Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Libya, Japan and Ratings News


ARMING THE OPPOSITION IN LIBYA? White House signals openness to sending arms: Anderson Cooper shares the day's events, including Sec. Clinton and President Obama's comments on the subject of arms for the opposition


DISCUSSION: Stephen Hadley (former Bush security advisor) and James Marks (Ret. Army Major General)


A VOICE OF TRIPOLI RESIDENT: Cooper speaks with a resident about the conditions in the city


Arwa Damon in Ajdabaya and Nic Robertson in Tripoli speak with Anderson


TAKING ON GADHAFI'S REGIME, One woman's disturbing charges: Anderson reviews the recent events pertaining to Eman al-Obeidy


DISCUSSION: Nic Robertson and Reza Sayah



SEAWATER NEAR JAPAN NUCLEAR PLANT HIGH, Reports: radioactive iodine at 3,355 times the legal limit:
Anderson details the latest radiation reports and the Japanese government's reactions and statements


NEW CONTAMINATION FEAR IN JAPAN, Workers at nuclear plant struggle to remove water: Tom Foreman reporting


RADIATION NEAR JAPAN NUCLEAR PLANT HIGH, Reports: radioactive iodine at 3,355 times the legal limit: Dr. Gupta and Tom Frielander talk about the health risks of the plant workers


AC360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay





EXTRAS:

Just Jared posted two pictures of Anderson walking the streets of NYC on Monday morning.




Ratings:

CNN led their ratings press release today with:

CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER 360 IS #1 CABLE NEWS PROGRAM AT 10 PM IN MARCH; FNC’S ON THE RECORD SLIPS TO SECOND IN KEY DEMO 25-54 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER TWO YEARS

Here's the rest of the news:

In March, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 was the #1 cable news program at 10 pm in the key demo adults 25-54, overtaking FNC’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren for the first time in 26 months (January, 2009). For the month, AC 360 averaged 496k among adults 25-54, while FNC slipped into second place with 480k and MSNBC’s The Ed Show was a distant third with 266k. Compared to a year ago, the CNN 10 pm program had significant growth, increasing +153% in the key demo (496k vs. 196k) and +66% in total viewers (1.165m vs. 702k). During the heightened news cycle, FNC actually lost viewers at 10 pm, decreasing -13% in the demo (480k vs. 552k) and losing -16% in total viewers (1.802m vs. 2.154m) vs. a year ago.

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6 comments:

sandyeggo said...

It will be interesting to see if 360's overall ratings go up after more people become aware of him when his new show debuts. Broaden the demographic as it were.

ACAnderFan said...

I am glad 360 is back to talking about the malfunctioning nuclear power plant. I'm with Anderson, why are the workers only being fed a pack of crackers and 1 meal a day? That's ridiculous. How are they supposed to do their best work on such little food? Surely there is something that can be done about all the contaminated water, I mean there has to be a way to properly dispose of it. I really enjoyed Anderson's discussion with Sanjay and Michael Tom Frielander.

The Just Jarred pics are really nice. Anderson looks good in a hoodie and jacket.

judy said...

Well AC must be going some place.
He got a hair cut and that usually means he's about to take a trip.
I skipped most of what was said about Libya and was tuned into Japan and their dire radiation problem that now is in the ocean.
The AP is reporting that the Tepco President has been hospitalized for high blood pressure.
I believe 360 reported that he hasn't been seen since two days after the March 11th earthquake.
I too rather enjoyed the discussion between Sanjay, who looked as though he just completed brain surgery, and Mr.Frielander.
Why in the world would the Japanese feed top nuclear plant officials such a skimpy meal?
The Japanese seem to be a very proud people steeped in tradition, who will not ask for help from the US military because of the way they are perceived by the rest of the world, and this is sad.
Good for AC360 for having the highest ratings for March. However, this could mean that AC becomes 360 International, forever.

Anonymous said...

@3/29/11 3:18 PM

Good comment. I too wish that 360 would make use of the great reporters that CNN has in the field rather than night after night of pundits views. Lately, I'm am in awe of Nic Robertson's reporting.

I was perplexed at this part of your comment,

POTUS can't win on AC360 and to me the discussion has made AC360 and Mr. Cooper look a little bi-polar


I was wondering if you were implying that 360 is bipolar in its programming or that Anderson is bipolar in his views.

I do agree that 360 has had a disappointing lack of balance recently. As far as Anderson's views being bipolar, I have to disagree. I have never thought of Anderson's views as being "left leaning". And I'm not at all surprised that he would want to offer (or even favor) more of a "right leaning" view.

Anonymous said...

I like 360 better when Anderson is reporting from the field. I guess everyone needs a break.
Not really looking forward to the Royal Wedding either.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 2:19 AM

I think you mis-understood my bi-polar comment completely. Let me try to explain... I was not speaking of Andrson being bi-polar in his views. I think he does a pretty good job of keeping his views to himself as anchor of his program. I believe he tries to do so and appreciate that.

I was referring to the fact that night after night AC360 booked Fouad Ajami and he sat in the studio with Anderson (or sometimes in a box) talking about how the US needed to intervene in Libya and not once did Anderson challenge him on the specifics/how would it be funded/what would happen if Gadhafi refused to leave, etc. Then once the US does take part in a NATO military action -- all the questions are asked with the tone of the US was wrong to intervene and this action will end badly. I just feel that Mr. Ajami should have been held more accountable instead of being given a free platform to espouse his views. (I felt the same way about Billy Nungesser in NOLA this last summer.)

I'm not sure why AC360 continues to book some "guests" and give them platforms to espouse their opinions night after night while questioning others to the point of ridiculous sometimes.

The lack of balance is a separate concern of mine. It really jumped out at me Monday night after President Obama's speech. Typically, on speech nights, there's a balanced panel to analyze the speech. The Dem view was sorely missing across CNN programming on Monday night. (PMT was the absolute worst in that regard and I will not be tuning into his program again.) It got me to thinking about the last time we saw a Dem pundit on 360 and I really couldn't come up with an answer. If Ari Fleischer was invited to the panel and 360 is to present a 360 view, then there should definitely have been a Dem on the panel. I cannot remember the last time I've seen Paul Begala, Cornell Belcher, etc. on 360 or any CNN program. Maybe CNN is going after the Republican viewers for ratings and if that's so, it saddens me. Last I knew, there was another network devoted to Repubs. I look to CNN to remain mostly impartial or at least offering balance in their pudnit's/guest's viewpoints. (While I'm a Dem, I've only watched one program on the "Dem" leaning network -- and that was because the whole hour was devoted to an interview with Jon Stewart.) I like my news to be impartial (or balanced) and I'll make up my own mind, please. I don't need to be told how I should feel.

I agree that Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon, Ivan, Ben, etc. have been doing some amazing reporting on the uprising in the Middle East and North Africa. I thought 360 did a good job last night of featuring their reporting and leaving the politics/pundits/opinions to other CNN programs. I can only hope they continue last night's model.