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Ken Charles’ Radio Story Has More Chapters Left To Be Written

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One of the most successful program directors in the country wanted to be a lawyer. Fortunately for radio, he may have dressed more like The Dude from The Big Lebowski.

“I’m not a suit and tie guy,” Ken Charles said. “I’d have been the most unhappy lawyer in the business.”

There’s no question he could have held his own arguing cases. The only problem was Charles liked a different kind of argument.

“The wife of my first general manager was Jo Johnson,” Charles explained.

“She told me I loved to argue no matter what the subject. I said that wasn’t true, so we argued about that for a while.”

Charles currently serves as VP of News for Audacy and Brand Manager of KNX-AM/FM Los Angeles (1070/97.1)

Not for much longer, but more on that later.

He went to Florida State University and knew his grades weren’t going to get him into Harvard. “I figured if I could get a 4.0 GPA, I could get into any law school I wanted.”

As it so often does, radio reared its head and it was love at first sight. Law went the way of disco.

“I started at WPLP in Tampa as a board operator,” Charles said. “As it happens, a friend of mine who lived across the hall in the dorms was a commercial production guy for the station. They didn’t want to hire me at first because I was studying political sciences.”

Opportunity knocked at the expense of a lot of other people.

“The station fired one of their news people and a lot of the technical staff said if they didn’t hire that person back they’d go on strike,” Charles explained. “The station did them one better and fired them all.”

They were so desperate to fill roles they hired Charles. “What are the odds that a person who would be instrumental in my 30 year career in radio happened to live across the hall?”

Apparently, they are pretty good.

He didn’t waste a lot of time getting to work. His first press conference was with former Vice President Walter Mondale. There were national news people and reporters he respected in attendance.

“Mondale looked at me and said, ‘He looks like an exciting young reporter,’ and motioned me to ask a question. I wasn’t expecting to be called on. I asked him a question about nuclear submarines. The only reason I asked that was because I was working with that subject for my masters degree. I’m sure everybody in the press corp thought it was a stupid question.”

Charles said he has no idea what Mondale said in response. “He could have sung the national anthem for all I know. Here was a former vice president calling on a political science dork.”

He was born in Edison, New Jersey and had no qualms referring to himself as a radio dork.

“I always listened to WABC on the AM dial,” Charles said. “I listened to Jean Shepherd and his spoken word show on WOR. A lot of stories in his books and other things made it on the air, stories like A Christmas Story. I also listened to Marv Albert calling the Rangers games.”

Like every 10 year-old in New Jersey, Charles wanted to play for the Yankees.

“I couldn’t hit a curveball and was better at football.”

News can be overwhelming, Charles said. “Think about it–since January of 2020 when Kobe Bryant died, it has been non-stop since. We’ve had the Pandemic, George Floyd, the protests, January 6th, forest fires. We just have to keep taking it and it’s not going to stop.”

“If you look at news from the 1950s and 60s, the agenda was set at the station. The news department determined what the news was going to be. You buttoned up your shirt, put on your tie and delivered the news. Now, instead of dictating to the audience, we’re trying to listen to what they think is news, what matters to them.

Charles said there will always be news where part of your audience just doesn’t care about what is happening.

“For instance, fires here are a very interesting story.  A fire in northern LA county has no effect on people living in Orange County. That’s an example where our commitment to the community overwhelms the need to tell stories that affect the most listeners possible.”

Charles said news departments need to be in touch with audiences.

“We live in the community too. We have families, kids in school. In all those ways we keep in touch with people that live around us. As news people, we have to determine what they want. One of the things I preach is think with your heart, not with your head.  We are people and we need to understand the emotional component, what our friends care about.”

“Sometimes you feel the right stories, sometimes you don’t. If I’m going to make a mistake, it’s going to be by doing too much on a story. You’re never going to get an email because you did too much. You will get a negative response if you do too little and the audience will look for that additional coverage someplace else.”

There are also exceptions to that philosophy. Sports can be one of them.

“A good example of this would be when I first took my position in Los Angeles,” Charles explained. “We were all Dodgers all the time, top to bottom, 24/7. The Dodgers had made the NLCS and went to their first World Series in a while. We blew it. We covered it like television. We led with it at the top and bottom of our newscasts. We had reporters all over. But the numbers for our coverage were just not there. We shouldn’t do what television does. They can get that extended information from so many other places.”

Charles went on to say they overwhelmed their audience with Dodgers, and didn’t deliver the promise of a broad range of local news and traffic.

Each market is different.

Charles said some are better sports markets than others. “In my position, you have to learn the expectations your audience has for that topic. If it’s the biggest local news story of the day”

Charles said road traffic can be difficult in any city, not just Los Angeles, but it’s still important. “There’s a lot of debate if we should do traffic as much and as often as we do. After all, you can get it on your dashboard in your car, on Waze, Google. But people respond to traffic. We have empathy because we live here too. It’s not just the older demographic, the 30 year-olds like it too. Reporting on traffic keeps us connected.”

“Tell me a fact I’ll learn. Tell me a truth I’ll believe. Tell me a story that will live in my heart forever”

Charles said that’s his mantra, and he shares it with his team. He tries to live that mantra.

“I saw that when Ed and Steve Sabol were doing an interview with Bryant Gumbel in 2001 on Real Sports,” Charles said. “That was one of those lightning-bolt moments for me. I told our imaging guy at the time to tell us a story that will live in our hearts forever.”

Charles said he strives to bring home a great story every day.

“Ukraine is a good example of a story that affects real people,” Charles said. “At the beginning of the war we provided in-depth coverage with Ukrainian  citizens still living in the country. They told us what they were feeling, seeing, what was going on. There were reporters and experts telling us what was going on, but we had people who were living what was happening. I hope other stations try to do that. I think some days you’re more successful with that than others.”

Charles explained in his mind, radio is the best training ground there is. He said if you want to be a TV person later in a career, you could make that transition. There are skills in radio that you’ll learn and are useful in many other areas. “You learn how to prepare stories, cut tape,” Charles said. “The same skills you’re going to use in TV. We’ve done a terrible job being an evangelist for radio. You can perfect your craft. That’s what I impart to kids. Everyone wants to be the next Robin Roberts, but they’re not willing to put in all of the work. You’ll get more coaching. There’s more opportunity to work, even if you make a mistake.”

He’s seen a few of his former employees go on to greatness.

“Aaron Katersky, was a radio junkie,” Charles said. “He is one of the most talented kids I know. He was a student at Newhouse and worked at WSYR. Aaron was older than his year, more talented than his experience. He worked for me. I left Syracuse and he left radio to do personal things. I hired him as a reporter in Housten. I embedded him at ABC to cover the Iraq war. ABC noticed him, snagged him, and he’s been with the network ever since. Every time I hear him I feel like a proud father.”

A shock to most, Charles is leaving KNX on July 22.

“It feels like the right time,” Charles said. “I’ve spent the past seven years here, longer than I’ve been anywhere since elementary school. I’m proud to be part of this heritage station. Proud of the people I work with. It’s just time. I’m an east coast boy. All my wife’s family is in New York. I’ve only seen my family once since I’ve been out here. Life is too short. I’m not retiring. I’ve got more chapters to write so I’m not done yet. I don’t want to end up dead at my desk some day. I’m not going to give up something I love.” 

He said he thinks everybody should quit their job, even if it’s just for a little while. You get tons of attention.

“I can’t believe the outpouring of love I’ve received since I announced it,” Charles said. “I never would have known how much of an impact people think I’ve had. There was an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where a guy watched his own wake. When I decided to make the move I posted on Facebook and LinkedIn. I’ve heard from hundreds of people. Some I haven’t heard from in 20 years. I’m going to miss all that when I’m dead.”

Charles said his departure is bittersweet. It’s hard to leave the people he’d worked with so long. “It’s really cool to hear from all of them.”

Whichever way the future takes Charles, like The Dude, I have the feeling he’ll abide.

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WTAM Feels Like Home for Bloomdaddy

Bloomdaddy is a Cleveland-centric host dealing with issues-based topics in his new role and “from the minute I turned the mic on at WTAM, it felt like home.”

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When I first heard of a radio guy called Bloomdaddy, my mind immediately made me think of outrageous radio personalities like Bubba the Love Sponge, Mancow Muller, and DJ Sourmilk. However, David Blomquist (a.k.a. Bloomdaddy) was nothing like them. Instead, he’s intelligent, down-to-earth, and can still hit a fastball.

I asked him what I should call him. He told me David or Bloomdaddy. (There was no way I would call a grown man Bloomdaddy. Not at this stage of my life.) So, I called him David. 

“They called me Bloomer forever,” Blomquist said. “But it became Bloomdaddy when I had kids. Pretty snazzy nickname when you think about it,” he joked. “I figured I’d use it because it was memorable.”

Blomquist went to Union Local High School in Belmont County, Ohio. Just one of many little towns that make up the large school district that is miles wide. 

“It’s amazing how far buses go to bring kids in. There were only 150 kids in my graduating class, with all the areas consolidated.

Blomquist said he’d always lived in Lafferty, Ohio. It’s a coal mining town that boasted 300 residents when he was there. He said growing up in Ohio was awesome. 

“All I did was hunt, fish, ride our four-wheelers and dirt bikes. I like the city, but at heart, I’m a gravel road and cornfield kind of guy.”

I’m a gravel road and cornfield kind of guy. That has got to be the title of a country song.

He loves gravel roads and baseball.

“I walked on to the Kent State baseball team; then I quit,” Blomquist said. “It’s still the biggest regret of my life. I was a junior in broadcasting when I made the team. I realized I was going to miss a ton of broadcasting classes, including the first few each semester. At that point in my life, I just didn’t see it making sense. Part of me figured I could reschedule some classes, but it was just something I felt I had to do. It was hard to walk away, but I was overwhelmed. But it all worked out.”

Pretty mature thinking for a young man of 19 years. “I played sandlot ball from 19 until I was 37, so I got in my fair share of ball.”

He was very good at baseball but didn’t think he would have been signed as a professional. “Even the worst guy on a professional team is one of the best players in the world. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that.”

Almost every guy I’ve spoken to for these pieces had a dream of being a professional ballplayer. Blomquist is the only one who might have come close. 

He worked as a sportscaster on television for 15 years. He also anchored a morning show. Blomquist was hired at WTAM in February after host Mike Trivisonno died last October. Since he began the gig, he has kept an apartment in the city, just two blocks from Progressive Field and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

For 18 years, his radio home was WWVA-AM 1700 in Wheeling, WV. His popular morning show grew into syndication to affiliates in Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Akron, and Parkersburg, WV. 

He spends most of the week in Cleveland, then goes home to his boys. 

The paint on the new job is still wet. Before he took it, Blomquist said he needed to talk with his sons, and get their approval. 

“I wasn’t going to take the job in Cleveland unless I got the go-ahead and okay from them,” Blomquist said.

They told him to take the job.

“That either meant they wanted me to take a great opportunity or to go away,” he jokes. “I turned down a job when iHeart asked me to go to Columbus and another time to Miami. Then the Cleveland job opened up. If the job opened up ten years ago, I couldn’t have taken it. I have a baseball family; I coach baseball. It just wouldn’t have been fair to my boys.”

WTAM 1100 is the radio home of the Cleveland Guardians, formerly the Cleveland Indians. Blomquist wasn’t even in town when they changed the name of the MLB team. 

“I’m sorry they had to change the name of the team,” he said. “I know for fact  90 percent of fans can’t stand it. But they have a great young team. I’m not holding anything against the owners, but they did give into the ‘woke’ culture. You’d go to games and only see about 25 people protesting the previous name. At the time, it seemed everybody was changing names, knocking down statues.” 

You’d think something like that would be great fodder for a radio show.

“Not for me,” Blomquist said. “We’re the flagship station of the team, so we don’t talk about that. I know my parameters. The team still let fans wear the Indians gear. They aren’t required to take anything off with the name or logo.”

Blomquist said the crazy thing about the change was the fact it was named in honor of a former Cleveland player. 

“The team was named Indians after Louis Sockalexis, a former player and a Penobscot Native American from Maine,” Blomquist explained. “Apparently, a lot of people couldn’t accept the name despite it being named in honor of a Native American. The name was literally chosen to honor the man.”

In rural Ohio, Blomquist said he had a good childhood. 

“I’d say we were lower middle class and a loving family,” he said. “The loving part has always been important to me. You learn certain things from your parents, who give you an idea of who you want to be. We didn’t have any macho images around the house. We could hug, tell each other we loved them.” 

While he’s enjoyed his career, there have been a couple of speed bumps. 

About ten years ago, Blomquist commented on the air about coal miners in an area with many coal miners. He then wrote a blog on the same comment. By today’s standards, it was tame. The people that took exception were mostly the families of coal miners. He apologized to families who were upset, but it could be seen as much ado about nothing.

“It was total sarcasm. Anybody that knows me is aware of my background. My grandfather saw his brother get crushed in a coal mine. I come from a family of coal miners.”

“It started a tirade, even though it was all tongue-in-cheek.”

How anybody could see Blomquist as anything but a supporter of miners, considering his background, is ludicrous. He couldn’t be disconnected from coal miners if he tried. Blomquist’s comments would be cleared by the censor on Sesame Street when compared to things that appear on bumper stickers focused on coal miners.

“Tons of people have a sticker on their bumper reading, ‘My husband is a coal miner. There’s another sticker that depicts a guy on all fours with his head in a woman’s crotch and reads, ‘a coal miner’s job is never done.’ My comments weren’t crass.” 

When Blomquist made the comments on the air, nobody complained because they could hear the inflection in his voice. “It was when I put it on my blog in print form; that’s when everyone thought I was serious.”

Blomquist is a Cleveland-centric host dealing with issues-based topics in his new role. “From the minute I turned the mic on at WTAM, it felt like home.”

To form his daily show, Blomquist picks the four most important topics of the day. 

“They could range from Bill Cosby doping chicks, Colin Kaepernick not kneeling, something about Deshuwn Watson, or the price of soup. I kind of mold the show around those four topics. I like to get a different mix.” 

It’s somewhat surprising he ended up on the radio at all. When he was young, Blomquist looked at talk radio as dull. He was listening to heavy metal instead of Limbaugh. He wasn’t even aware of some of the big names in the business. 

“I was filling in for a talker in San Antonio. The engineer asked who it was, and I said Joe Pags. He looked at me like he’d just seen Bigfoot. He said, ‘dude, you’re going to be on national radio. That guy is huge.’”

Blomquist wasn’t star-struck.

“We all have egos in this business, but mine is in control. I want to have good shows, to entertain. I’m allergic to manual labor. If I didn’t have this job, I’d find something else.” 

He enjoys what he does. He’s been in the media business since he was 22 and said if something happened and he was no longer on the air, he’d be okay with that.

“If this ends, I’ll be working at Dick’s saying, ‘The kayaks are over there, baseball gloves are over there.’ My job doesn’t define my life. I know I’m not that good, but I work my ass off. I’ve got a three-hour show, and I’ll prepare as though it’s five hours long. I may not be that good, but I’m prepared. The way I talk about things some people aren’t going to like. That’s the way it is. I’m not going in with false information. I’m sure some guys in my position may not believe what they say, but I’m genuine. I’m not going to say something I don’t feel.” 

Blomquist said he’s liberal with some things but certainly a conservative. That doesn’t mean he carries water for anyone. 

“The Trump days are over. I know that pisses off probably 90 percent of my audience, but so be it. I feel the way I feel.”

One personality he respects is Bill Maher. Blomquist said Maher will call out the Left as quickly as he calls out the Right. 

“I think he gets more respect because he doesn’t go with the flow. I’m not going to fluff Trump 24-7. Policy-wise, I agree with him. He’s also abrasive, has a huge ego, and is an ass. Both Trump and Hilary are up there as hated politicians. Trump is number one.” 

Blomquist said his job isn’t to change minds but to put information out there.

“I say this all the time—I’m not saying I’m right, I’m saying how I feel. I think part of that comes from growing up in a small town with bikers, farmers, white-collar workers. Even when I was on television, I hung out with the guys behind the camera.” 

What’s going to define him is what kind of adults his boys will become. Blomquist said his relationships with his sons are varied, but they’re all solid. 

“I have conversations with my eldest son, and they often turn to politics. I tell him I’ve been talking about politics all day and try to find a different topic. The middle one is like Stifler from American Pie and is going to be living with me all his life. I don’t know about the younger one.” 

Blomquist made a rule a long time ago. Brothers can and will have fights, but not in his house. 

“I’m not a browbeater, but I am a disciplinarian. If you lay down the laws early, that’s good. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to give them a whack on the ass every once in a while.”

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Jason Rantz Knew at Early Age Radio Career Was for Him

Rantz said the industry had changed a great deal since he began as a Dodgers-focused intern.

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Jason Rantz was an intern at 15, an unpaid gig at a sports station. He emailed the station out of the blue, asking if they had an internship available. 

“They told me they were developing a show about the Los Angeles Dodgers with an emphasis on kids, how they interacted with the game.”

Rantz said it was sheer luck. “I can’t imagine they were expecting me to do a lot of deep diving. I didn’t get paid; it was probably illegal,” he jokes. 

The Jason Rantz Show airs on 770 KTTH from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays. He’s worn every familiar hat since the internship. Rantz has worked on the producer and content side. From screener to producer to the executive producer of a syndicated show.

He knew radio was what he wanted from early on. 

“I saw entertainers, presenters in a very positive light. It’s all a performance. Our conversations on radio are not the same ones you’s have in real life. People are hopefully drawn to our conversations. Have a level of curiosity.”

Rantz said the industry had changed a great deal since he began as a Dodgers-focused intern.

“In 2022, you have to be able to write, get in front of a camera, carry a show every day,” Rantz explained. “It takes up a good chunk of your life. You sacrifice a lot of your personal time. I know the digital platforms we must use daily hasn’t worked out for a lot of people. Because of digital growth, you’re not longer able to just sit down and talk for three hours. People expect so much more from us now.”

Rantz said it’s about getting your brand, your message across all the time. 

“I do so much on the radio and know it won’t be heard again. It only airs once, and that can be frustrating. It won’t be impactful ever again. That’s why I think the other sources are so important.”

Rantz puts a lot of time into his show, and he develops a daily strategy of hitting home with content. He will write a piece early in the week. Then, give a unique analysis, talk about it on the air, and promote it through television and other platforms. 

“It’s what you have to do to remain successful. People need to think more holistically. Radio in and of itself is no longer the only way to succeed. You need to be involved in podcasts and video.”

If he’s talking about a similar topic on radio, then on the television, he doesn’t alter much. “You do have to tailor it a bit,” Rantz explained, “but I don’t change or edit much, don’t change the tone, delivery, or style.”

When somebody changes any one of those, Rantz said things are no longer authentic. “I’m not going to switch my whole tone to talk to a younger audience,” he said. “It would be quite annoying. A lack of authenticity will drive people away.”

Could he offer the same show in New York as he does in Seattle?

“I think the themes of my shows would translate,” Rantz said. “My philosophy of stories would be the same. My story selection and the stories I gravitate toward would be the same. If I talk about crime in Seattle, I’d do the same in New York. How it affects families, small business owners.”

How is Seattle different from a talk show perspective from Rantz’s hometown of Los Angeles?

“The people are so dissimilar. I think there is a passive-aggressive attitude here in Seattle that I didn’t experience in L.A. We didn’t have as many activists in Los Angeles. The Left is way more aggressive here. But I think that’s changing. It’s much more granular here than you might expect in Los Angeles.”

Rantz thinks geography plays a role in how people view stories, and the competition is much more rigorous in Los Angles.  

When we spoke, Rantz was preparing his afternoon show. The big news of the day was the FBI conducting a search warrant on Mara-Lago. I asked Rantz how he would approach the story later in the day.

“No different from anything else,” Rantz said. “I’ll consume as much as I can from various sources so I can explain what’s going on. Get a sense of reaction, formulate my opinions.”

He filled in for Ben Shapiro on the morning we spoke, so Rantz felt most of his preparation for his own show had already been done. 

“With a solo show, I’m able to pull clips from people I don’t agree with. I can look for a different opinion. Some I will find boring; others will generate a lot of reaction. I’ll see how it’s playing with conservatives and the liberal pundits.”

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CBS Leads al-Zawahri Coverage

Although its weeknight evening news program regularly trails their ABC and NBC counterparts, the network led here with 4.22 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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President Joe Biden announced on Monday, Aug. 1 that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike operation in Kabul. Al-Zawahri and the man he succeeded Osama bin Laden had plotted the deadliest attack ever on American soil — the Sept. 11, 2001 suicide hijackings. 

The president said in that evening address from the White House that U.S. intelligence officials had located al-Zawahri at a home in downtown Kabul where he was hiding out with his family. The president approved the operation in late July and it was carried out on July 31..

The networks aired this special news event on Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Approximately 17.1 million viewers tuned in to Biden’s address. As a slight surprise, the top outlet in coverage among total viewers was CBS. Although its weeknight evening news program regularly trails their ABC and NBC counterparts, the network led here with 4.22 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Also helping CBS was its affiliates’ usual potent syndicated programming in the 7 p.m. hour which, in most markets, is Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight. The same goes for most of ABC’s affiliates with its combo of game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune — the network was close behind CBS with 4.185 million viewers.

NBC trailed its broadcast competition with 2.84 million viewers.

Over on cable, Nielsen did not label Biden’s address as a separate telecast. Therefore, regular programming within that hour was still stated. Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters Primetime easily led cable in the 7 p.m. hour on Aug. 1 with 2.8 million total viewers including 331,000 in the key 25-54 demographic. MSNBC’s “The Reidout” was a distant runner-up on cable news in total viewers with 1.35 million; CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfromt” was second in adults 25-54 (250,000). As indicated in the rankings below, it was this 7-8 p.m. hour that was the week’s most-watched hour overall for CNN, and the week’s top MSNBC hour in the key demo.

As for the other news outlets: Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt Tonight drew 264,000 viewers; CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith 221,000; Fox Business Network’s Kennedy 129,000; and, NewsNation’s On Balance with Leland Vittert 62,000.

Cable news averages for August 1-7, 2022:

Total Day (Aug. 1-7 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.413 million viewers; 199,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.670 million viewers; 78,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.511 million viewers; 101,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.181 million viewers; 54,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.142 million viewers; 36,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.127 million viewers; 17,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.111 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.107 million viewers; 22,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (Aug. 1-6 @ 8-11 p.m.; Aug. 7 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.098 million viewers; 268,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.978 million viewers; 103,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.656 million viewers; 133,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.226 million viewers; 27,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.216 million viewers; 68,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.207 million viewers; 63,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.136 million viewers; 25,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.060 million viewers; 8,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.058 million viewers; 8,000 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. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 8/4/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.300 million viewers

2. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.298 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 8/1/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.198 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 8/1/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.156 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 8/3/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.113 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 8/3/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.112 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.111 million viewers

8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 8/4/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.995 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 8/5/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.892 million viewers

10. Jesse Watters Primetime (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.841 million viewers

25. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 8/1/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.155 million viewers

144. Erin Burnett Outfront (CNN, Mon. 8/1/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.996 million viewers

186. Real Time With Bill Maher “Episode 607” (HBO, Fri. 8/5/2022 10:01 PM, 57 min.) 0.782 million viewers

286. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 8/7/2022 11:00 PM, 35 min.) 0.577 million viewers

329. Forensic Files II “Toxic Environment” (HLN, Sun. 8/7/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.494 million viewers

386. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7214” (TBS, Thu. 8/4/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.380 million viewers

401. The Daily Show (CMDY, Mon. 8/1/2022 11:00 PM, 33 min.) 0.358 million viewers

404. Varney & Company (FBN, Tue. 8/2/2022 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.348 million viewers

465. Shark Tank “Shark Tank 622” (CNBC, Tue. 8/2/2022 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.286 million viewers

551. Deep Water Salvage “(210) Savage Salvage” (TWC, Sun. 8/7/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.232 million viewers

748. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Tue. 8/2/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.161 million viewers

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

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.508 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 8/1/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.478 million adults 25-54

3. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 8/4/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.465 million adults 25-54

4. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 8/1/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.438 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 8/4/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.428 million adults 25-54

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 8/3/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.400 million adults 25-54

7. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.399 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 8/3/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.394 million adults 25-54

9. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 8/5/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.374 million adults 25-54

10. Gutfeld! (FOXNC, Tue. 8/2/2022 11:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.369 million adults 25-54

44. Erin Burnett Outfront (CNN, Mon. 8/1/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.250 million adults 25-54

55. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 8/7/2022 11:00 PM, 35 min.) 0.228 million adults 25-54

77. The Reidout “Biden On Klng Of Al Qaeda Leader 732-739” (MSNBC, Mon. 8/1/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.198 million adults 25-54

99. Forensic Files II “Toxic Environment” (HLN, Sun. 8/7/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.186 million adults 25-54

117. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee “Episode 7214” (TBS, Thu. 8/4/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.165 million adults 25-54

135. The Daily Show (CMDY, Thu. 8/4/2022 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.151 million adults 25-54

178. Real Time With Bill Maher “Episode 607” (HBO, Fri. 8/5/2022 10:01 PM, 57 min.) 0.131 million adults 25-54

245. Shark Tank “Shark Tank 621” (CNBC, Thu. 8/4/2022 11:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.116 million adults 25-54

583. Deep Water Salvage “(210) Savage Salvage” (TWC, Sun. 8/7/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.056 million adults 25-54

790. Varney & Company (FBN, Fri. 8/5/2022 11:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.034 million adults 25-54

816. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Tue. 8/2/2022 6:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.029 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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