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Al Jazeera: The Muckraker

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.29.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Al Jazeera is a Qatari owned company reporting on American faults. Their concentration on the negative side of American life does not sit well with me.

CNN Ratings, 11 Months Into the Year It's Still Fox and the Fogies

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the demos you get paid for Fox had 297,000 while the combine had 532,000. Fox News continues to dominate the fogies while MSNBC, CNN and Headline garner the middle aged.

Bring Back Bernie (Shaw) or CNN Has Done It Again

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.19.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In 1981, Bernie Shaw stood up to his bosses and the opposition networks and kept Jim Brady alive. He was right, the rest of us were wrong and he saved our "unique" credibility. It's too bad there no was no Bernie Shaw at CNN or Fox yesterday.

'Give the People What They Want, and They'll Turn Out for It!'

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.16.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

hanks to the Jodi Arias trial, Headline News (HLN), which is covering the trial live almost all day long, had one of the best week's in its history. It attracted more viewers last week than either CNN or MSNBC.

Fox News In February

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.29.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

The big question for the future is: Will younger voters remain Democrats as they grow older or, when they become fogies, will they also become Republicans?

Saving CNN, Can Zucker Do It

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.08.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that Jeff Zucker is going to have a hard time bringing CNN back to its glory days. After all, Inauguration Day comes only once every four years.

Ratings at a Glimpse

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.02.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I've thrown an awful lot of numbers out here, but to tell it in shorthand, Fox News viewers seem to be licking their wounds while MSNBC and CNN folk gloat just a little bit.

Annual Report: Cable News Ratings

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 03.06.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It was a good year in primetime for everybody but CNN. On an annual basis, MSNBC was up 16 percent, Fox News was up 9 percent while CNN was down 2 percent.

News Rating Trends

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.03.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Every fourth November is a big month for news, because the election occurs, and the results are debated for a couple of weeks, then Thanksgiving comes, and the rating numbers collapse.

Election Week's Ratings: Giving the Independents What They Want

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 01.14.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

The late Harry Cohn, who ran Columbia Pictures, famously said "Give the public what they want and they'll come out for it." The public must've wanted Obama for president, because last week they came out in favor of CNN and MSNBC, giving Fox News its worst week in a long time.

Final Forecast, or Rather Lack Thereof

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 01.06.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the past, I have based my forecasts on the number of FoxNews TV viewers as opposed to the the number viewing the MSNBC/CNN combination. But the influence of television has waned and we all know that the number of people getting their news online has surged.

Ratings: Fox News, the Old Folks Network

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.10.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Based on last week's total numbers: Romney wins, but if you look at demographic numbers, Obama's still in front. So, I guess that I, like Gallup and Pew, think it's too early to put anybody clearly ahead.

September Cable News Viewing As Election Indicators

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It's that time of the year when television viewing reflects the attitudes of people who are going to vote in November.

Cable News Convention Ratings as Election Indicators

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.13.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Two weeks ago, the week of the Republican Convention, Fox News dominated primetime news ratings.

Ratings: The Summer of '12 -- a Distorted Season

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Once every four years, the Summer Olympics distort the news ratings. This year, it was worse than usual because MSNBC, programmed by NBC, carried a lot of Olympic events, sometimes in primetime, sometimes in daytime.

PICTURE: Unintentionally Sexual Fox News Chyron

Posted 08.27.2012 | Comedy

This screenshot of a Fox News chyron FAIL has made the rounds before, but after seeing it posted on several blogs today, we just had to share it. P...

Cable News Ratings As Election Indicators II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

July ratings are now in and Fox News viewers continue to outnumber the viewers of the three other cable news channels by a tiny margin.

Aurora and the Ratings

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.25.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I do not ordinarily write about the ratings until the end of the month, but Friday's massacre has been reflected in last week's ratings (Saturday and Sunday will be reflected in this week's) and they deserve some comment.

CNN and Fox News -- Who Got It Worst?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

For CNN and Fox News, the race seems to be not who got it first, but who got it worst with the Supreme Court ruling.

Cable News Ratings As Election Indicators

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the past three elections, I have forecast the winners accurately by comparing the number of viewers watching Fox News with viewers watching the liberal combination. In all three of the cases, I got it right.

For CNN, April Is the Cruelest Month Again

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.01.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN ought to do whatever it can to cut April out of the calendar. Last year was bad enough, but this year CNN's audience shrunk by 21% over the total day and 16% in primetime.

CNN, Thirty Years Later

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.30.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN is a major brand worldwide, but it's in third place on its home turf.

Fox News To Female Comedians: Be Sexy

Posted 12.13.2011 | Comedy

At least they didn't say, "No Fat Chicks." FoxNews.com is drawing fire today for suggesting that the time of the "frumpy" female comedian is coming...

Casey Anthony Wins Again: The Triumph of Sleaze

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.05.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Not only was Casey Anthony found not guilty, but she also won more total day viewers than FoxNews, MSNBC and CNN.

June Ratings: Give Them What They Want and They'll Watch It

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It was Harry Cohn, boss of Columbia Pictures, who said "give the people what they want, and they'll come out for it." Now they can stay in and watch it. And what they watched in June is the Casey Anthony trial.