding Donald Trump’s appearance there seemed to be two things we could anticipate to a near certainty. First, it was never going to live...
  • Donald Trump gives SNL its biggest ratings in years

    11/08/2015 7:59:20 AM PST · by GilGil · 58 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 11/8/2015 | James Hibberd
    The actual number of SNL viewers will be available later in the week. But for point of comparison, the season premiere delivered 6.3 million viewers, so last night could be close to 10 million. Trump, who continues to lead the GOP primary polls, previously fueled an August debate on Fox News Channel to a record 24 million viewers, and September debate on CNN drew an also impressive 23 million viewers.
  • Donald Trump Hands 'Fox News Sunday' Its Biggest Crowd In 6 Years

    10/22/2015 5:36:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 22, 2015 | Lisa de Moraes
    Continuing to strew ratings records wherever he appears, Donald Trump delivered Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace its most-watched broadcast in more than six years. The Sunday Beltway show logged 1,618,000 total viewers last Sunday, and 471K news-demo viewers. In overall audience, FNS jumped 23% compared to the same day last year. The sit-down marked Trump’s first visit to Wallace’s show since announcing his candidacy in June. Wallace’s was the only Sunday Beltway show on which Trump has not appeared since throwing his hat in the ring. Finally appearing, Trump defended his threat to boycott CNBC’s GOP debate unless it...
  • Moody's moves Illinois closer to junk-bond status

    10/22/2015 4:26:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | October 22, 2015 | GREG HINZ
    Illinois' budget war took another whack out of the state's credit rating today as Moody's Investors Service lowered its review of state debt, moving it to Baa1 from A3. And the firm said its outlook on the state is negative—often a sign that another downgrade is coming in a few months. "The downgrades reflect weakening of the state's financial position during 2015 and our expectation that an ongoing budget stalemate will lead to further deterioration," Moody's said in a statement. ... In bumping Illinois' debt to three levels above junk, Moody's followed the lead of Fitch Ratings, which took a...
  • Bundled Cable Deathwatch: ESPN To Cut 350 Jobs

    10/20/2015 9:32:53 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 101 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 20 Oct 2015 | John Nolte
    According to Bloomberg, the increasingly left-wing ESPN sports network has been forced to cut 350 jobs due directly to subscriber losses, which is also known as cord cutting. Early estimates were between 200 and 300 job cuts after parent company Disney ordered ESPN to cut $100 million from its 2016 budget. In just over a year, as customers cut their cable cords and move to streaming television services like Netflix, as of August, ESPN had lost a whopping 3.2 million subscribers.
  • Ratings: CNN Dem Debate Down -42% Over GOP Debate

    10/14/2015 12:49:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 14, 2015 | John Nolte
    During what will almost certainly be a change election year, the ratings from CNN’s Tuesday night debate show that the 2016 energy, passion and interest resides primarily on the Republican side. A total of just 15.3 million viewers tuned into last night’s Democrat debate compared to the 24 million who tuned into the first Republican debate that aired on Fox News in August. That’s a -42% drop.
  • Megyn Kelly breaks Bill O'Reilly's decade long streak [ Wins key 25-54 demo in third quarter]

    10/01/2015 10:27:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 10/01/2015
    Bill O'Reilly's ratings record streak among the coveted group of cable viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 has just been broken, not by a rival network, but by his Fox News colleague Megyn Kelly. Thanks to Fox's GOP primary debate, Kelly's average audience in that key demographic surpassed O'Reilly's in the third quarter of the year. O'Reilly has been #1 on cable in the demo every quarterly period since 2005. His dethroning might create some tension in the halls at Fox, but it's not as if Kelly's gains are coming at his expense. To the contrary, Kelly's 9...
  • Emmys draw worst TV ratings ever

    09/21/2015 7:17:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Competing with NFL's Sunday Night Football, which drew in 23 million viewers, the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards captivated just 11.9 million viewers - this is down four million viewers from last year's telecast, according to Variety.com
  • CNN GOP Debate Draws Monster Ratings; Matches Fox News With Almost 23 M TV Viewers, 4.5 M Streams

    09/17/2015 7:59:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2015 | By Brendan James
    CNN President Jeff Zucker is wearing a big smile today. CNN pulled in about 23 million viewers last night during the second Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. From 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. EDT, CNN drew 22.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National ratings data. The network essentially matched Fox News, whose debate last month -- the first in the Republican primary race -- earned 24 million viewers. That's the kind of number that one sees on a popular network show like Fox's "Empire," which took in over 23 million viewers during...
  • CNN's debate live stream draws a record crowd

    09/17/2015 9:11:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/17/2015
    A live stream of CNN's Republican primary debates attracted a record crowd on Wednesday night. The stream was front and center on the CNN home page during the debates. As of 9:45 p.m. ET, about an hour and a half into the prime time debate, the live web stream had 921,000 concurrent (or simultaneous) viewers, according to Alex Wellen, the company's chief product officer. Wellen called the traffic "massive" -- by far the biggest audience a primary debate has had on the Internet. The number of "peak" concurrent viewers was unknown. The Super Bowl earlier this year had a concurrent...
  • GOP debate: Early numbers suggest record audience for Fox

    08/07/2015 8:38:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/07/2015
    Early overnight Nielsen ratings suggest that Thursday's Republican debate was not just the most-watched primary debate in history -- it may have been twice as big as the previous record-holder. The debate on Fox News had a 16.0 household rating between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to Nielsen. Translation: 16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in. Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience. For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households. The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger,...
  • Rush Limbaugh woes continue, as Foes celebrate ratings slide

    06/19/2015 5:29:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 230 replies
    National Ledger ^ | 06/18/2015
    Rush Limbaugh's woes in the ratings game of partisan talk radio are being highlighted by his left-wing enemies, Media Matters is gleefully reporting that the radio talk show host is on a downward slide. Salon puts this headline on the piece, "Rush Limbaugh’s downward spiral continues: Another demotion, another step toward irrelevancy." The piece highlights a recent move down the radio dial Limbaugh was forced to make after being dumped by his host station in Boston, Mass. Limbaugh is still on the air in Boston but the conservative radio talk show has a new AM home in the city and...
  • Wednesday Cable Ratings: MSNBC Hits Lowest Demo Ratings Day in 10 Years

    05/14/2015 5:26:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Mediate ^ | 05/14/15 | Mediaite Staff
    Not only did The Ed Show hit a new low of 30K viewers in the 25-54 demo on Wednesday, but MSNBC had its lowest total day ratings in close to 10 years with 49K average viewers in the demo over the course of the day. The last time MSNBC saw demo ratings this low was on July 20, 2005 when it had 45K in total day. In primetime, MSNBC also came in third place with just 76K in the demo compared to 337K for Fox News and 196K for CNN.
  • WIBC pulling plug on 'Rush Limbaugh Show,' takes long view

    04/13/2015 3:08:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Indiana Business Journal ^ | 4-13-2015 | Anthony Schoettle
    WIBC-FM 93.1 is pulling the plug on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," a vastly popular program with conservative talk-radio fans and one of the most listened to in this market since it began airing on the station 22 years ago. The show's last airing on WIBC is set for July 3. Officials for WIBC parent Emmis Communications this month notified Los Angeles-based syndicator Premiere Networks that it would not extend its deal to air Limbaugh’s show.
  • MSNBC Ratings Fall 40%: Countdown to Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews Firings

    04/02/2015 7:45:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/02/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    CNN and FOX News have stepped up their game. CNN has gone full infotainment under Jeff Zucker and is eating MSNBC’s lunch. Meanwhile MSNBC has the same cast of social justice warriors with occasional interruptions from idiots like Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews offering the same predigested pablum that MSNBC’s younger audience gets in mock form from the Daily Show.The collapse is hitting fast and hard. MSNBC’s demo ratings, the 25-54 adult audience, has fallen anywhere from 39% to 45% (I’ve seen three numbers quoted across Variety, Deadline and Mediaite, 39%, 40% and 45%). For Q1 2015, MSNBC’s weekday primetime...
  • Oscar Ratings Hits Seven-Year Low, Viewership Worst Since 2009

    02/23/2015 12:19:32 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 98 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 2/23/15 | Dominic Patten
    All the awards have been given out and it looks like the final numbers for the 87th Oscars are in. Running from 8:30 PM to 11:48 PM ET last night, the Neil Patrick Harris hosted show garnered a 10.8 rating among adults 18-49 with 36.6 million viewers. Among the key demo that’s a 17% drop from what the final ratings for the 2014 Academy Awards were and the worst the AMAPAS ceremony has done since 2008.That show had a 10.68 rating. The total viewership for last night’s Oscars were down 18% from last year to hit a 6-year low. The...
  • NBC's Nightly News ratings dip by double-digits in first broadcast since Brian Williams' name was...

    02/16/2015 2:14:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/15/14 | Anneta Konstantinides
    NBC's Nightly News ratings dip by double-digits in first broadcast since Brian Williams' name was removed from title Brian Williams may be off the air, but it seems NBC's problems are far from over. Ratings for the network's Nightly News broadcast dipped by double-digits on Wednesday during its first broadcast that had suspended anchor Brian Williams' name stripped from the title. Nielsen's 'fast affiliate numbers' revealed that the nightly telecast's 9.8million viewers from Monday night had slipped to 8.6million by Thursday in what turned out to be its lowest numbers of the week. Williams received a six-month unpaid suspension this...
  • Inside MSNBC’s Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin

    02/05/2015 4:10:34 AM PST · by Enterprise · 18 replies
    thewrap.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    When President Obama was reelected in 2012, MSNBC was “leaning forward” and smiling wide as Obama 2.0 propelled it to record ratings and a firm grasp on the No. 2 spot in cable news. Over two years later, the network has fallen backwards. January ratings revealed double-digit declines compared with January, 2014 in all ratings measurements. During the day, MSNBC was down 20 percent in viewers and 37 percent in the advertising-coveted 25-54 demo. In primetime, it fell 23 percent in viewers and 39 percent in demo.
  • MSNBC suffers lowest ratings in a decade

    02/04/2015 6:55:07 PM PST · by george76 · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/15 | DYLAN BYERS
    MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade on Tuesday, a devastatingly low benchmark that shows just how severe the network's decline has become. The liberal cable news network drew an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 year-old demo on Tuesday, its lowest full-day rating since July 2005, according to Nielsen ratings provided by an industry source. CNN had nearly three times as many viewers in the demo; Fox News nearly five times as many. That low reflects a more general decline in recent years.
  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz Rebuked for Voting in Place of GOP Colleague

    01/29/2015 2:27:54 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Drew MacKenzie
    House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions has rebuked Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for voting on behalf of Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. On Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz was in the speaker's lobby next to the House floor while her home-state colleague was caught up in an interview nearby with a reporter just before a roll-call vote, according to The Hill. "Deb, are you going in?" Diaz-Balart asked before handing her his voting card, The Hill said. "Can you…" he said, his voice trailing off as he handed her the card.
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • Gallup: Obama Plummets to Lowest Annual Approval Rating Ever [Crazy!?]

    01/21/2015 12:37:15 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/20/2015 | John Blosser
    With six years down and just two left in which to build a legacy, President Barack Obama has posted his lowest-ever average annual approval rating. A Gallup poll finds that Obama, in the one-year period between Jan. 20, 2014, and Monday, posted an approval average of just 42.6 percent. During their sixth year in office, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon showed their lowest approval rating as well, with the sixth-year approval rating of every president since 1945 averaging just 45.5 percent, Politico notes. President George W. Bush tapped out the lowest at 37.3 percent, while President Bill...
  • Fox News dominates ratings again, CNN lowest ratings ever, MSNBC mulls changes to fix ratings

    12/31/2014 10:56:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Once again, for the 13th year in a row, Fox News dominated the cable news industry in 2014. Lisa de Moraes of Deadline Hollywood writes: As 2014 draws to a close, FNC celebrates its 13th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network, though it too had its disappointments. In total day, FNC is down 4% in total viewers (1.05 million) and same percent in news demo viewers, though it finished laps ahead of its competition in both metrics. FNC rings out the year ranked No. 4 among ad-supported basic cable networks in overall primetime audience, behind only ESPN,...
  • Reality TV facing its own reality: a ratings slump

    12/28/2014 9:53:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 28, 2014 | Scott Collins
    Just a few years ago, underemployed TV writers were complaining that reality programming was taking over their industry. Now the scribes are having their revenge: Unscripted programming is mired in an unexpected slump. Onetime smashes such as "Survivor" and "Dancing With the Stars" are drooping with age. Coca-Cola recently wrapped up its 13-year sponsorship of "American Idol" after Fox's singing hit plummeted in the ratings last season. NBC's own singing show, "The Voice," saw its season finale drop nearly 10% this month. And what's worse, no new hits are taking their place.
  • Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

    11/26/2014 11:30:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/24/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    If you ask the Michigan Department of Education, Covert High School is not a good school. On the state report card from a few years ago, the school ranked in the bottom 26th percentile. But on a new report card, the school 40 miles west of Kalamazoo is the No. 1 ranked conventional public high school in Michigan. The reason why requires understanding the state’s report card and those done by other groups. In Michigan, schools are ranked based on the state’s Top-to-Bottom list, which grade administrators and schools based 50 percent on overall test scores, 25 percent on the...
  • Fox News Leads with Viewers, News Demo on Election 2014

    11/06/2014 6:05:35 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 22 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 11/5/14 | Mike Reynolds
    It was the Republican party and Fox News Channel's night. As the GOP gained control of the Senate, Fox News Channel set the pace with the Nielsen electorate garnering the largest overall audience and also standing atop the so-called news demo among cable and broadcast networks with its midterm election coverage. Fox News Channel averaged 6.6 million watchers in the 10 p.m. hour (ET), when the three broadcast networks turned their attention to the results. CBS placed with 5.4 million viewers, compared with 4.2 million for NBC and 3.1 million for ABC.
  • World Series Ratings Off to Worst Start on Record

    10/23/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Variety ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rick Kissell
    The Kansas City Royals were a great story in baseball this year, but as a team with little star power that hails from a small market, their surprise run to face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series may not be resonating with more casual sports fans. Fox attracted a still-sizable audience to Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday — 12.2 million — but this left it tied with the 2012 Texas-San Francisco opener, which previously had been the smallest audience to kick things off. Last year’s World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red...
  • Nielsen: Technical Error Causes Months of False TV Ratings

    10/10/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Variety ^ | October 10, 2014 | 09:35AM PT | Senior TV Editor Brian Steinberg
    A software bug has resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March, according to executives at Nielsen, the measurement service whose rankings form the basis of how advertisers pay for TV commercials. At issue is a process used by the company when it moves from its initial survey of national ratings to its final one. When Nielsen calculates its early “fast national” ratings, some sources of viewership are not properly labeled and the data is put aside as “all other television” until they can be identified and tabulated properly. But Nielsen has discovered that...
  • CBS Hillary Clinton Show Loses 1/3 Younger Viewers by 2nd Episode

    09/30/2014 7:26:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Madam Secretary, CBS’ 100 million dollar Hillary infomercial, wasn’t doing too well with younger viewers to begin with. You would think that 60 Minutes with its senescent cast of droners would have less younger viewers than Madam Secretary, but don’t count out the Hillary magic.The current ratings show that Madam Secretary lost 4 million 60 Minutes viewers and lost half of its younger 18-49 viewers. That’s the demo prized by advertisers and Madam Secretary is going to have trouble staying on the air if it can’t get them to tune in.Younger voters are also an obvious target for the Hillary...
  • Do We Really Need the Rating Agencies?

    06/16/2014 6:33:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/16/2014 | By Desmond Lachman
    One has to be struck by the recent slew of rating agency credit upgrades for European sovereign bonds. Since the start of the year, undaunted by the marked deterioration in European political and economic fundamentals, the rating agencies have sheepishly followed the market's more favorable attitude towards Europe by providing the European countries with improved bond ratings. This has to raise question anew as to whether the rating agencies serve any useful purpose. Similarly it has to raise questions as to whether the rating agencies continue to amplify market movements in a pro-cyclical manner. Since the start of the year,...
  • TV Ratings Dictated NBA’s Decision to Play Finals Despite A/C Failure

    06/06/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 6, 2014 | Joe Concha
    You know that controversial NBA game last night more than a few water coolers are privy to this morning? ... The one played in an arena where the air conditioning went out due to an electrical failure, turning the court in a 90-degree sauna, resulting in said cramps for one LeBron James? It should have never been played...
  • Government Agency Scraps Employee Ratings To Avoid ‘Discrimination’

    05/26/2014 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/25/14 | Scott Greer
    One government agency has decided that the results of employee ratings are too discriminatory, and eliminated the process entirely. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Monday that it will now award all employees the highest rating regardless of performance reviews. The CFPB, which oversees transactions in the financial sector for the federal government, decided to no longer conduct employee reviews because there were just too many apparent “significant disparities” between the races, ages, and locations of its employees. According to American Banker, this new policy is set to cost over $5 million dollars, as it will now pay employees...
  • Oscars ratings up 7 percent over last year's telecast (celebrating the one-percenters)

    03/03/2014 4:33:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/03/14
    Ratings for the Academy Awards telecast in the nation's biggest television markets are up 7 percent over last year. The Nielsen company said Monday that New York, Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago were the strongest markets for Sunday's telecast, where "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture. Nielsen's estimate for how many people actually watched the show was expected later Monday. The Oscars are frequently the second most-watched television program of the year after the Super Bowl, with viewership topping 40 million people last year.
  • February Cable News Numbers: CNN Tumbles As Fox News Channel Logs 146th Consecutive Win

    02/25/2014 6:12:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 42 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 2-25-14 | LISA DE MORAES
    February cable ratings are in – Piers Morgan may be out at CNN, but what about the rest of the network’s primetime, which looked none too good for the month, all losing around half their audience compared to same month last year? CNN‘s Anderson Cooper at 8 PM dropped 47% February to February in overall audience to average 421,000 viewers, and 46% in the news demo to 127,000 viewers for the month, according to Nielsen. In his defense, Cooper’s lead-in, Erin Burnett Outfront, dropped 39% to post an average of 293,000 viewers in February – CNN’s smallest monthly haul in...
  • Medicare posts hospitals' 'clean and dirty laundry' on Hospital Compare website

    01/20/2014 4:53:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | 1-20-14 | Lauren Sausser
    Patients can make choices about which hospital they use based on many factors, including advertisements on billboards and signs on the back of city buses. While annual hospital rankings published in magazines like U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Reports offer conflicting advice on the best places to seek treatment, plain-and-simple geography can also matter. So do health insurance networks and recommendations from friends or physicians. “How does the consumer know which to believe?” said Dr. Todd Shuman, vice president and chief quality officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Should they believe this, or should they believe this? Or...