September 29, 2004

Yahoo! News - Fox News beats all rivals

"For the first time in its history, Fox News Channel beat the combined competition in primetime during the third quarter of 2004, with major headlines of the summer including the national political conventions and a brutal string of hurricanes.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News averaged 1.8 million viewers, while CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Headline News averaged a combined total of 1.7 million. The quarter ended Sunday."

An incredible success story as far as number of viewers and ratings is concerned. The 'media elite' in this country will find much to criticize here, I'm sure. The Fox News format makes it the viewer's chore to sort news from opinion. Some would argue that this is not the way to do news, but given the flameout of CBS news over the forged documents underlying its Bush National Guard service story, traditional mainstream video news is taking a severe beating.
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