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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy never ceases to amaze

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I have been incredibly intrigued by Dave Portnoy and his unwavering commitment to remaining bold, brazen, honest and transparent, despite considerable criticism and asinine attempts to destroy his personal and professional credibility. The journey of the relentlessly hardworking Dave Portnoy is one that many don’t know or don’t care to research because it doesn’t fit the narrative that has been built to paint an image of a misogynistic, toxic suit that founded Barstool Sports.

The truth, however, couldn’t be further from the baseless media claims and unsubstantiated allegations, aimed to discredit the empire Portnoy has built and the tangible impactful change he has made. 

Though I have not had the privilege of personally crossing paths with Portnoy yet, I did have the opportunity to speak with the incredibly talented Kayce Smith last year who talked about the real Barstool and why it’s an environment she feels so grateful to call home.

“A lot of times when people say they hate Barstool, I can guarantee they’ve never actually consumed what we do. Oh and also, as a woman in this company, I feel very safe and have never been treated better. So that whole ‘Barstool treats their women employees poorly’ narrative is just flat out incorrect.” Smith shared with me. 

“I’ve never had more freedom to create content AND been treated with more respect than I have here.” 

The entire article can be found here.

Portnoy never ceases to amaze me as one of the most unique, dedicated and fearless creators in the ever changing world of media. The man hasn’t taken a vacation day in ten years.

As a founder of a small business himself, Portnoy understood what was at risk for so many other business owners around the country when the stringent COVID restrictions were imposed. Portnoy said he couldn’t understand not letting business owners control their own destiny, but as so many small businesses were struggling to make ends meet with no help from official channels, Dave decided to put his money where his mouth was, starting the Barstool Fund and putting $500,000 of his own money toward the cause which was designed to help keep the lights on for small businesses who were suffering, nationwide. This massive undertaking that Portnoy put into play proved that fortune favors the bold. That decision helped raise $39,325,493 dollars. Current and former athletes, celebrities and entrepreneurs made donations to The Barstool Fund, including Pat McAfee at $200,000, Kid Rock with $100,000, Dana White, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers with $500,000 and Elon Musk as well. Every dollar was used to help businesses get on their feet after a national crisis. One of those businesses helped by the The Barstool Fund is in my hometown in Durham, North Carolina, Zweli’s

The latest campaign Portnoy has become an integral part of involves passing legislation in Connecticut. He’s aiming to turn New Haven, Connecticut, into the unequivocal pizza capital of the US. Having lived and worked in this market, I concur wholeheartedly. Portnoy’s expert analysis came from hundreds of pizza reviews on the One Bite YouTube Channel, amassing 148,119,726 views and reviewing hundreds of pizzas in a little over two years. Barstool has also launched the One Bite By Barstool Sports App that currently has earned a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars within the Apple App Store. Portnoy being Portnoy, naturally continued to share his findings championing change as Connecticut H.B. No. 5656, initially proposed by Colin Caplan, an act designating pizza as the state food of Connecticut, garnered more support. State Rep. Devin Carney specifically acknowledged Portnoy on the floor prior to the vote as he said, “I just want to say: One Bite, Everybody Knows The Rules. And El Pres, Dave Portnoy, who’s probably the pizza expert of the world, said that New Haven has the best pizza, so if he says it, then it’s true. Let’s vote for this.”

H.B. No. 5656, An Act Designating Pizza As The State Food’s goal “to recognize the contribution of pizza to the state’s cuisine and economy by designating it as the state food” passed May 12, 2021 with a 131-9 vote in the Connecticut state House of Representatives, heading to the Connecticut State Senate where it’s “favorable report” has been added to the calendar as of May 14, 2021.

Portnoy has affected change and helped so many through his career and at the young age of 44, the question has to be asked—does Dave Portnoy, El Presidente, have a future in politics? 

Tucker Carlson asked Portnoy that very question on Fox Nation on May 10th to which Portnoy spoke candidly and honestly, as always. 

“I would never do that because you can’t get anything done.” Portnoy shared with Carlson.

“It’s fairly disgusting in my mind that the government didn’t do something, far earlier, since it took me 24 hours to come up with this concept, put it into motion and go. Everyone should want to help small businesses.”

As a guest of Ben Shapiro’s Show, Portnoy described the origins of Barstool describing the evolution of the empire that is now Barstool Sports, which began as a sports gambling newspaper that he handed out at 4am outside of subway stations in Boston. 

“There was this opening, this window basically, for a different type of voice to reach sports fans and I thought that we could fill it with Barstool.”

“I have no problem with politics being involved with sports, at some level. I am a libertarian. That’s exactly what I am. Socially liberal, financially conservative. That’s where I land.” Portnoy told Shapiro. 

“Join the club.” Shapiro replied on his hour long The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special Episode 113. The interview has  771,581 views in just over a month.

One of the replies on the episode that really stood out was written by a Marine, Steve, who shared what Barstool meant to him.

“The year Barstool started was the year after I joined the Marine Corps. My buddies used to send me the Barstool print in care packages when I was in Iraq. I wish I could remember the first issue I got. When I got out of the Corps, I remembered seeing Barstool papers all over Boston. It’s great to see how far they’ve gone. Also, I work in the Boston area. After the marathon bombing, Portnoy stepped up and did a lot for our communities and those affected. He’s also done so much for small businesses during this pandemic, but his critics still try to throw shade at him. Portnoy is a true American and I’m happy to say he’s also a Bostonian. Thanks El Pres for your brand, and all that you’ve given people.. Viva La Barstool!” 

A comment from someone who bravely served our country expressing his support for Barstool and sharing how the brand has impacted his life as a U.S. Marine shows the deep connection Barstool has with its millions of fans.

“What does the future look like? Not just for Barstool but for you?” Shapiro asks Portnoy.

“I think one of the things that makes Barstool Barstool is we won’t be set in our ways and we’ll adapt quick. And, for me personally, I’m super focused on getting Barstool and the gambling thing going and just continuing to find talent and make Barstool relevant.”

“I think the biggest compliment someone gave Barstool is that we’ve been cutting-edge, cool and relevant for almost two decades. There aren’t too many brands who can maintain that vibe but we have for two decades.” Portnoy shared with Shapiro.

As far as another two decades of cutting-edge innovation and content from Portnoy and Barstool Sports? I definitely wouldn’t bet against them. 

“I know our character and our intent has always been to make people laugh, period.”

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Salem Media CEO David Santrella Wants to Do Well While Doing Good

Santrella said to stick to the parts of leadership you handle well and don’t delve into areas where you’re not as strong.

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David Santrella and I have a few things in common. In other areas, we lack any similarities at all.

We’re both from Chicago and very close in age. Santrella graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, and I took a few classes there. We’ve both been married to incredible women for about three decades. That’s where the similarities end. Today, Santerella is CEO of Salem Media Group; I live in a van down by the river and write pieces like this.

Oh, and we both like red wine. My bottles cost about $10 bucks; he has a wine cellar.

Not just any wine cellar; it’s a piece of art. Santrella is doing some remodeling around the house and has commissioned a wine cellar from an artist and metal fabricator. 

“He’s creating an incredible piece of utilitarian art,” Santrella said. “From wrought iron. It’s a wine cellar with doors, but it’s something to see.”

The artist/wine cellar builder has to figure out a way to keep the compartment at 57 degrees at all times. With an aesthetic eye, he has to figure out how to keep his art mechanical. 

“When you hear that wine should be served at room temperature, that’s a rule that comes from Medieval Times,” Santrella said. “Seriously. They didn’t have furnaces, so the room temperature was 57 degrees. That was room temperature in those days.” 

While he said he doesn’t have a favorite wine, he definitely prefers reds to whites. 

“The cellar will hold 250 bottles, with 200 of those being red. I have friends that have wine cellars, and some collect wines. I select some of them, but knowledgeable friends  help me pick some and suggest must-have wines for a rounded selection.”

When you are C.EO. of a large media company, there are other things on your mind besides wine. 

“I used to have a bad habit of waking up at 5:00, grabbing my phone off the nightstand, and start reading emails,” Santrella explained. “After years of doing that, I felt conflicted. I decided to change that habit and start my day reading the Bible. Absorbing the word of God, not merely listening to the radio.” 

Now his day begins when he takes the Bible off the nightstand. 

“I read the Bible once a year,” Santrella said. “I don’t use the readings in the Bible for directions on a particular day. Whatever my plan is for the day, sometimes the readings will speak to that.”

It’s not like he’s reading a horoscope. He said that reading Matthew 5:16 each year may mean something the next time he reads it. Nothing is cast in stone. 

“It’s like staring at a photograph,” Santrella said. “The more you look, the more it unfolds. You may not have noticed the butterfly in the photo the first time you saw it. It’s always a little different.”

Santrealla was born near Chicago in Niles, Illinois. His father owned a Conoco gas station at the triangle of Milwaukee and Touhy in Niles. He said he spent a lot of time there filling cars, wiping windshields, checking the air pressure in the tires, and changing oil. 

At Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, the proverbial light went on for him. The school had a radio station, WMTH, powered with a hair-curling 16 watts.

Santrella walked into WMTH when he was 14 years old and immediately knew radio was what he wanted to do.

“I knew so early that it puzzles me how so many kids today have no idea what they want,” he explained. “They seem directionless, and they’re 24 years old. I’m not passing judgment. I know it’s harder to grow up today than when I was a kid.”

Living in Niles, he grew up a Cubs Fan. His wife, Barbara, was a vehement Cubs fan.

“When the Cubs won the World Series, I don’t think she sobbed more at our wedding or when our kids were born,” Santrella said.

In the infamous Steve Bartman incident, he said you could feel the oxygen leave the city. Santrella agreed that anyone else in Bartman’s seat would have done the same thing. Bartman was a fall guy because he had an unfortunate seat under the ball. 

He thought he wanted to make his living on the air at Columbia College. While dating Barbara, who was in the insurance business, he realized he wanted to marry and have kids with her.

“I also knew radio could be a tough life,” Santrella explained. “When you’re moving around all the time from job to job, it’s not conducive to having a family. Not good for kids.” 

At WCRX, Columbia’s radio station, Santrella snatched a copy of Radio and Records magazine off a coffee table and saw a job ad in the Springfield, Illinois market.

“I figured Springfield wasn’t that far away and could lead to a job in Chicago eventually. I might get discovered. It was for a morning guy, and I thought that would be amazing. The next line, I read the compensation. It was $8,000 a year plus Burger King coupons.” 

They basically told the person who took the job that they would earn enough to eat or live. Not both. You just had to pick one. 

“If the job included Wendy’s coupons and Frosty’s, things might have turned out differently,” Santrella jokes.

While in school, he said he had the greatest possible college job in the world. 

He was working in marketing at the powerhouse WMAQ in Chicago. He was assigned to drive the WMAQ White Sox van for station VIPs. 

“All I had to do was take clients and advertisers, then take them to Comiskey Park,” Santrella said. 

He was told all he had to do was pick them up, drive them to the park, be nice, and not take tips. That’s when he had a Eureka moment. 

“All these executives and sales representatives lived in nice houses, seemed to have good lives, and didn’t have to move around the country as much as a radio personality would. That’s when I decided to go into that side of the business.”

While at WMAQ, Santrella said he constantly approached the station’s sales manager to speak with him. 

“Haunted him is more like it,” Santrella said. “I wanted to be in sales, and since I had no experience, he wasn’t paying any attention to me. So, I talked my way into a sales job at WEAW. Plus it was close to my house. I started there and was doing pretty well.”

After a while, he summoned the courage to call the sales manager at WMAQ, the same guy he haunted.

On the phone, he said, ‘Jimmy, this is Dave Santrella. I’m working up here at WEAW in sales and wondered if I could get your advice on something.’

All of a sudden, Jimmy found himself helping Santrella, a guy who wasn’t even working for him. A month later, Jimmy called Santrella and said he was creating a job for him.

“I think he just saw me as a driven kid or just took pity on me. Either way, I got the job.”

Change is one of the many constants in life. Of course, some changes are easier than others, especially when you’re the CEO of a large company.

“It’s always about where we’re going as people,” Santrella said. “We need to understand what the important things are and how we get there. How we are accomplishing that goal, particularly now, going through a real metamorphosis as a company.”

Santrella said to stick to the parts of leadership you handle well and don’t delve into areas where you’re not as strong. 

“If you need brain surgery, would you rather have the hospital CEO do your surgery, or would you rather it be the best brain surgeon in the place?”

I took that to mean that just because you’re CEO of a large media company or hospital doesn’t mean you should be involved in the nuts and bolts of all operations. 

Jesus Christ said, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Those are words to live by; they also make good business sense. 

“That’s the reality,” Santrella said. “When you go to a restaurant, the owner may not be a chef or know the first thing about food preparation. I have been blessed with Phil Boyce, our senior vice president of spoken word format. He works with all of our talent. I just couldn’t be as good as Phil with what he does. I’m a sales guy. My background is sales. If you want me to look at your sales presentation, address how to make it better, I’m qualified to do that. If you want to know how to work with talent, talk with Phil.”

Santrella said people in his organization approach him all the time when they’re planning to make a big change. 

“I ultimately have to sign off on larger issues. At the end of the day, I’ve got to trust their recommendations and ideas. If we are not going to renew a contract or if we’re going to replace someone on-air, I will ask if there is some reason for those moves, ask why it’s happening. But I’m not going to interfere unless I think it’s a horrible mistake.”

While money is necessary for any company to survive, to Santrella and Salem, it’s not everything. 

“We have a mantra that says we want to do well, but we also want to do well while we’re doing good. Money to Salem is simply the fuel for what we do; it provides for the mission.”

In one word, impact. 

“We want to do things to make people’s lives better,” Santrella said. “Whether it’s coming to the aid of a family in need or providing assistance through other avenues. In the programming we carry. For Salem, the result of doing good for others is doing well financially.”

On the broadcasting side of things, Santrella likes to keep things civilized. 

“When we have people that oppose us on the air, it’s never a ‘you’re an idiot’ kind of conversation,” he explained. “We may disagree with a stance, but we treat them with dignity. We form our own opinions based on fact. We’re not making stuff up. We produce our news through the research we’ve done. That research allows us to form a certain opinion.” 

Santrella said he and Salem have a deep desire to help others. 

“You start with an honest desire to do that and keep that as an undercurrent in your life; you now give people something that will help. It makes things so much easier.” 

Keeping a nicely stocked wine cellar doesn’t hurt either. 

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WOWO’s Mike Ragozino Wants To Share His Experiences To Help Others

He said he could handle his PD duties from anywhere these days. Ragozino likes getting up early, having a cup of coffee, and catching up on the news.

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Sometimes a man needs to pack up his VW bus, slip on his driving gloves, slap on his Aqua Velva, and just hit the road. 

After college, current radio PD and broadcaster Mike Ragozino drove across our vast country to visit friends. Perhaps engage in a bit of soul-searching along the way.

He said the best part of the trip was tuning to all the local stations along the way. 

“Radio was my only companion,” Ragozino said. “I heard a rock station here, a pop station there. That trip was such an eye opener.” 

An illuminating journey, to be sure; for him, radio wasn’t about being a jock on the air or being cool. If it weren’t for radio, he’d probably have gone into teaching. The man probably would have been an English teacher and high school coach.

That was Plan B. 

“I was Ragz way before radio,” Ragozino said. 

There was no reach or manufacturing with that nickname; it was a no-brainer. “My first PD asked me to change my name to Mike Malone. I thought Ragz was much better, but I figured if that’s what he wanted, I could live with that.”

Some PDs don’t know a good air name when they hear it. 

He looks a bit like Joe Rogan, the podcaster. Just enough to get some ribbing on his morning show. 

When he came to Indiana from the east coast in 2006, Ragozino said there was certainly an element of culture shock—moving from a place offering a good slice of pizza whenever you wanted to a place with no good pizza.

“Midwest people are like east coast blue-collar people,” Ragozino said. “They treat you well. The cost of living in the Midwest is fantastic. And I think the radio is just as good, especially being only an hour outside of Chicago.”

He makes it to Wrigley Field every once in a while to see the Cubs and some White Sox games. 

“Our stations have a strong affiliation with Notre Dame. We go to a ton of games. Get out and tailgate.” 

While working in Indiana, Ragozino had the opportunity to interview Rudy Ruettiger of the movie Rudy.

“He was different, a bit eccentric. He was also quite the character. Ruettiger is a legend in some areas. In South Bend, they don’t make much of a fuss about him.” He also interviewed Sean Astin, who played Rudy. “He was more normal.”

Indiana has long been synonymous with basketball. But, Ragozino said as he’s situated further north in Indiana, where football is just as big, if not more so.

“We have a kinship with Notre Dame, Butler, Indiana University, and Purdue.”

He started at a classic rock station, WNNJ, in Sussex, New Jersey. Ragozino enjoyed that experience. Then moved on to WAOR in South Bend, Indiana. 

When WAOR flipped to sports in May 2012, Ragozino lived his dream of programming an all-sports station.

“When I learned of the switch, the management thought I would be a little disappointed. I couldn’t have been happier.” Ragozino co-hosted a weekly one-hour show with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown.

Now he’s program director of WOWO News/Talk 1190 AM and WKJG The Fan. Both are locally owned and operated by Federated Media. Ragozino does the news and traffic on Fort Wayne’s Morning News. 

Ragozino said his on-air shifts are still a gas. “I can’t get rid of that bug. Doing sports and traffic is fun. People ask why I still get up at 3:30 for a morning gig, and I tell them it’s what I do.”

He said he could handle his PD duties from anywhere these days. Ragozino likes getting up early, having a cup of coffee, and catching up on the news. 

“Those are the reasons I got into this business in the first place.”

When Ragozino started in school at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, he wanted to be the next big host on WFAN. 

“When I got out, I just wanted to get a job.”

He pulled the graveyard shift at a local classic rock station from midnight to 5:00 a.m. “That’s a rough shift,” he said. “You never really get it together.” He did it for seven months, and that was plenty.

He helped launch a classic hits station in Newton, New Jersey, where he was program director. He got caught up in the music side of things, and made some good money for those days. After a few years, it was back to sports. He wanted to get into a larger market and moved to Portland. 

“It’s not the heart of sports, but I had the Trail Blazers.”

Ragozino said being a good PD is all about leading the team. 

“It goes beyond radio stuff,” he explained. “I enjoy teaching and mentoring people. I think mentoring is kind of a lost art. I like to find young talent that wants to be in radio, especially news. That’s the big part of what I do.”

Ragozino’s excitement about the news is still visible.

“News is urgent and vital. It’s different every day. You can’t beat that. Today people jump on Twitter to see what’s going on, but it’s not the same as radio. I like to follow multiple sources and see what’s going on. There’s more of a communal feel to radio. I don’t know if it’s going to be the case in 20 years.

When a tornado is ripping through town, I don’t jump on Twitter. I turn to my radio station.”

But Twitter is still important to Ragozino. He said he uses other platforms, but Twitter has become his AP wire. “I am able to see the urgent stuff, a trade deadline in MLB. I just hit refresh on my phone and the world is at my fingertips.” 

Ragozino said the different platforms can offer a lot of crap at times. “You have to filter through some of it to get to something worthwhile. Before I go on air it’s more of the traditional sources, but once I get on the air it’s Twitter, things that are trending.” 

If there’s a blue check next to the source, Ragozino might see it as credible. If he sees Ken Rosenthal’s byline on something, he said he won’t question the news as much. Once he’s off the air he’s more selective about what he looks at. It’s more entertainment based.

Ragozino has always a team leader. 

“I think it’s in my blood,” Ragozino said. 

Ragozino said he had a job as a PD in Fort Wayne where he was a one-man band, the only staff member. 

“I hated it. There was no way of developing a camaraderie. I loved what I was doing, but other PDs had people to be with and lead. I had 20 years of radio experience and wasn’t able to share the experience.”

Today he’s at WOWO working in conservative news. He said he’d never dreamed he’d be doing that kind of programming. 

“You’ve got 97 years of broadcasting with this station,” Ragozino explained. “I just had to take this job. WOWO is the pure example of why radio exists, why it was invented. WOWO has always been ingrained in the community.”

WOWO is middle ground in the mornings, Ragozino said. “I let the syndicated shows drive stakes through hearts. Our job is to inform, communicate. What you hear from us in the morning is not opinion-based. Just straight news. There are personalities on our staff that can pontificate.” 

Explaining the relevance of the station, Ragozino said WOWO was the type of station that told you if you were having a snow day to see if schools were closed. If severe weather is coming, WOWO is where you’d go.

Ragozino has always spent time with his dad, a union electrician. One afternoon in 1984, he and his father were looking for something to do. They were planning a Jets and Giants game, but it didn’t start until later.

“My dad worked a lot at 30 Rock doing electrical stuff. We were there, and a page asked if we were doing anything and if we’d like a couple of tickets. We said we’d love them. Do something before the game.”

It’s around 4:00 in the afternoon. The tickets were for Late Night with David Letterman. This was before Letterman was at the height of his popularity. 

“His guests that afternoon were Robert Klein and Bob Costas. This was the night Letterman was lowered into water wearing a suit covered in Alka Seltzer tablets.” Letterman looked like Elvis Presley wearing a sequined 70s outfit, but this was Alka Seltzer, not glitter.

Growing up in Queens, New York, his father spent a lot of his time in cool venues. 

“He worked at Shea Stadium for a while,” Ragozino said. By default, he said he essentially grew up there. 

“Dad didn’t work too many big games, wasn’t there all the time, but it was fun. There’s a plaque in my office in tribute to the ’86 Mets.” 

When he was young, Ragozino, 51, used to work in a video movie store in New Jersey. For some of you, that was before you could watch anything you wanted at any time. You had to go into some dank place with musty carpeting and see if what you wanted was even there or be bummed it was already rented.

“Back in those days, we used to charge people a buck if they didn’t rewind the VHS tape. We used to charge people a buck if they didn’t rewind the VHS tape,” He’s not kidding. “They sold machines where their sole purpose in life was to rewind tapes.”

Today he’s still involved in film with his podcast called Movie Maniacs with his pal Chuck Curry. 

“I still love going to a movie theater for a couple of hours,” Ragozino said. “I get to leave my brain at the door. You don’t have to listen to someone pontificate about their political agenda. It’s a magical feeling when the lights go down.”

Life in New York wasn’t always filled with great memories. His father, the electrician, installed wiring in the towers during the construction of the World Trade Center. He was in the city on 9-11.

“All I could do was pray he was okay,” Ragozino said. “I was working in New Jersey doing radio. We had to send wires up into the ceiling to get a live television feed. In the meantime, I was trying to figure out if my dad was okay. I ended my day by picking him up from the ferry across the Hudson River, like so many others escaping Manhattan.” 

Ragozino said he took the 9-11 attacks perhaps a little differently than some, maybe more personally. 

“Of course, I was saddened and hurt by the attacks, but I was also offended.” 

His home state was attacked. So were places he’d been and experienced a lot of memories. 

“I knew right then that things would never be the same.” 

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MSNBC Continues Ratings Boom With January 6th Hearings

Not only did MSNBC attract 4.88 million total viewers, it was the most-watched outlet for hearings coverage on TV overall.

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The committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol hosted its eighth hearing of the summer on Jul. 21. It was the second time the hearings were held in prime time, as it was initially slotted there to wrap up proceedings. Yet, it was announced there’d be more hearings slated for the fall.

Approximately 18 million viewers tuned in on the Jul. 21 hearing across multiple networks — almost two million less than the hearings’ opening night (Jun. 9). The night’s most prominent ratings winners: MSNBC and CNN.

Not only did MSNBC attract 4.88 million total viewers (according to Nielsen Media Research) — the most prominent to-date figure for a single-cable network’s hearings coverage and nearly double its parent network NBC (2.69 million), it was the most-watched outlet for hearings coverage on TV overall.

CNN, with a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 (equating to 803,000 viewers within the demo), eked past ABC (0.65 rating) to be the coverage’s key demographic leader. As stated in our most recent report, hearings viewership on CNN has gradually risen since the first daytime hearing on Jun. 13. With 3.18 million viewers, it was CNN’s highest watermark of the summer.

ABC (3.98 million) topped all broadcast networks, followed by NBC (aforementioned 2.69 million) and CBS (2.68 million).

Fox News Channel, which had lagged behind its cable news competition when televising the daytime hearings in recent weeks, once again opted to air its regular prime time lineup. Their combo of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (3.36 million), “Hannity” (2.52 million), and “The Ingraham Angle” (2.11 million) remained potent and on-par from their regular weeknight deliveries. As a result, the prime-time hearing was relegated to its sister outlet Fox Business Network which drew 90,000 viewers — as noted in the weekly list of network averages below; this posted an above-average weeknight figure for them.

The right-leaning Newsmax also aired their regular prime time programming on Jul. 21 (“Eric Bolling The Balance,” “Prime News,” “Greg Kelly Reports”), which averaged 200,000 viewers; +36,000 from one week prior (Jul. 14).

NBC’s other owned information network CNBC delivered 160,000 viewers from 8–10:46 PM ET.

NewsNation’s coverage drew 42,000 viewers.

Cable news averages for July 18-24, 2022:

Total Day (July 18-24 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.400 million viewers; 197,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.849 million viewers; 90,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.579 million viewers; 117,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.178 million viewers; 52,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.132 million viewers; 30,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.113 million viewers; 13,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.099 million viewers; 17,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.098 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (July 18-23 @ 8-11 p.m.; July 24 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.220 million viewers; 303,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.685 million viewers; 183,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.998 million viewers; 225,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.203 million viewers; 58,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.202 million viewers; 64,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.142 million viewers; 16,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.135 million viewers; 19,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.062 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.053 million viewers; 4,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Jan. 6 Hearings “Hearing Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:01 PM, 165 min.) 4.879 million viewers

2. Jan. 6 Hearings “Analysis Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:46 PM, 14 min.) 4.272 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.618 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.399 million viewers

5. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.364 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.359 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.357 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 7/19/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.319 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.218 million viewers

10. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:02 PM, 163 min.) 3.177 million viewers

347. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 7/24/2022 11:01 PM, 35 min.) 0.473 million viewers

365. Forensic Files II “On The Rocks” (HLN, Sun. 7/24/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.421 million viewers

385. Track & Field “World Championships” (CNBC, Sun. 7/24/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.384 million viewers

402. The Daily Show (CMDY, Mon. 7/18/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.354 million viewers

410. Kudlow (FBN, Tue. 7/19/2022 4:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.345 million viewers

413. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7204” (TBS, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.344 million viewers

573. Highway Thru Hell “(807) Heavy Hearts” (TWC, Wed. 7/20/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.227 million viewers

620. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Tue. 7/19/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.203 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54

1. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:02 PM, 163 min.) 0.803 million adults 25-54

2. Jan. 6 Hearings “Hearing Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:01 PM, 165 min.) 0.645 million adults 25-54

3. Jan. 6 Hearings “Analysis Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:46 PM, 14 min.) 0.622 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.571 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 7/19/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.493 million adults 25-54

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.480 million adults 25-54

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.461 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.447 million adults 25-54

9. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th H. Post Analysis 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:45 PM, 75 min.) 0.445 million adults 25-54

10. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.425 million adults 25-54

104. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 7/24/2022 11:01 PM, 35 min.) 0.177 million adults 25-54

105. Forensic Files Ii “On The Rocks” (HLN, Sun. 7/24/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.177 million adults 25-54

117. The Daily Show (CMDY, Thu. 7/21/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.168 million adults 25-54

176. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7204” (TBS, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.139 million adults 25-54

252. Track & Field “World Championships” (CNBC, Sat. 7/23/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.114 million adults 25-54

623. Deep Water Salvage “(208) Decontaminating The Depths” (TWC, Sun. 7/24/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.043 million adults 25-54

627. Newsnation Prime (NWSN, Sun. 7/24/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.042 million adults 25-54

687. The Claman Countdown (FBN, Thu. 7/21/2022 3:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.036 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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