Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


August 31, 2012

Targeting voters? We've got your TV shows


On-the-Fence Liberals, however, swarm cartoons, including Adult Swim's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," Comedy Central's "Futurama" and Fox's "Bob's Burgers," "The Simpsons" and "American Dad."

Fence-sitting Libs also have a thing for British TV, including Norton's zany talk show and BBC's "Top Gear," which ranks No. 3 on their list.

How do they know? The Simmons National Consumer Study surveyed about 25,000 U.S. adults selected at random — that's how.

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More viewers turned to Fox News Channel than any other network Tuesday to watch coverage of the first night of the Republican National Convention.

About 6.9 million tuned in to FNC from 10 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to hear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie give his pugnacious keynote speech.

In that hour, FNC — anchored by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly — attracted about 2 million more viewers than did NBC, which led among broadcasters. NBC averaged 4.8 million viewers in the hour, putting it well ahead of CBS (3.1 million) and ABC (2.9 million).

Bringing up the rear, CNN attracted an average of 1.47 million in that hour to squeak past MSNBC (1.468 million).

Those numbers do not account for everyone watching Christie's speech on television. The numbers for PBS, for instance, were not available at press time.

The commercial broadcast networks, once again, are cherry-picking coverage of the two parties' conventions and carried only the hour that included Christie's keynote address.

Cable news networks, on the other hand, are providing more comprehensive coverage.

In prime time (8-11 p.m.), FNC clocked an average of 5.2 million viewers — in a different league from MSNBC (1.3 million viewers) and CNN (1.2 million).

The story for CNN is bleak, any way you slice it. FNC peaked with 7.2 million viewers about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. By comparison, CNN at its peak — about 10:15 p.m. — had 1.5 million viewers, also putting CNN behind MSNBC, which peaked about 11 p.m. (1.8 million).

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