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Media Matters gloats because Beck’s ratings are… exactly the same

October 23, 2009
Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Today, Media Matters‘ Eric “the Excitable” Boehlert trumpets the news that the ratings for Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News are down:

…the ironclad Beltway CW this week has been that the White House’s decision to fact-check Fox News has been a huge tactical mistake, partly because it will simply spike Fox News’ ratings. (…)

Well, guess what? Glenn Beck ratings are not up this week. In fact, they’re down as compared to last week even though the topic of the White House/Fox News fueled has exploded this week across the media landscape. All the pundits who announced the White House completely screwed up by fact-checking Fox News, were sure Fox News’ ratings were going to soar. Except they haven’t. Instead, they’ve gone down this week.

Last week, Beck’s show averaged 2.9 million viewers, which is consistent with the viewership Beck has been drawing for several weeks now. So far this week, the show is drawing 2.6 million viewers. It’s a small dip, to be sure. (…) So I’ll ask again, why are Glenn Beck ratings down this week?

So just to review: Glenn Beck’s ratings are down this week.

Of course, another way of looking at it is that Glenn Beck’s ratings are exactly the same as they’ve been for a while — which Media Matters admits.

As well, Beck is the talk of the industry because he’s getting these numbers in the no-man’s-land time slot of 5PM ET. This is, quite simply, an unheard-of achievement in the history of television.

And overall, Fox News’ ratings are exponentially higher than those of left-leaning cable outlets like MSNBC. All that in the face of that “Glenn Beck boycott” that Media Matters is always touting, even though it’s been an obvious failure.

In fact, a new “study” from former Clinton operative James Carville’s group reports that:

More than half of the respondents in our conservative Republicans groups indicated that they try to watch or listen to Beck on a daily basis, with some going to great lengths to ensure they (and their families) do not miss a thing.

Some may find that troubling. Others may consider it heartening. But here’s what’s funny: I don’t think fans of Keith Olbermann are so dedicated.

PS: will George Soros check for spare change in his couch cushions and spring for a copy editor? Since I’ve been on this “beat,” I’ve rarely read a Media Matters post that didn’t have at least one typo. You’d almost think they didn’t care about “accuracy.”

  1. Mike permalink
    October 23, 2009 9:35 am

    It’s amazing the tizzy Beck has put the left in to. I saw a youtube vid from Penn Jillette where he’s almost in tears because his idol Tommy Smothers yelled, screamed and cursed at him for going on Beck’s show. Look it up, it’s called “Getting Yelled At by One of My Heroes.”

  2. October 23, 2009 11:55 am

    Yes Mike I heard about this and have been hesitant to watch it because it sounds frankly heartbreaking.

    I find it amusing/pathetic that the Smothers Brothers are still dining out on their 40 year old “censorship” saga. But then, that’s old hippies for you.

    Dennis Miller had some great “insider” thoughts about this on his show the other day; that he couldn’t believe the Smothers Brothers were still moaning about an old cancelled show and acting like they were these brave martyrs or Rosa Parks.

    Everybody gets cancelled, for various reasons. It’s called show biz.

    Miller also reminded listeners that young unknown writers like Steve Martin were the real reason for whatever success the Smothers Brothers had.

  3. Joseph White permalink
    October 23, 2009 6:00 pm

    Does this phase Glenn? No, in fact, Glenn always says that he’s happy to be the third most listened to show on the radio and he marvels that he has a job on TV. How’s that for humble?

  4. jac mills permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:58 am

    Can you imagine what Beck would do to ratings were he in prime-time slot? He really should replace O’Reilly at 8 p.m., but BOR probably has his slot guaranteed, at least while his ratings are good. Rupert Murdoch is no fool, and you can be certain he sees Beck’s show as a much more attractive prime-time tool than BOR’s show which has become a shadow of what it was. BOR fills his special time with Body Language, Culture Warriors, Culture Quiz, etc., signs of a show struggling with the prospect of decline. BOR is, and always will be, a lightweight as a journalist, with an ego of the nouveaux riche. Reverse BOR and Beck in time and you would see BOR fail, Beck soar. As much as I like Beck, I don’t see him as a long-termer, but he certainly is right for this time.

  5. October 24, 2009 6:08 am

    Put Media Matters in the same camp as Anita Dunn, David baldy Axelrod, & Rahm fishead Emanual, and of course that Joker in the White House, Barack Teleprompter Obama. All crybaby Socialists that can’t stand the heat that Glenn Beck brings them on a daily basis. Glenn Beck is a real Global Warming to Obama, and his Socialist party. Unlike Cap & Trade where Obama and his Socialist-Green freaks want to shut down powerplants and any businesses thats happens to use a bit of fossil fuel, They can’t shut down Glenn Beck, who continues to irritate the hell out of the opposition, simply by telling the truth, something Obama and media matters is clueless about doing.


  6. "gunner" permalink
    October 24, 2009 8:55 am

    the smothers brothers, they’re still around? i thought they went toes up years ago. they never were funny, mediocre singers and the bickering shtick got old really fast. like most relics of “the ’60s” they don’t hold up very well once the party is over and its time to take out the trash.

  7. peachey permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:56 pm

    Glenn Beck reminds me of the irritant grain in the oyster that become a pearl. While a true irritant to the Left and certainly the Obama administration and it’s supporters, he has become a pearl of truth and a voice with a willingness to stand on the truth,investigate, ask questions and demand answers. He is a self-educated man with a sense of wit and wisdom that comes from the recognition of his own faults and past disasters in his own life. We currently have no real guidance in this country. Those (Republican and Democrat)that are currently in the White House, Congress and Senate are a group bereft of loyalty to the American country and public, without wisdom,without concern for our welfare, they are saturated with the ugliness of self-conceit, self-centeredness,and self-importance. A sad legacy to those that built and died for this country.We need a growth of irritants in this country with the willingness to become a target of this administration. We need those with the willingness to be watchmen on the wall, instead of lapdogs lying under the dinner table waiting for the scraps and pat’s on the head.

  8. Steve R permalink
    October 24, 2009 6:13 pm

    Americans can be led, but not driven. We must teach the community- organizer-in-chief this truth. He doesn’t know this country.

  9. Revnant Dream permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:33 pm

    They sound like schoolboys bragging how theres is bigger than the others.
    This time of year people are getting ready for winter & other things.
    Ratings like Becks even on a bad day, are light years beyond even the least liberals wet dreams.
    “Media Mattered” is just jealous like the 98 lb weakling with sand in there eyes & envy for for real men he that never will be. An eternal boy.

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