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  •  If these numbers are correct (5+ / 0-)

    It means that Beck has more viewers at 5pm than Olbermann does during Prime Time.

    I really wish you hadn't made me look for this.  Seeing these numbers ruined my week.

    http://tvbythenumbers.com/...

    •  Maybe, just maybe, (5+ / 0-)

      DFH's have better things to do than watch TV.

      Just sayin'

      Umm, that's PRESIDENT Obama and SENATOR Franken, mr. o'reilly.

      by filby on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 08:12:16 PM PDT

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    •  You have to take a look at their (3+ / 0-)
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      madgranny, dwayne, peacemaker33

      numbers in 2008. Their (FNC) are off about a million viewers. I posted the same day stats a year apart for comparision above. Don't let squareboy get ya down...

      •  I stand corrected; off by 400k viewers (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Or maybe (1+ / 0-)
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        behan

        Viewers are drawn to networks that are most critical to the current administration?

        Didn't MSNBC have high viewership when Bush was in office?

        I think it's funny that I'm sitting up at 11pm trying to figure out why Fox News has such high numbers.  But it really is baffling.

        •  Fox is on basic cable (2+ / 0-)
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          dwayne, peacemaker33

          MSNBC is not, in many cases.  Fox will always have more viewers due to that fact alone.

          •  I think you nailed it....... (2+ / 0-)
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            jsmagid, PsychoSavannah

            I also thought about the fact that MSNBC competes with CNN for left leaning (and even centrist) viewers.  Fox News doesn't really have other competition for conservative viewers.

          •  One more thing... (0+ / 0-)

            In Red State South, where I live (unfortunately), MSNBC is not even carried.

            Oh, we have complained, we have filled petitions, and I have send letters to the State Utility Licensing Board. But it does no good. If it is true that MSNBC charges a fee to be carried by a Cable Operator then Comcast is not going to carry them where I live. It's really funny, because their competitors do, and Comcast themselves do, just an hour and a half from here (where I used to live) also carried them.

            On top of that, when I go to doctors offices, or banks, etc, what TV Channel is on? Faux Noise.

            So are their ratings real? Yeah right! They are inflated, just like Sarah Palin's #1 Bestseller is going to be/is -- You betcha!

      •  Interesting stats. (3+ / 0-)
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        madgranny, dwayne, susanaii

        Here's an interpretation: Your standard Fox viewer is reluctant to scour out other news sources. Going out on a limb, the standard MSNBC viewer might be inclined to turn off the teevee (Red State preferred pronunciation and spelling) and find more information on the internet.
        The internet(s) are intimidating to Fox viewers because a lot of websites can't provide the outrageous tabloid sheen that Fox has on offer. Millions of viewers want that deep voiced father figure or glib flighty mother to tuck them into their knee jerk reactionary Barry Goldwater bed. And to be honest, from the town hall meetings it's painfully clear that a lot of these folks are just plain dumb (Palin Dumb.) They want the same instant access and gratification they get from clicking on Nascar. In short, they crave meaningless angry noise coming from an authority figure, and they tune into Fox en masse.

        •  honestly, i think it's us watching Beck. (2+ / 0-)
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          behan, dwayne

          That would explain why FNC numbers are still higher than others (by about a million). Overall though, the numbers are down across all the cable networks from last year.

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