January Numbers: MSNBC

Posted in Ratings Related on February 2, 2016 by icn2

MSNBC is noting its January ratings…


MSNBC Beats CNN in A25-54 Growth in Prime

“Morning Joe” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” Top CNN in A25-54, Best Month Since 2014

NEW YORK – February 2, 2016 – MSNBC saw the most growth in cable news for January 2016 during “Morning Joe” and Monday-Friday dayside programming (M-F 9a-5p). MSNBC’s dayside programming (M-F 9a-5p) was up 60% in A25-54 and 46% in total viewers while Fox News was up only 27% and CNN was down by 9%. MSNBC’s M-F 8-11p was up 44% in A254-54 and 45% in total viewers over last year, topping CNN which was only up 16% and tying Fox News which was only up 44% in A25-54 over last year in M-F 8-11p. January 2016 was the best M-F 8-11p demo performance for MSNBC since February 2014 and in total viewers since October 2013. M-F 9a-5p saw the highest A25-54 since March 2014.
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January Numbers: CNN…

Posted in Ratings Related on February 2, 2016 by icn2

CNN is noting its January ratings…


Ranks #1 across Cable News in Weekend Total Day and Prime in Demo

CNN Special Events Programming Tops Competition

January was another strong month for CNN with the network kicking off the year ranking #2 in cable news and growing double-digits vs. a year ago. For the month, CNN ranked #2 in cable news in Total Day and Primetime in both total viewers and the demo 25-54. CNN has now topped MSNBC for the 19th straight month in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo, and in Primetime in the demo – the longest winning streak in almost eight years (since Feb. 2008). CNN has now beaten MSNBC in Primetime in total viewers for the second consecutive month. Also in January, CNN ranked #1 in cable news on weekends (Sat/Sun) in both Total Day and Primetime among 25-54.

Of particular note, CNN special events programming all ranked #1 across cable news in their time periods this month:
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Don’t Give Trump The Satisfaction…

Posted in CNN, FNC, MSNBC on January 27, 2016 by icn2

So it appears as of this writing that Trump is going to schedule an event during the timeframe that FNC is airing its now Trump-less GOP debate. And of course he’s openly courting other networks to carry it.

They shouldn’t…at least not live. Don’t give Trump the satisfaction of dividing and conquering the networks. I fully expect CNN to not adhere to this because of how it swooped in and grabbed NBC’s GOP debate. MSNBC will probably carry it too.

They shouldn’t for the simple reason that it could happen to them at some point down the road if they allow for this precedent to be set. They should boycott Trump’s speech. Or at the very least, they should air it tape delayed until after the FNC GOP debate is over.

Not that I’m expecting this to happen. I’m no fool. Ratings and the possibility of revenue enhancement will win out over network solidarity. But they’re just shooting themselves in the foot in the long run.

Short Term Memory…

Posted in FNC on January 27, 2016 by icn2

Mediaite’s Joe Concha writes about recent issues involving the national Republican and Democrat parties…which doesn’t interest me much. But this part does…

As for Fox, know this: It has absolutely every right to defend Kelly against Trump’s barbs. But this particular and most recent retort went too far, made it way too personal (and arguably proved Trump’s point to his supporters around being treated unfairly by the network). Per a Fox statement Tuesday afternoon:

We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.

Sorry… that’s just not how a news organization should conduct itself regardless of how many times Trump has insulted the network or one of its moderators. Roger Ailes’ statement Tuesday afternoon on the matter was the proper one: “Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist and the entire network stands behind her — she will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.” In being stern and professional, that should have been the only statement made by the network. But Fox decided to go another more personal route and got down in the mud with Trump instead. This doesn’t excuse Trump’s petulant antics or bizarre one-way attacks on Kelly (who has stayed above the fray since this began six months ago after the first debate). But two sides can be wrong in any instance, and this is no exception.

I don’t disagree that this is not how a network should respond. But I would point out that this is not exactly out of character for this particular network…if you examine its PR history…albeit not much of its recent history.

If you look at the snark that came out of FNC’s PR going back 10 years you’d see that this statement, while maybe not what we want from a network’s PR operation, is totally in line with how this network reacts when attacked. And sometimes even when it isn’t. This is one of those times I wish I still had access to the old ICN 1.0 site because I could easily pull up a dozen or more quotes that you’d never find emanating from any other news network’s PR operation.

So I don’t react to this statement the same way Concha does. Yes, it’s over the line. But it’s just the latest example in a long rich history of over the line remarks that are beneath a news network.

A Trump-less GOP Debate…

Posted in FNC on January 26, 2016 by icn2

The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti and Maggie Haberman write that Donald Trump says he’s skipping the next GOP debate airing on FNC and with Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Coward…

Moments after Fox News announced the lineup for Thursday’s Republican debate, Donald J. Trump said Tuesday it is pretty “irrevocable” that he will skip the event, which takes place just days before the Iowa caucuses.

“Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Mr. Trump said at a press conference here, where he continued to attack Megyn Kelly and the crew at Fox News, with whom he sparred at an earlier debate.

“It’s time that somebody plays grownup,” he said.

Fine. When do you start? Coward…

Just after Mr. Trump started speaking, his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, confirmed that he will skip Thursday’s event, saying, “He will not be participating in the Fox News debate on Thursday” and that “it’s not under negotiation.”

Mr. Trump’s absence would leave the main debate stage without the candidate who leads in national polls, one who has been a big ratings draw for past debates. Mr. Trump has threatened in the past to skip debates, but his remarks Tuesday night were his strongest statement yet that he would not participate.

Way to give Ted Cruz an opening! Coward…

Mr. Lewandowski said that instead of attending Thursday’s debate, Mr. Trump would hold an event in Iowa, raising money for the wounded soldiers in the state. He cited recent statements by the network about Mr. Trump as a reason for the decision to withdraw from the event.

“They’ve been very clear about what their position is about Mr. Trump,” Mr. Lewandowski said. “They’ve put out a series of statements in the last three or four hours about what they thought about Mr. Trump.”

Awwww…didums get their nose bent out of shape? Awwww…can dish it out but can’t take it. Coward…

“Mr. Trump said ’That’s fine. Fox is entitled to their opinion.’ He’s entitled to do what he wants,” Mr. Lewandowski said.

Including turning tail and running away. Coward…

Mr. Trump’s main rival, Senator Ted Cruz, accused Mr. Trump of chickening out.

“If Donald is afraid to defend his record, that speaks volumes,” he said, before alluding to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia: “I promise you, Putin is a lot scarier than Megyn Kelly.”

No kidding. What a coward…

Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow to Head MSNBC’s Iowa Caucuses Coverage…

Posted in MSNBC on January 25, 2016 by icn2

Variety’s Brian Steinberg writes about Rachel Maddow joining Brian Williams for MSNBC’s Iowa Caucuses coverage. I decided to cite this rather than MSNBC’s press release because Steinberg gets Maddow to comment on Williams and you-know-what…

Teaming Maddow with Williams may, at first blush, raise some eyebrows. Maddow is largely considered to be a meticulous reporter, while Williams started a tenure at MSNBC last fall after an embarrassing 2015 episode at NBC News which involved him embellishing a tale of a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. He was suspended for six months and removed from his anchor job at “NBC Nightly News” on NBC. His main job at MSNBC is to cover big breaking news during the network’s daytime schedule.

“NBC and Brian sort of investigated that and worked that out and came to terms on that, and I think he’s back on the air for a reason,” said Maddow. “There really isn’t anybody better in terms of handling breaking news, serious news, and as a resource for having to deal real-time with quickly changing information, he’s the best there is. She added: “What’s past is past.”

I actually feel sorry for Maddow being the one who has to front for the network on the Williams fiasco. Sort of investigated? What’s past is past? Ugh.

Nobody cares. They should care. But nobody cares that NBC has been positively opaque on its Williams investigation. There’s been no public accounting. Williams hasn’t said a word beyond that carefully choreographed Matt Lauer interview. And it has succeeded because nobody has tried to hold NBC’s feet to the fire.

In fact nobody has said much of anything about Williams apparently being MSNBC’s M-Fr only breaking news anchor. There have been several big stories that have occurred over a weekend timeframe since Williams’ return to air and yet Williams wasn’t a part of any of them. The latest one was the big snowstorm. I could see extenuating circumstances being a factor once or twice but it’s happened every single weekend that there was big breaking news.

Williams’ weekend disappearing act is a story – if for no other reason than there hasn’t been any discussion of it to clear the air.

Press Releases: 11/25/16

Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2016 by icn2



NEW YORK – January 22, 2016 – Rachel Maddow will host “American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint, An MSNBC Town Hall” from Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, January 27, 2015 9 p.m. ET. Maddow and members of the Flint community will examine how this man-made water crisis is now a full blown emergency with potentially devastating health effects for thousands and look ahead to potential solutions.

Guests will include Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Lanice Lawson creator of Bottles for Babies, Curt Guyette of ACLU in Michigan, Bryn Mickle and Ron Fonger of The Flint Journal, Nancy Kaffer of The Detroit Free Press and many others. NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk will contribute to the coverage.


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