Marlowe's Shade

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Fox Beats Other Cable News Like a Redheaded Stepchild

From WND

Because it's still TV, I don't consider watching Fox a good use of my time. But for those who like to let someone else pipe information into their brains, Fox is a valuable alternative to the Leftist MSN.

And it is so satisfying to see Fox stomp their their elitist liberal competition into the ground:

The ratings are in for February, and the numbers are not good for CNN which saw steep losses in its viewership, while the Fox News Channel continued its rise.

According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN's ratings fell by 21 percent last month in primetime, and 16 percent overall, reports Variety.

Primetime big-name shows such as "Larry King Live," "Wolf Blitzer Reports," "Lou Dobbs Tonight," "Paula Zahn Now" and "Newsnight With Aaron Brown" all experienced double-digit declines.

Only "Anderson Cooper 360" had a slight increase of 2 percent.

During President Bush's State of the Union Address, CNN was soundly beaten by Fox, and even lost the key 25-54 demographic to third-place MSNBC.

In contrast, Fox News was the only news network on cable to see viewership increases in February, as it outpaced all other cable news companies combined for the sixth straight month.

"FNC averaged 1.57 million viewers in primetime, up 18 percent from the same period last year, while CNN fell 21 percent to 637,000 viewers from the same time period," Variety stated.

The growth appeared across the board at Fox News:

"On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" up 37 percent;

"Hannity & Colmes" up 19 percent;

"Special Report With Brit Hume" up 20 percent;

and "The O'Reilly Factor," up 9 percent.
Variety says the dismal performance by CNN's new president Jonathan Klein has led some at Fox to refer to him as "Jon De-cline."

CNN wasn't the only network to plunge last month. MSNBC dropped 15 percent overall and 14 percent in primetime. CNBC fell 23 percent overall and 42 percent in primetime.

[contented sigh]
papijoe 8:36 AM