Fox News Has Been #1 for 13-Consecutive Years

Ratings: Fox #1 For 13th Year, Msnbc Collapses By Double Digits

Ratings for January 2015 show that for the 13th year in a row Fox News beat its left-wing competition at CNN and MSNBC. Fox is the leader in all areas: total viewers and demo viewers. MSNBC had a terrible January, losing -23% of total viewers and -39% of demo viewers in primetime compared to January of last year. CNN boosted its viewership by double digits but had nowhere to go but up.

CNN’s turn to the political left is obviously draining viewers away from MSNBC. CNN has beat MSNBC for seven consecutive months now.

Fox News — Democrats Fav of Big 3 (plus: Drudge Report Leans Left)

I was in a conversation with a younger person when they said that Fox News was biased. I mentioned that when you remove the “opinion pages” from Fox, they are slightly biased to the right… as much as CNN (once their “opinion pages” are removed) is biased to the left.

No kidding, twice they mentioned Sean Hannity, and I pointed out these were the opinion pages… then they f-i-n-a-l-l-y started tracking with me. I then mentioned that what they said is like someone coming up to me and telling me “the New York Times opinion pages lean left.” Or, “the Wall Street journal opinion pages lean right.” …

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Fox News: Enraging Liberals for 10 Years (L.A. Times):

….What explains all this hysteria? Success, of course.

The propaganda charge is unfair, at least when it comes to the network’s presentation of news. In the 2004 presidential race, Fox pollsters consistently underestimated President Bush’s support. In its final preelection poll, Fox had Kerry winning by a couple of points, one of the only polls to show the Democrat on top. I’m not sure a right-wing fifth column would do that.

A recent comprehensive study by UCLA political scientist Tim Groseclose and University of Missouri-Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Milyo found Brit Hume’s “Special Report” — Fox’s most straightforward news show — more centrist than any of the three major networks’ evening newscasts, all of which leaned left.

The program is a model of smart news television….

Book: Liberal Media Distorts News Bias: Drudge, Fox look more conservative against mainstream’s liberal bent (US News and World Report):

In a crushing body blow to the pushers of the so-called “Fox Effect,” which claims the conservative media is dragging the left into the center, UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose in Left Turn claims that “all” mainstream news outlets have a liberal bias in their reporting that makes even moderate organizations appear out of the mainstream and decidedly right-wing to news consumers who are influenced by the slant. [Read Fox’s Huckabee slams MSNBC’s Matthews, Scarborough over bias.]

“Fox News is clearly more conservative than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and National Public Radio. Some will conclude that ‘therefore, this means that Fox News has a conservative bias,'” he writes in an advance copy provided to Washington Whispers. “Instead, maybe it is centrist, and possibly even left-leaning, while all the others are far left. It’s like concluding that six-three is short just because it is short compared to professional basketball players.”

What’s more, he says, “this point illustrates a common misconception about the Drudge Report. According to my analysis, the Drudge Report is approximately the most fair, balanced, and centrist news outlet in the United States. Yet, the overwhelming majority of media commentators claim that it has a conservative bias. The problem, I believe, is that such commentators mistake relative bias for absolute bias. Yes, the Drudge Report is more conservative than the average U.S. news outlet. But it is a logical mistake to use that to infer that it is based on an absolute scale.”

And in further analysis sure to enrage critics of conservative media, Groseclose determines that Drudge, on a conservative to liberal scale of 0-100, with 50 being centrist, actually leans a bit left of center with a score of 60.4. The reason: Drudge mostly links to the sites of the mainstream media, with just a few written by Matt Drudge himself. “Since these links come from a broad mix of media outlets, and since the news in general is left-leaning, it should not be surprising that the slant quotient of the Drudge Report leans left,” he writes. [Read Poll: Fox, O’Reilly most trusted news sources.]…

Video Description:

UCLA Professor Tim Grosclose has a new book out Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. In his book, he outlines what conservatives have known for years, that the mainstream media has turned more and more leftist which in turn promulgates, influences, rewords, redefines, and imposes leftist doctrine.

From the book:

Using objective, social-scientific methods, the filtering prevents us from seeing the world as it actually is. Instead, we see only a distorted version of it. It is as if we see the world through a glass—a glass that magnifies the facts that liberals want us to see and shrinks the facts that conservatives want us to see….

That bias makes us more liberal, which makes us less able to detect the bias, which allows the media to get away with more bias, which makes us even more liberal.

At the 2:37 mark of the above video, there is a distinction made between news versus opinion shows on Fox. When I defend the “fair-and-balanced” aspect of Fox News it is the equal number of left/right guests on shows dealing more with raw news. Here is a Pew Study that makes the same point:

Pew Study Finds MSNBC the Most Opinionated Cable News Channel By Far

A full 85% of the Comcast-owned network’s coverage can be classified as opinion or commentary rather than straight news, according to the authors of the Pew Research Center’s annual State of the News Media report.

CNN and Fox News Channel, meanwhile, fall much closer to a 50/50 distribution, with Fox News skewing somewhat more heavily toward opinion. Here are the breakdowns

Fox News CNN FAir

When professor Groseclose and other people rate and discuss the left/right bias… they are looking at the news reporting — NOT shows like Sean Hannity. And this fairness is why more Democrats trust Fox News than other cable networks.

Most Americans perceive partiality in the news media and more believe Fox News is the most trusted for accurate reporting among the major television news organizations, according to a recent poll by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute.

Fox CNN MSNBC Democrats Republicans

The poll surveyed 1,004 people nationwide with proportional contributions from each state via an online survey held May 6-13. Of those surveyed, 31.8 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 25.7 percent as Republicans.

When asked which television news stations they considered biased, 37.1 percent said MSNBC and 36.6 percent said CNN. Fox News was first with 47.8 percent.

However, Fox News was also considered the most honest network: 18.4 percent of respondents said it was the most trustworthy. MSNBC was the least-trusted network, clocking in at 4.4 percent, and CNN was declared trustworthy by 14.1 percent of respondents….

  • Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media (2014)

According to a recent poll, likely voters get their political news primarily from cable television. Among cable channels, 42 percent, a plurality, watch Fox News for its political coverage. Only 12 percent said they watched MSNBC. What’s more, most likely voters don’t like or have never heard of MSNBC’s prime time talent.

The poll, conducted by Politico and George Washington University, used a sample split evenly between political parties – even slightly favoring Democrats in some areas: 41 percent of respondents identified as Republicans, while 42 percent said they were Democrats. Forty-four percent said they usually vote for Republicans, while 46 percent answered Democrats. Forty-eight percent voted for Obama, while only 45 percent voted for McCain.

Even among this group, Fox News is by far the most popular cable outlet. CNN comes in at second, with 30 percent. A sorry MSNBC brings up the rear…

  • Politico and George Washington University (2010) (via NewsBusters)

(The graphic is from Pew Poll [2008])

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So, Democrats and Independents trust and watch Fox more — or at more of an even split — than they do most other networks (not all) . I only post this here to make a point that I am challenged with often about… so to reference this one post. (The above and below graphics come from some Fox having the best election coverage, HERE.)

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Fox News Dominates ~ Cable News Race Update

Via Hollywood Reporter:


From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the cultural impact of Robin Williams and Joan Rivers‘ sudden deaths and all the way up to recent round-the-clock coverage of U.S. strikes on ISIS, cable news has been heavily occupied. The last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched primetime across all of cable in more than a decade — even besting USA and ESPN.

Read more O’Reilly Return Gives Fox News a Ferguson Coverage Ratings Win

The average 1.79 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, gave FNC its first quarter atop the dial since the Iraq War broke out in 2003. Expanding that block by an hour, which includes Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m., FNC was the most watched in primetime for the first time ever. And in the targeted demographic of adults 25-54, FNC was up 12 percent from the same period a year ago, with an average 313,000 viewers.

It’s the last time the cable network will be compared to its previous primetime. Oct. 7 marks the one-year anniversary of FNC revamping a decade-old lineup with Megyn Kelly‘s move to 9 p.m. The third quarter marked Kelly’s best since launch, up a significant 27 percent (year over year) in the time period previously occupied by Sean Hannity. (Hannity, who airs at 10 p.m., enjoyed a high of his own).

Read more Fox News Hits 50-Quarter Ratings Streak With Megyn Kelly on the Rise, Benghazi Still a Hot Topic

Bill O’Reilly remained the top performer across cable news, despite Kelly’s advances, and 14 FNC shows continued to sit atop the cable news roster — while the only other network to see year-to-year improvement, CNN, saw a rather unexpected series perched atop its own rankings. Documentary series The Sixties stands as CNN’s most-watched show of the quarter, edging pasting Anderson Cooper with an average 650,000 viewers — 186,000 of them in the key demo. After ratings spikes for the anchor’s on-the-ground coverage of Ferguson, his show ranked as CNN’s top show in the demo.

CNN’s gains from the comparable quarter last year were modest, but they were still gains. Its 186,000 adults 18-49 in primetime (8-11 p.m.) marked a 4 percent improvement and even outpaced MSNBC — now back in third place. MSNBC, still holding slight second-place edge in total viewers, was down 21 percent in the key demo compared to last year. Pulling just an average 150,000 adults 25-54 in primetime, it meant quarterly lows for Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell in the key demo.

The wondrous anomaly of Shark Tank encores also continues. With the ABC reality competition in heavy off-net rotation on CBNBC, those repeats are outperforming much of cable news and ranking No. 14 in primetime where adults 25-54 are concerned — besting every telecast on MSNBC.

Third-Quarter 2014 Primetime Averages

FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12 percent (313,000 adults 25-54, up 12 percent)
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2 percent (186,000 adults 25-54, up 4 percent)
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2 percent (150 adults 25-54, down 21 percent)
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4 percent (120 adults 25-54, down 12 percent)

More Viewers Turned to Fox News for NAVY Yard Shooting News Than CNN, HLN, and MSNBC

Via Breitbart:

After years of shrill bias and embarrassing bungles, CNN long ago lost its crown as the Most Trusted Name in News, especially during major national events. Monday, during and after the horrific mass-shooting at the Navy Yard, America once again proved that true. Fox News trounced its competition in both total viewers and 25-54 demo viewers:

Total Viewers during primetime:

FNC: 1.541 | MSNBC: 673 | CNN: 852 | HLN: 297

Demo viewers during primetime:

FNC: 324 | MSNBC: 190 | CNN: 288 | HLN: 133

During the total day, the results were virtually identical:

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 1.601 | MSNBC: 541 | CNN: 922 | HLN: 321

Demo viewers:

FNC: 334 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 303 | HLN: 129

It is also worth mentioning that while CNN, CBS, and NBC have taken varying amounts of criticism for factual errors during their respective coverage, Fox News has received none.

Cable News Race ~ First Quarter (2013)

(Via Breitbart) Per TVNewser, in total viewers, Bill O’Reilly, The Five, Sean Hannity, Special Report with Bret Baier, and nine other Fox News Channel (FNC) shows topped everyone else in cable news for the first quarter of 2013. In the 25-54 demo, FNC had the top six programs. In total viewers, the top MSNBC program came in at 14th, the top CNN program came in 19th. Piers “gun grabber” Morgan came in 21st; Erin Burnett came in 30th.

Keep in mind that while Fox is still at the top, all cable news lost viewers, via NewsMax:

Every cable news network saw its ratings drop from 2012 levels, following a banner year for political coverage.

Fox and CNN took the biggest hits, falling 33 percent and 28 percent, respectively, The Huffington Post reported.

However, Fox News continued to dominate the leaderboard in the first quarter of 2013, marking 45 consecutive quarters, more than 11 years, as the highest-rated cable news network.

And despite declines among younger viewers, Fox News grew in total viewers in late afternoon programming.

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Follow the link in the pic for some older stats:

 

MSNBC vs. CNN in Fact-Checking Abilities ~ Plus: Where Do Liberals Get Their News From?

Where do they (Libs) get their news from?

Cable News Race
Thurs Oct 18 2012

FOXNews O’reilly 3,865,000
FOXNewsHannity 3,729,000
Cmdy Daily Show 2,806,000
FOXNewsGreta 2,753,000
FOXNewsBaier 2,567,000
FOXNewsShep 2,355,000
FOXNews Five 2,242,000
Cmdy Colbert 1,912,000
MSNBC Maddow 1,839,000
MSNBCO’donnell 1,557,000
MSNBCHardball 1,119,000
MSNBCSharpton 1,092,000
CNN Piers 894,000
CNNCooper 662,000

Cable News Race ~ Includes Stats from Second Debate

Q3 2012 Ratings: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Marks 50 Straight Quarters at #1 ~ Click Above

Cable News Race
Thurs Oct 18 2012

FOXNews O’reilly 3,865,000
FOXNewsHannity 3,729,000
Cmdy Daily Show 2,806,000
FOXNewsGreta 2,753,000
FOXNewsBaier 2,567,000
FOXNewsShep 2,355,000
FOXNews Five 2,242,000
Cmdy Colbert 1,912,000
MSNBC Maddow 1,839,000
MSNBCO’donnell 1,557,000
MSNBCHardball 1,119,000
MSNBCSharpton 1,092,000
CNN Piers 894,000
CNNCooper 662,000

Second Debate Stats… Fox almost has networks — via Media’ite:

The rundown:

Cable News (9-10:30 p.m.):
Fox News: 11,102,117 in total viewers & 3,455,243 in demo
CNN: 5,770,449 in total viewers & 2,583,272 in demo
MSNBC: 4,876,967 in total viewers & 1,913,571 in demo

Cable News (8-11 p.m., including pre- and post-debate analysis):
Fox News: 9,000,869 in total viewers & 2,687,147 in demo
CNN: 4,343,325 in total viewers & 1,896,333 in demo
MSNBC: 3,884,487 in total viewers & 1,489,602 in demo

Broadcast (9-10:30 p.m., preliminary numbers):
NBC: 13,817,973 total viewers
ABC: 12,463,912 total viewers
CBS: 8,921,671 total viewers

Friday Night the 12th of October:

From Accuracy in Media:

Liberals received some more bad news this week as a new Suffolk University poll revealed that Fox News is the most trusted political news source among those surveyed.

  1. FOX News – 28%
  2. CNN – 18%
  3. Undecided -12%
  4. NBC – 10%
  5. Other -10%
  6. MSNBC — 7%
  7. ABC — 6%
  8. CBS — 6%
  9. C-SPAN — 3%

For CNN the poll was a little bit of good news at a time the network is struggling with it’s primetime lineup, and after they received a black-eye this week for omitting former New York governor and current CNN host Eliot Spitzer from a story on political sex scandals.

The news wasn’t so good for MSNBC ….

It’s true that part of the explanation for these results is that the only network that conservatives find their viewpoint fairly represented is on the Fox News Channel, but maybe airing all that one-sided programming bashing conservatives isn’t so good for the other networks after all.

Friday Night the 12th of October:

And from BigJournalism:

It was a phone survey of over one thousand people from across the country, divided into Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. There were 62 more women than men.It was also a pretty even split between Democrats and Republicans:

…and 96% of those polled identified themselves as very likely to vote in 2012.

Some highlights:

– 59% had a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton
– 50% had an unfavorable opinion of Newt Gingrich
– 70% had an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump
– 72% disapproval rating for congressional job performance
– 48% believe Obama has not stayed true to his campaign promises, 42% believe he has
– Out of all GOP contenders, the majority would vote for Romney if the election were held today
– Romney trails Obama by only three points
– 53% disagree that raising taxes should be an option for reducing the debt

It’s a pretty even-handed sampling that even the Soros orgs can’t deny.

Very interesting.

All this confirms past posts:


Cable News Race

CABLE NEWS RACE
MON., NOV. 14, 2011

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 3,185,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,207,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,104,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,969,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,669,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 907,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 866,000
MSNBC MADDOW 814,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 766,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 734,000
CNN COOPER 565,000
CNN PIERS MORGAN 544,000

FoxNews Is Preferred and Trusted News Source by an Equal Mix of Dems,Indies,and Repubs

From Accuracy in Media:

Liberals received some more bad news this week as a new Suffolk University poll revealed that Fox News is the most trusted political news source among those surveyed.

  1. FOX News – 28%
  2. CNN – 18%
  3. Undecided -12%
  4. NBC – 10%
  5. Other -10%
  6. MSNBC — 7%
  7. ABC — 6%
  8. CBS — 6%
  9. C-SPAN — 3%

For CNN the poll was a little bit of good news at a time the network is struggling with it’s primetime lineup, and after they received a black-eye this week for omitting former New York governor and current CNN host Eliot Spitzer from a story on political sex scandals.

The news wasn’t so good for MSNBC ….

It’s true that part of the explanation for these results is that the only network that conservatives find their viewpoint fairly represented is on the Fox News Channel, but maybe airing all that one-sided programming bashing conservatives isn’t so good for the other networks after all.

And from BigJournalism:

It was a phone survey of over one thousand people from across the country, divided into Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. There were 62 more women than men.It was also a pretty even split between Democrats and Republicans:

and 96% of those polled identified themselves as very likely to vote in 2012.

Some highlights:

– 59% had a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton
– 50% had an unfavorable opinion of Newt Gingrich
– 70% had an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump
– 72% disapproval rating for congressional job performance
– 48% believe Obama has not stayed true to his campaign promises, 42% believe he has
– Out of all GOP contenders, the majority would vote for Romney if the election were held today
– Romney trails Obama by only three points
– 53% disagree that raising taxes should be an option for reducing the debt

It’s a pretty even-handed sampling that even the Soros orgs can’t deny.

Very interesting.

All this confirms past posts:


As Usual-FOXNEWS Dominates!

From NewsBusters:

The Fox News Channel absolutely dominated its cable news competition in February. In terms of overall viewers, the top 11 cable news shows were all on Fox. In the coveted 25-54 demographic – the group that advertisers pay particularly close attention to – Fox took 11 of the top 15 spots.

The Rachel Maddow Show earned the top spot for an MSNBC program. Despite her struggles with factual accuracy of late, it seems Maddow has assumed the role of leading prime time anchor left vacant by Keith Olbermann’s departure.

…(read more)…

Why is this? Media Bias:

Also, this clarification for those who do not know that this is the norm:

Here are some of the highlights from Nielsen that will help you cut through all the clutter of ratings, shares and spin for February:

For the 110th straight month, Fox was the most-watched news channel in total viewers for both Total Day and Primetime.

Overall, Fox News Channel was the fourth most watched basic cable network in Primetime — behind USA, TNT and History. By comparison in the news universe, MSNBC was 26th and CNN was 29th. By comparison to other widely known channels, ESPN ranked 6th, MTV was 1th and AMC finished 17th. And who else in the world of news does better than top sports and entertainment programming outside of the legendary “60 Minutes” on CBS?

During Total Day, FNC was the sixth most-watched cable network, while CNN was 27th and MSNBC was 28th.

In Primetime, Fox News beat all three news channels – MSNBC, CNN, HLN – combined in total viewers. In Total Day, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers.

Feb ’11 P2+ cable news rankers

Fox News Dominates Cable News (List of Top 30 Shows)

The 2010 Cable News ratings are out, and, as usual, Fox dominated! Taking the first 12 spots, and then spot 14. Awesome job! If I were Fox, I would put someone else in for Studio B, please! (My two favorite shows are emboldened, a third would be Red Eye):

  1. The O’Reilly Factor – Fox
  2. Hannity – Fox
  3. Glenn Beck – Fox
  4. Special Report with Brett Baier – Fox
  5. On the Record with Greta van Susteren – Fox
  6. Fox Report with Shepard Smith – Fox
  7. Your World with Neil Cavuto – Fox
  8. The O’Reilly Factor (11pm Repeat) – Fox
  9. America’s News Room – Fox
  10. Studio B – Fox
  11. America Live – Fox
  12. Happening Now – Fox
  13. Countdown with Keith Olbermann – MSNBC
  14. Fox & Friends – Fox
  15. The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC
  16. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell – MSNBC
  17. Nancy Grace – HLN
  18. Larry king Live – CNN
  19. Anderson Cooper 360 (10pm) – CNN
  20. The Ed Show – MSNBC
  21. Countdown with Keith Olbermann (11pm Repeat) – MSNBC
  22. Hardball with Chris Matthews – MSNBC
  23. The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer – CNN
  24. Campbell Brown – CNN
  25. Rick’s List – CNN
  26. Joy Behar – HLN
  27. CNN Newsroom – CNN
  28. Parker Spitzer – CNN
  29. Anderson Cooper 360 (11pm) – CNN
  30. John King USA – CNN