Category: By The Numbers

WATCHDOGS?

Nearly three out of four U.S. adults (73%) say that it’s generally important for journalists to function as watchdogs over elected officials, according to a new analysis of data from Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project. ...

BLACKOUTS COME WITH A PRICE

300,000 to 350,000. Those are the nice round numbers offered up by AT&T as the company’s guesstimate of how many DirecTV subscribers they have lost/are losing as the result of those interminable blackouts of ...

THE CORD-CUTTING SPEEDS UP

The continued AT&T-CBS imbroglio may be a negative for the networks local stations, but it’s been a good thing for the CBS All Access streaming service which has been a significant uptick in subscribers ...

NO PAY HIKE FOR PERRY

Let’s all shed a tear for Nexstar CEO Perry Sook. Nexstar stockholders emphatically rejected a bid to hand him $41.4 million in future stock awards for all of his hard work in gobbling up ...

NEXSTAR UNLOADS

And just like that, Nexstar seems to have solved its market conflict problems standing in the way of the deal to buy Tribune Media. Scripps and Tegna are taking a combined 19 stations off ...

THEY GET PAID FOR THIS?

Regular NewsBlues consumers already know the low regard in which we hold the endless parade of talking head gasbags who infest the airwaves of cable news networks. But we’ve often wondered just how much ...

TELEMUNDO CONTINUES TO EXPAND

It’s nothing on the scale of Nexstar swallowing up Tribune, but then what is? Telemundo plans to buy Serestar Communication’s Sacramento and Salt Lake City stations. KCSO (Sacramento) and KTMW (Salt Lake City) are ...

$$$$ POLITICAL BONANZA THIS YEAR

Television stations in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, all the scenes of hotly-contested political contests, are the lucky recipients of a quarter-BILLION dollar windfall in political ...

MADDOW TAKES A BOW

We don’t often dwell on ratings stories – especially cable news ratings which are still dwarfed by broadcast television in virtually every timeslot. But it is interesting to note that last week, MSNBC’s Rachel ...

FLORENCE BY THE NUMBERS

17 deaths: The number of fatalities as of Sunday afternoon. 740,000+: The number of customers without power in the Carolinas on Sunday. 112 mph: That’s how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina’s New ...

FLORENCE BY THE NUMBERS

Here is a breakdown of Hurricane Florence and its expected effects: Category 1 storm 400 miles: the storm’s diameter, which is approximately the size of four Ohios put together 90 mph: top expected wind ...

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A BIT

Despite their stated devotion to the Constitution, it appears that a plurality of Republicans would be ok with giving the Trump Administration the power to shut down certain news outlets. That’s the finding from ...

IS THIS REALLY A SURPRISE?

After decades, you unceremoniously dump your still-popular anchor, who only too happily shares the method of her dumping with the public. Three former staffers sue you for discrimination, and share juicy stories of your ...

LIFE AFTER LAUER

Next week marks six months since Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie were teamed up to host the “Today Show” following the abrupt dismissal of Matt Lauer. “We’re falling into a rhythm,” Kotb said. “We ...

UH-OH…

It was supposed to be a comfortable hammock that could provide a healthy ratings environment for “Megyn Kelly Today.” Instead, her 9 AM timeslot on NBC is taking a toll on its supporting poles, ...

LOST: 1.8 MILLION VIEWERS

If found, please contact CBS, ABC and NBC. In the past two years, the three networks’ morning shows have shed just under two million viewers –  percent of their total viewership. But nobody has ...

MATT WHO?

The new Number One morning team on network news is, without question, SavHoda. Or HodaSav. Or KoThrie. For the sixth straight week, the “Today Show” is the top-rated network morning show. Last week marked ...