Accuracy in Media

On the first night of their revamped primetime lineup, Fox News dominated the ratings and dashed the hopes of CNN and MSNBC that the departure of Bill O’Reilly would provide them their biggest opportunity in years to catch up to the longtime ratings king.

Fox handily won every hour in primetime in both total viewers and the all-important 25-54 demo, led by Tucker Carlson Tonight in its third different time-slot since debuting last November with nearly 3.2 million total viewers and 636,124 in the demo. That easily beat MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes (1.5 million total viewers, 369,942 demo) and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 (1 million total viewers, 351,646 demo).

The Five followed up at 9 p.m. with almost 2.8 million total viewers and 568,064 in the demo, beating The Rachel Maddow Show (2.1 million total viewers, 523,640 demo) and The Lead with Jake Tapper (881,724 total viewers, 304,840 demo). If The Five can keep it up that would be good news for Fox, as Maddow was making inroads against Carlson in the demo, beating him on 12 of 20 nights in the April ratings period.

Hannity continued his dominance in the 10 p.m. hour, easily beating Lawrence O’Donnell and a CNN Town Hall with John Kasich.

The good numbers pleased Fox News executive chairman and 21st Century Fox co-chairman Rupert Murdoch, who sent a memo—obtained by TV Newser—to the staff:

“Last night’s ratings are in and I couldn’t be more proud to announce that, not only did FOX News beat all other cable news competition with our new primetime debut, but we also increased our ratings 31% in total viewers and 54% in the demo compared to last year. This was a stellar performance that couldn’t have happened without the amazing effort and dedication from everyone on the team over the last week

I know the last few weeks have been tough for everyone here, but our passion for news and commitment to our viewers continue to lead us through.

Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work.”

It’s only one night, but it was important that the new lineup got off to a strong start after the tumultuous end to O’Reilly’s career at Fox News, and to stifle critics who are convinced that the network is now primed to fail. Time will tell if the Murdoch brothers made the right move.





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Comments

  • regulus30

    Q’Reilly is “libertarian”, he was a fence sitter, never getting into the fray until it was over.

  • TopAssistant

    Are useless media, including Fox need to report the facts! Start asking all politicians from BOTH parties this question: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood our friend or our foe? Please provide link(s) to the source material that forms your opinion!”

    Our nation’s #1 priority in accordance with (IAW) our Constitution is our NATIONAL DEFENSE and it says so in the Preamble along with Article I, Section, 8, Clause 1 both state “provide for common defense” of this nation. Here is a question we need to start asking our elected officials, law enforcement officials i.e. everyone that takes an oath to support and defend our Constitution: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood in America our friend or our foe? Please provide me link(s) to the source material that forms your views on this.

    Here is a correct response and it is up to all of us to educate our useless politicians.

    The Muslim Brotherhood wrote a plan dated May 22, 1991 they call their “Civilization-Jihadist Process” plan designed to infiltrate America and destroy us from within by acting nice to everyone but their goal is the same with those that believe and practice Islam. They have been working towards this goal over 1,400 years now and that is a GLOBAL Caliphate, an Ummah ruled by Shariah/Islamic law.

    The goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is to form a global caliphate, an Ummah ruled by Shariah/Islamic law and it is the same as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic state, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Tablighi Jamaat, are all branches from the same sick tree and the only difference between them is the length of time to form a global caliphate and the methods of doing so which must be allowed by the Koran and Islamic law! The 57 Muslim nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations (UN), the Muslim Brotherhood and their new political party, the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) is now the “NEW” Treason party and the RINO/GOP leadership/followers in the soon to be defunct Republican Party is silent and Trump ignores it all in favor of beating up on conservatives! The Muslim Brotherhood supporter Rep. Keith Ellison and communist Perez are now in charge of the DNC!
    It is now official! The Democrat Party, the Muslim Brotherhood and their political party, the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) is now the “NEW” Treason party and the RINO/GOP leadership/followers in the soon to be defunct Republican Party is silent and Trump ignores it all in favor of beating up on conservatives! The Muslim Brotherhood supporter Rep. Keith Ellison and communist Perez are now in charge of the DNC!
    READ THEIR PLAN!

    The Muslim Brotherhood wrote a plan to infiltrate America and destroy us from within. Here is a quote from their plan dated May 22, 1991 and a link to it! From the Explanatory Memorandum— the Muslim Brotherhood in America in its own words:
    4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:
    The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/05/25/an-explanatory-memorandum-from-the-archives-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-america