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Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:48 PM

Fox News Ratings Fall Off A Cliff In 2011

In another example of the declining fortunes of the right-wing extremism propagated by conservative media and displayed so prominently by the GOP family of clowns competing for the Republican nomination for president, Nielsen has reported that the ratings for Fox News have taken a steep dive in 2011.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/cnn-2011-a-year-of-big-news-events-drives-rebound_b104218
Of the three main cable news networks, Fox News is the only one that went down compared to their ratings in 2010. And a double-digit decline at that. FoxPods will, as usual, point out that Fox is still the top cable news network, but that is beside the point. Its audience is peeling away at a rapid rate and over time they will be unable to sustain their leading position. It is also important to put those numbers in context. While Fox is the #1 cable news network, they lag far behind the broadcast nets. In fact, the highest rated program on Fox (O'Reilly Factor) has about half the viewers of the lowest rated broadcast news program (CBS Evening news).

All three cable networks were impacted by extraordinary events that affected their ratings performance. CNN was helped by breaking news stories like the death of Osama Bin Laden and the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis. Because CNN has the best developed network of international bureaus, viewers frequently turn to CNN for major breaking news events.

MSNBC was hurt by the loss of Keith Olbermann and numerous schedule shakeups, but still managed to land in positive territory. Fox, of course, lost a notorious personality in Glenn Beck, but that likely kept Fox from declining even more than they did. Beck's ratings were in free fall and dropped 37% between January and his sign-off in June. His replacement, "The Five," has held pretty steady since its debut.

The fall of Fox News is striking evidence of the shift in the nation's attitudes toward the ultra-conservative philosophy advanced by Fox and their brazenly biased facilitators. For Fox to be alone in decline in a year that includes a Republican-only primary campaign is a devastating indictment of the network and the propaganda tactics they employ.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/29/1049781/-Fox-News-Ratings-Fall-Off-A-Cliff-In-2011?via=siderec

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Reply Fox News Ratings Fall Off A Cliff In 2011 (Original post)
kpete Dec 2011 OP
Scuba Dec 2011 #1
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #2
tabasco Dec 2011 #30
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #37
emilyg Dec 2011 #11
Gman Dec 2011 #3
catabryna Dec 2011 #4
onehandle Dec 2011 #5
FreakinDJ Dec 2011 #6
Initech Dec 2011 #7
workinclasszero Dec 2011 #15
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #40
FreakinDJ Dec 2011 #42
emilyg Dec 2011 #8
sakabatou Dec 2011 #9
slay Dec 2011 #10
rurallib Dec 2011 #12
B Calm Dec 2011 #19
rurallib Dec 2011 #23
madrchsod Dec 2011 #13
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #41
pacalo Dec 2011 #14
lonestarnot Dec 2011 #16
madokie Dec 2011 #18
ProfessorGAC Dec 2011 #21
madokie Dec 2011 #25
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2011 #26
madokie Dec 2011 #39
jimlup Dec 2011 #17
Skittles Dec 2011 #31
lovemydog Dec 2011 #20
Mr Dixon Dec 2011 #22
Betty Karlson Dec 2011 #24
TheOther95Percent Dec 2011 #27
Johnny2X2X Dec 2011 #28
barbtries Dec 2011 #29
valerief Dec 2011 #32
Surya Gayatri Dec 2011 #33
Tsiyu Dec 2011 #34
sabrina 1 Dec 2011 #35
Rozlee Dec 2011 #36
Scurrilous Dec 2011 #38

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:51 PM

1. Moving to CNN is not a big step up....

 

... nobody is going to get in depth issue analysis on the TeeVee.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:55 PM

2. at least it's not total lies.nt

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:46 PM

30. Wow, there's a ringing endorsement!

 

CNN is worse than lies. They are more deceptive than Fox in their propaganda catapulting.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #30)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:42 PM

37. I won't argue...I never watch them

can't stand a single person they have on that network.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:50 PM

11. When they let Brown go - I

 

left them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:56 PM

3. It's little things like this that make me optimistic about reelecting Obama next year

as people see the clown circus in the GOP primary and a bankrupt political philosophy. They may not be happy with Democrats and Obama, but the other side scares them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:01 PM

4. Meh... nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:04 PM

5. Reality shows are beating fiction. Thus Fox News drops in ratings. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:08 PM

6. Fuck FOX News, Fuck FOX News, Fuck FOX News,

 

Fuck FOX News,

Love it when protesters chant that at the FOX News cameras

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:17 PM

7. What you said.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 02:59 AM

15. My thoughts too

 

The Goebbels news channel can go to hell...

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:44 AM

40. I love the chants of "Fox lies"....

More accurate than "Fuck Fox News". Although both are accurate , "Fox lies" is MORE accurate.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 11:59 AM

42. A bit more acceptable then dropping the 'F' Bomb as some call it

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:24 PM

8. from AJC

 

CNN ratings in 2011 show improvement; Fox remains the leader
10:04 am December 29, 2011, by Rodney Ho

For each of the three major news networks in 2011, there was good news and bad news, depending on how you spin it.

Fox News could take comfort that it remains the dominant ratings leader, drawing more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined both during the entire day and prime time

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:33 PM

9. What about Current?

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 07:35 PM

10. I was just going to ask that

 

i bet Current's ratings have DOUBLED since adding Keith and Cenk - but i could be wrong. let me know if you find any details.

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Response to slay (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 09:47 PM

12. They were pretty miniscule a year ago

wait til next year.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 07:55 AM

19. I look for them to add more shows.

 

Current is turning out to be a damn good channel. I wish more people could get it.

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Response to B Calm (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:22 AM

23. jennifer Granholm is slated for one for sure.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 10:01 PM

13. a 16% decline will be a huge loss in advertising dollars for fox

when advertisers renew their contracts with fox news they will demand much lower rates.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:46 AM

41. That doesn't really matter for Faux Noise....

They weren't created to make money for investors. They were created to be a mouthpiece for the 1% and their toadies. They could lose money from now on and they would stay in business.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:10 AM

14. Take away all those tv's at various businesses serving the public that are tuned into Fixed News

& I wonder how much more FN's ratings would fall. I suspect that these businesses are given something by Fixed News in return for keeping their tv's tuned in to their crap. Perhaps FN pays their monthly cable bills, is my guess.

While at my husband's doctor's office a few months ago, we were the only people sitting in the waiting room. I turned the tv channel from Fixed News & the nurse who had been standing behind the glass partition came through the door in a huff, seemingly trying to control her anger by loudly straightening the magazines on each side table.

I then told my husband in front of her, "I'm not about to sit here listening to that garbage."

Why would she be bent out of shape if she wasn't able to hear the tv from behind that glass parition & my husband & I were the only people sitting in the waiting room?

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Response to pacalo (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 03:10 AM

16. Or just pour water down the back of it while you're there.

 

Just kidding. mmmeh maybe.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 07:49 AM

18. In some cases I think that fox noise is saying what the proprietor want to say themselves

but really can't because if they did they loose all of their business

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Response to madokie (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:52 AM

21. I Ask To Change The Channel

I've done it several times. I tell the people there that it insults me and can we at least put on CNN. It's not great, but it's not insulting.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:10 AM

25. Depends on the place but I often ask to change the channel also

If its a business that I'm going to spend a buck or two with and I ask them to change the channel and they don't I leave and go somewhere else.

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Response to madokie (Reply #25)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:20 AM

26. We were at a hotel in St. Louis eating breakfast about a year ago and Fox News was on

The desk clerk came in to make a new pot of coffee and I asked if we could change the channel. One of the other guests said "You got a problem with the truth?" And another guest said "No, we don't. That's why we are asking him to turn the channel"

Fox fan stood up, picked up his food and left the room.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 09:34 AM

39. You done good

Happy New Year

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 07:26 AM

17. I still get disgusted when I walk into a typical restraunt or buisness and they have Faux on /nt

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Response to jimlup (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 03:28 PM

31. I see that in Texas all the time

I ask them to change the channel

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:16 AM

20. yay!

That's good news. Fox 'News' blows chunks.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:52 AM

22. OH Joy

People are waking up I C

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:26 AM

24. Hmm... What about the mother company?

 

News Inc. (Murdoch family) are in deep trouble for phone hacking at various news outlets of theirs. Layer after layer of this rotting onion is peeling away.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:25 AM

27. I thought the same thing about the hacking scandal impact.

Casual Fox viewers (Read: Less than hard core conservatives) may have been put off by a media company that hacked a child murder victim's phone in pursuit of a story. That one and all the other distasteful revelations about Fox's "news" gathering methods was sure to drive off a few people.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:13 PM

28. Don't watch it

I have Conservative friends who will not watch FOX News any more, they always knew it was biased, but they no longer tolerate the blatant lying. It's one thing to have a slant on the news, it's another thing to make up facts and present them as the news. Even some Cons are questioning the legitimacy of FOX as a News organization.

I think we owe a debt of gratitude to Media Matters and other watchdogs who every day expose more FOX News lies. I consider it my duty as a citizen to let as many people know about every single FOX News lie I hear about. Eventually it gets through to some people.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:29 PM

29. my bumper sticker

is making a difference.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 03:57 PM

32. CNN is almost just as bad as Fox. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:43 PM

33. May their decline and fall

 

accelerate exponentially in 2012! SG

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:59 PM

34. Americans are sick of the hate for one thing



Radio is seeing a decline in the popularity of hate talk as well. Americans seem to be increasingly looking for solutions rather than blame.

It probably didn't help that a recent study proved FOX watchers were more ignorant about current events than those who watch no news at all! Who wants to watch a network that MAKES you stupid?

Add to that the fact that one in every two of us lives in poverty, and that sense of being some potential rich person some day is gone. People are getting the disconnect between what the snake oil salesjerks on FOX say and what Congress is actually doing to help them.

I hope FOX loses tons of revenue. I wish the whole Rupert Murdoch Evil Propaganda Empire could just be flushed down the toilet.

And I'm glad Americans are waking up to the truth and rejecting FOX's stupidity and lies.

And BTW, F**K the FCC for letting FOX continually spew lies and propaganda on our public-owned media like radio. The FCC are tools of the 1%, not watchdogs for the American people.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:09 PM

35. Good news, but it took way too long. The harm they have done will take at least a generation

to repair.

[div class=excerpt"]FoxPods will, as usual, point out that Fox is still the top cable news network, but that is beside the point. Its audience is peeling away at a rapid rate and over time they will be unable to sustain their leading position. It is also important to put those numbers in context. While Fox is the #1 cable news network, they lag far behind the broadcast nets. In fact, the highest rated program on Fox (O'Reilly Factor) has about half the viewers of the lowest rated broadcast news program (CBS Evening news).


That is interesting and has not been pointed out often enough when they claim they are #1.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 05:38 PM

36. They do have the oldest viewers

They might be dying off. Or at least, getting tired of having FOX commentators calling their Medicare an entitlement and suggesting it should be done away with or voucherized. Not only that, but maybe it gets old after a while to listen to a constant stream of pro-wealthy rants when you're barely getting by on Social Security.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:43 PM

38. Heh.

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