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  • 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...
  • California: Obama's disapproval rating jumps

    12/03/2013 9:07:24 AM PST · by oxcart · 17 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 12/03/13 | Josh Richman
    <p>First, Californians who had approved of President Barack Obama's job performance began to reserve judgment; now, they're moving into full-blown disapproval, especially among longtime allies such as Latinos and women, a new Field Poll shows.</p> <p>Forty-three percent of California voters don't like Obama's job performance, up from 35 percent in July, the poll found. Despite the dramatic increase in unhappy faces, the president's approval rating changed little according to the survey begun in mid-November: 51 percent, down from 52 percent in July.</p>
  • CNN and MSNBC Lose Almost Half Their Viewers in One Year (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/27/2013 1:34:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 109 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 27, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    It's been a tough year for the liberal cable news outlets. Data released Tuesday show CNN shedding 48 percent of total viewers since last November and MSNBC dropping 45 percent. The numbers were even worse in the all important demographic of people aged 25 to 54 as CNN's ratings dropped 59 percent and MSNBC's 52 percent. In an off-election year, and with last November's numbers skewed higher as a result of the presidential election, it should be expected for ratings to decline. However, Fox News didn't see close to these losses. In total day, FNC is only down 18...
  • Ratings: Revamped Fox News lineup doing…pretty, pretty well

    11/13/2013 12:18:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2013 | Guy Benson
    TV Newser: Fox News had its second-highest rated week of the year in primetime last week, second only to the week of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. From 8pm to 11pmET, the network averaged 2,098,000 total viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers, ranking second in all of cable. By comparison, MSNBC averaged 716,000 total viewers and 202,000 A25-54 viewers, while CNN had 433,000 viewers and 146,000 viewers, respectively. It was also the second-highest week of the year for Fox News in the network’s expanded primetime block, which includes Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record.” From 7pm to 11pmET, FNC averaged...
  • Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Falls To New Low, CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Takes A Hit

    11/11/2013 3:36:37 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 11/11/13 | D Patten
    You would not be saying TGIF in cable newsland if you were Alec Baldwin or Rachel Nichols last week. The actor’s 10 PM MSNBC show Up Late and the former ESPN reporter’s Unguarded on CNN both hit demo lows on November 8. With guests Cristina Tzintzun of the Workers Defense Fund and the Coalition for the Homeless’ Mary Brosnahan talking immigration reform and anti-poverty programs, Up Late With Alec Baldwin pulled in just 101,000 viewers among adults 25-54 on Friday. That’s a 41% drop from the 172,000 demo results of the one-hour show’s October 11 debut. While Baldwin’s total viewers...
  • Shutdown coverage benefits cable news networks

    10/20/2013 9:52:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2013 2:31 PM EDT | David Bauder
    The federal government shutdown damaged the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good business for the cable television news networks—and taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more than five million Wednesday evening when Congress passed a compromise bill to put the government back online. … MSNBC, which has struggled in this post-election year, saw its average prime-time viewership jump 35 percent to 978,000 this month through Wednesday, compared to the first nine months of the year, the Nielsen company said....
  • A Jump in C-Spans Ratings, a big jump during Sen Cruz speech

    10/06/2013 11:26:31 AM PDT · by Gefn · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/6/2013 | Brian Setzer
    Given the meager approval ratings the public has consistently given Congress, it might seem surprising that anyone watches the unblinking live shots of the Senate and House on television. But government crises apparently have a way of ratcheting up interest in Washington procedural drama. When Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, started a marathon speech to protest President Obama’s health care law on Sept. 24, the average daily rating for C-Span2, the cable channel devoted to Senate proceedings, increased more than fivefold from the day before, according to data provided to The New York Times by Rentrak. As Mr. Cruz...
  • August 2013 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits

    08/28/2013 6:39:00 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 73 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | 8/27/2013 | Alex Weprin
    MSNBC continued its rough 2013 in the ratings, continuing to lose significant audience from 2012. The problems were particularly prevalent in primetime, with some shows losing close to -50% of viewer“Morning Joe” was down -9% in total viewers and -17% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same month last year, which actually was a better result than many of the programs that came later in the day. In primetime, “The Rachel Maddow Show” posted all-time low ratings in total and demo viewers, down -43% and -47%, respectively. “The Last Word” posted a low in total viewers, losing -40% of...
  • What’s Behind MSNBC’s Ratings Decline?

    07/11/2013 6:14:21 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 37 replies
    Just change it to PMS-NBC and the it is understandable..
  • TV Ratings: MSNBC Suffers Worst Quarter Since 2007, Piers Morgan Drops on CNN

    07/02/2013 11:02:03 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 31 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 07-02-2013 | Michael O'Connell
    A surge of breaking news -- the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Jodi Arias trial -- brings a new (distant) runner-up to Fox News Channel, but the cable networks end the first half of 2013 with a lackluster June.
  • Should Christians Have an Online Ratings System for TV, Movies and Music?

    06/24/2013 1:37:54 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 42 replies
    A recent Freerepublic post about lesbian moms being featured on the last episode of Disney's Good Luck Charlie has gotten me to thinking about whether there is a Christian ratings system for tv programs, movies and music. It is time for something like this. Years ago there was a religious group called the Legion of Decency which rated movies by their content regarding their portrayal of morality. Movies were much cleaner back then. If gays, abortion lovers and other degenerates can be the guiding hand of Hollywood morality why can't Christians use their numbers to provide parents with some clear...
  • MSNBC ratings “unexpectedly” take a turn (for the worse)

    06/01/2013 7:51:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Our friend Jim Geraghty stumbles across some numbers which may serve to take the collective temperature of the electorate more than any poll coming out of the political analysis factory. (This was also featured in the Morning Jolt, in case you’re not signed up for it yet.) In the midst of a prolonged media strike on various “wacko birds” and a general theme that conservatives were once again in trouble, there seems to be a distinct lack of interest in politics on the part of the Obama faithful. Read the complete rankings, May 2013 versus May 2012, via Nielsen:Total Day...
  • TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lows

    Fox News Channel maintains a handsome lead in primetime and total day, while primetime runner-up CNN continues a healthy climb from the lows of 2012. Averaging 539,000 viewers in primetime and 175,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic, MSNBC suffered double-digit drops from last May -- down a respective 20 and 19 percent.
  • Obama Scandals Bring MSNBC 7-Year Low While Fox News Rises

    05/20/2013 7:25:08 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    deadline ^ | May 20, 2013 | By DOMINIC PATTEN |
    The scandals of the Obama administration seem to be hurting not just the White House but MSNBC as well while Fox News Channel scored its second-best week of the year. After double-digit gains during last year’s presidential election, May 13-17 saw the progressive-aligned “Lean Forward” news network hit new lows as the IRS scandal erupted and revelations that the Justice Department secretly obtained AP records became public. With 350,000 viewers on average and 94,000 among the adults 25-54 demo, MSNBC had its least-watched and lowest-rated total-day results of the year last week. That was also the lowest total-day demo result...
  • 'American Idol' loses 7 million viewers compared to last year's finale

    05/17/2013 2:10:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/17/2013 | BY DAVID HINCKLEY
    The bad dream of a season for Fox’s “American Idol” ended Thursday with a ratings nightmare, as the singing competition lost a staggering 7 million viewers from last season’s finale. Thursday’s finale, in which Candice Glover won the coveted prize, averaged 14.3 million viewers, according to overnight ratings. That’s down a third from more than 21 million last year — and the news gets worse. Two years ago the finale had more than 29 million viewers, meaning “Idol” has shed half its audience in two years. And from Fox’s viewpoint, that’s not even the worst number. Thursday’s share of the...
  • 'The Bible' Maintains Strong Ratings in Third Week, Still the No. 1 TV Show

    03/21/2013 1:58:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2013 | Katherine Weber
    The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries once again maintained steady ratings this past Sunday night as it featured its third episode, delving into the Bible's New Testament and introducing Jesus, played by actor Diogo Morgado. The 10-part miniseries' third episode managed to rake in 10.9 million viewers, and score a 2.8 Nielsen rating among adults ages 18 to 49, according to Entertainment Weekly. The success of the most recent episode of "The Bible" makes the miniseries the number one show in all of television for the third consecutive week. These most recent ratings stack up nicely to the series' previous...
  • History Channel's surprise hit The Bible tops American Idol in ratings with 13.1 million viewers

    03/18/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/18/2013 | ALISON MOODIE
    It's the David and Goliath of television: an obscure religious miniseries has beaten television's former top show in the ratings.The premier of the History Channel's The Bible attracted 13.1 million viewers, topping American Idol's 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday of the same week. The ratings have confounded Hollywood's biggest decision-makers. Overt religious programming can be a notorious tough sell to the public, while American Idol has dominated television for the past eight seasons.Scroll down for video Tastes are changing? History Channel's The Bible beat American Idol in the ratings last week, drawing in 13.1 million viewers The about-turn is evidence...
  • NBC To Finish 5th In Sweeps For First Time

    02/22/2013 11:17:07 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 57 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 21, 2013 | Dominic Patten
    An already bad month is getting worse for NBC. For the first time in sweeps history, the network is projected to finish fifth in the key adults 18-49 demographic. That’s a crushing blow for NBC... snip... From the beginning of the February sweep on January 31 through February 19, NBC has averaged a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s below the 1.5 that Univision has been averaging so far over the 20 night of the sweep period. In fact, Univision has bested NBC every single night of the sweep so far among adults 18-49 and is poised to overtake NBC...
  • Fitch warns it may downgrade US over debt standoff

    01/15/2013 3:00:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/15/2013 | PAN PYLAS
    The United States could lose its top credit rating for the second time from a leading agency if there's a delay in raising the country's debt ceiling, Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday. Congress has to increase the country's debt limit, which effectively rules how much debt the U.S. can have, by the end of February or face a potential default, Fitch says. There are fears that the debate will descend into the sort of squabbling and political brinkmanship that marked the last effort to raise the ceiling in the summer of 2011. Outgoing U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned then that...
  • Signs and Wonders: Hannity ratings drop, debt ceiling, minimum wage hikes, spirituality

    01/02/2013 7:35:01 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 96 replies
    World ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Warren Cole Smith
    Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity predicted a Mitt Romney landslide in the presidential election. When that didn’t happen, Hannity’s audience abandoned him in droves. According to Nielson numbers, Hannity has lost about half of his audience since the election. This sort of drop is not unusual. News shows generally have higher ratings in the months leading up to elections. But compare Hannity’s numbers to Fox colleague Bill O’Reilly’s. O’Reilly lost about 30 percent of his audience. Both Hannity and O’Reilly still have numbers that top 2 million viewers per night, so they’re still cable powerhouses. But Rachel Maddow on liberal...
  • MOODY'S THREATENS TO CUT USA RATING WITHOUT DEAL TO CUT DEBT/GDP

    09/11/2012 6:49:26 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-11-2012 | Sam Ro
    MOODY'S THREATENS TO CUT USA RATING WITHOUT DEAL TO CUT DEBT/GDP Sam RoSeptember 11, 2012Moody's is warning that it may cut the US government's credit rating from the Aaa to Aa1 if it is unable to negotiate a deal to materially reduce its federal debt to GDP ratio. Here's the annoucnement from Moody's: ------------------- Moody's issues update on the outlook for the US government's debt rating: Budget negotiations key Global Credit Research - 11 Sep 2012 New York, September 11, 2012 -- Budget negotiations during the 2013 Congressional legislative session will likely determine the direction of the US government's Aaa...
  • RNC Ratings Night Three: Romney Results In Ratings Rise,

    08/31/2012 2:21:28 PM PDT · by MNDude · 20 replies
    Night three of the Republican National Committee culminated in a speech from GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and the ratings rose accordingly. As was the case during the first two nights of the RNC, Fox News Channel was the most watched TV news outlet, besting the broadcast networks from 10-11PM. Last night, however, the gap between FNC and its competitors was even wider, as it topped the next two networks, NBC and ABC, combined in total viewers. Every outlet except NBC improved on its Tuesday night ratings in both total viewers and the adults 25-54 demo. Compared to the final night...
  • Minus Palin, Convention’s TV Ratings Plunge

    Viewership for the Republican National Convention plunged sharply on its second night compared with the same evening of 2008, when Sarah Palin made her debut as the vice presidential nominee. An average of 21.9 million viewers tuned into the nine broadcast and cable networks that were broadcasting convention proceedings Wednesday night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was 41% less than the 37.2 million who tuned in the same night four years ago, the research firm said.
  • Ride the Obama Ratings Plunge TODAY

    08/10/2012 1:28:21 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 10, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Utterly terrifying!   Free Kool Aid! Yeah, I thought that was a scary coaster... until I saw this one: America deserves better! _________________________________________ TEAPartyisDeadNOT    Dees Illustrations  h/t Doug   iowntheworld
  • CNN Hits 20-Year Weekly Primetime Low

    08/08/2012 9:16:19 AM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies
    deadlinehollywood ^ | 8/7/2012 | Dominic Patten
    Primetime is not good news for CNN lately. Amidst having its least watched month in primetime in two decades in May and the lowest rated month in total viewers in 10-years in April, CNN has now hit a 20-year all time primetime weekly low. The latest fall came during the week of July 30 to August 5, 2012. Both primetime hosts Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan were on full time duty that week, with no substitutes. The decline was among total viewers and the key 25-54 demo. During the week of July 30 to August 5, Piers Morgan Tonight at...
  • July 2012 Ratings: CNN Continues to Struggle (Down another 20% in past year)

    08/01/2012 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    TV Newser ^ | July 31, 2012 | Merrill Knox
    CNN was down double digits across the board in July. Compared to July 2011, the network is -20% in Total Viewers and -23% in A25-54 in Total Day. In primetime, CNN is down -23% in Total Viewers and -26% in the demographic. [Snip] Compared to the July 2011, Erin Burnett‘s 7pm hour — home last year to “John King USA” — is down -21% in both Total Viewers and younger viewers. “Piers Morgan Tonight” is down -18% in Total Viewers and -24% in A25-54 viewers. The 10pm edition of “Anderson Cooper 360″ is down -34% in Total Viewers and...
  • Obama’s Ratings Dive

    07/24/2012 4:02:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    Dick Morris.com ^ | July 24h,2012 | Dick Morris
    His personal favorability, once a strong point for Obama, has vanished and is now being replaced by a personal dislike that is dragging him down. These data, buried deep in the latest NY Times/CBS poll (of registered voters, not likely voters) are both stark and important. In April, Obama had a 42-45 favorable/unfavorable rating, itself a shock given his vastly higher favorable ratings only a few months before. Now, he has a favorable rating of only 36% and an unfavorable rating of 48%. The NY Times poll showed Romney getting 47% of the vote compared to 46% for Obama (again,...
  • CNN Sinks To 21-Year Primetime Ratings Low.

    Coming off its least-watched month in primetime in 20 years in May, CNN has taken another big ratings blow: The cable news network has its lowest-rated quarter in primetime since 1991. For this year’s second quarter, CNN hit a low among total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic, with all primetime programs posting steep declines. The network averaged 446,000 total viewers and 129,000 in the 25-54 demo in primetime. Compared to last year’s second quarter, that’s down 35% and 41%, respectively. Rival Fox New Channel, meanwhile, with 1.79 million primetime total viewers on average, was down 1% from its...
  • Biased, Incompetent CNN Ratings TANK... to a 21-YEAR Low!

    06/27/2012 11:09:09 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 27, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Time-Warner learning credibility is a precious, frail thing In the wake of it's worst primetime month in 20 years, CNN is taking an ever harder hit to it's once-towering prestige... it's lowest-rated quarter in primetime since 1991(!)... For Q2 2012 the floundering network scared-off viewers by the score as the vital 25-54 demographic crashed and all primetime programs posted steep declines. CNN averaged 446,000 total viewers and 129,000 in that all-important (to advertisers) 25-54 group in primetime. Compared to last year, that’s down 35% and 41% respectively.  For purposes of comparison, for Q2 2012 Fox scored 1.79M viewers in primetime,...
  • NBC Prepares to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’ (Under the bus she goes...)

    06/20/2012 6:55:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/20/12 | BRIAN STELTER
    NBC executives are readying a plan to replace Ann Curry on the “Today” show, only a year after she became the co-host of the iconic franchise. The planning — which is taking place in secret and has not been finalized — is effectively an admission that all is not well at “Today,” the show that invented morning television 60 years ago and has inspired countless lower-rated competitors since.
  • Politico Publishes False Headline About Rush Ratings

    05/23/2012 6:39:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 5/23/12 | John Nolte
    Monday, Politico's "media analyst" Dylan Byers's posted what at first glance looked like bad news for radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh, who has been the target of a boycott after apologizing for comments he made about about pay-for-my-birth-control crusader Sandra Fluke. Byer's headline reads: "Limbaugh takes post-Fluke ratings hit." According to Paul Bond's reporting at the Hollywood Reporter, there's only one problem with Byers' headline: it isn't true. Byers: Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy.
  • Ratings Collapse for Liberally Biased CNN Host Piers Morgan (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/20/2012 1:59:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    News Busters ^ | May 16, 2012 | Randy Hall
    On Tuesday, May 16, CNN did something that hadn't happened to the network since 1997: The 9 p.m. edition of Piers Morgan Tonight drew an audience of only 39,000 viewers in the important 25-54 age demographic. These numbers come as a huge blow to the host, liberal, former tabloid editor Piers Morgan.
  • First Lady to Give Low-Rated 'Colbert Report' Ratings Boost

    04/05/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/5/12 | John Nolte
    Tweet from The Colbert Report: Nation! First Lady @MichelleObama will appear on The Colbert Report on Wednesday, April 11. Tune in at 11:30pm / 10:30c. Quite the media blitz the First Lady and the President have been on lately. You would think that if the First Lady wanted to reach a sizable audience, though, she would do a guest spot on a program that gets more viewers like "Pawn Stars" or a cartoon rerun on Nickelodeon or something on cable access. Well, Colbert is a true-blue friend to the Barack Obama re-election campaign and a fellow crusader in the left's...
  • Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV

    04/04/2012 10:04:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2012 | Peter Lauria
    (Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings. According to three sources with knowledge of the situation, Time Warner Cable Inc's carriage agreement with Current TV stipulates that, if the left-leaning political news network fails to meet a minimum threshold for overall viewers in a given quarter, financial penalties such as Current TV being required to increase marketing and promotion spending on the cable operator's systems are triggered. If Current TV misses the audience...
  • National Journal - House Members Ratings

    02/25/2012 1:17:45 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 23, 2012 | Nationa Journal
    In the following list, House members are assigned separate scores for their roll-call votes on key economic, social, and foreign-policy issues during 2011. The members are rated in each of the three issue categories on both liberal and conservative scales, with the scores on each scale given as percentiles. An economic score of 83 on the conservative scale, for example, means that the member was more conservative than 83 percent of his or her House colleagues on the key votes in that issue area during 2011. An asterisk [*] means that the member missed more than half of the rated...
  • Fitch Upgrades Iceland Rating To First Step Of Investment Grade (Recovery from Banking Crisis) .

    02/17/2012 9:16:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/17/2012 | Mia Lamar
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Fitch Ratings lifted its rating on Iceland to investment grade, citing the nation's progress in stabilizing its economy and pushing ahead with structural reforms. The upgrade puts Iceland's long-term foreign currency issuer default rating at triple-B-minus, placing it on the first rung of investment-grade territory. The outlook is stable. As one of the first countries to take a hit from the global financial crisis, the country is now showing a "promising" economic recovery, said Paul Rawkins, a senior director at the ratings firm. He added that Iceland has successfully completed a program with the International Monetary Fund...
  • Oprah apologizes for tweet that may have improperly asked Nielsen subscribers to tune into OWN

    02/13/2012 1:38:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 13, 2012 | BY ETHAN SACKS
    Oprah Winfrey may be feeling the pressure over her fledgling network’s sputtering ratings. A tweet from the talk show host’s Twitter account asked followers, “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Nielsen box,” in what seems to be a plea to boost ratings numbers. Winfrey publically apologized for the tweet, which was subsequently deleted — after being informed that the move may have violated Nielsen policy prohibiting networks from influencing ratings. “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen,” Winfrey said in a statement Monday. “ I intended no harm and apologize for...
  • S&P Sounds Alarm On US, G20 Downgrades

    01/31/2012 11:36:49 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI - CNBC ^ | 1-31-2012 | Antonia van de Velde
    S&P Sounds Alarm On US, G20 Downgrades Antonia van de Velde, CNBC January 31, 2012 Concerns over the size of United States debt reared their head once again as ratings agency Standard & Poor’s warned that health care costs for a number of highly-rated Group of 20 countries, including the U.S., could hurt growth prospects and harm their sovereign creditworthiness from the middle of this decade. S&P downgraded the United States credit rating for the first time ever in August of last year. "Governments' fiscal burdens will increase significantly over the coming decade, with the highest deterioration in public finances...
  • FITCH GOES ON RAMPAGE: CUTS SPAIN, ITALY, BELGIUM, CYPRUS, AND SLOVENIA

    01/27/2012 12:05:37 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-27-2012 | Simone Foxman
    FITCH GOES ON RAMPAGE: CUTS SPAIN, ITALY, BELGIUM, CYPRUS, AND SLOVENIA Simone Foxman January 27,2012 Fitch just cut the long-term issuer ratings of 5 EU countries: Belgium: AA+ to AA Spain: AA- to A Italy: A+ to A- Cyprus: BBB to BBB- Slovenia: AA- to A It affirmed Ireland's BBB+ rating with a negative outlook. Borrowing costs have been sinking for these countries lately–particularly for Italy and Spain—after the European Central Bank announced liquidity support measures in early December that have lessened mounting worries about the health of the banking system. While Fitch says that it supports EU leaders actions...
  • State of the Union Averages 37.75 Million Viewers, Down 12% From 2011

    01/25/2012 6:37:46 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 18 replies
    TV by the Numbers ^ | 1/25/12 | Robert Seidman
    38 Million Watch State of the Union Address for 2012 January 25, 2012 – On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The address was carried live from 9:00PM to approximately 10:15 PM on 14 networks.* The sum of average audience for those networks was 37,752,613 viewers, with a combined household rating of 24.0. The networks carrying the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC, MUN2 and on tape delay on TEL, TF and UNI. p>
  • ESPN's BCS Alabama-LSU final rating [barely] avoids all-time low (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/10/2012 1:34:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    USA Today | January 10, 2012 | Michael Hiestand
    Link only as per posting guidelines: USA Today Gist of article: Ratings for title game down 8 percent from last year; barely (by 0.3 percent) above all time low; all BCS games down 12 percent from last year
  • French CEO About Ratings Agencies: ‘We Have To Shoot All These Guys’

    12/29/2011 5:57:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/29/11 | Wolf Richter www.testosteronepit.com
    "We’re experiencing the beginning of the repercussions of the financial crisis,” said Michel-Edouard Leclerc on Wednesday during an interview on Europe 1, France’s largest radio network. He is the CEO of the second largest retailer in France, E. Leclerc, a privately owned cooperative association with 555 stores—mostly hypermarkets—in France and 117 stores in other countries. Sounding like a CEO one minute and like a populist presidential candidate the next, he emphasized that his company has done relatively well in 2011, sales being up 5%. Strategy: offer deals and cut prices. The whole industry, he said, “ate up inflation” with their...
  • Fox News Ratings Plunge (Ailes Reaping What He Sowed)

    12/02/2011 4:58:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 139 replies
    Newser ^ | December 1, 2011 | Mark Russell
    Fox News is still leading the cable news ratings race—but for how long? Fox's overall ratings for November dropped 13% compared to the same month last year, reports Mediabistro.