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  • The Fast Fix: Palin & Pelosi, equally unpopular

    03/16/2011 10:30:20 AM PDT · by adorno · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/16/2011 | Yahoo News/Washington Post
    New poll numbers indicate that Sarah Palin is now as unpopular as Nancy Pelosi.
  • Downgrades Loom for US States

    02/17/2011 2:53:34 PM PST · by FromLori · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/17/2011 | Nicole Bullock
    Cash-strapped US states and cities face the prospect of downgrades after Fitch Ratings changed the way it analyses their burgeoning pension bills. In a report published on Thursday, Fitch warns the new approach could lead to “limited negative rating action”, particularly for local governments with big wage bills. The changes to the way it assesses pension liabilities come amid growing concern over the scale of municipal debt problems and the effect on state and city finances of generous, unfunded public sector pension schemes that will run for many years. Sharp falls in equities and other risky assets during the financial...
  • MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur: ‘I plan to beat Fox and be number one in the ratings’

    02/09/2011 2:50:32 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 65 replies
    TVNewser ^ | Feb. 9, 2011 | Molly Stark Dean
    MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur sat down with news magazine AlterNet to talk about MSNBC, Fox News, and his web show “The Young Turks.” Uygur described the difference between the web and MSNBC — where he was named a contributor and substitute anchor in October 2010. He told the magazine that “television gives you an opportunity to really put together a great product and visually make your case to the audience better.”
  • S&P, Moody's Warn On U.S. Credit Rating

    01/13/2011 6:17:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Mark Brown and Nathalie Boschat
    Two leading credit rating agencies on Thursday cautioned the U.S. on its credit rating, expressing concern over a deteriorating fiscal situation that they say needs correction. Moody's Investors Service said in a report Thursday that the U.S. will need to reverse an upward trajectory in the debt ratios to support its triple-A rating. "We have become increasingly clear about the fact that if there are not offsetting measures to reverse the deterioration in negative fundamentals in the U.S., the likelihood of a negative outlook over the next two years will increase," said Sarah Carlson, senior analyst at Moody's. Standard &...
  • CNN 2010: Network has Worst Primetime Performance Since Mid-90's (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/29/2010 8:37:30 AM PST · by abb · 31 replies · 6+ views
    TV Newser ^ | December 29, 2010 | Alex Weprin
    2010 was not a good year for CNN. The network had its worst primetime performance in both total viewers and adults 25-54 since at least 1996, and tied (with 1999) for its lowest performance ever in adults 25-54 in total day. In primetime, the network was down an alarming 34% in both total viewers and the demo compared to 2009. * Primetime: 591,000 total viewers/ 173,000 A25-54 * Total Day: 433,000 total viewers/ 133,000 A25-54 CNN’s highest rated program was “Larry King Live,” which placed 18th overall among cable news programs, averaging 672,000 total viewers and 176,000 A25-54. As has...
  • In The News Today

    12/19/2010 11:11:06 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 5 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mineset ^ | December 19, 2010 | Jim Sinclair
    Jim Sinclair’s Commentary Moody’s had taken comfort in their role of the short of the euro play. They took protection in Federal court from suits over the accuracy of ratings based on free speech. Legally that is looking shaky but they still have Federal Court to take comfort in. The second they downgrade US credit, they have signed their litigation death warrant. They know this and might be playing a game of chicken.
  • CNN Becoming Irrelevant: Lowest Prime Time Ratings In At Least 13 Years

    12/16/2010 7:41:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 16. 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Is CNN becoming irrelevant? According to, the self-proclaimed most trusted name in news's prime time ratings this year are the lowest since at least 1997: CNN’s woes worsened this year. Despite the somewhat bogus total reach-touting, the network hit primetime ratings lows (or at least going back to 1997, which is all we could dig up data for) for total viewers and viewers 25-54. A look at Tuesday's prime time numbers should give you an idea of just how terribly this cable network is doing. Fox New's "O'Reilly Factor" now frequently gets more viewers than CNN's extended prime...
  • Armstrong Williams: Sarah Palin for president?

    12/03/2010 11:58:16 AM PST · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2010 | Armstrong Williams
    No one can deny Sarah Palin’s charisma, common-sense approach to issues and media savvy, and few will deny she was an overall plus for the GOP this past election. However, I find it rare in conservative and Tea Party circles for anyone to support her as the serious Republican presidential nominee in 2012, much less the winner. Conservatives are well aware of Palin’s shortcomings, yet the media seems to be rather blind to them at the moment. In fact, every time I turn on the TV, all I hear the mainstream talk about when it comes to 2012 nominees is...
  • 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet (Down 40% in viewership from last week)

    11/23/2010 12:18:14 PM PST · by WebFocus · 106 replies
    After setting a TLC ratings record last week, Sarah Palin's reality show plummeted for its second episode. Sarah Palin's Alaska fell 40% on Sunday night to 3 million viewers. Not many were in the key adult demo either. Only 885,000 viewers were ages 18-49, dropping 44% from last week. In fact, the median age of the show is 57 -- that's 15 years older than TLC's average. TLC expected a ratings drop coming off the high-flying premiere; executives realized some of their numbers were driven by sheer curiosity rather than eagerness to see an Alaska-based travelogue reality show. Competition from...
  • 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Breaks TLC Ratings Record

    11/15/2010 11:30:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/15/10 | Hollywood Reporter
    Sarah Palin's documentary / travelogue / reality-tainment / promotional-biopic shattered TLC ratings records Sunday night. The debut of Sarah Palin's Alaska delivered a whopping 5 million viewers. The first episode of the eight-part series was the most-watched program launch in TLC's history.
  • ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record

    11/15/2010 11:29:26 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 163 replies
    TV Newser ^ | November 15, 2010 | Alex Werpin
    The ratings are in, and it looks like “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a hit. TLC says nearly 5 million total viewers tuned in to the premiere of the series. In case you haven’t seen our previous coverage, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a documentary series from producer Mark Burnett and starring former Alaska governor and Fox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin. TLC says 4.96 million total viewers tuned in, including 1.8 million adults 25-54, and 1.6 million adults 18-49, two of the network’s key demos. That is the best premiere in network history with regards to total viewers, beating the 2003...
  • Cable News Ratings Show What America Thinking: Top 6 Shows All FOX, Bottom 3 CNN, Behar Last

    10/28/2010 5:40:27 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 83 replies
    Drudge ^ | Drudge and MB26
    New ratings tell story of average daily viewers FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,734,000 FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,720,000 FOXNEWS GRETA 2,296,000< FOXNEWS BAIER 2,284,000 FOXNEWS SHEP 2,244,000 FOXNEWS BECK 2,154,000 MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,190,000 MSNBC MADDOW 1,087,000 MSNBC O'DONNELL 1,048,000 MSNBC SCHULTZ 724,000 CNNHN GRACE 670,000 MSNBC HARDBALL 628,000 CNN COOPER 591,000 CNN KING 560,000 CNNHN BEHAR 339,000
  • Fitch may downgrade Bank of America ratings

    10/23/2010 7:09:21 AM PDT · by FromLori · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 10/21/10 | Wallace Witkowski
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Fitch Ratings said Friday it may downgrade the long-term and short-term issuer default ratings on Bank of America Corp.
  • Winfrey lands former President Bush, Jackson's parents (Bad Idea GW!)

    10/22/2010 2:40:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 23 replies · 1+ views
    MSN ^ | Oct. 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EST | Unknown
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush and Michael Jackson's parents are among the big names "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has booked for the November ratings sweeps.
  • Week Two for Parker-Spitzer begins with New Low; Worst Ratings for Larry King in 10 Years

    10/12/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    TVNEWSER ^ | October 12, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Last night’s “Parker-Spitzer” saw the lowest numbers yet for the program and the show did little to help the one that followed on the schedule — “Larry King Live” which had its worst numbers in more than 10 years. In its sixth outing, “Parker-Spitzer” drew 311,000 Total Viewers and 86,000 A25-54 viewers. That’s lower than the previous low for the time period set by Campbell Brown earlier this year. (332,000 / 87,000). Last week, Parker-Spitzer finished fourth in the time period averaging 465,000 Total Viewers and 124,000 A25-54. At 9pmET, “Larry King Live” put up its lowest A25-54 demo viewership...
  • Arizona lawmakers rate higher than peers

    10/06/2010 3:19:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — While most Arizonans believe that major changes are needed in the state budgeting process, they also have the highest opinion of their lawmakers out of five states faced with similar severe budget issues, according to a study out today. The study, “Facing Facts: Public Attitudes and Fiscal Realities in Five Stressed States,” found that one-third of Arizonans trust their state government “all or most of the time.” That rating was higher than those of the respondents from all other states in the survey, which included California, Florida, Illinois and New York. Along with Florida, the Grand Canyon...
  • CNN’s Parker Spitzer debut draws only 460,000 viewers

    10/05/2010 10:52:59 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies
    CNN's new show “Parker Spitzer,” which made its debut Monday night, attracted only 454,000 viewers, a decline from the show it replaced, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The show netted 118,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic coveted by advertisers. The program features former New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer -- who resigned in disgrace in 2008 after a prostitute scandal -- and Kathleen Parker, a conservative columnist, in a dual anchor format. It lagged well behind 8pm ET rivals “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC. Those two shows drew audiences...
  • Syndicated Ratings: OMG! Wheel of Fortune Rules Syndication (Nearly double Katie Curic)

    09/10/2010 7:11:26 AM PDT · by tlb · 8 replies
    Nielsen ^ | 09 September 2010 | Robert Seidman
    Rank Program Network Day HH Rating Viewers (000) 1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.8 9,052 2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 4.9 7,337 3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.3 6,838 4 ESPN NFL PRESEASON THU ESP …T… 3.9 6,173 5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.2 5,888 6 ESPN NFL PRESEASON ESP M…… 3.6 5,523 7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,912 8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 4,827 9 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ……S 3.4 4,712 10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,482 11 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8 4,367 12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S...
  • How Bad Is It For Obama? Look How He's Completely Lost The New York Times

    08/29/2010 8:47:28 PM PDT · by blam · 65 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 8-29-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Bad Is It For Obama? Look How He's Completely Lost The New York Times Joe Weisenthal Aug. 29, 2010, 7:39 PM The big political event of the weekend was Glenn Beck getting at least 100,000 to hear him talk about faith and restoring America, and all that stuff. And yes, the level of motivation on the right is bad news for the Democrats. But it's not just that the right is uber-motivated. One of Obama's key bases -- the NYT and its readers -- is throwing in the towel.Check out this Krugman post where he wonders when Obama is finally...
  • Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings

    08/25/2010 5:22:36 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-26-10 | KARL ROVE
    The White House is having a disastrous 'summer of recovery.' In what will rank as one of the all-time presidential PR disasters, we're now well over half way through what the White House called "the summer of recovery." And what a recovery it's been. Earlier this month, first-time claims for unemployment hit a nine-month high. The unemployment rate remains at 9.5% and 18.4% of workers are out of a job, can only get part-time work, or have given up looking for a job altogether. Sales of existing homes dropped 27% from June to July, hitting the lowest point since data...
  • Job fears grip voters as Obama ratings crumble

    08/24/2010 1:58:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 24, 2010 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans now disapprove of President Barack Obama than approve of him as high unemployment and government spending scare voters ahead of November's midterm elections, Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday. In the latest grim news for Obama's Democrats, 72 percent of people said they were very worried about joblessness and 67 percent were very concerned about government spending. The unemployment rate of 9.5 percent and the huge budget deficit are dragging down the Democrats and eating away at Obama's popularity only 20 months after he took office on a wave of hope that he could turnaround the...
  • Broadcast audience older than ever

    08/11/2010 6:48:37 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 3 replies
    Live Feed ^ | 08/11/2010 | James Hibberd
    Get off the broadcast lawn! According to the latest Nielsen data, the average audience of the four major broadcasters is older than ever. In a study released by analyst Steve Sternberg, ABC's median viewership aged one year last season -- to 51. CBS also grew a year, to 55. NBC gained two years, to 49. And Fox stayed the same, a relatively nubile 44. Compare this to a decade ago. ABC was 43, CBS was 52, NBC was 45 and Fox was only 35. Only young-female targeted relative newcomer The CW has as median age under 40 -- 33 --...
  • The 'Oprah' Ratings Continue to Plummet (Hussein's fault?)

    07/28/2010 4:18:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | 7/27/10 | Paige Albiniak
    'Oprah' Ratings Continue to PlummetTalker hits series low for third time in five weeks By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable 7/27/2010 2:13:33 PM Oprah is having one tough summer. In the week ending July 18, CBS Television Distribution's The Oprah Winfrey Show sunk to an all-time ratings low for the third time in five weeks, dropping 13% from the prior week to a 2.8 live plus same day household average, according to Nielsen Media Research. That almost moved Oprah out of syndie's top-ten, tying for overall ninth place with CTD's Inside Edition and reruns of the off-net hour CSI:...
  • Obama approval ratings - it was a long shot to begin with

    07/22/2010 7:49:02 AM PDT · by · 21 replies ^ | 7/22/10 |
    Graphical representation of Obama's approval ratings. Time on the golf course may not be paying off.
  • Fox News Ranks 3rd On All Of Cable Last Week In Prime Time; Competition 28th And Lower

    07/22/2010 6:30:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Mediaite ^ | July 21, 2010 | Steve Krakauer
    Fox News returned to their usual spot as a top three cable network last week after a one-week hiatus during the July 4 vacation. Meanwhile the cable news competition was stuck 28th and lower. [Snip] MSNBC finished 28th, CNN 33rd and HLN 37th. It was a slightly better finish for each of these networks from the holiday week before.
  • 'Americans would choose ANY Republican over Barack Obama', says disastrous new poll

    07/21/2010 3:09:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:25 PM on 21st July 2010 | By David Gardner
    Barack Obama’s fading popularity could cost him the next U.S. presidential election, according to a poll today. Most Americans would vote for any Republican politician over their current leader, the independent survey shows. With the U.S. mid-term elections fast approaching in November, Mr Obama’s popularity ratings make grim reading for Democrats hoping to cling to power on Capitol Hill. His job approval rating has dropped to 44 per cent, his worst ever score, in Connecticut's Quinnipiac University poll.
  • Cable News Ratings for Thursday, July 15, 2010

    07/17/2010 10:18:19 AM PDT · by Signalman · 16 replies
    tvbythenumbers ^ | 7/16/2010
    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for July 15, 2010 P2+ Total Day FNC – 1,193,000 viewers CNN – 436,000 viewers MSNBC – 367,000 viewers CNBC – 163,000 viewers HLN – 287,000 viewers P2+ Prime Time FNC – 2,434,000 viewers CNN – 631,000 viewers MSNBC –865,000 viewers CNBC – 235,000 viewers HLN – 564,000 viewers 25-54 Total Day FNC –37,000 viewers CNN –135,000 viewers MSNBC –118,000 viewers CNBC – a scratch w/49,000 viewers HLN – 21,000 viewers 25-54 Prime Time FNC – 568,000 viewers CNN – 166,000 viewers MSNBC –284,000 viewers CNBC – 111,000 viewers HLN – 199,000...
  • Poll: Obama's ratings fall amid Gulf oil spill (Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll)

    06/24/2010 11:59:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/10 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama's job performance rating has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as Americans grow less confident in his leadership, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday. Obama's rating stood at 45 percent in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, down 5 points from early last month. For the first time in the survey, more people -- 48 percent -- say they disapprove of Obama's job performance. A majority of respondents, 62 percent, said the country was on the wrong track. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed rate Obama positively on "strong leadership qualities,"...
  • Obama Approval Number Sinks to New Low Following Lackluster Oil Spill Speech

    06/18/2010 11:46:03 AM PDT · by Justaham · 51 replies · 1,206+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-18-10 | Jim hhoft
    President Obama’s approval number dropped to 41% following his lackluster oil spill speech on Tuesday.
  • Glenn Beck Ratings Crash Due to Attacks Against Birthers?

    06/18/2010 10:00:24 AM PDT · by The Conservative Monster · 91 replies · 2,108+ views
    The Conservative ^ | 6/18/10 | Steve Cooper
    By Steve Cooper The Conservative Glenn Beck had over 3.7 million viewers back in Jan 2010 and since then he has lost almost 2 million viewers and I believe this is due to him undermining the Obama eligibility movement. The people see through the attacks Glenn and we sense that you are aiding Obama and John McCain hide their alleged cover up of Obama's ineligibility.
  • Obama Approval Index June 16, 2010

    06/16/2010 12:07:18 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 8 replies · 468+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 16, 2010 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20
  • Shrinking CNN taps Spitzer, Morgan

    06/15/2010 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 484+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 15, 2010 | NY Post
    Ted Turner must be flinging his remote at the wall in despair. CNN, the cable network he founded, is poised to turn its prime-time schedule over to two disgraced public figures, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan, in its desperate bid to restore lost ratings. Hooker-loving Spitzer is thisclose to a deal to co-host an 8 p.m. talk show, sources said. Morgan -- a former editor of Britain's Daily Mirror being groomed to replace Larry King -- was caught up in a scandal in 2000 after he bought shares in a company before his paper touted...
  • Sweden is best - it's official

    06/11/2010 8:45:53 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 44 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 06/11/2010 | The Local
    Sweden is simply the best. And don't take our word for it - this is the conclusion of a whole range of global rankings, write Bo Ekman and James Wine from the Tällberg Foundation. Three years ago, the Tällberg Foundation set out to find the answer to a question: which countries and which social models have created the best societies? Which can work as tried and tested visions in the development of the evermore integrated globalized civilization? To find an answer we collated the results of the most frequently quoted of the many indexes and ranking lists that compare how...
  • Election Night Ratings: Fox News On Top, HLN Edges Out MSNBC In The 25-54 Demo

    06/09/2010 6:11:53 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 33+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-9-2010 | Joe Pompeo
    Election Night Ratings: Fox News On Top, HLN Edges Out MSNBC In The 25-54 Demo Joe Pompeo Jun. 9, 2010, 6:29 PM Last night was election night. Fox News Channel finished first in primetime out of the major cable news networks, followed by MSNBC. CNN finished behind its sister network, HLN, which managed to edge out MSNBC in the age 25-54 demographic. Here are the primetime totals from Nielsen: FNC: 2,672,000 in P2+ (647,000 in 25-54) MSNBC: 967,000 in P2+ (251,000 in 25-54) HLN: 781,000 in P2+ (252,000 in 25-54) CNN: 698,000 in P2+ (244,000 in 25-54)[snip]
  • Claim: Ellen being gay hurt 'Idol' ratings

    06/04/2010 4:35:57 PM PDT · by Dacula · 76 replies · 1,491+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 04, 2010 | James hibbard
    A Christian news site is making headlines by claiming Ellen DeGeneres is responsible for the ratings erosion of Fox's "American Idol." Christian Newswire director Gary McCullough says the sexual orientation of the newest "Idol" judge was the reason "Idol" ratings were down about 9% this season. McCullough said he predicted that "Idol" ratings would drop after DeGeneres was announced as a judge and says Fox has paid the price: "At this moment in entertainment history, network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender," McCullough wrote. "The producers of 'American Idol' chose to be a part of this push; it was a...
  • In May, Lower Ratings for Larry King

    06/03/2010 10:56:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 398+ views
    mediadecoder ^ | 6/3/10 | BRIAN STELTER
    In May “Larry King Live” scored its lowest monthly viewer total in nearly 20 years. According to Nielsen data, the struggling CNN talk show had an average of 653,000 viewers each night in May, its lowest average since the data started being electronically stored in the early 1990s. He had been averaging about 700,000 viewers each night this year, down markedly from last year. Last week The New York Times detailed the low ratings of “Larry King Live,” a symbol of CNN’s struggle to compete in a partisan cable news environment.
  • Campbell Brown steps down as anchor of eponymous CNN cable news show due to low ratings

    05/19/2010 8:23:11 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies · 1,976+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Soraya Roberts
    Anchors aren't known for admitting their shortcomings but Campbell Brown is accepting defeat. The eponymous host of CNN's "Campbell Brown" has stepped down from the "toughest timeslot in cable news" due to low ratings. "Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be," Brown said in a statement released Tuesday. "It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN’s 'Campbell Brown.’ " Brown added that she had been ruminating over the move "for some time" and that she felt the urge to reveal the truth behind her...
  • Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies (New York's would-be governor Andrew Cuomo)

    05/13/2010 6:54:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 150+ views
    New York Times ^ | 05/13/2010 | Louise Story
    The New York attorney general has started an investigation of eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. The investigation parallels federal inquiries into the business practices of a broad range of financial companies in the years before the collapse of the housing market. Where those investigations have focused on interactions between the banks and their clients who bought mortgage securities, this one expands the scope of scrutiny to the interplay between banks and the agencies that...
  • So who's sponsoring Glenn Beck's highly rated TV shows?

    05/12/2010 10:35:18 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 21 replies · 792+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | May 12, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    "For I light my candle from their torches." -- Robert BurtonOk, look. I know there are a lot of you who are pissed that Glenn Beck has repudiated the "birther" question. I'm not crazy about it either. But as another "hold-their-feet-to-the-fire" media firebreather Andrew Breitbart put it during an argument with Joseph Farah of World Net Daily, the "birther" eligibility issue is not a winnable argument. At least not YET. If and when we retake the majority in Congress, Americans might have a shot at unveiling and unraveling the background and official records of "AKA" -- the ONE believed to...
  • The race to kill the ratings agencies (legal noose tightening against S&P and Moody's)

    04/30/2010 7:37:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 374+ views
    Fortune ^ | 04/30/2010 | Ken Stier
    The legal noose is tightening around credit ratings agencies, for practices past and future. Just this week a federal court decision allowed a fraud case against Moody's and Standard & Poor's to move into discovery, dismissing the defendants' claim that their ratings are essentially editorial opinion and hence protected by the First Amendment. This particular case -- in which plaintiffs charge the deal involved the "shortest-lived Triple A investment fund in the history of corporate finance" -- is just one of roughly a dozen investor lawsuits, making its way through the courts. There are others: California, for example, is asking...
  • Glenn Beck's Ratings Collapse

    04/29/2010 7:59:16 PM PDT · by blam · 264 replies · 6,305+ views
    The Market Insider ^ | 4-29-2010 | Gillian Reagan
    Glenn Beck's Ratings Collapse Gillian Reagan Apr. 29, 2010, 4:15 PM Is Glenn losing his edge? Maybe not. Fox News' Glenn Beck might be a one-man $32 million media empire (books, radio shows, tours and more!) but what's going on with his marquee Fox News show? The Los Angeles Times' Joe Flint reports that News Corp.-owned Fox News cable news ratings are still high above the competition. But Glenn Beck's total number of viewers are down by almost 30%, from 2.9 million in January to 2.1 million in April. Glenn might not be the rising ratings juggernaut month to month,...
  • Nielsen: Overnight Masters ratings up 50 percent (antacid sales thru the roof too -)

    04/09/2010 2:23:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 394+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/10 | AP
    NEW YORK – First indications are that Tiger Woods' return has increased television viewership of the Masters by 50 percent. The Nielsen Co. said that ESPN's coverage of the Masters' first round on Thursday had a 3.6 rating in an overnight measurement of the nation's biggest markets. That's 50 percent more than the similar measurement for last year's opening day, and 80 percent more than it was in 2008.
  • Countdown Tops CNN Again, But Rates Better Without Olbermann (Olbermann a drag on his own ratings)

    03/30/2010 3:37:34 PM PDT · by highlander_UW · 14 replies · 540+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 3/30/10 | Steve Krakauer
    MSNBC continues its dominance of CNN during prime time as the 2nd place cable news outlet, while CNN remains ahead during dayside hours (with Fox News dominating in 1st place in both categories). But a strange thing happened in the first quarter of 2010 – the 8pmET landmark show Countdown fared better without regular host Keith Olbermann than with him.
  • Countdown Ratings Declines Continue; Better Off Without Olbermann?

    03/30/2010 2:35:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 872+ views
    TV By The Numbers ^ | March 30, 2010 | by Bill Gorman
    The ratings declines for Countdown with Keith Olbermann continue. Year over year declines for the first 3 months of 2010 ranged from 40-45% in the cable news advertiser target adults 25-54 demo, and between 21-29% among average viewership.While it’s hard to completely attribute cause and effect to TV ratings, it’s interesting to note that Countdown had better ratings (and a less severe year to year ratings and viewership loss) during the month of March, when Keith wasn’t on the air (he was off from 2/24 until last night) than it did during February (and was approximately on par with...
  • MSM viewership

    03/24/2010 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Rumplemeyer · 13 replies · 657+ views
    3-24-10 | Rumplemeyer
    Cable news is dominated by Fox, but what are the ratings for the MSM news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC?
  • Gallup Poll: Obama's Approval Ratings Lowest Yet

    03/19/2010 3:23:57 AM PDT · by Eterna1Soldier · 16 replies · 807+ views
    Gallup ^ | 3/18/10 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    President Barack Obama's job approval is the worst of his presidency to date, with 46% of Americans approving and 48% disapproving of the job he is doing as president in the latest Gallup Daily three-day average.
  • Chaos at MSNBC

    02/26/2010 10:46:31 AM PST · by JedEckert2000 · 42 replies · 1,874+ views ^ | 02-26-2010 | JedEckert2000
    While the Olympics continue in Vancouver, we're hearing that things continue to fall apart at "The Place for Politics." Despite having Olympic lead-ins to their prime-time line-up, ratings continue to be abysmal. Keith the Stalker has not been able to get out of his ratings slump for almost a year, and his bizarre personal behavior has begun to worry some NBC execs. Nobody knows when or if he will actually even show up to host his own show for one thing.
  • Uh, This Is Not Good (Karl Denninger)

    02/18/2010 8:22:44 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 718+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 2-18-2010 | Karl Denninger
    Uh, This Is Not GoodThursday, February 18. 2010 Posted by Karl Denninger in Musings at 21:35 From Rasmussen: The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% disagree and say the government does not have the necessary consent. Eighteen percent (18%) of voters are not sure. Uh, there is no way for Washington DC to force people...
  • TV Ratings: Idol Races Past Olympic Coverage; Lost Holds Up

    02/18/2010 7:57:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies · 584+ views
    TV By the Numbers ^ | February 17, 2010 | Robert Seidman
    With a six year winning streak at stake American Idol kept the streak alive, easily beating out the Olympics every half hour between 8p-10p with both adults 18-49 and total viewers. Between 8pm-10pm Idol averaged a 9.1/22 rating share with adults 18-49 and 24.64 million viewers. During that same period NBC averaged a 5.1/12 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 19.74 million but for the whole night (8p-11p) NBC averaged a 5.4/14 and 20.41 million viewers
  • Ratings agency warns on China bank 'bubble risk' (rising threat of bad credit)

    02/13/2010 7:02:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2010
    FITCH Ratings warned that banks in China face the greatest "bubble risk" of any Asian country, one day after it downgraded two mid-sized Chinese banks due to the rising threat of bad credit. The agency's comments in an Asia-wide assessment of the banking sector come as concerns mount that Chinese banks may be headed for trouble over bad debt after a record lending spree last year. "The agency views 'bubble risk' as greatest for Chinese banks given their 32 percent loan growth in 2009; this looks likely to be followed by a further 20 percent in 2010," Fitch said in...