Wednesday, August 30, 2006

CNN Ratings Rise; Fox News Channel's Ratings Head South

Perhaps America's disillusionment with Bush is spreading to its disillusionment with cable news network Fox: the ratings for CNN during a time of Mideast turmoil are up 21% in primetime for August. The ratings for Fox are down 28%, per Mediaweek. The news is good across the board: "Anderson Cooper 360" (the unofficial mascot of Americablog) is up a whopping 53%, while "The Situation Room" and "Paula Zahn" are up 32%.Over at Fox, "The O'Reilly Factor" is down 15% and "Hannity & Colmes" is down 21%. But don't pop the champagne corks quite yet: Fox draws an average of 1.51 million viewers in primetime versus CNN's 900,000. O'Reilly's audience is three times as big as Zahn and Fox still has 9 out of the Top 10 cable news primetime shows.

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