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Maria Bartiromo Profile

Posted in FBN, FNC on August 5, 2014 by icn2’s Kate O’Hare profiles Maria Bartiromo…

Ailes obviously had faith in Bartiromo’s abilities, and that faith had to endure a weak ratings debut on Feb. 24 for her FBN daily show. Her Sunday-morning show on FNC ,which debuted March 30, is faring better.

In July, per Nielsen Media Research, it topped the cable-news ratings for its time slot, averaging 807,000 total viewers, and 207,000 viewers in the coveted Adults 25-54 demographic. Since its first full month on the air, Sunday Morning Futures has stayed stable in total viewers but has increased the A25-54 segment by 9 percent.

For context, for July 31st, the primetime content at FBN itself had only 6,000 viewers in that demo (out of a total viewership of 57,000), while top-rated (by far) FNC had 370,000 (of 2.22 million).

Viewers of both cable news and business channels tend to skew older, so getting younger viewers is an ongoing challenge. But with the dip in jobs, we may also be seeing a rise in entrepreneurship, both among seasoned workers and those new to the workforce.

“We’re bringing in a great demo [on FNC],” says Bartiromo, “so that tells me that there’s an appetite for business and economic conversation on a Sunday. … After the 2008 financial collapse and all of these white-collar jobs going away, people recognize that there are not the opportunities that you thought there were in business. People are saying, ‘You know what, I want to try something on my own.’

The Sincerest Form of Flattery…

Posted in FNC on July 2, 2014 by icn2

TV Club’s Sam Barsanti writes about FNC ripping off the Bioshock Infinite logo… (via J$)

The above picture comes from Ken Levine, the creator of BioShock (via Nerdist), who seemed more tickled by it than annoyed. “Glad to help, Fox. Glad to help,” he posted on Facebook. You can see the original Infinite logo below and compare them yourself, but the funny part here isn’t that Fox News copied it—which it totally did—it’s that it apparently copied it without recognizing what the logo represents: A violent video game about killing right-wing crazy people. It would’ve been weird for Fox News to take any game’s logo like this, but for it take the one with a message that specifically diverges so strongly from its own? That’s irony, Alanis.

Fifty Quarters at #1…

Posted in FNC on June 30, 2014 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael O’Connell writes about FNC’s 50 quarters of dominance and interviews Bill Shine…

Some critics have pointed to that consistency as one reason why FNC’s average viewer is now over 65 years old, but Shine says an increased median age is something affecting all networks.

“It’s happening to most everyone in television, and in terms of the economics of it, we don’t buy and sell on that data,” Shine tells THR. “We buy and sell on the demo, and we’re still clearly winning the demo race among our competitors — combined in some cases. Is it something we keep our eye on? Absolutely. But it’s not something I currently go home and lose sleep over.”

Shine also says his eye is on the competition. He’s not ignoring CNN’s decision to ditch live news coverage for documentary news at cable news’ traditional flagship hour of 9 p.m. — “They’ve decided to go in another direction, and I think you’ve got to give them some time to see if it works.” — though he is committed to live programming and now considers their primetime block as beginning at 5 p.m. with The Five. That show now goes back and forth with Kelly’s between the No. 2 or No. 3 telecasts on cable news.

One thing Shine says he’s not paying attention to is criticism over the network’s reputation for conservative slant. And he’s quick to point at Kelly as someone who can potentially chip away at that reputation. He also says that the recent reassurance in attention on the U.S. handling of the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, has vindicated FNC’s decision to heavily cover it for the last two years.

Taking the Long View…

Posted in CNN, FNC, HLN, MSNBC, Ratings Related on June 30, 2014 by icn2

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi chart cable news by quarter going all the way back to 2001…when CNN was still #1

As the number of prime-time broadcast TV viewers has gone down, the number tuning into cable news has gone up. Fox has benefited. Its ratings have increased while those of its cable competitors, as a group, have mostly stayed flat. That’s a sign that the growth hasn’t come from other news networks but from viewers who had not previously been watching cable news. Nielsen’s data shows that the only other cable network to be No. 1 in its category for 50 straight quarters is, unsurprisingly, ESPN

Desperation Throw?

Posted in CNN, FNC on June 26, 2014 by icn2

CNN Commentary writes about Crossfire taking a page out of FNC’s playbook by aping The Five…

CNN did something different with the struggling political debate program on Monday and Tuesday: all four Crossfire cohosts (SE Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, and Stephanie Cutter) were all “in the Crossfire” – and there were no guests. As one person said to me in private, it was almost like CNN was trying to imitate Fox’s The Five, and see how it went for them.

Whether this was a ratings ploy to see if it would stick or not, that remains to be seen. If that’s the case, then I think it was poorly executed. How can you really expect to be able to tell if it will work, long-term, based off of two days? If it were an experiment, then it would make sense to do it for the entire week (maybe even two weeks?) – not just two days.

If CNN takes Crossfire and turns it into a Five clone, they should change the name of the show. Because it’s not Crossfire anymore.

Numbers Never Lie…Or Do They?

Posted in CNN, FNC on June 18, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Jordan Chariton writes about CNN’s…ahem…creative accounting…behind making the boast that Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is the #1 program in the Cable News demo. Yes, this story has the characteristics of a plant but that doesn’t mean it’s not accurate…

Bourdain’s just-completed third season, which ran from April 13 to June 8, averaged 386,000 A25-54 viewers over the eight Sunday premiere episodes.

The fine print (not all of it included in the ad) goes on to say that it’s a “blend” of viewer data including Live+7 day, Live+3 day and Live+ same-day viewership, in other words, a variety of DVR viewing. CNN says that’s enough to best even “The O’Reilly Factor,” the long-dominant cable news show, which averaged 356,000 A25-54 demo viewers in that period, using that same “blend.”

We’ll make our fine print, regular-size: O’Reilly’s total is for 37 programs, compared to Bourdain’s eight. And when the Live+ same-day measurement is used “O’Reilly Factor” averaged 344,000 demo viewers; the “The Kelly File” was next with 310,000, then “Parts Unknown” comes in third with 278,000. CNN reports. You decide.

All Quiet On The Legal Front…

Posted in FNC on June 10, 2014 by icn2

I said it’ll never get to trial and I was right. Gawker’s JK Trotter writes about a settlement in the Roger Dormal lawsuit and a new twist in the Brian Lewis saga…

Now, nearly a year later, Fox says those claims about its former P.R. undertaker were untrue. Fox’s admission appeared in an unusual document recently entered by the network’s attorney at the Supreme Court of New York in Lower Manhattan, during the final stages of an age discrimination lawsuit filed by former network executive Roger Domal. Last week, Dornal and Fox reached a confidential settlement agreement, which the plaintiff’s attorney, Christopher Chang, confirmed on Monday.

Fox had initially responded to Domal’s complaint by accusing the plaintiff of conspiring with Lewis to generate bogus expense reports. Lewis took this as a breach of his own settlement with Fox, and he filed an arbitration claim accusing the network of disparagement.

So last week, Fox quietly relented. In a 2-page filing dated June 3 and submitted by Fox attorney Barry Asen, the network formally withdrew its allegations of fraud against Lewis:

But then there’s this…

Fox’s original accusations of financial fraud had served as a distraction from the real story of Lewis’s firing, which was that Fox News executives were suspicious of Lewis’s cooperation with Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. This aggressive P.R. strategy spectacularly backfired after Lewis’s attorney, Judd Burstein, accused Fox of lying about his client, threatened to reveal the channel’s dark secrets, and went on to extract a multimillion-dollar settlement.

So Fox was, in fact, lying about Lewis. It’s good to know that Fox itself agrees.

Comeon Trotter…that’s not worthy of you. Let’s look at what was legally said to resolve this…

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED, by and between counsel for the respective parties, that Defendants’ affirmative defense set forth in Paragraph 48 of their Answer to the Complaint, which alleged, inter alia, that Brian Lewis, with Plaintiff’s assistance, had made fraudulent requests to Fox News Network LLC for expense reimbursement, is hereby withdrawn with prejudice.

The claim withdrawal neither proves nor disproves that FNC was or was not lying about Lewis and what he did or did not do to merit termination. All it means is that FNC is withdrawing the claim. Nothing more. Nothing less. The backroom back and forth wrangling match between the lawyers produced a result that all sides agreed to. But that doesn’t mean the truth has revealed itself. It only means that all parties have agreed a legally binding talking point…a talking point which may or may not bear any semblence on reality.

So Trotter, by saying FNC lied and that FNC is now agreeing that it lies, says more about Trotter and his biases than it does about the correct historical record…which we will never know…

Unless another legal bruhaha erupts involving FNC which drags Lewis into it like this one did. Then its back to the mattresses…


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