Fox News Tops Basic Cable In Primetime For Third Month In A Row, CNN Rises, MSNBC Remains At Trump Era Low

While FNC was No. 1 in primetime viewership in all of basic cable this month and celebrated its 38th consecutive month as tops in total-day audience, that other cable newser, MSNBC, got burned this hot August.
2 again with 3.1 million viewers. The Ingraham Angle’s audience of 2.6 million, The Five’s viewership of 2.5 million and, once again the only non-FNC show in the cable news top 5, The Rachel Maddow Show’s 2.3 million, saw all the same shows in the same place compared with last month with small variations in their results. Weathering a series of advertiser losses and outrage over incendiary remarks about the true scope of white supremacy in America, Tucker Carlson Tonight was No.
In science, an experiment usually must be conducted three times with the same result to be considered a success. By that measure and metaphor, the latest monthly cable ratings results make Fox News Channel look very successful this summer.
Down 16% in total day viewers from last August to 870,000, and down 20% in primetime viewers from last year to 1.48 million, the NBCUniversal-owned outlet beat CNN in total viewers in both categories. However, this month also saw MSNBC garner just 222,000 in the 25-54 primetime demo to match July as the channel’s worst result since Donald Trump entered the White House.
Also worth noting: With 14 months to go until the 2020 Presidential election, FNC, CNN and MSNBC will be coming out swinging from the respective corners to get more and more of those well-paying and highly competitive political ad dollars – which will be the real on-air battlefield next year.” />
Worth noting: In that highly charged 9 PM ET slot, CNN's Chris Cuomo pulls in less than half of Maddow with 1.11 million viewers.
That was undoubtedly in no small part due to the well-watched two-night and two-part Democratic debates that CNN aired at the end of July. In the key news demo of adults 25-54, FNC had 375,000 viewers, an 11% decline year over year. That marks the best August result CNN has ever had, a 13% rise in 25-54s over last year, and a 95% uptick over July 2019’s demo viewership. In fact, the Jeff Zucker-led outlet not only was up 40% over last August in total viewers for a 1.5 million result, but it also beat FNC in the demo with 391,000.
Up a smidge from July in overall audience, Fox News rose 6% in primetime viewership compared with August 2018. Fueled by the advertiser-afflicted Tucker Carlson Tonight, cable news big dog Hannity and The Ingraham Angle, FNC drew 2.4 million viewers for August on average, according to Nielsen. For a third month in a row, the Rupert Murdoch-owned cable newser has topped all of basic cable in primetime viewership.
1 for a fifth month in a row with 3.3 million tuning in, even with last month. Sean Hannity’s 9 PM ET perch was still No. Similar to MSNBC’s primetime demo result, not a lot changed in the cable news show rankings from July to August.

Fox News Host Schools Donald Trump On Polling After Latest POTUS Attack On Network

Here is the exchange (Trump's tweet is a two-parter): In response, host and correspondent Julie Banderas — who has crossed swords with the commander in chief before — tweeted "That is incorrect" and did her level best to explain the concept of polling to him. Trump tweeted this morning that "Fox news is at it again" in response to its report on a new poll that shows him trailing some Democratic challengers, by a lot.
Meanwhile, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden's camp couldn't resist chiming on the latest pearls is what?-dom from the Oval Office, offering this double-digit face slap:

Now that can put take the fun out of Executive Time.
when you really need it? Where is Schoolhouse Rock!
And as David Letterman often used to remind us, "If you've ever been polled, you know just how painful that can be."

Anyway, this isn't the first time Banderas has stood up for her network in the face of presidential harassment. Back in January — which feels like half a lifetime ago — she smacked back on social media after Trump tweeted that two of her FNC colleagues "have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!" Banderas' reply: “Bullying journalists is not presidential.”
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President Donald Trump's relationship with Fox News Channel sometimes has veered from ally to frenemy in recent months, and today one of its on-air personalitites called POTUS out for his latest snipe at the network.

FNC’s Pete Buttigieg Town Hall Beats Competition, Generates Headlines, Irks Donald Trump

To that point, a few hours before FNC's Buttigieg town hall, Trump had tweeted his displeasure.
Explaining his decision, Buttigieg said Dems "have to find people where they are,” and “connect with Americans from coast-to-coast.”” />
Asked how he would handle President Donald Trump's debate insults and tweets, Buttigieg paused, then told Wallace, "I don't care."
Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.” FNC's Brit Hume was having none of that. He tweet-slapped Trump, writing, "Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president.
You can’t look away." Look, it is mesmerizing. It is the nature of grotesque things. I get it. We need to make sure we are changing the channel from this show that he’s created. And when Wallace argued that Trump's tweets are extremely effective at reaching the country, Buttigieg countered, “It is an effective way to command the attention of media.

“I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some opinion hosts on this network," Buttigieg said during the event. "I mean, when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty, When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps — summer camps — there is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
Buttigieg's FNC encounter also outstripped his earlier town hall on CNN, which logged 545K total viewers including 169K in the demo, on a Sunday back in March.
Fox News Channel's Sunday headline-grabbing, POTUS-pissing-off town hall with Dem 2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg scored 1.1 million viewers, 172,000 in the news demo, at 7 PM ET.
But Buttigieg kind of got Trump's point, when he talked to Wallace about agreeing to a town hall on FNC, while other Dems have declined.
Buttigieg's sit-down with Chris Wallace clocked bigger numbers in both metrics than combined time-slot stats for MSNBC's Kasie DC (621,000 77K) and CNN's Newsroom (447K, 96K).
But Butttigieg might have outrun Sanders in the headline department.
Sanders' April FNC town hall with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum remains the most watched town hall of this election season to date. In fairness, Sanders scored his nearly 2.6 million viewers from 6:30-7:30 PM on a Monday night, instead of a more challenging Sunday. Sanders' haul included 489,000 in the 25-54 news demographic. Buttigieg's no Bernie Sanders.

CNN’s Amy Klobuchar Presidents Day Town Hall Ratings Thumped By MSNBC & Fox News

CNN’s 10-11:15 PM sit-down with the Dem presidential candidate clocked 1.139M viewers. Only 294K of them fell into the 25-54 demo that is the currency of news programming.
CNN’s Don Lemon-hosted town hall with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in third on Presidents Day to MSNBC and Fox News Channel, both in total viewers and in the news demo.
During the New Hampshire town hall, Klobuchar said she would sign the U.S. She declared herself a non-advocate of free four-year college for all. She also denied she had abused her staff, as some former staffers have claimed, acknowledging she is a “tough boss" who has sometimes pushed people too hard but added "the big point for me is I want the country to meet high expectations because we don’t have that going now.”” /> back into the international climate change agreement on Day 1 of her presidency, and believes President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress in funding his border wall is an abuse of executive power.
Similar story in the news demo, with MSNBC (441K) and FNC (435K) running a lap ahead of CNN.
Running more than a million viewers ahead of Klobuchar: MSNBC with 2.391M viewers, ahead of FNC (2.390M).

Jedediah Bila Returns To Fox News Channel As Contributor

In September of '17, the conservative voice on the show announced on The View that day would be her last, to gasps heard in the audience.
The interview, which was presented in a Lifetime special entitled, Abby Tells All, earned praise.” /> During her run on ABC, Bila secured an exclusive interview with embattled Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller ahead of her 366-day prison sentence.
Bila noted FNC is the place where she started her TV career, first joining as a contributor in 2013, appearing regularly on Outnumbered and The Five.
The sudden exit announcement came days after The View‘s Hillary Clinton interview, in which Bila put some tough questions to the former Presidential candidate, reportedly leaving some staff concerned about how Bila handled the interview.
Most recently, Bila served as co-host of ABC’s The View, as a recurring guest co-host in Season 19 and an official co-host of the show’s 20th season.
“This has just been an amazing journey, and I appreciate all of you. I want to thank the viewers, even the ones that write me hate tweets,” she told her co-hosts and the audience. She didn’t give a specific reason for her departure but said she is writing a book and is working on other projects.
"We are excited to welcome her back to the Fox News family," FNC's SVP  of morning programming and talent development Lauren Petterson said in making the announcement.
News comes little more than a year after Bila exited ABC's The View. Fox News Channel has signed Jedediah Bila as a contributor.

Mark Duplass & Alice Eve Join Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Movie

Opposite Ray Romano, the film is a bittersweet bromance about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports. Duplass is repped by ICM and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Mark will star next year in an untitled film for Netflix, directed by Alex Lehmann and produced by the Duplass Brothers. Duplass received his first Emmy award in September for the acclaimed Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country. Last May, Duplass along with his brother Jay published their first book Like Brothers (Ballantine Books), which examined their personal and professional partnership.
Roach’s Ailes project is written by The Big Short Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph. Also starring are John Lithgow as Ailes, Malcolm McDowell as News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, Margot Robbie as FNC news producer Kayla Pospisil, and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, the FNC anchor who sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon also star.
The feature, which was passed on by Annapurna before going into production, centers around the women at Fox News Channel who were sexually harassed by network chief Ailes, and who took him on.
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Eve will play Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. Duplass will play the husband of Megyn Kelly, who is being played by Charlize Theron.
She can be seen in Entertainment Studios' upcoming Keanu Reeves movie Replicas on Dec. 7. Eve is repped by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Independent Talent. Eve, who starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness and the Netflix/Marvel series Iron Fist as Mary Walker, also appeared in the streaming service's anthology series Black Mirror.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Duplass and Alice Eve are boarding Jay Roach's untitled Roger Ailes movie which Lionsgate is currently closing to distribute and BRON Studios is producing and co-financing.

Rachel Maddow Wins Night 3 As Donald Trump’s Really Bad Week Continues

Other FNC shows to make Thursday's Top-10: Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.504M, 481K), The Ingraham Angle (2.290M, 416K), and The Story (1.795M, 389K).” />
2 ranked cable program in total viewers. Sean Hannity’s show was the night’s No. In her 9 PM timeslot, Maddow beat FNC’s Hannity (2.935M, 572K) and CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time (1.601, 591K).
Maddow’s third consecutive nightly win accompanied headlines that Trump’s longtime pal National Enquirer chief David Pecker had been given immunity in the investigation of Trump’s former personal lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen.
Her program averaged 3.674M viewers, 758K of them in the 25-54 year age bracket that news programs target. For a third night in a row, Maddow’s MSNBC program was highest rated across all of cable TV Thursday night.
3,  No. In addition to Maddow, that included The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (2.774M, 533K) at No. 6-ranked All In with Chris Hayes (2.160M,389K), No. Five MSNBC programs ranked in the Top-10 in total viewers. 8-ranked The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (2.052M, 380K), and Hardball with Chris Matthews (1.893M,334K) at No. 9.
President Donald Trump’s really bad week has been a ratings bonanza for Rachel Maddow.
And, for a third consecutive night, MSNBC topped primetime cable news in both total viewers (2.869M) and in the news demographic (560K), besting FNC (2.576M, 490K), and CNN (1.514M, 547K).

Fox News Channel Tops Cable’s Quarter, Laura Ingraham Cops Best Stats Yet; MSNBC Bests CNN

President Donald Trump pal Sean Hannity topped cable news across the board, clocking his best stats since his show's return to 9 PM hour.
CNN (658K) came in behind both in total viewers for total day, declining 16%, and 23% in the news demo (202K), though in that metric CNN edged out MSNBC.
Among its building blocks, Laura Ingraham just logged her best month yet, despite taking another drubbing in the media after defending the Trump administration's detention centers into which it was putting children separated from their parents at the border "essentially summer camps" later amending that to "boarding school."
In primetime, CNN (929K) tumbled 12%, to finish the quarter behind FNC (2.447M, up 4%) and MSNBC (1.736M, up 6%).
MSNBC’s 346K marked an 11% slide, while FNC (480K) inched up 2%. CNN also finished third in primetime in the news demo, dropping 18% to 302K viewers in that 25-54 age bracket.
In the news demo, Hannity (685K) lead Maddow (559K), Ingraham (544K), Carlson (541K), and MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (419K).” />
Still, FNC handily beat MSNBC (930K) which grew 5% in overall audience but dropped by 5% in the news demo (196K).
1 morning show in cable news. And Trump fave Fox & Friends logged its 200th consecutive month as the No.
Even so, FNC (1.409M) dropped 4% in overall audience for total day, and 9% in the news demo (286K).
Among primetime programs, Hannity clocked 3.368M viewers, followed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (2.752M), and FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.697M), The Ingraham Angle (2.654M) and The Five (2.233M).
Among cable news networks, FNC quarterly win brings that tally to 66 consecutive wins. Fox News Channel topped all of basic cable in total day for 2Q’18, making it eight quarters in a row.

Sean Hannity On Being Named As Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client: “Never Represented Me” – Update

Hannity, who is one of Trump's most fervent backers and defenders and has been hammering Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation for weeks, tweeted this just before 1 PM PT:
Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. The FBI last week conducted a no-knock raid on Cohen's office, apartment and hotel room, seizing documents, emails and more, including records of payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, The Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed source.
Broidy is a major GOP donor with close ties to the White House. Broidy resigned his RNC post last week after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had a relationship that resulted in an abortion. Cohen arranged that deal late last year.
Hannity had called out Smith last month, saying the Shepard Smith Reporting host is "clueless" about what his nightly FNC show Hannity does, putting some barbed wire atop the much-proclaimed wall between opinion and reporting at Fox News. Hannity's nightly FNC show airs at 6PM PT.” />
UPDATED with Sean Hannity tweets, 1:07 PM: A federal judge today ordered Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen to identify his third client — alongside the president and Elliott Broidy — and the name is one familiar to cable news watchers: Sean Hannity. The Fox News Channel host had wanted to remain anonymous.
After word of Hannity's involvement broke, Shepard Smith said on his Fox News show: "For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen. Hannity's producers are working to contact him." He added, "We'll report on it when we know the rest of it." Smith and FNC then went back to James Comey coverage.
Here is CNN's Shimon Prokupecz talking about today's revelation:
At today's hearing, Judge Kimba Wood challenged them to cite the legal reasons for refusing to name Hannity as Cohen's third client. Cohen's legal team has been trying to seal evidence taken in the raids. Former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman Broidy's name surfaced earlier in the hearing as a second client of Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney who also is embroiled in the Stormy Daniels payoff scandal.

Donald Trump’s Town Hall With Sean Hannity Scrubbed As POTUS Travels To Vegas On Wednesday

Trump had been scheduled to appear with Hannity for an exclusive interview at Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia on Wednesday, October 4th at 9PM ET. The interview/town hall was to have taken place in front of an audience of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, FNC said, with Hannity and Trump talking tax reform, the economy, and news of the day, also taking questions from the audience.
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Trump announced this morning he would fly to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with first responders and families of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 58 people were killed, and 515 injured, when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country-music concert in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump's appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel program, set for Wednesday, has been cancelled.