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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.

Surprise: 'Jew In A Box' Is Not In A Box

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

When the media dubbed an innovative and informative exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin "Jew in a Box," it drew outrage from around the globe. Thus, a well-intentioned exhibit became a pariah.

'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.

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.

Petraeus Makes Big Denials In First Conversation With Reporter

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has broken his silence to Kyra Phillips of Headline News, whom he told that he had never passed any classified info...

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.

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.

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.

Can CNN Compete With Headline News?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.22.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I launched both CNN and Headline News, and I never believed the days would come when more people watched our tabloid version rather than what was supposed to be the quality product.

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell Is Still an Addict and Has "Issues" With John Edwards

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 07.19.2012 | Entertainment
Tanya Young Williams

Velez-Mitchell's balanced, yet, "no-holds bar" style attracts a loyal audience. She has an obsession for, and an addiction to making a real and measurable impact in the world. She is addicted to the notion that she can always do more.

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.

MJ Death Trial: This Is It for Conrad Murray

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Tanya Young Williams

After seeing Michael Jackson's handwritten affirmations on his bedroom mirror and reading his children's message to him on a chalkboard in the kitchen, I am moved beyond words. I can no longer just write these articles as one who is not emotionally affected by this trial. I am angry.

HLN Thriving With Laser Focus On Court Cases

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.10.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — On a busy day of news, the slurred voice of Michael Jackson from beyond the grave is as valuable as "Thriller" for the HLN television...

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.

Actress Slams 'Glee' AGAIN In Homophobic TV Rant

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Victoria Jackson, the former "Saturday Night Live" star and now tea party activist, made an appearance on Headline News' "Showbiz Tonight" on Monday t...

CNN Triumphs (At Least in Most Demographic Categories)

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Last week's news numbers are the most substantial proof I can present that when major news breaks, occasional (non-regular) news viewers still turn to CNN to get the facts.

February Ratings: A Good Month for CNN

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN continues to lag behind FoxNews and MSNBC in total viewers. But in February, thanks to the upheaval in Northern Africa, CNN was the only one of th...

Cable News Ratings: January Snapshot

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

FoxNews continues to dominate news viewing in total audience and all demographics except 18-34 year olds, where MSNBC leads. According to Cynopsis, a...

2010 and a Happy New Year Message to CNN

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It is the duty of a free press to reject lies and report the truth. If CNN took that as its mission, it might get a hell of a lot more viewers next year.

November Cable News Ratings: Parker/Spitzer Isn't Working

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Fewer viewers tuned into cable news this November than last November, despite Parker/Spitzer and the fact that 2010 was an election year and 2009 was...

Predicting Election Results by Viewer Preference

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In every election of the past decade I have predicted the results based on Nielsen's cable news viewing numbers. So far, I have always gotten it right. And, if that happens again next Tuesday, the Democrats are in for a disaster.

Third Quarter Cable News: Bad News for All Networks, But Hope for a Better CNN

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Could it be that the decline in news viewers is symptomatic of a general and genuine disgust by news viewers who are just fed up with the kind of news being fed to them?

CNN: The Axe Has Dropped, But Will the Ratings Rise?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

CNN has been rotting for the past twenty years, and it's not going to be fixed in a matter of months. But maybe with a new president in the driver's seat, the station will at least have a chance to take off in a new direction.

Cable News Ratings and Race

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

By now most of you must know that there's little new, merely a continuation of second quarter trends. All four of the networks are losing viewers, CNN losing by far the most and MSNBC, by a nose, the least.