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AP Reports: Nielsen Says Fox Trump Pump

Fox’s Hannity, Carlson enjoy Trump rally ratings bonanza as reported by Nielsen. Is Nielsen even in business anymore? I guess this makes a statement about who watches network TV these days, like no one important.

Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson enjoyed a ratings surge from the channel’s solo extended coverage of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff. Most viewers were still on cable or near a large antenna accessing a local affiliate. Does anyone even remember what a TV antenna looks like?

Viewers watching last week’s rally in Orlando, Florida, helped cable star “Hannity” earn a rare top 10 showing among both broadcast and cable programs with 5 million viewers. Wow, let’s think about 5 million viewers for a minute. I think some rock stars could make a more pointed statement or argument that Hannity in a series of 3 twitter posts and reach more people that listen.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” landed at No. 14 with 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. Again Nielsen, what do they really do anymore? Are their numbers even accurate anymore? Nielsen is without context, half the watching population are democrats trying to develop strategy for the coming election. On this note, “big data” strategies leveraging social networks delivered by the RCN, not the Trump campaign, won the 2016 election for everyone that’s waiting to hear the testimony of Robert Mueller. I’ll warn you, Robert Mueller’s testimony will look like Zuckerberg’s hollow and without substance Q&A in front of Congress.

By comparison, the prior week’s top-rated shows for Hannity and Carlson drew 2.6 million and 2.2 million viewers, respectively. I guess this is great for a TV.

While Fox News covered the hour-plus June 18 rally live and in full, the event got relatively limited attention from competitors MSNBC and CNN. The latter covered about six minutes at the start and aired clips later in the evening. Again, it doesn’t really matter, you’re competing for TV users.

As has become routine, Fox News was the top-rated cable channel last week which is just OK, good luck with that.

“Hannity,” which regularly ranks as the No. 1 cable show, and Carlson’s show also benefited from the summer TV doldrums. While NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched show with 10 million viewers, the generally lackluster ratings of network reruns and game shows provided an opening for the cable hosts.

It’s excerpts like these that make me want to rush out and get a cable box again! NOT!

CBS and NBC tied as the most-watched networks overall, with each averaging 3.67 million prime-time viewers. ABC was next with 3.38 million, followed by Fox Broadcasting with 2 million; ION with 1.38 million; Univision with 1.34 million; Telemundo with 1.21 million and CW with 690,000.

Behind Fox News, the most-watched cable networks were MSNBC with 1.52 million viewers, HGTV had 1.25 million, A&E had 1.18 million and USA had 1.1 million. ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.97 million viewers, NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.

WOW! Now it’s all becoming more clear. No one reads anymore!

For the week of June 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.1 million; “60 Minutes” (8 p.m.), CBS, 6.2 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 5.6 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.5 million; “Highwire Live in Times Square,” ABC, 5.3 million; “Hannity” (Tuesday), Fox News Channel, 5 million; “Holey Moley,” ABC, 4.87 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 4.86 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 4.79 million.

Here’s a super funny assertion, the US won’t be great again until we use network and broadcast TV for a purpose greater then understanding who the Bachelorette likes. Of course, American Ninja Warrior, does promote physical fitness in kids despite also promoting dangerous copycat behaviors.

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