Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fox without Glenn Beck? Is Charlie Sheen more sane than Beck?

I suspect someone like Judge Napolitano would actually increase audience size since so many have abandoned Beck. Charlie Sheen would be an improvement, sanity-wise.

Glenn Beck's Fill-In on Fox News Draws the Same Audience as Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck fans and foes, take note: For those wondering if Fox News -- which is “contemplating life without Beck” -- can survive, last week was a good indicator that it can.

Beck, whose contract is up in December, was on vacation -- with Judge Andrew Napolitano filling in on Beck’s 5 p.m. show Monday through Thursday (Friday's show was pre-empted by coverage of the earthquake in Japan, and anchored by Fox’s Shepard Smith).

And the jury is in on the Judge: Napolitano held his own, maintaining roughly the same audience that Beck has drawn in 2011 -- and, like Beck usually does, beat CNN, MSNBC, HLN and CNBC combined in total viewers.

Here are the four-day averages for Mon.-Thurs. last week, provided by Nielsen:

>> FNC's Glenn Beck*: 1,851,000 total viewers (412,000 25-54-year-olds)
>> CNN's Situation Room: 581,000 (157,000)
>> MSNBC's Hardball: 661,000 (155,000)
>> CNBC's Fast Money: 203,000 (47,000)
>> HLN’s Showbiz Tonight: 201,000 (65,000)

* With Napolitano

READ More at http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/glenn-beck-napolitano-fox-news-draws-same-audience-glenn-beck-25486

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