(This is a brief analysis of Fox News viewership numbers that I wrote in January 2011 to show how the alleged conservative power of Fox is being greatly exaggerated.)
When you hear the Democrat left go nuts about Fox News, they are really showing their crazy side.
Here is a summary, which is occasionally posted on the drudgereport.com, which shows the total top viewership for Fox, MSNBC and CNN in prime-time for Thursday, January 20, 2011, an average winter weekday evening for news viewing:
FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,918,000; FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000; FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000; FOXNEWS SHEP 1,786,000; FOXNEWS BECK 1,780,000; FOXNEWS GRETA 1,460,000; MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,106,000; CNN PIERS 1,025,000; MSNBC MADDOW 976,000; MSNBC O'DONNELL 855,000; MSNBC SCHULTZ 760,000; CNN COOPER 740,000; MSNBC HARDBALL 700,000
So if you add up all the Fox viewers it is 10.183 million. Then add up all the viewers from the MSNBC and CNN shows and it is 6.162 million.
OK, so Fox has about 40% more viewers. It is still only 10.183 million viewers out of 310 million Americans or 3.3% of the population. And remember that not all Fox viewers are conservatives by any stretch. It is a known fact that many liberals and centrists watch Fox, while those who watch CNN/MSNBC are generally only very liberal.
Then remember that FoxNews Shep and FoxNews Baier (3.736 million viewers combined) are just basic news (Baier) and 'info-tainment' (Shep), not the right-wing bogeymen that they are made out to be.
Even Fox's O’Reilly is often criticized by conservatives as too “moderate”. And still O’Reilly had only 2.918 million viewers that night out of 310 million Americans, less than 1% of the population, and including liberals and centrists. That is not exactly a propaganda net over the nation like the left makes it out to be.
Then remember that these CNN/MSNBC shows (with the exception of Piers Morgan, the new replacement for Larry King) have a hard, relentless liberal slant.
So if you add up the viewers for the hard-left shows (Maddow, Schultz, Olbermann, Hardball, Cooper and O’Donnell) it is 5.137 million, while the viewers for the so-called ‘conservatives’ on Fox (Beck and Hannity; Greta is hardly 'conservative') was only 3.859 million and you have MORE lefty viewers. This shows how false the claim against Fox is.