Fox Ratings Soar After Obama Tiff

Conservative station still trounces cable news competitors
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 12:07 PM CDT
In this July 24, 2006 file photo, Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News, speaks during the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, FILE)
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(Newser) – Maybe Roger Ailes is on Barack Obama’s Christmas list. His administration sure seems to have given Fox News a gift anyway; in the two weeks since Anita Dunn publicly slammed the network, its ratings are up 9% overall, and 14% among the all-important 25-to-54 demographic. Shepard Smith’s show may have had its best month of the year. And as usual Fox trounced its cable news competitors, sweeping the top 13 cable news timeslots.

“It must be depressing for folks like Olbermann and Chris Matthews, on MSNBC, how few people watch them,” opines Joe Weisenthal of Businessweek.