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You know how Glenn Beck's TV show is a ratings juggernaut fueled by the tea party movement?

Well, maybe it's time to rethink that assumption -- because now that tea party 2010 is here, Beck's ratings are down from tea party 2009.

From April 1 to April 14, 2009 (the two weeks immediately preceding tea party 2009) the Glenn Beck show averaged 2.23 million viewers.

Meanwhile, from April 1 to April 14, 2010 his show averaged 2.15 million viewers.

That's right -- in 2010, Beck's ratings have actually dropped slightly from 2009 levels in the runup to Fox's second annual tea party day, falling about 4%.

That's not a dramatic decline, and Beck clearly still has a loyal audience. But his audience is not growing.

Beck's April-April ratings performance undercuts the notion that he's building a sustainable ratings juggernaut. Instead, it lends weight to the argument that he's a loon with a loyal audience of loons. Sometimes he gets so crazy that people tune in just to see him go nuts. But it gets tiresome, and the only audience he can count on are the hardcore teabaggers. He's a morning zoo radio host looking for a new way to shock his audience. He'll probably get some more spikes, but he's not building his base audience.

On any given day, most Americans just don't give a shit what Glenn Beck has to say. The proof? 99% of them aren't even watching his show.

(These numbers are drawn from a spreadsheet I compiled based on Nielsen Data published by Mediabistro.com's TV Newser. More Beck ratings trend lines here.)

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:52 AM PDT.

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  •  tepid tea... reminds me of (8+ / 0-)

    uh, never mind!

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:53:20 AM PDT

  •  That's now Beck... (6+ / 0-)

    ...and John King, who's ratings at 7pm are also faltering--the worst in that timeslot for CNN in five years.

    R.I.P. CNN (1980-2010) We thought we knew ye. @vcthree

    by vcthree on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:56:23 AM PDT

  •  They will claim (16+ / 0-)

    the drop in viewership was due to Beckians out protesting instead of drinking his stupid tea from the comfort of their homes. These are not smart or honest people.

    Please help the people of Haiti

    by DWG on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:57:38 AM PDT

  •  hate to say it... (13+ / 0-)

    but I think the left is probably more responsible for the success of this guy than the right.

    if 99% of Americans aren't watching his show, why on earth does he command about 40% of the attention on a left wing internet site that could otherwise be doing something useful?  Like making a rollicking scene over Sarah Palin?  Wait a minute...

    •  the crazy man talking to himself on the street (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Red Bean, Stephen G, WSComn, MooseHB, Prairie D

      ... we don't spend time analyzing what that person says, and we shouldn't spend time analyzing what the likes of beck, limbaugh, hannity, or even palin say ... they are irrelevant to any serious discussion ...

      think coulter -- notice that when everyone stopped talking about her -- she essentially just went away ... not really, she is still out there saying crazy shit ... but, no one cares anymore -- because no one actually pays any attention to her ...

      the same fate should lay ahead for the rest of the crazy kooks!

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:07:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Amen to that (3+ / 0-)
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      behan, tuma, rb608

      It occurred to me yesterday, while watching the feeble T-Party shenanigans in my town, that it is a fad.

      It reminded me of Hillary Clinton & Madeleine Albright doing the Macarena at the 1996 DNC.  By November of that year nobody Macarena'd.

      The "Tea Party" is the Macarena of 2010.

      Don't ignore them, but every time they come up, just mention "it's a fad," and move on.

      "Good beer buys a lot of forgiveness"—SnowItch

      by MooseHB on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:40:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  A social observation I've made (2+ / 0-)
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        tuma, MooseHB

        is that once any fad, especially a dance step, i.e. Macarena, starts being taught in senior citizen centers, it's already 6 months over.  After that, you'll never see it again except at wedding receptions.

        You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

        by rb608 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:47:11 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Oh, I Macarena'd on a dancefloor in Seoul, Korea (0+ / 0-)

        in October of 1996. I made the cutoff though, having finished my little two step before November. And I made some Korean friends in the process, and then finally decided to stop doing tequila shots on top of beer.

  •  Title Should Read: (2+ / 0-)
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    pollbuster, coquiero

    "GLENN BECK'S RATINGS COLLAPSE!!"

    And God said unto Blue Cross/Blue Shield, "let not he who have preexisting condition enroll in thy plan for he will incur great cost unto thee!"--- Holy Bible

    by Aspe4 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:58:52 AM PDT

  •  Seems to me if Kossacks (7+ / 0-)

    stopped watching his stupid show, his ratings would fall 20%.

    Same with the radio show.  

  •  99% of them aren't watching his show (6+ / 0-)

    because they're at the teabag rallies and they don't know how to set their DVR to record...

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeannette Rankin

    by RustyCannon on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:59:24 AM PDT

  •  Should we expect Capt. Beck ... (4+ / 0-)
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    RustyCannon, JDog42, CathodeRay, coquiero

    To give up the submarine when there's still new depths to plumb? Dive! Dive!

    The Republican brand: "Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich"

    by D in Northern Virginia on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:59:50 AM PDT

    •  Fear is a drug (7+ / 0-)

      and once addicted, you need more and more to keep the buzz going. Beck will just have to up the ante. He's going to have to take the crazy to new levels just to hold his audience.

      Of course, there is one portion of his audience who don't remember ever seeing him before, so it is all new every time they tune in... he'll hang on to some of those.

      You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeannette Rankin

      by RustyCannon on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:04:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  when he starts telling them (2+ / 0-)

        they need to whack SS and Medicare, they would bolt...

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

        by tuma on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:11:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  A few years ago, I was watching (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Matt Z, D in Northern Virginia

          BillO at a then-friend's house. The then-friend is a total teabagger. BillO was going on about how SS was welfare and how he was going to refuse to take it! I started protesting loudly that SS was not welfare and my teabagger friend just mumble agreement with me. But he is still loyal to BillO. We parted ways not long after Obama was elected.

          We never even got to discuss how BillO's multi-million dollar salary makes any SS that he could collect insignificant.

          You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeannette Rankin

          by RustyCannon on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:29:06 AM PDT

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          •  good riddance to shit!! (2+ / 0-)
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            Matt Z, RustyCannon

            Let him not take it...heck I wouldn't take it either if I were a multi-millionaire like he is? Guess what 95% of his viewers wouldn't do without it nor medicare...

            "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

            by tuma on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:47:03 AM PDT

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  •  Less than 1% of the adult population (7+ / 0-)

    Beck's 2M viewers are about what you would expect the deranged population to be.  Not everyone lives in the real world.

    most Americans just don't give a shit what Glenn Beck has to say

    But he does provide Stewart and Colbert with their best material, so he is important.

  •  Be that as it may . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    .
    . . . the entire MSM's covering, nay, flogging this thing, as a  Great Groundswell Uprising Unstoppable Force of the People!  . . . never mind that their numbers are miniscule compared to the multitudes that protested against invading Iraq; the multitudes that, all in all, the Media Heathers gave not a flea's microshit about in 2003.

    .

    "I have to go now. I feel . . . sticky." Anthony Bourdain

    by BenGoshi on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:01:05 AM PDT

  •  For his next trick... (3+ / 0-)
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    BenGoshi, tuma, Matt Z

    ... I guess he'll just have to go ahead and incite that civil war he's been dreaming about. That will make his ratings go up! Between the bloodshed and horror, and in the places that still have electricity anyway.

    Think of all sentient beings as Buddha, but keep your hand on your wallet.

    by CathodeRay on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:01:27 AM PDT

    •  He's trying - he's holding a rally at the lincoln (4+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, CathodeRay, annieli, Prairie D

      memorial on the anniversary of Dr King's "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug 28.  Of course, he is hyping it as a "historic event". The really bizarre part? He has found a veteran's charity willing to sponsor it with him so he can call it a "fundraising" event and have his fans pay to stage the thing...no kidding! He is holding an online auction all summer, inviting fans to send donations to the charity...but the charity does not get a dime until the expensed of his vanity rally are met (he's estimating 1 1/2 to 2 MIL to pay for it).  Sounds fishy to me.

      But the man is a loon and any veteran's charity standing with Bech should be ashamed of themselves. (and perhaps, investigated for fraud.  What does "celebrating the 1st Amendment" have to do with providing education grants to the children of fallen soldiers?)

      Anyway - Beck is a crazy demagogue and is frankly, an embarrassment to the country.

  •  wow, this what we've come to ... (1+ / 0-)
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    "On any given day, most Americans just don't give a shit what Glenn Beck has to say. The proof? 99% of them aren't even watching his show."

    This is supposed to be a refutation of the right wing lunatic brigade? How many readers does dKos have on a given day? What does that number say about how many people (a) care about (b) agree with the general sorts of propositions made here?

    On any given day, most Americans just don't give a shit about what ANYONE has to say. The proof? 99% of them just aren't watching any particular show/channel/blog/media outlet.

    Beck is pathetic enough, but do we really have to help out his lunatic course with this kind of specious logic?

  •  He admitted that he was in it for money (1+ / 0-)
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    blue armadillo

    According to Forbes, so if all of the sudden he lost his show, he will be paid.  Besides there is always E! or Comedy Central, he would land in.  Or he could be the new Art Bell or George Nouri(I think that is his name)

    America, They were yours, Honor Them, Do Not forget them-IGTNT.

    by Mr Stagger Lee on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:03:37 AM PDT

  •  Awww! Poor baby, NOT! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:04:35 AM PDT

  •  Coupled with Beck's loss of sponsors, (2+ / 0-)
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    this is a very good trend.

    With Obama's Presidency, I feel the enduring pain of every teabagger, and believe me, I completely enjoy it.

    by pollbuster on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:06:12 AM PDT

  •  Gosh....Time for him to do something stoopid. (1+ / 0-)
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    pollbuster
  •  Ever talk to a Beck fan? (5+ / 0-)
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    bwintx, fou, blue armadillo, Matt Z, Prairie D

    My mom is one.  She thinks he's smarter than O'Reilly (!).  Scary, huh?

    On the plus side: Glenn is great for the Democrats -- he keeps the party energiezed -- and a recent survey found that 66% of young people/voters prefer Obama.

    The future is ours, not theirs.

  •  Somebody actually asked me.. (7+ / 0-)

    "Who is Glenn Beck?"

    I was so happy!

    "You mean", I said, "You never heard of Glenn Beck and all the crap he is saying?"

    "Nope."  And this person felt a little left out- not up to the current status of being well read.

    "Oh no," I told her.  "You could be the most sane person around."

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:11:40 AM PDT

  •  Nothing more distasteful (0+ / 0-)
    than hot tea gone cold or Glenn Beck.

    Sarah Palin - reality TV is the closest she's ever going to get to reality.

    by jackandjill on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:13:06 AM PDT

  •  Much More Important (0+ / 0-)

    Live stream in 15 minutes. President Clinton delivering keynote. Mark Potok on panel.

    April 16, 2010, 9:30am – 12:30pm

    Opening the symposium will be a keynote speech by former President Bill Clinton who will discuss Oklahoma City and its aftermath.

    Following the speech will be a panel discussion of experts who will discuss Oklahoma City, how the country reacted to it, and what lessons we can lean from it today about our political discourse.

    Despite what the time says above this just started around 10am, streaming is on now if you want to watch or listen, Clinton hasn't talked yet.

    {Off topic, but so is beck, just thought, because it just started, others might want to tune in and watch/listen}

    "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

    by jimstaro on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:13:08 AM PDT

  •  still 2000,000 + watch that snow-monkey.... (0+ / 0-)

    I can't compute it

  •  Don't think it is just Beck losing audience (3+ / 0-)
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    bwintx, Southside, Long Tall Dexter

    CNN is seeing their ratings plummet,too. Larry King/Campbell Brown have seen their audiences drop 50%.

    I know,all the vitriol and tea party hate and palin talk all the time is driving me away from political tv in general. I'm just tired of it.

    All the breathless, end of the world, petty stuff is not worth my time. I'm finding I'm alot less angry.

    Nobody is doing any real commentary.
    Well, maybe Jon Stewart.
    He at least makes me laugh.

    THe rest is too much angry end of the world stuff, if stuff doesn't go the way you want it to.

    Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

    by Sherri in TX on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:16:19 AM PDT

    •  thanks so much...thought I was the only one.. (0+ / 0-)

      who doesn't watch TV anymore. But I must admit I couldn't live without Rachel and Keith though, just as Beckers could live without uncle Becks...they say one's meat is another's poison. Thank God for elections.

      I know,all the vitriol and tea party hate and palin talk all the time is driving me away from political tv in general. I'm just tired of it.

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:53:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who the fuck is Glen Beck? (1+ / 0-)
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    fou

    "A lie isn't a side of a story. It's just a lie." The Wire

    by glutz78 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:16:30 AM PDT

  •  Exactly, so....why does he even warrant your (0+ / 0-)

    attention?

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:16:31 AM PDT

  •  decline in ratings (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe the old farts who make up his audience are passing to the Great Beyond

    Oh, for Pete's sake! -8.38, -6.77

    by sow hat on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:16:52 AM PDT

  •  watching the geek bite off chicken heads does get (0+ / 0-)

    boring after awhile. now if a chicken would bite off glenn's head i would tune in! maybe i should text this idea to uncle ruppie?

  •  Why Glenn Beck is going super nova (0+ / 0-)

    When Becks ratings slip
    he kicks the crazy up a notch
    so the ratings slip more
    so he kicks the crazy up a notch
    so the ratings slip more....

    If cats could blog.... they wouldn't.

    by crystal eyes on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:20:38 AM PDT

  •  4 Score and 7 psychos ago (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, Matt Z

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    Scores of conservative "tea party" activists come to the nation's capital to protest administration policies and rail against what they regard as excessive taxation and government spending.

    Glenn Beck brought forth a great movement.

    Afghanistan:Graveyard to empires-It's not just a bumpersticker

    by JML9999 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:21:39 AM PDT

  •  That's the problem with political pornography (0+ / 0-)

    You have to keep coming up with something more obscene just to keep people interested. How long before Beck does a show dressed as a transexual dominatirx?

  •  His ratings are declining because his (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Matt Z

    audience is dying off, literally. When your audience is chock full of old white males, there has to be a certain amount of shrinkage due to a natural die off without replacement.

    You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

    by yellowdog on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:29:00 AM PDT

    •  The word I was looking for is (1+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z

      attrition. The same thing may be happening to the Republican Party in general

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:31:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  That means 99.5 % arent watching KO or Rachel (0+ / 0-)

    either.

    Come on its a Cable Show.

    No one said he was a hit but he is doubly the hit of Countdown.

    Thats sad but its the truth.

    "Four seconds is the longest wait " -Sleater-Kinney

    by delphil on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:29:22 AM PDT

  •  Good thing Beck has all those A-list sponsors (0+ / 0-)

    supporting him.

    Oh wait...

    "Everyone hates the government until they need their help." - someone on Facebook

    by m00finsan on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:29:41 AM PDT

  •  good, but the tea part is a radio thing and (0+ / 0-)

    limbaugh and clones may have drops too, but they have a 50MIL a week audience and a lot of that audience have no alternatives.

    the teabaggers 'movement' is a made for TV representation of the talk radio base that is much bigger and is always a problem.

    And as long as the left ignores it it will continue to enable the neanderthal GOP and their corporatist lobbyist masters to hamstring democracy and force obama and the dems into compromises we cannot continue to put up with.

    US social and political reality is largely determined by 1000 radio stations blasting coordinated UNCONTESTED repetition all day long.

    by certainot on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:34:20 AM PDT

  •  Not that I support BeKK, but could a 4% change (0+ / 0-)

    be within the normal range of audience fluctuation in a week over week measurement?

    Doesnt seem like a big deal. At least viewership is not increasing, however different time frames might yield actual increases in viewers.

    Rob Portman (R-OH) is Dick Cheney's BFF.

    by A Runner on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:34:34 AM PDT

  •  I posted on this nearly a year ago... (0+ / 0-)

    There will always be a niche for almost anything "new" and "fresh" in entertainment.

    However, there is always an inevitable and hard ceiling to how many folks can possibly pay attention to it, provided it doesn't:

    - directly impact their lives; - become a fundamental component of daily affairs; - impact them financially.

    Glenn Back is a fad. An annoying one, and frankly, a dark stain on our nation's moral compass, but a fad nonetheless. And unfortunately for Glenn, when you're as loony and batshit crazy as he is, your core constituency is along for the ride simply because they are easily influenced and persuadable. Incapable of independent and rational thought.

    Why is that bad for Beck? Because ultimately a new snake oil salesman comes a knockin' on the door. Someone nuttier, or with more anger (unfortunately for all of us). Someone who looks better, makes you feel better, or what have you.

    Beck has hit his ceiling, and this erosion will likely continue. Fortunately for all of us, as the Fox News entertainment formula becomes more and more engrained as synonimous with the GOP platform, the GOP runs a very dangerous risk of becoming marginalized and self-limited with a hard ceiling in much the same way. I would dare say even as I type this, the GOP is rapidly aging, becoming more white, and less relevant - with each passing hour.

    It is imperitive to keep the Democratic "tent" as wide open as possible to different ideas, viewpoints and perspectives, for as long as possible. That is a clear shout out to the ideologues and activists on this site who continually adopt the same rigid, non-yielding stance toward more centrist, pragmatic or moderate voices on here with respect to almost anything. Right now, there is an inevitability to an accelerating shift toward the left and social justice afoot in this country. It is painstakingly slow, and sometimes hard to see, but it is constant. And it can only be undermined by our own version of alienation, rigid rhetoric and idealism to the point of disassociation from the bulk of America. Remember - while 99% may be paying no attention to Glenn Back on any given day, 99.2% are paying no attention to Keith Olbermann and/or Rachel Maddow either. Both sides of that equation are important for Dems to remember and keep in mind when determining how hard to push or how fast to go.

  •  He's the Jerry Springer of politics (0+ / 0-)

    There will always be a large group of ignorant sensation seekers who will tune him in; but he's off the reservation for sentient beings.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:41:55 AM PDT

  •  This is the GOOD news? (0+ / 0-)
    Most of the weird excrescences that become the center of what would you call it, reactionary coupery, go through a weeding-out process where the less-than-True-Believers walk away from the Belief Structure or are kicked out. The Scientologists and other cults do it on an ongoing basis. You think the remaining adherents are starting to feel doubts about their confused convictions? Or just doing that Ratiocination thing, that fills in the inconsistencies with yadayadayada.

    Beck the "showman" just seems to be doubling down on his core messages, feeding off the strongest responders, the Masters of Cognitive Dissonance, the people whose limbic systems have so thoroughly departed from stable, even meta-stable, sustainable, survival-based behavior that they might become the Mobs that have burned down so many of their own cities. Arrivederci to the myth of Man as Rational Actor.

    This is Maelstrom, and maybe Ragnarök, and I'm not referring to the Metalo band. For those looking for parallels.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:04:58 AM PDT

  •  If it wasn't for the idotic media (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    we wouldn't even be hearing about the fucking "tea party" anymore.  Total bullshit.  How many people did they put together nationally for their big shit tax day protests?  10,000 maybe???  The antiwar movement put 1 million people in the streets across the country and we barely got mentioned.  Total fucking right wing media dominated bullshit.

    I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.

    by noofsh on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:07:08 AM PDT

  •  Beckerheads/Hardcore Teabaggers are like Dogs (0+ / 0-)

    They'll eat their own shit!

  •  Why watch? (0+ / 0-)

    When you can catch the highlight reel on The Daily Show.

  •  For some revealing PS images of Glenn Beck (0+ / 0-)

    See here.

  •  Beck's ratings (0+ / 0-)

    LOL, doesnt Beck still beat all cable show COMBINED?

  •  2.15 million is too many n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I thought... (0+ / 0-)
    ..Beck's median demographic was around 4 million viewers.  For all the hype & magazine covers this shithead Beck aquires, 2 million viewers is freaking pathetic.

     Keith Olbermann has nights when he pulls in   slightly over a million viewers.

    So if Olberman has a viewership of slightly over 1 million, "nobody watches him."

    But if Beck has a viewership of slightly over 2 million, Beck is "a national sensation spearheading a political movement."

    Shows how deep in bullshit this whole Glenn Beck phenomena is.

    Hey Haley Barbour: Foghorn Leghorn called. He wants his caricature copyright back.

    by wyvern on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:06:33 AM PDT

  •  I'm tired... (0+ / 0-)

    of discussing Glenn Beck.  If his audience has peaked, leave them to their dreams of armed insurrection against nobody and let us, the grown-ups, focus on the task of improving our community and stop giving electrons to this idiot.  

    In short, new topic, please.

    President Barack Obama...I like the sound of that.

    by aloha and mahalo on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:18:25 AM PDT

  •  Politics is infecting ratings gathering (0+ / 0-)

    Think of it this way: If you were given a Nielson box to track your ratings, what would you do with it? I know what I would do. I'd set it up to watch Maddow, Olbermann, Schultz, Maher, Frontline and any other lefty show I could find. These shows are on different channels for the most part so it would be difficult.

    If I were a wing nut, I would just turn on FOX"News" all day and leave it there while I went to work. Done.

    A couple of years ago, I was given an Arbitron diary to fill out to track my radio listening. I went to the internet to find out the programming schedule for the local Air America station and basically copied it down. This is how I think I can help out. I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this.

    "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."- Arthur Carlson

    by bobinson on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:58:53 AM PDT

  •  Viewers are exhausted (0+ / 0-)

    I think it must be mentally exhausting to watch Glenn Beck. He just can't sustain this pace. Plus, there is a "chicken little" fable that I think is quite appropriate here. How many times can he yell "the sky is falling" before people start to tune him out when it doesn't, you know, fall?

    Either you are a feminist or a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked `other'." -Ani DiFranco

    by ErinW43 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 10:05:56 AM PDT

  •  He's a modern Morton Downey, Jr. (1+ / 0-)
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    When I was in college, every night I would settle down with all my roommates in our house to watch Morton Downey, Jr. We hated the guy and laughed at him, but damn, he was entertaining. For about a year. Or maybe less.

    I'd guesstimate that at least 20% of Beck's viewers have been checking him out for the train wreck.  But day after day, even a train wreck can get boring and tiresome. Those are the people who are leaving, I bet. The obsessive nuts, they'll stick around longer.

    But he's nothing special, and he's not a "force." He's the modern Morton Downey, Jr., and I've little doubt his story will end up in the equivalent of an airport men's room, painting a swastika (stupidly backwards) on his face, in a final desperate last bid for attention

    AH

    •  Every dog has its day, but some just keep going. (1+ / 0-)
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      I was shocked one recent afternoon when I turned on a TV and saw Mr. "Baby Daddy DNA" himself Maury Povich.  Really?  That shit still plays in America?  Springer too? And is there a really a need for twelve "faux judge" shows every day?

      Hell, it's no wonder Beck and Limbaugh and those vapid ass-clowns can still make a multimillion dollar living recycling Drudge... they've got a bumper crop of rubes with no apparent shortage in sight.

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      by here4tehbeer on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:57:30 AM PDT

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  •  A couple of things... (0+ / 0-)

    First, I think a lot of his real damage comes from his radio show, the pissed off people who are stuck behind the wheel in traffic, who are steadily fanned into a flaming hate frenzy by the stream of Hannity, Limbaugh,  Beck, etc.

    Second, Beck's too weird for even the Fox senior army to ever get a huge audience.  Especially now that the meme has finally got out about how batshit crazy he is.  Most old Republicans have seen too many crazy, money-sucking info-televangelists in their day to begin buying this clown's schtick.

    Which leads me to the next reason,  Beck is very likely the illegitimate son of Dr. Gene Scott:  http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    In 1975, Scott began nightly live broadcasts, and eventually satellite broadcasts extended his services and talk shows to many countries.[1][2][3]

    Scott became known for his stage persona as much as his preaching skills. On stage with him he would keep a cigar (never lit) and several chalkboards or dry-erase boards which he would fill with scriptural passages in the original Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic during his exegeses as to their meaning.

    During his live fundraising broadcasts, Scott would typically stare into the camera and order his viewers to "Get on the telephone! Give me your money!", while dressed as an English admiral or a French field marshall and command them to send him money for his horses. Scott generated $1 million a month for his ministry. Critics have called Scott him a cult leader.

    Does anyone else remember this guy?  He was in Los Angeles, and was literally broadcasting live or reruns 24/7.

  •  Research (0+ / 0-)

    My name is Natalie Hopkins-Best.  I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, and I am conducting research for my master's thesis.  As a mass communications student, I am very interested in the way that people use news blogs as a form of their news intake.  I would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to complete an online survey that should take no more than 15 minutes.  If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.  Please follow this link to begin: www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AGL84X96Z

    Thank you sincerely,

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  •  According to Newser, ALL Cable down in April (0+ / 0-)

    Hannity and Billo down, KO and Rachel down and CNN a freakin traiwreck the first two weeks of April. Vacations perhaps?

    According to your own figures, Beck was averaging 2.6 million a day in Jan-March of this year, with a peak of 3.5 million on Jan 22. That is a huge increase, especially given the declines at other nets. He is STILL very dangerous. Let's not play it down.

  •  Has the Democratic viewership increased? (0+ / 0-)

    people like me, who LOVE watching Beck do his schtick...  its better then some performance artists and wackier then most sit coms...

    sometimes Beck is better satire of the right then Colbert is and he isnt being satirical...  or is he?

    I do find it hard to believe that Beck believes the shinola he is selling...  I think he found a TV schtick that worked and he is riding it all the way to a multi million dollar pay off.

    but I digress...   has anyone ever broken down the beck viewer numbers into who is FAN and who is doing 'opposition research' and who is just like me...  watching beck as if it was a prolonged SNL skit.

    I wonder who stopped watching...  was it us or his fans?

    "We have passed beyond the absurd, our position is absolutely preposterous" - Ron Tavel

    by KnotIookin on Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 10:23:14 AM PDT

  •  the pseudo history classes are dull, dull, dull (0+ / 0-)

    i think his tea party audience are getting bored with hearing the same thing over and over and over.  i swear he brings up the history of the founding fathers every single day.  that "history", mind you, is totally picked and chosen to fit his mold too, to make them appear like conservative libertarian saints.

    basically beck is repeating himself, and then he pulled all that god talk the other day, and I think it's a turn-off, even to these people.  there just doesn't seem to be any diversity in the show.  it's the same damn thing over and over.  there's rarely anything new, and even people who agree with him are just bored.

    low viewership mixed with the lack of advertisers.... not so sure how well that's gonna work out.

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