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Conservative Fox News Channel Up 32% (WOW) In August Ratings As Other Cable News Operations Crash
Hollywood Reporter | By Paul J. Gough

Posted on 08/31/2005 7:08:02 AM PDT by MindBender26

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox News scored its largest audience so far this year in August, a month when most of the other cable news channels suffered ratings declines in comparison with convention-heavy 2004.

According to data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Fox News tallied slightly more than 2 million total viewers in primetime during the month, a 32% improvement over its year-ago figures.

By contrast, CNN lost 19% of its primetime viewership (to 748,000), and MSNBC dropped 22% to 349,000 in August compared with a year ago. CNN's Headline News, on the strength of "Nancy Grace" and other primetime programming, jumped 117% to 449,000 viewers, making it the third-ranked news channel in primetime, overtaking MSNBC.

In the news demographic of adults 25-54, Fox News ruled again, with 541,000 viewers, up 12%, while CNN lost 9% to 236,000 and MSNBC was mostly flat at 145,000. Headline News averaged 160,000, up 111%.

Fox News owned 11 of the top 12 shows in cable news, with 2.5 million viewers for No. 1 "The O'Reilly Factor" (up 13%) and 2.2 million viewers for "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren." Greta Van Susteren's show, which has seen a major boost in the ratings with its coverage of the Natalee Holloway story in Aruba, saw a 36% boost in viewership.

CNN's sole entry in the top 10, "Larry King Live," saw viewership fall 27% to 1 million. "The Situation Room," which debuted this month, averaged 466,000 viewers, down 14% compared to the political-heavy coverage on CNN last year. On the other hand, "Nancy Grace" gave Headline News its highest month ever, with 738,000 viewers in August. That was just behind "NewsNight With Aaron Brown" and "Paula Zahn Now"; "Paula Zahn Now" saw its total viewership rise 6% to 596,000, though its demo coverage was flat.

Fox News also won the ratings war in hurricane coverage Monday, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday afternoon. Fox News averaged 2.8 million viewers in total day -- a 247% increase over the same day in 2004 -- ahead of CNN's 1.8 million viewers and MSNBC's 679,000


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"Fox News also won the ratings war in HURRICANE COVERAGE MONDAY, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday afternoon. Fox News averaged 2.8 million viewers in total day -- a 247% (!!!!) increase over the same day in 2004 -- (WAY) ahead of CNN's 1.8 million viewers and MSNBC's 679,000."

This is exceptionally significant, as the identification of where viewers turn to in crisis times is a great indication of what network viewers TRUST the most. It is also a great predictor of future ratings.

1 posted on 08/31/2005 7:08:04 AM PDT by MindBender26
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To: MindBender26

MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Vast Right Wing Takeover continues!


2 posted on 08/31/2005 7:12:12 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: MindBender26

I can't believe so many people watch Greta's shows on Natalie Holloway (sp?). It's so different from the rest of Fox News (except for those police car chases), in that it is covered as a local missing person story with no political significance.

To each his own, I guess.


3 posted on 08/31/2005 7:13:30 AM PDT by Piranha
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To: Piranha

It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative.


4 posted on 08/31/2005 7:15:09 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: basil

"It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative."


They actually have real conservatives to argue the right view though. Compare to others, ........and from the right...John McCain.

A fair fight for a change. Not 6 liberals against 1 conservative.


5 posted on 08/31/2005 7:19:29 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: basil
Fox many not be, but compared to all the others it's ultra-right-wing-neocon-conservative.
6 posted on 08/31/2005 7:22:45 AM PDT by 2001convSVT
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To: basil

I agree. It does generally provide two sides to most issues. However, overall, it still leans left of center.


7 posted on 08/31/2005 7:24:56 AM PDT by Misplaced Texan
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To: MindBender26

FOXNews isn't conservative... it's just the only network that gives a balanced view of the news.


8 posted on 08/31/2005 7:25:32 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”)
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To: Piranha
I can't believe so many people watch Greta's shows on Natalie Holloway

Frankly, I've been watching a lot more History Channel since Fox adopted the 'all Natalie all the time' format. I don't understand how all that 'A Current Affair'-type TV gets such good ratings on a network that bills itself as a news outlet.

9 posted on 08/31/2005 7:26:23 AM PDT by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: basil

"It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative."

It's not supposed to be nor should it be. It simply presents both (or more) sides, the way it should be done. Conservatives love it bec they aren't used to seeing/hearing their side presented. Libs hate it for the same reason.


10 posted on 08/31/2005 7:28:47 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Piranha
I can't believe so many people watch Greta's shows on Natalie Holloway

Gretta's show? The entire Fox evening is filled with this CourtTV stuff. It has almost ruined Bill O'Reilly and I can't even stand to watch Sean Hannity and his sidekick. Before Natalie it was the little girl raped by the druggie in Florida and before that it was the runaway bride and before that it was some other unfortunate but attractive blond person. These are tragedies but they hardly merit the kind of coverage they are getting when there is so much other critically more important stuff happening in the world.

I get something like 500 digital channels over my cable. I wish just one would cover the news.

11 posted on 08/31/2005 7:31:40 AM PDT by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: Lee'sGhost

BINGO! We have a winner here. The left hates FNC because it's not tilted to port like all the other news outlets, and some people on the right hate it because it's not GOPTV or the John Birch Channel.


12 posted on 08/31/2005 7:32:44 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Unleash Karl Rove!!!)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Actually, my comment was made relative to what I've seen Freepers post. I"ve gotten my impression from reading FR. I don't watch any of them. Life is so sweet w/o the blare of television constantly yakking away. If it's important, it's here on FR.


13 posted on 08/31/2005 7:33:15 AM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: MindBender26
Odd that FoxNews is labeled "conservative", but CNN and MSNBC are not labeled "liberal."

I guess they're not biased.

14 posted on 08/31/2005 7:33:46 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MindBender26
The answer to CNN's failure is easy if Paul Begala is still employed there.

In the face of these numbers, the heads of the ultra-left wing TV channels, ABC, CBS and NBC will blather that they still have 30 million viewers watch their "news" every night. They are whistling past the grave yard.

There "news" is only 22 minutes long and is mostly medical reporting to support their medical sponsors. This programming appeals to older viewers who don't have cable and want to see medical programming, not news.

No, non-cable "news" is dieing. It never did a decent job, except in it's own mind, and was far too interested in it's political agenda, an easy thing when they were the only game in town.

15 posted on 08/31/2005 7:34:02 AM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: MindBender26
CNN's Headline News, on the strength of "Nancy Grace" and other primetime programming, jumped 117% to 449,000 viewers, making it the third-ranked news channel in primetime, overtaking MSNBC.

Please!!!! Nancy Grace? That woman makes my skin crawl. But I did laugh that it "overtaking MSNBC"

16 posted on 08/31/2005 7:37:54 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: MindBender26

Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC may be that format's equivalent to Chevy Chase's (or Magic Johnson's) late night talk show. Brutal.


17 posted on 08/31/2005 7:39:17 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MindBender26

>>>This is exceptionally significant, as the identification of where viewers turn to in crisis times is a great indication of what network viewers TRUST the most. It is also a great predictor of future ratings.

Perhaps for crisis of the Natalee Holloway story. But it seems in the midst of the current Katrina crisis, a review of rhe threads indicates that most Freepers are citing the superior coverage of CNN and choosing to watch that over FNC.


18 posted on 08/31/2005 7:47:18 AM PDT by NC28203
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To: MindBender26
Fox News also won the ratings war in hurricane coverage Monday

While recoverying from surgery, I flipped between CNN and Fox all day. CNN is crap for politics, but their coverage of the tragedy in the Gulf Coast was outstanding - greatly superior to Fox's. (I hated to type it, but it's true.) Fox is getting overwhelmed with commercials.

19 posted on 08/31/2005 7:49:18 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: MindBender26

If it's the "Conservative Fox Channel", why has it never been the "Liberal CNN"?


20 posted on 08/31/2005 7:52:35 AM PDT by capt. norm (Two wrongs do not make a right. It usually takes me at least three..)
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To: basil
It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative.

I don't think it is either, in fact it seems a little left of center.

I wish someone would buy CNN and change it to the Conservative News Network.

21 posted on 08/31/2005 7:54:55 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with really stupid enemies.)
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To: aimhigh; NC28203
I agree, as much as it pains me to admit it.

I hope Fox doesn't get so lax to think it doesn't have competitors...
22 posted on 08/31/2005 7:56:25 AM PDT by mosquitobite
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To: aimhigh

I'm of the sime mind, Aimhigh. CNN has been far superior to Fox on Katrina coverage. Even MSNBC has been better than Fox in this particular area.


23 posted on 08/31/2005 8:00:00 AM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: Gulf War One

what is also great is that the New York Times and the LA times are dying also


24 posted on 08/31/2005 8:04:54 AM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: Piranha
Don't sell Greta short. She's a no nonsense interviewer, she doesn't stick to a script, she listens to her guests and then comes up with astute questions. Since Katrina, she's moved off so much Aruba, and onto excellent segments on this subject.

I've watched CNN Wolf Blitzer The Situation, and it's embarrassing to watch. Blitzer is ill at ease with all the gimmicks and gadgets. Every other sentence is a self-promoting, self-promoting boast. An empty boast, if you ask me. CNN has devolved into a cheap imitation of FOXNEWS. It ain't working!

25 posted on 08/31/2005 8:07:29 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@Forcibly evacuate New Orleans now.com)
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To: basil
How could they be when hiring Bill Hemmer from CNN
26 posted on 08/31/2005 8:10:21 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Gulf War One

It's getting to the point where CNN and MSNBC aren't even in the same league as Fox News. It's like the majors vs. Single-A at this point. Great to see another big ratings win for Fox. CNN's programming is an embarassment right now, so I see no reason why this trend won't continue.


27 posted on 08/31/2005 8:11:22 AM PDT by Pop Fly
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To: Piranha
You might get a kick out of this lead-in line on fark.com regarding the Aruba coverage:

"Aruba authorites re-arrest brothers in desperate attempt to make Greta Van Susteren leave island."

28 posted on 08/31/2005 8:13:08 AM PDT by capt. norm (Two wrongs do not make a right. It usually takes me at least three..)
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To: MindBender26

Fox's average primetime viewer total of slightly over 2,000,000 is more than all the other cable networks (CNN, MSNBC, Headline News) added together--a total of 1,546,000.


29 posted on 08/31/2005 8:16:59 AM PDT by mark502inf
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To: MindBender26
The Fox News coverage of Hurricane Katrina has been miserable, and I've never been a huge fan of that channel even though they are more "balanced" than anyone else. They've adopted the same sh!tty tabloid mentality that pervades all of Rupert Murdoch's media outlets, and I've always felt that they are marketing themselves to an audience with an IQ of about 90.

On top of all that, I haven't watched a minute of Fox News since they hired that @sshole Geraldo Rivera Jerry Rivers.

30 posted on 08/31/2005 8:17:29 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: Piranha
"I can't believe so many people watch Greta's shows on Natalie Holloway (sp?). It's so different from the rest of Fox News (except for those police car chases), in that it is covered as a local missing person story with no political significance."

Gretta's show has essentially morphed into a video version of "True Detective" magazine. Surprisingly, this has turned out to be very popular.

31 posted on 08/31/2005 8:18:50 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: Alberta's Child

I disagree. I have found their coverage to be good.


32 posted on 08/31/2005 8:19:51 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: MindBender26

FOX is good, but could use improvement. The 24/7 Natalie night after night was a total turnoff. O'Reilly needs a better "backup QB" - current guy is not watchable. Also they should ignore the fluff stories on women's fashion, pop hollywood stuff that are starting to creep in. Leave that junk to MSNBC who loves to cover it.

I love it when they highlight things that CNN does when they say "the other day, this network spent an entire day blasting so-in-so for this and nobody really watched"



33 posted on 08/31/2005 8:21:18 AM PDT by rjp2005
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To: MindBender26

The cream rises to the top. Soon we'll be hearing about more cuts at CNN, MSNBC not renewing Chrissy Matthews contract, and ABC,CBS,NBC entertaining buyout offers from Rupert Murdoch.


34 posted on 08/31/2005 8:21:44 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
You missed our interesting little conversation on this subject yesterday morning on one of the Katrina threads.

Shep Smith: "The water level in New Orleans keeps rising, and nobody knows why."

Alberta's Child: "What is he, a freakin' moron? The water level keeps rising because the elevation of New Orleans is lower than the elevation of the adjacent waterways. Maybe Shep ought to go home and try to fill the north half of his bathtub to get an understanding of some very rudimentary principles of fluid mechanics."

35 posted on 08/31/2005 8:24:49 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: basil

"It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative."


Everything in life is all relative my friend.

This is why when I was single I used to go out with my butt ugle friends. This made my ugly mug appear not so bad.

In the far left media arena, FOX does appear conservative in comparison.


36 posted on 08/31/2005 8:27:44 AM PDT by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: Alberta's Child
No, I saw and got involved in some of that yesterday. I disagree that what Shep said in that instance, bolsters the argument that FOX's coverage of the disater is inferior to what CNN carried.

But then maybe it's just me, willing to tolerate stupid statements to avoid having to listen to the drivel of CNN.

37 posted on 08/31/2005 8:30:25 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: MindBender26

I am still quite concerned that Arron Brown may fall asleep on air in his recliner and injure himself! It almost happend to me when I watched him one night by mistake.


38 posted on 08/31/2005 8:31:48 AM PDT by Voltage
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To: MindBender26

It is truly unfortunate that Fox is NOT a conservative network except by comparision with the Radical Leftist Traitor Media. It stinks most of the time.


39 posted on 08/31/2005 8:32:28 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I wish someone would buy CNN and change it to the Conservative News Network.

That won't happen anytime soon. Why would anyone buy a property while its value is still in decline? The smart buyer will wait until the value decline starts to bottom out, and I do not expect that to happen in the near future.

40 posted on 08/31/2005 8:33:21 AM PDT by leftcoaster
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
" Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC may be that format's equivalent to Chevy Chase's (or Magic Johnson's) late night talk show. Brutal."

I refuse to watch Keith Odorman
41 posted on 08/31/2005 8:35:54 AM PDT by yellowhammer
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To: basil
It seems to me that Fox is not all that conservative.

It is not conservative. In fact, what you see on FOX is a fairly accurate reflection of what you will hear if you take a similar cross section of persons off of the street who are somewhat engaged in the issues of the day.

Their coverage reminds me of the talk that I hear in the break room every day. And the institution in which I work in is VERY liberal as an institution.

42 posted on 08/31/2005 8:36:34 AM PDT by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: Alberta's Child

Yep SS is a true moron.


43 posted on 08/31/2005 8:37:29 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: johnny7

You are right on. Fox news gives balanced reporting. Won't Discuss CNN because it is in meltdown. MSNBC is fryed until it wakes up and get rid of Keith Olberman and that moron Chris Matthews. I mean their viewer number are are below the toilet level of water!!!


44 posted on 08/31/2005 8:41:01 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: MindBender26
You mean that Pamela Anderson didn't save CNN?

AAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW

45 posted on 08/31/2005 8:50:09 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: Piranha
can't believe so many people watch Greta's shows on Natalie Holloway

The truth be told, I watch it just to help boost the ratings so I can flip the finger to the anti-Americans at CNN and MSNBC. Otherwise, I would not watch it.

46 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:20 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: MindBender26
Conservative Fox News Channel

What is this "Conservative Fox News Channel"? I mean, I get a "Fox News Channel" on my satellite system, but I didn't know they'd launched a sister network that was actually a conservative news network. When did that happen?

47 posted on 08/31/2005 8:55:31 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: If you're not sure whether or not it's sarcasm, it probably is.)
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To: jackbenimble

I agree with you about Hannity and Colmes. I really like Sean and listen to his radio show. But Alan C. looks like a zombie who just rose out of a grave.


48 posted on 08/31/2005 8:56:44 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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To: johnny7; All
Bingo! You've got it right!... Foxnews 'seems' right, only because the rest of the MSM leans so much to the left. I actually believe, they do lean a bit to the right, but still 'fair and balanced.'

And that IS ALL WE WANTED!...THAT IS why we watch it. :)

49 posted on 08/31/2005 8:57:33 AM PDT by ElPatriota (Let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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To: Gulf War One

Last night after freeping for awhile (it was late) I went to Fox to see the latest about the levee breaking and all they had on was reruns. CNN and others had up-to-date news. I couldn't sleep because I felt so bad about Katrina, etc. and Fox didn't have any current reporting until 5 a.m. (eastern time). I'm in California. That's one of the problems.


50 posted on 08/31/2005 8:59:09 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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