Last Updated Mar 23, 2010 3:00 PM EDT
Why? Is it because Fox News has come to terms with the fact that some of its hosts fall into the entertainment category?
No. It's because Fox News wants to tout that it, too, has lots of viewers age 25 to 54 who make over $100,000 a year. There's only one problem with this line of thinking. Advertisers tend to steer clear of controversial shows like "Glenn Beck" (which has been the subject of an ad boycott) or, for that matter, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on the diametrically-opposed MSNBC.
The uncontroversial fiction presented on USA and TNT, by comparison, translates into a plain, straightforward buy. Advertisers can reach the demographics they want without the fear of consumer boycotts or angry partisans.
The Ad Age story points out that even though CNN is far behind (fourth or fifth, depending on how you do the math) in the cable news ratings race, it still gets higher CPMs for some of its programming than Fox News does. That said, Fox brings in more money. According to figures by Kantar Media, it grossed just over $500 million in 2009; Kanter estimated CNN's total take at $415 million.
Previous coverage of cable news at BNET Media:
- Will Fox News Cause Collateral Damage to News Corp.?
- Glenn Beck Poised to Become the Next Howard Stern -- From an Advertisers' Perspective
- Clorox Won't Advertise on "Glenn Beck," or on Any Other Political Talk Show
- CNN Still First in Cable News, Depending on What You Mean By "Cable News"
- CNN: "We're No. 1!" ... Kinda