Accuracy in Media

Presidential Debate Was Most-Watched and Tweeted Ever

The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fell short of initial projections in viewership, but still set records as the most-watched and most-tweeted debate in history. According to Nielsen, 84 million people tuned in to watch the highly anticipated match-up between Clinton and Trump across 13 networks, breaking the previous record of 81 […]

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MSNBC Ratings Continue Free Fall in Second Quarter

MSNBC continued its ratings free-fall in the second quarter with negative year-to-year comparisons in all major categories, for both total day and primetime. Total viewership was down 5 percent in the total-day category and 17 percent in the total-day demo, placing the network a distant third behind a resurgent CNN. The news was worse in primetime […]

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MSNBC’s Ratings Hit 8-Year Low in July

  Thanks in large part to a busy news month—with the shooting down of Malaysian Air flight MH17 over Ukraine and the crash of two other airplanes—MSNBC slid to an eight-year low in the primetime A25-54 demo. MSNBC averaged 152,000 viewers in the demo, compared to 164,000 at CNN and 299,000 at Fox News. It […]

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Fox News Hits Milestone: No. 1 for 50 Quarters

Fox News Channel continued its cable-news ratings dominance in the second quarter of 2014, by finishing at the top for the 50th consecutive quarter, a feat that has only been matched by ESPN in all of cable television. That’s a stunning 12-and-a-half years as the top dog in cable news, for both daytime and primetime. […]

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NBC Stretches the Truth to Claim Today Show is #1

NBC took out full page ads in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Wednesday to celebrate their number-one status in several television categories, but stretched the truth when it came to listing the Today show as “#1 Morning News.” That probably came as quite a shock to ABC, where their Good Morning […]

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September 2016

9/28/2016 - Presidential Debate Was Most-Watched and Tweeted Ever

February 2016

2/7/2016 - Last Democratic Debate Had the Lowest Ratings So Far

2/2/2016 - Iowa Caucus Sets New Viewership Records for Cable News Networks

December 2015

12/22/2015 - MSNBC Hoping for Ratings Gold with Tonight’s “Citizen Trump” Documentary

July 2015

7/1/2015 - MSNBC Ratings Continue Free Fall in Second Quarter

March 2015

3/25/2015 - ABC News Jabs NBC for Padding “Nightly News” Ratings

July 2014

7/30/2014 - MSNBC’s Ratings Hit 8-Year Low in July

7/1/2014 - Fox News Hits Milestone: No. 1 for 50 Quarters

May 2014

5/22/2014 - NBC Stretches the Truth to Claim Today Show is #1

April 2014

4/15/2014 - CNN’s Don Lemon Says Network’s MH370 Coverage Isn’t Just About Ratings [Video]

4/1/2014 - Ronan Farrow is MSNBC’s Latest Flop

March 2014

3/8/2014 - CNN’s Jeff Zucker: New Lineup Will “Evolve Over Time”

January 2014

1/23/2014 - CNN Ratings Tank—Morgan May Be On the Way Out

December 2013

12/26/2013 - 2013 Ratings: Fox News Number One for 12th Straight Year

October 2013

10/9/2013 - Al Jazeera Ratings Disaster—Some Shows Hit Zero In Key Demo

May 2013

5/1/2013 - CNN Overtakes MSNBC in April; Fox News #2 in All of Cable

April 2013

4/18/2013 - Jeff Zucker Says CNN Isn’t “Compelling” Enough; Calls Competitors “Jealous”

March 2013

3/1/2013 - Bad Month: “Today” Gets Swept By “Good Day New York,” Crushed By “GMA”

December 2012

12/18/2012 - Sandy Hook Tragedy Powers CNN to Ratings Win

12/17/2012 - Fox News Rolls to 11th Year As Number One Cable News Channel

12/11/2012 - Shake-up Looming at CNN—Zucker Eyes Moving Burnett to Mornings

12/6/2012 - New “Today Show” Executive Producer: “We Hate Being Number Two”

October 2012

10/5/2012 - “Good Morning America” Obliterates “Today Show” in Ratings

September 2012

9/3/2012 - “Today Show” Could Face Cuts After Ratings Drop

August 2012

8/26/2012 - Olympic Fever Wears Off as “Good Morning America” Beats “Today” Again

8/10/2012 - Ann Curry Makes “Today Show” Return

July 2012

7/12/2012 - Post-Curry Fallout at Today—GMA Wins the Week and Almost the Demo

7/12/2012 - Maybe Beckel Was Right—MSNBC’s “The Cycle” Gets Off to A Slow Start

May 2012

5/26/2012 - Gayle King Predicts “CBS This Morning” Has Two Years to Make It

April 2012

4/25/2012 - Eliot Spitzer on “Viewpoint” Ratings: “My Mom’s Happy”

4/3/2012 - Spitzer Sputters In Current TV Debut

March 2012

3/28/2012 - CNN Beats MSNBC in Key Demo, Finishes Third Overall

3/18/2012 - Brian Williams’ “Rock Center” Ratings Dropping Like a Stone

3/11/2012 - Fox Thumps CNN and MSNBC on Super Tuesday

February 2012

2/15/2012 - Oprah Apologizes for Attempt to Goose Her OWN Ratings

2/11/2012 - ABC Continues to Drag Down Disney

2/7/2012 - Fox News Now Worth $12.4 Billion

January 2012

1/26/2012 - NBC Scores Big With GOP Debate

1/1/2012 - Oprah Comes to the Aid of Her OWN Channel

December 2011

12/26/2011 - Glenn Who? “The Five” is Making Fox Forget Beck

12/12/2011 - ABC Scores Big With Republican Debate; Bias Remains

November 2011

11/24/2011 - CNN’s Debate Ratings Plunge

11/20/2011 - Cavuto Tells Imus to Quit Blaming Viewers for His “Awful” Show [Video]

11/14/2011 - Cenk Uygur: “I Was Fired Despite Great Ratings” — Record Says Otherwise

11/14/2011 - CBS Scores With Debate Ratings, Loses With Internet Viewers

11/9/2011 - Why FNC’s THE FIVE Owns 5PM

11/2/2011 - CNN Takes A Bite Out of MSNBC’s Ratings

October 2011

10/8/2011 - “Good Morning America” Gaining Ground on “Today Show” in Ratings

September 2011

9/24/2011 - Fox News/Google GOP Scores Big In the Ratings

9/19/2011 - Counting Down Olbermann’s Ratings

9/3/2011 - Summer Bummer for MSNBC as It Loses to CNN in August

August 2011

8/17/2011 - CNN’s Prime Time Woes Continue

8/15/2011 - Viewers Losing Interest in Olbermann As Ratings Drop To A New Low

8/3/2011 - MSNBC President: “We’re Beginning to Chip Away at Fox News”

July 2011

7/25/2011 - Cenk Uygur: “I Love Ripping Into Republicans”

7/6/2011 - Olbermann’s Ratings Plunge in Second Week

June 2011

6/23/2011 - Olbermann’s Less Than Stellar Ratings Debut

March 2011

3/30/2011 - MSNBC’s Griffin: ‘We’re Setting Our Sights on Fox’

3/30/2011 - Bye-Bye Katie, CBS News Ratings Lowest Since 1992

3/25/2011 - Beck’s Ratings Bounce Back

3/23/2011 - Viewers Tune Out MSNBC

3/16/2011 - Japan Quake Causes Viewers to Flee MSNBC

3/7/2011 - Will Fox News and Glenn Beck Part Company?

3/2/2011 - MSNBC and CNN Spin the Ratings

February 2011

2/24/2011 - CBS News Chairman: ‘Evening News Isn’t Broken, It’s Incredible’

2/3/2011 - Egyptian Crisis Boosts CNN

January 2011

1/3/2011 - CNN Tops Cable Channels in Lost Viewers

December 2010

12/31/2010 - Fox News, NBC News Top Ratings in 2010

12/21/2010 - MSNBC Dances on CNN’s Grave, Ignores Fox