This is from Media Bistro
As 2009 comes to a close, we’re giving you a look at how the cable news networks grew during the first decade of the 21st Century. In the case of Fox News, stratospheric growth of nearly 570% over 10 years. The charts track each network’s Nielsen ratings average for each of the last 10 years, from Dec. 27, 1999 – Dec. 23, 2009. First, the total day ratings averages for Monday-Sunday. And after the jump, the A25-54 demo.
Wondering why such a dramatic growth? Hmmm maybe this post from Bill Mann will tell you why. Never heard of him? Me neither … I happened across his post while I was slumming over at HuffPo. Apparently I don’t get out much.
If fact, if YOU watch FOX News you don’t get out much either. Must be the bitterness and gun clinging that is keeping us in.
The Huffington Post piece added that shows like the dimbulb “O’Reilly Factor” have kicked ass this year. But isn’t that what the thuggish Bill-O does..kick ass? Well, beat up on people.
I’ll let you in on a little secret among many of us TV critics. One you may well have already guessed. There are a lot if shut-ins out there. Lots of them.
My daughter, for example, lived until recently in an apartment in the San Francisco Area above a woman she never met. The woman’s TV was on literally 24 hours a day, and tobacco smoke wafted from her dreary cocoon. She left her door ajar, presumably to let some smoke escape, so I could hear what was on TV when I walked past her door. The woman, who wasn’t disabled, rarely went out (and she wasn’t elderly), and she was watching mostly Fox News. Quelle surprise!
And that boys and girls just about says it all.
When we were in college we used to have a word for pompous idiots like Mann, we used to call them flying assholes. Yup, Mr. Mann is a Flying A!
If you want to see just how big a Flying A Mann is, read the rest of his article … that is if you can put your cigarette down long enough ( with those tobacco stained fingers of yours) and click over there.