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Guess which network had thirteen of the top fifteen cable news shows in 2009?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2009 5:02PM
Bill O'Reilly bookYou can probably guess that Fox News dominated the ratings in 2009. In fact, thirteen of their shows made it to the top fifteen of the year. The other seven spots of the top 20 are made up of various MSNBC and CNN shows, with only Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Larry King Live cracking the top fifteen.

After the jump, the top fifteen (and here's the whole list).

1. The O'Reilly Factor
2. Hannity
3. Glenn Beck
4. Special Report
5. On The Record
6. The FOX Report
7. The O'Reilly Factor (11pm repeat)
8. Your World with Neal Cavuto
9. America's Newsroom
10. Studio B
11. Countdown with Keith Olbermann
12. Happening Now
13. The Live Desk
14. Larry King Live
15. FOX & Friends

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Frank Lapp

The best cable news show by far is Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. How sad it is that he didn't make the list. He's objective as one could possibly be.

December 31 2009 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank God the viewers of Faux News is that same bunch that makes up the base of the GOP!!!!!

December 31 2009 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Conservatives, moderates, patriots, and good wholesome Americans listen to Fox. Liberals and wack jobs listen to Olberman and the likes, that's the chior they preaches to.
You know who you are.

December 31 2009 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Amen! Congratz to all..Fox News is "Fair and Balanced" I challenge anyone to prove different.

December 31 2009 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Phdpamela's comment

You mean when Glenn Beck puts Vicks Vaporub under his eyes so he can cry as shown on nationwide tv, that is fair and balanced? Or, when he calls President Obama a racist, or when they distort what is in the health care bill, that is fair and balanced?

December 31 2009 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

According to FOX's own publicity, any weekday shows on between 5PM - 6PM and 8PM - 11PM are not considered news. They are considered entertainment. That changes the statistics.

December 31 2009 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

Um, who cares? Cable news is all the same, no matter which slant the network takes. It's never been about the actual news issues; it's about the advertisers who pay for the programs. Cars, beers, sodas, cleaning products... Everyone's drinking the same kool-aid here. People might differ in opinions and hate each other for it, but does this stuff really matter? Politics ebb and flow, but the status quo rarely ever really changes. We could all stand to watch a little less TV, too (sorry TV Squad). They say it rots your brain ;) So let's have a healthy new year and let the talking heads fight each other for dominance and ratings; they'll do that (see Hearst vs. Pulitzer).

December 31 2009 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about The Daily Show, or is this list only for news shows that have no news?

December 31 2009 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet Olbermann is just fuming over this.

December 31 2009 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ah jeez another predictable and small minded liberal claiming all Republicans are racist homophobics. Time to get a new rant people, this one is getting tired. In fact this Republican feminist with many gay and black friends is watching Fox & Friends right now and helping those ratings. Must drive you crazy right! Tee hee!

December 31 2009 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lylekira's comment

Live it up. Just make sure to add up their graphs.

December 31 2009 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl Underwood

I can't see how fox could win any news awards unless they have added a category for works of fiction.

December 31 2009 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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