Monday, January 08, 2007
More evidence of tides turning
Blog friend, J. Marquis of Major Conflict fame, wrote a great post on the awakening of the American public. Here is more proof of his correct assessment:
"Broadcasting & Cable," a trade publication for the TV industry, reported that Fox News’ ratings are “dropping precipitously.”
Slackers at Fox News Channel, you’re on notice! Your boss is not pleased. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network’s recent ratings slump, and he won’t hesitate to clean house to turn things around.
So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 cable news channel’s primetime schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse. […]
Insiders say that, even though Fox News remains No. 1, Ailes is fuming over the complacency he senses among staffers.
Production values are slipping, and bookers aren’t competitive enough, relying too heavily on the same pool of faces and settling for authors or actors after they’ve already been on CNN or … gasp … MSNBC.
For that matter, as Singer added, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is “edging ever closer to Fox News’ big star, Bill O’Reilly, among the much-coveted 25-54 demographic.”
Consider this your morale boost for the day.