The Right Coast

February 15, 2006
 
Fox News
By Mike Rappaport

I had known that Fox News handily beat its competitors, but I have not realized by how much. Hugh Hewitt reports the following numbers:

6pm: Hume: 1,448,000 / Dobbs: 745,000 / Abrams: 290,000

7pm: Shep: 1,458,000 / Blitzer: 625,000 / Hardball: 534,000 / Showbiz: 123,000

8pm: O'Reilly: 2,244,000 / Zahn: 647,000 / Countdown: 479,000 / Grace: 529,000 / On The Money: 223,000

9pm: H&C: 1,379,000 / King: 751,000 / Rita: 284,000 / Prime News: 346,000 / Mad Money: 182,000

10pm: Greta: 1,088,000 / Cooper: 594,000 / Scarborough: 293,000 / Grace: 272,000 / Deutsch: 121,000

11pm: O'Reilly repeat: 1,000,000 / Cooper: 373,000 / Situation: 169,000 / Showbiz repeat: 149,000 / On The Money repeat: 59,000

These are enormous disparities. Its a new world. The first presidential election reported by Fox News was Bush v. Gore. Despite some mistakes it and the other networks made, I believe Fox had an important impact. Who knows if the result would have been different had there been no voice for the Republicans then -- and now.