September 21, 2010

Big 3 Nets’ Evening News Audience Fails to Break 20 Million in Mid-September

Big3NewsLogosThey’re out of excuses.

Summer’s over. It’s after Labor Day. The kids are back in school. People are back into their routines. The trouble for the Big 3 broadcast networks is that those routines don’t include watching their early-evening newscasts.

Beyond that, last week was a pivotal week in Campaign 2010, with key primaries in New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, and several other states. As far as I can tell, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric were firmly ensconced in their anchor chairs all week long.

With all that, the Big 3 Nets’ audience for the week was less than 20 million, almost 5% lower than the same week a year ago, when there were no key election races. The Big 3 are not recovering from what was an awful summer.

Here are the numbers (source: Media Bistro — Week of Sept. 13, 2010; week of Sept. 14, 2010):


NBC and ABC both took huge hits in the 25-54 demographic groups, while CBS picked up a bit.

If they expected their all-O’Donnell-bashing all-the-time strategy to translate into additional evening news viewers, early returns would seem to indicate that it’s not working out too well.

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: From the “Couldn’t Happen to a More Deserving Bunch” Dept. — Here’s how it’s been during the last 30 years:


Mentally incorporate 2010′s results, and it’s clear that the slide is continuing.

The audience has shrunk by over 60%. The country’s population has grown by about 37% (83 million higher than 1980′s 226 million). Their “market penetration” in a given week has gone from 23% (52 million out of 226 million) to 6.5% (20 million out of 309 million), a drop of 72% (16.5 points divided by 23).

How sweet it is. And look at the precious resources they’re wasting on anchor “talent.”

Yep, This Is It (‘The Biggest Issue of 2010, In One Chart’)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:23 am

At Political Calculations:

Further thoughts at Political Calculations (italics added by me):

In practical terms, that means government spending has become completely disconnected from the ability of the typical American household to support it. And until this skyrocketing spending growth is arrested and reversed, we suspect that government spending has become disconnected from the ability of any American household to support it.

What possible coherent leftist defense can there be to this? (not that there is much defense against what happened after 2000)

What establishment media outlet will be the first to show this chart? (likely answer: no one will dare)

The chart shows why Rick Santelli has been and is still right:


UPDATE: From the “Spouses Keep You Grounded” Dept. —

“The five-minute rant was the best five minutes of my life,” Santelli tells reporter Abdon Pallasch. “But beyond that, really four minutes in time, it’s the Tea Party. My wife pointed out to me, ‘You were there for the insemination, but you were not there to raise the child.’”

Pallasch writes that Santelli and his wife have attended local Tea Party rallies, donning “sunglasses and baseball caps…not talking to anyone, not claiming any credit, just admiring democracy at work.”

Lucid Links (092110, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:45 am

From the UK, proof that “One Nation Under Revolt” has arrived just in time:

The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

From there, it’s not that difficult to require that all vendor payments to be handled similarly, until virtually all commercial transactions are filtered through the state. Game over; statists win.


While the looming income tax increases remain important, let’s not forget that the death tax returns next year unless something is done.

I don’t think the job-loss effect will be anywhere near what is described at this link, because astute estate planners will help many people avoid the tax entirely. But from a macro viewpoint, all of that planning is a colossal waste of time that adds no value to the economy and diverts some of the attention of the economy’s most productive people from being, well, the economy’s most productive people.

Also, here’s a statement related to the estate tax that can be applied to most attempts at wealth redistribution generally: “… it can’t be stressed enough that an estate tax is very much a tax on those not in possession of inherited wealth. When governments tax wealth whether it’s earned or inherited, what they’re really doing is reducing the amount of capital available to fund the growth of tomorrow’s innovators.”

Go figure (internal links are in original):

Survey Shows Arabs More Opposed to GZ (Ground Zero) Mosque Than American Media

According to a recent survey by the Arabic online news service Elaph (Arabic version here), 58 percent of Arabs think the construction should be moved elsewhere. And according to a Media Research Center study released last week, 55 percent of network news coverage of the debate has come down on the pro-Mosque side.

The project’s front people have a litany of tax, legal (note that Imam Feisal Rauf is being sued by a city, not just by unhappy tenants), criminal, and financial problems (if you’re holding $10,000 fundraisers for a $100 million project, you’ve got financial problems), and there are clearly financial irregularities relating to how the the property was acquired. Then there’s the damning effect of their own exposed words (here, here, here, and here, to name just a few) and associations with terrorism sympathizers.

You might think that this tidal wave of demonstrated problems would cause many of those who have been sympathetic to their cause to back away. But it won’t, because once something becomes a PC cause, facts don’t matter, and there is no backing down regardless of how overwhelming the facts become. Instead, supporters like Michael Moore are doubling down on stupid.


Christine O’Donnell didn’t appear on this Sunday news shows. Good, and I totally agree with Mark Levin in hoping she stays away from them, and while we’re at it, the Big Three Networks in general. She doesn’t need them, and she owes them nothing, and she has nothing to “prove” to the people of Delaware or the nation by appearing.

Their ratings are in the tank. They are no longer gatekeepers. They’re for the most part a bunch of leftist gotcha artists who aren’t worth the time or bother.

But, if she does choose to appear, it has to be with these reasonable conditions: her camera crew gets to be there, is allowed to film the entire event, and gets to post it unedited online. I’ll betcha not one of the three will accept those conditions, because they won’t be able to twist the results with “clever” editing.


Troubling news out of Government Motors:

GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government.

Make that “Two-Government Motors.”

I would oppose this for most of the same reasons I opposed CNOOC’s purchase of Unocal five years ago.

Positivity: Vatican ‘confident’ about future canonization of Newman

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Birmingham, England:

Sep 19, 2010 / 08:50 am

Speaking to journalists less than an hour after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s beatification, Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi expressed confidence in his being canonized. There is a “concrete possibility,” also, that he will be made a “doctor of the Church.”

The Vatican spokesman was asked if Pope Benedict had it in mind to canonize Blessed John Henry Newman considering his enthusiasm to have him beatified.

Responding frankly, he said that official procedure calls for further measures before that can happen and the Pope is “very respectful” of the rules. A papal decree verifying a second miracle has to be made for the Blessed to become a fully-fledged saint.

“But,” he said, “we are confident that there will also be the canonization.”

Fr. Lombardi commented that after the beatification, especially because it was presided over by the Pope himself, there will be a lot of attention and devotion to the Blessed. He thought that there would be many people who would pray for graces through Cardinal Newman’s intercession and said he was “optimistic” about the process for his canonization advancing to fulfillment. …

Go here for the rest of the story.