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Fox News Comes Out on Top For Biden Summit Coverage

For solely Biden’s press conference, Fox News Channel remained the cable news leader in each total viewers.

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One of the biggest global news events of the week of June 14-20 was the summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on June 16.

Two particular moments during the press conferences by each Putin and Biden at the site of their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland went viral: the first was when ABC News reporter Rachel Scott noted that Putin’s political opponents wound up “dead” or “imprisoned”, and pointedly asked Putin, “What are you so afraid of?” (a query he had then dodged); the latter, when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked Biden why he was confident Putin would change his behavior. Biden replied “I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior,” and added, “Where the hell — what do you do all the time. When did I say I was confident?” He walked off stage suggesting she might be “in the wrong business.” (Biden backtracked from his comments soon after and apologized to Collins.)

From 11:45 AM-2:30 PM Eastern on June 16, Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news network, earning 1.7 million viewers and 250,000 in the key adults 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. CNN and MSNBC each averaged 1.2 million total viewers within the same time period, but CNN topped MSNBC in persons 25-54 (218,000 vs. 142,000).

For solely Biden’s press conference (June 16 at 1:20 p.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. ET), Fox News Channel remained the cable news leader in each total viewers (1.824 million) and adults 25-54 (264,000). CNN drew 1.186 million viewers, marking it the network’s most-watched hour of the week in total audience. 242,000 viewers within the 25-54 demo were included in CNN’s figure. MSNBC (1.354 million total viewers/171,000 adults 25-54) had also trailed FNC that hour.

ABC, CBS and NBC also broke into regular daytime programming to air Biden’s live press conference from Switzerland.

As for the prime time periods (8-11 p.m.) from June 14-18, Fox News Channel achieved its greatest percent advantage over CNN in total viewers (a 181-percent advantage) since September 2020 and the largest percent advantage over MSNBC with both total viewers (+79 percent) and adults 25-54 since October 2020.

Here are the cable news averages for June 14-20, 2021 — cable’s best mark for the week in total viewers based on total day was by Fox News Channel; the 18th consecutive week FNC has accomplished this achievement; and, FNC outdrew MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers in prime time for the second consecutive week:

Total Day (June 14-20 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.184 million viewers; 198,000 adults 25-54 
  • MSNBC: 0.753 million viewers
  • CNN: 0.575 million viewers

Prime Time (June 14-19 @ 8-11 p.m.; June 20 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.195 million viewers; 357,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.229 million viewers
  • CNN: 0.782 million viewers

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top MSNBC and CNN programs with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.470 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.064 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/14/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.997 million viewers

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/15/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.989 million viewers

5. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 6/14/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.664 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.629 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 6/17/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.624 million viewers

8. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 6/15/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.597 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 6/14/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.570 million viewers

10. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 6/17/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.499 million viewers

14. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 6/16/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.336 million viewers

103. CNN Newsroom “Biden Putin Summit” (CNN, Wed. 6/16/2021 1:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.186 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top MSNBC, CNN and HLN programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.569 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 6/14/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.530 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 6/15/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.512 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.476 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 6/18/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.451 million adults 25-54

6. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.451 million adults 25-54

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 6/17/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.450 million adults 25-54

8. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 6/14/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.406 million adults 25-54

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 6/15/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.400 million adults 25-54

10. Gutfeld! (FOXNC, Wed. 6/16/2021 11:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.390 million adults 25-54

19. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 6/16/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.326 million adults 25-54

49. Cuomo Prime Time (CNN, Mon. 6/14/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.244 million adults 25-54

181. Forensic Files “Deadly Knowledge” (HLN, Late Tue. 6/15/2021-Early Wed. 6/16/2021 12:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.154 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Identity Politics Are Hurting Democrats At The Ballot Box

The constant efforts by Democrats to divide Americans by race and ethnicity is clearly coming back to bite them at the ballot box.

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Chirp, chirp.

Those are the ever-increasing sounds of the “canary in the coal mine,” foreshadowing the ongoing shift of Hispanic Americans away from identity pandering and toward the Republican party.

A few days ago, radio talk-show host Erick Erickson discussed this phenomenon on his program, detailing the shift that began being noticed a few years ago and continues in full force.

Texas Monthly did a big story, and it turns out that Hispanic voters in south Texas if you force them to identify as a race, as opposed to an ethnicity, they identify as white,” Erickson began. “And they’re embracing what the media views as “whiteness,” which is they’re voting Republican.”

Erickson details how the increase in Hispanic voters is, contrary to Democrat predictions, making Texas, among other states, more Republican.

“Now there’s this, from of all places, NBC News. Here’s the headline… Democrats Warn of Canary in the Coal Mine for Latino Voters in California Recall,” he quoted. “Here’s the subtitle… While California voters voted to keep Governor Gavin Newsom in office, they did so by a smaller margin than Democrats have won in the past.”

Erickson continued to quote the story, saying “Donald Trump got a historic number of Latino votes in 2020, and you can claim it was because of this or because of that, but it’s not like Larry Elder broke through for these folks. There is something else going on,” said Michael Trujillo, a Democratic strategist based in Los Angeles, referring to the leading Republican candidate in the failed recall attempt.”

The article from NBC reported that California voters sided with Newsom and against the recall 60-40. This is a slightly smaller margin than Newsom and California Democrats have enjoyed in the past, as Newsom won 64% in his previous election. In contrast, black voters broke 83-17 for Newsom, while Asian voters picked Newsom by a spread of 64-36.

“It looks like Latino voters, even in California, are drifting away from the Democrats,” Erickson noted. “Now, not at such an alarming rate as they are in places such as Colorado, and in Texas, and in Florida, but they are. And it presents a problem for the Democrats.”

Erickson says his theory is different from what the media is pushing as the reason for this shift. His belief is that “Latino voters are historically immigrants to this country, surprise. And as immigrants to the United States, they are focused on America and being an American. So when you have Democratic candidates who try to treat them as Latino voters, you are treating them as something other than an American voter.”

As he continued, Erickson detailed how this covert racism against Hispanic Americans is creating a boomerang effect from the very people the Democratic party has been talking down to.

“They want desperately to have the American dream. Here come Democrats, telling them that they are oppressed by white people and they can’t have the American dream,” Erickson opined. “Meanwhile, the Latino voters are thinking, I can have the American dream.”

Erickson says Hispanic voters want politicians to pay attention to them not as Hispanic voters, but as Americans. At the same time, he believes the Republican party has often erred with phony outreach toward the Hispanic American community. 

“It’s some white dude in his 20’s, who learned Spanish from Rosetta Stone and shows up and says “Hola Mi Amigos.” Nobody wants to pay attention to that guy. Just treat them like Americans,” he said. 

Erickson, backed by the data from recent elections, pointed out that the right approach is by talking to all groups simply as Americans, based on shared concerns and common-sense solutions.

“That was the secret of what Donald Trump did,” the one-time “Never-Trumper” pointed out, citing Trump’s ability to improve conditions for all Americans, rather than cherry-picking based on race, gender, or ethnicity. “Donald Trump did not go talk to Hispanic voters as Hispanic voters. He didn’t even talk to them in Spanish. By and large, Donald Trump just talked to these people as Americans. As people who were hard workers. As people who needed a job. As people who saw loved ones go to jail. And it worked for him.”

Erickson summed up by saying the constant efforts by Democrats to divide Americans by race and ethnicity is clearly coming back to bite them at the ballot box.

“So keep on playing identity politics, Democrats,” Erickson concluded. “It’s amazing what happens when you divide up people by the color of their skin. They think you’re racist and don’t like you.”

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Viewers Turn To Fox News For 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies

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Ceremonies commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at the memorial sites of the World Trade Center area in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania were covered by multiple networks.

On the cable front, Fox News Channel led all in coverage, well above their cable news competition. As the following is noted, FNC was ahead in each hour according to key figures tabulated by Nielsen Media Research:

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

FNC: 1.258 million total viewers; 179,000 adults 25-54

CNN: 0.369 million total viewers

MSNBC. 0.314 million total viewers; 48,000 adults 25-54

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

FNC: 1.891 million total viewers; 339,000 adults 25-54

CNN: 0.479 million total viewers

MSNBC. 0.524 million total viewers; 58,000 adults 25-54

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

FNC: 1.771 million total viewers; 306,000 adults 25-54

CNN: 0.616 million total viewers

MSNBC. 0.640 million total viewers; 59,000 adults 25-54

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

FNC: 1.770 million total viewers; 285,000 adults 25-54

CNN: 0.704 million total viewers

MSNBC. 0.733 million total viewers; 77,000 adults 25-54

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

FNC: 1.411 million total viewers; 198,000 adults 25-54

CNN: N/A

MSNBC. 0.862 million total viewers; 78,000 adults 25-54

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

FNC: 1.242 million total viewers; 230,000 adults 25-54

CNN: N/A

MSNBC. 0.813 million total viewers; 74,000 adults 25-54

History Channel aired 9/11 programming throughout the day, highlighted by the premiere of two new two-hour specials; “Four Flights” (1.166 million viewers; 370,000 adults 25-54) and “I Was There” (1.054 million viewers; 400,000 adults 25-54) — both were cable’s top non-sports telecasts of Saturday, Sep. 11, based on 25-54.

Within a four-week span, HBO aired Spike Lee’s eight-hour documentary “NYC Epicenters 9/11 —> 2021½“, with the conclusion on Saturday, Sep. 11. Its original airings’ figures were, as follows:

Part 1 — Sun. Aug. 22: 212,000 viewers; 90,000 adults 25-54

Part 2 — Sun. Aug. 29: 163,000 viewers; 73,000 adults 25-54

Part 3 — Sun. Sep. 5: 200,000 viewers; 77,000 adults 25-54

Part 4 — Sat. Sep. 11: 237,000 viewers; 120,000 adults 25-54

Note: The above data does not reflect the cumulative viewership of the episodes’ re-airings on the various HBO network and streaming platforms.

Over on the broadcast networks, NBC’s special telecast of “Saturday TODAY” (with Savannah GuthrieHoda Kotb and Lester Holt) easily bested ABC’s “Good Morning America Saturday” in both total viewers — 1.71 million vs. 1.24 million — and in the key 25-54 demo, with NBC nearly doubling ABC: 438,000, to 243,000. (Data for CBS and the Fox broadcast network were unavailable.)

Here are the cable news averages for September 6-12, 2021.

Total Day (September 6-12 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.378 million viewers; 226,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.650 million viewers; 78,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.532 million viewers; 1177,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.200 million viewers; 65,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.131 million viewers; 32,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.129 million viewers; 18,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.127 million viewers; 28,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.076 million viewers; 9,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (September 6-11 @ 8-11 p.m.; September 12 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.268 million viewers; 359,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.101 million viewers; 138,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.715 million viewers; 169,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.223 million viewers; 66,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.188 million viewers; 61,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.156 million viewers; 29,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.152 million viewers; 27,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.044 million viewers; 7,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top MSNBC and CNN programs with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 5:28 PM, 32 min.) 3.688 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.139 million viewers

3. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.085 million viewers

4. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 9/8/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.073 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.013 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.003 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 9/8/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.971 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 9/8/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.962 million viewers

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.958 million viewers

10. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 9/10/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.938 million viewers

17. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Tue. 9/7/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.323 million viewers

139. The Lead With Jake Tapper (CNN, Thu. 9/9/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.991 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  MSNBC, CNN and HLN programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 5:28 PM, 32 min.) 0.535 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.528 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.523 million adults 25-54

4. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.503 million adults 25-54

5. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.483 million adults 25-54

6. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.480 million adults 25-54

7. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 9/9/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.474 million adults 25-54

8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 9/8/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.471 million adults 25-54

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 9/8/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.468 million adults 25-54

10. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 9/7/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.442 million adults 25-54

27. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 9/9/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.316 million adults 25-54

63. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, Wed. 9/8/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.249 million adults 25-54

167. Forensic Files “Chief Evidence” (HLN, Wed. 9/8/2021 12:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.149 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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How News Talkers Can Beat Sports Talkers at Their Own Game

Despite the fact that News and Sports Talk are considered different formats to many, oftentimes they intertwine more than the casual observer would believe.

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Despite the fact that News Talk and Sports Talk are considered different formats to many, oftentimes, they intertwine more than the casual observer would believe. First off, both formats are under the “talk” umbrella, and there are many News Talk listeners who consume Sports Talk, and there is some, albeit less, of that vice versa. 

However, while News Talk can dabble into the sports realm ahead of a big game or a cultural issue, usually, the Sports Talk station/hosts will still be considered the “experts” on the topic. 

But what if there’s a situation where that isn’t the case? What if the News Talkers can beat the Sports Talkers at their own game?

That’s possible and doable. 

This can happen when the issue of sports and business overlap. For example, in Kansas City, a hot topic this week has been the possibility of the Kansas City Royals looking to move to a downtown ballpark and leaving Kauffman Stadium when the lease runs out in 2031 (or perhaps earlier). While it’s likely ten years away, anyone who has followed these types of situations knows the planning needs to begin years in advance. 

That always brings up the next batch of questions: Where will they go? Would they threaten to leave the city? And most importantly, who is paying for it? 

While the Sports Talkers will undoubtedly have some insider information into what the team is thinking, News Talkers might have even more valuable insight to share with the audience that the Sports Talkers can’t access. 

Why? Because we are more likely to be very familiar and have strong relationships with the politicians, bureaucrats, local commissioners, and business power players, who play just as much of a role, if not a bigger one, in a monumental move and decision like this.

Within 12 hours of the Kansas City Royals owner holding a press conference discussing this potential move, I was confident, after talking with politicians/business people in the know, I could bring my audience inside information in a way no sports talker could. 

Beyond just what is convenient for a team’s ownership group, there are plays for land, parking lots, zoning requirements, permits, and yes, dirty politics, that all get involved in these types of moves.

That’s our lane in the News Talk business. We deal with these issues on a daily basis, and we know who exactly to contact, depending on the situation. 

So whether it’s the Oakland Raiders leaving for Las Vegas, the St. Louis Rams bailing for Los Angeles, or the Seattle SuperSonics heading to Oklahoma City, these are just a handful of examples of where the News Talkers can beat the Sports Talkers at their own game in a story that has mass appeal to both audiences.

And the beauty of all this is you don’t even need to be a “sports expert” to own this story if and when it comes to your town (or rumors start to swirl). You need to simply work the connections you already have, which are highly unlikely to be had by your sports counterparts, do some digging and cross-referencing, and you can own a story like this in your city in no time. You might even be able to draw new cume to your show and station by being the authoritative figure on the topic. 

And then, when it all inevitably comes back around to breaking down pitching changes and hit-and-runs, leave that to the jocks. That’s boring stuff anyway. 

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