In his first two months at Fox News, Glenn Beck has been a bonafide hit at 5 p.m., often bringing in more viewers than MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined.
On Monday, according to TVNewser, Beck drew 2.1 million viewers compared to 770,000 for Wolf Blitzer at CNN, 687,000 for Chris Matthews on MSNBC and 222,000 for HLN.
Among news hours, he is only behind Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.
Beck fits with the Fox News brand and is making the most of it by taking on the Obama administration. He’s doubled ratings in that time slot compared to a year ago.
In fact, overall, Fox News is seeing major ratings spikes since Obama took over while CNN’s numbers have fallen. In February, Fox was up 29 percent.
Here are some of Beck’s comments about the nation’s direction told to the L.A. Times:
“If I told you what I really believe was going to come — I’ve made people cry,” he said in an interview. “I think we’re headed for real trouble.
“You’ve never met anybody who wants to be wrong more than I do,” Beck added. “I have nothing to gain and everything to lose. If I’m right, what do I have? I don’t grow my business. I have no reason to say these things.”
-With ratings flagging a bit, aging shows “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace” are “on the bubble” with CBS and may not come back next season, according to EW.com.
-Former Atlantan and “90210″ star AnnaLynne McCord wrecked her Mini Cooper before admiring photographers Tuesday.
-Top 7 shows in Atlanta the week of March 2, 2009:
1- “American Idol” Fox (Tuesday-semifinal performance) 674,000 viewers
2- “American Idol” Fox (Wednesday-semifinal results) 635,000 viewers
3- “American Idol” Fox (Thursday-wildcard 596,000
4- “The Bachelor: After the Rose” ABC (Monday) 468,000
5- “The Bachelore finale” ABC( Monday) 362,000
6- “CSI” CBS (Thursday) 338,000
7- “Hell’s Kitchen” Fox (Thursday) 331,000
-Jimmy Baron, former morning host at 99X, has inexplicably struggled to find a job in front of a mike in nearly three years in this market. So he has begun working the mike — at two restaurants for trivia night. He’s doing Midtown Tavern at 554 Piedmont Road from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and the Midtown Front Page News (1104 Crescent Ave.) on Thursday nights. I stopped by last Thursday for his first one. Sure, this is not a glamorous job but I was just glad to hear Jimmy behind a mike, even if it’s just an audience of trivia nerds. (My team came in second!)
- I have an updated list of Atlanta radio stations. Tell me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see any discrepancies.
- Athens musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is not a man who has aged well. Here’s his recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show: