Where FOX earns their keep

Fox News will air a one-hour special on abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell and his murder trial, but the data and time have changed. Fox news has moved up the time from Sunday to Friday, May 3, at 9 p.m.

If the MSM won’t talk about it, they will.  Bully for them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnhschaefer John Schaefer

    They moved it from a high viewership Sunday night, to a low viewership Friday night.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      Right after the O’Reilly Factor, their most highly-rated show, is a “low viewership” timeslot?

      • http://www.facebook.com/johnhschaefer John Schaefer

        Generally, Friday nights are low TV viewing nights. Sunday night is a high viewing night. Just curious as to the motivation for moving it up, as I believe this trial is with the jury now.

        • chezami

          Most likely because FOX doesn’t really care about this, but want to throw out some culture war red meat without giving up prime time real estate. Still it’s better than nothing.

        • Rosemarie

          +J.M.J+

          Generally, perhaps. But like i said, the O’Reilly Factor is their highest rated program and it’s never on Sunday nights, only weeknights 8-9 p.m. EST. Could it be that they get their highest ratings at other days/times than channels that show sitcoms and such?

          • http://www.facebook.com/johnhschaefer John Schaefer

            The available audience is significantly lower on Friday and Saturday nights – especially when it gets nice out. O’Reilly’s share of viewers will still be top rated, but it’s a much smaller pool of potential viewers.

            • Rosemarie

              +J.M.J+

              According to tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, Fox News’s primetime rating for this past Sunday was only 1,428,000. In contrast, the previous Friday O’Reilly had 2,630,000 in the 8 p.m. time slot and Hannity had 1,614,000 right after him.

              Looks like their Friday primetime viewership is a bit larger than their Sunday evening viewership. Really, the numbers are not hard to look up online. Could it be that the majority of people watching TV on Sunday night are watching sitcoms and dramas rather than news programs?

  • Bren R

    Good for Fox News! At least they have the guts to talk about it. They’ve discussed it quite a bit on “The Five”, a Fox program that I tune in to several times a week.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      O’Reilly has mentioned it as well. I’ve also heard the channel promote the special, which is why I have to shake my head when someone says the channel purposely stuck the show in a bad time slot. Why would they promote a show only to bury it? Doesn’t make sense.

      Hannity is typically on at 9 p.m. Fridays (part of what they call their “powerful primetime lineup). Did he offer his time slot so that his regular viewers could all see the special? He’s shown specials before on his show, like that Citizens United one during the last election (I forget the title). I don’t know for sure but it could be.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        So I watched The Five this afternoon on the eeeeevil Fox News Channel.They promoted tonight’s Gosnell special and even showed a clip of it.

        Later, I watched the first half of the Fox Report..They both covered the Gosnell trial (well, technically the jury’s questions) and promoted tonight’s special again.

        I didn’t watch Special Report, which airs between those two shows. But I’d bet they promoted it too, since that show’s host, Bret Baier, is also hosting the special.

        The Factor is on right now. I’m too busy to watch it but again, I’m sure they’ll promote the special. I don’t believe for a moment they’re trying to bury it by changing it to Friday night, not the way they’re promoting it.

  • B.E. Ward

    I’m sure we can all argue about this till the cows come home, but I count Fox News just as much ‘MSM’ as CNN, MSNBC, or whoever else.

    1) ‘If it bleeds it leads’? Check.
    2) Mainly comprised of a bunch of talking heads yelling at each other? Check.
    3) Interested mostly in selling beer and shampoo? Check.
    4) Long on rampant speculation and short on actual reportage? Check.

    The only thing that separates them from the rest of the pack is they come the closest to reporting on the Gosnell catastrophe. Of course, 10 years ago they were also proclaiming and promoting Caesar’s glorious victory in Iraq.

    • chezami

      Oh, no questions that FOX is only covering this for purely cynical reasons. But at least they are covering it. They are a terrible network.

      • B.E. Ward

        Agreed.. and tragic in this hyper-information age that we have to sprinkle a few kudos around to a news organization for not ignoring the news.


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