by Jonathan Singer, Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 02:08:41 PM EDT
It is perhaps a sign of the times. As approval ratings for the Bush administration and the Republican Congress continue to be mired in the 30s and below, so too has the viewership at Fox News fallen. And fast.
In June, we learned that network chief Roger Ailes was "on the warpath," putting his employees on notice after following a 22 percent drop in the core 25-54 demo and an 8 percent drop among total viewers in the second quarter. Now, Linda Moss of Multichannel News (via TVNewser) reports that ratings at Fox News Channel are down even bigger this summer.
ESPN, Fox News Channel, Nick at Nite and Hallmark Channel all tied with a 1.3 rating. ESPN and Hallmark were each up 18% versus last summer, while Fox News and Nick at Nite were both down 24%. [emphasis added]
In a separate post, Brian at TVNewser reports that ratings at Fox News in August were down 7 percent all day and 28 percent in primetime from the previous August at the same time that both CNN and MSNBC showed significant gains in viewership.
I don't want to overstate these numbers. Fox News still receives more viewers, both all day and during primetime, than CNN and MSNBC -- comined. However, at the same time last year, Fox News had almost twice as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC combined, so they have not only seen their numbers but also an even larger drop in their lead over their competition.
So the era of Fox News' domination of cable news may be coming to an end. And I don't think I'm going to get any arguments from this crowd that that's not a good thing.
by dpANDREWS, Fri Aug 25, 2006 at 11:11:06 AM EDT
The Fox News transcipt of Coulter's interview on 'Hannity & Colmes' last evening, appears incomplete. Her shrill pleas to Hannity to come to her aid are nowhere in the Fox transcript.
by Deb, Thu Jul 27, 2006 at 09:09:42 AM EDT
Individuals like Bill Kristol (I call him Billy because his ideology is stunted and immature) do not understand the true meaning of America. As with anyone who has grown up physically but whose social conscience has stymied at an elementary school level, his own self-interests and beliefs are always the underlining message in his articles. His disregard for human life (except his own) makes it easy for him to push his idea of forcing democracy on the Middle East and other countries using the might of our military. His narrow-minded view of the world like those of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, John Bolton, and most of the Republican Party leadership (dictatorship) has little if any understanding of the meaning of democracy. Democracy as most of the world understands it is the will of the majority to exercise decision-making power subject to the rule of law and moderated by a constitution, which emphasizes the protection of liberties, freedoms, and rights of individuals and minorities. Almost half of the world's population now lives under democratic regimes. But our definition of democracy very likely will not work in the Middle East and who are we to push our values on another country. Our government is not one to hold up as a positive example as our own freedom is being systematically stripped away.
Billy the kid wants war and after that, more war! His lust for global war drives him. He uses the corporate embedded news media of Fox (faux) News Channel and The Standard Weekly both which are financed by Rupert Murdoch to expound on his view of the world. He's also part of a think (stink) tank, which is just another way of saying that he's part of a group with the same narrow-minded views. It is much easier to "think" inside this box than to promote creative discussion that offers actual value to America and citizens of other countries. For the good of the whole instead of the good of the few apparently is not a thought within the stink tank. Maybe a little less thinking and a little more caring would help.
Kristol is recognized in part for some of the foreign policy failures of the Bush administration. In 2005, Kristol praised President Bush's inaugural address during Fox's coverage of the speech, as well as in a Weekly Standard article without disclosing his role as a consultant to the writing of the speech. What a stand up guy!
Billy the kid is morally bankrupt and if Bush had any sense he would ground this narcissistic warmonger and put him in a timeout. The message from the majority is that you go first Billy and we'll be right behind you (about 5,000 miles behind you).
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 08:59:29 PM EDT
For quite some time, Fox News has sat atop the ratings among the cable news networks -- by a fairly large margin. But as the trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable reports, the ratings at Fox -- particularly among the most important age demographic -- is dropping precipitously, worrying some of the big brass at News Corporation.
Slackers at Fox News Channel, you're on notice! Your boss is not pleased. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network's recent ratings slump, and he won't hesitate to clean house to turn things around.
So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 cable news channel's primetime schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse.
Production values are slipping, and bookers aren't competitive enough, relying too heavily on the same pool of faces and settling for authors or actors after they've already been on CNN or ... gasp ... MSNBC.
We as progressives have our work cut out for us in creating the type of infrastructure that helps conservatives maintain their political power, but the balance may soon be shifting in our favor. Ratings at Fox News are down two quarters in a row -- and not by insignificant amounts. A look at the most recent primetime ratings available on the TV Newser blog shows that MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" is edging ever closer to Fox News' big star, Bill O'Reilly, among the much-coveted 25-54 demographic (although Olbermann continues to trail big among all viewers).
And it seems that some progressives may be ready to invest the requisite dollars to bring some parity to the realm of cable as I found out at the Yearly Kos convention earlier this month.
But, as of this writing at least, the most interesting and important thing I heard during the duration of Yearly Kos was that progressives of means were contemplating the purchase of media outlets -- including television networks -- to help counteract the effect of the vast conservative media, from talk radio to Fox News. If these discussions come to fruition and a wholly progressive network of television and radio stations are able to reach the bulk of American voters, we will be able to greatly hasten the day when we are able to continue building on the forward-thinking policies of the New Deal era and the 1960s. Gauging by the seriousness with which some of the convention's attendees discussed this effort, I am cautiously optimistic that change could come sooner rather than later.
The ratings slide at Fox News only increases the optimism I found at the Yearly Kos convention.
by Jeff Huber, Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 01:59:24 PM EDT
I only recently discovered Father Jonathan Morris, a web and on-air commentator for Fox News. I have no way of knowing if Father Jonathan genuinely believes the things he writes and says, or if he's simply hiring out his clerical collar in an effort to bestow faux moral legitimacy on the standard menu of right wing talking points.
That Fox bills him as their "Papal contributor" strongly suggests the latter. Iconoclastic columnist James Wolcott seems to view Father Jonathan in that light as well. In a Vanity Fair column from last fall, Wolcott wrote, "Leave it to Fox News to find the first neocon pinup priest to sign up as an on-air analyst."
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