Bob Cesca Believes In Liberal Talk’s Future
“Not a lot of syndicators will take on our kind of show. You don’t find a lot of funny liberals on the radio.”
If you knew a guy who had planned a break-in, held his hand over a flame for a period of time that should sear skin, he’s probably the last guy in the world you’d want to piss off. Bob Cesca was an intern for the Don and Mike Show and worked on the other side of the glass from G. Gordon Liddy, who had his own radio show. Liddy was infamous with a type of parlor trick. He’d hold his hand over a flame for probably 30 seconds before it got to be too much for him.
“When asked what the trick was with the flame, Liddy emotionlessly replied, ‘The ‘trick is not minding.’
Bob Cesca hosts The Bob Cesca Show on the Sexy Liberal Podcast Network.
As an intern at WJFK-FM in 1993, Cesca explained one early morning he was busy getting Buzz Burbank’s news ready to go for the morning show. Liddy did his on the opposite side of the glass
“Even though I disagreed with him on everything, Liddy was a historical figure, the architect of the Watergate break-in. It was still G. Gordon Liddy.”
Cesca was 6’4 and wiry. Liddy had taken to calling Cesca ‘High Pockets.’ “He’d say, ‘Oh, High Pockets is laughing at something over there.”
Buzz Burbank proudly displayed an autographed photo of David Letterman. Liddy came into the studio one day out of the blue, and asked Cesca to take it down. He suggested it was distracting to him.
“I told him the photo wasn’t mine and I could not take it down without Mike’s permission. He made a noise that sounded like a penguin, and waddled away.
He said Letterman’s picture was a smiling idiot.
Cesca told Buzz, Don, and Mike about the photo incident, and that began a feud between the shows.
“To torture Liddy, we came up with an idea for a prank. We made dozens of copies of the photo at different sizes. We cut out the heads and put them all over the building. On walls, in the bathroom, on a Ficus tree. We even put one on the inside of the elevator door at eye level.”
While the prank was fun, Cesca said he pretty much feared for his life from that point on.
“If he came into the urinal while I was there, I think I would have been too scared to pee. I heard he carried a knife.”
Cesca is an extremely creative guy. He came up with the hilarious Alex Jones Puppet Show. He spent 12 years in cartoon animation, doing character voices, and radio bits. Some have been used on Stephanie Miller’s show. Some of the bits he uses on his own show.
“Doing voices has always been part of what I do,” Cesca said. “Somehow, without a whole lot of effort, I was able to conjure Alex Jones’ voice. I don’t think I could have done it when I smoked. Since I quit smoking, it has come a lot easier. Too easy. It’s kind of scary as I find myself walking around my house doing Alex Jones’ voice.”
There are lines that broadcasters cross that listeners might object to. When Cesca started criticizing Alex Jones on his show he got a tidal wave of complaints.
“I’ve been grappling with those types of questions for years,” Cesca said. “Not just my own instincts but the preferences of my audience. People asked me, ‘Bob, why don’t you ignore that person?’ Or, ‘Bob, why do you amplify a guy like Alex Jones?’”
Cesca said it’s his job to debunk what people like Jones say. Cesca believes it’s his duty to ridicule them when the situation warrants. He said blatantly incorrect stories come with a side-effect.
“I’m not amplifying their voices, they already are who they are,” Cesca explained. “To paraphrase John Oliver when people give him heat when he talks about Tucker Carlson–Alex Jones is already famous (or infamous) and nothing he says is going to make him more famous or disliked. At least not with a liberal audience. With Alex Jones, I’m going to ridicule the f—out of this guy. Arming my audience with everything I can. That’s my job.”
Cesca likes to prepare his audience for the real threat of Alex Jones and his ilk. When he was first on Stephanie Miller’s show, he said there was a guy named Dan Bidondi, possibly the dumbest person he’d ever met in politics.
“George Santos is a member of MENSA compared to this guy,” Cesca explained. “We were relentless on him. He said horrendous things. We had him on the show in 2015 where he said he wanted to pack up a truck with C4 and drive into an abortion clinic. That’s the very real threat he represented.”
Cesca is a regular contributor to The Stephanie Miller Show, and writer for The Banter newsletter. Cesca’s show combines funny liberal political talk from podcasters knee-deep in the trenches of the American political debate.
Born in D.C. in 1971, Cesca said he and his family always enjoyed political discourse.
“As far as right-wing talk show hosts go, a lot of them are ex-morning drive guys, pretty much across the board.”
Cesca said a lot of the current Republican news talkers made the transition from FM morning radio to AM conservative talk as a career move that didn’t reflect their values. Some probably figured this was where the money was going since personality-driven radio on FM was dying.
“To make the move in formats many of them adopted the persona of right-wing screechers. When people are not coming from an honest place, that bothers me. They must think that is where the easiest paycheck is for them to stay in the game.”
Cesca said his show is talk radio format with a couple of commercials breaks.
“We play independent music out of breaks for around 40 seconds. In return, I plug their music on the music download sites. At the end of the month, I’ll do a countdown playlist of all the songs I’d played for that month. Indie music has become a staple of my show.”
Cesca said he wouldn’t exist at his current level without the support of Stephanie Miller and income earned through Patreon, a membership platform that provides business tools for content creators to run a subscription service.
“It helps creators and artists earn a monthly income,” Cesca explained. “Because of Patreon, I was able to build a regular income. I’m certainly not wealthy, but I’ve been able to build up a strong subscriber base. I estimate about 1,400 paying subscribers.”
Cesca also explained it’s a great way to stay in touch with subscribers through email blasts. The new format has allowed him to get constructive feedback from listeners.
“We are able to create new connections you couldn’t have before.”
When Cesca worked in cartoons and voicing he said it was always a big challenge to get paid for work already performed. Always a fight chasing after money. Patreon does the ‘dirty work’ for you.
“Without Patreon, you’re always chasing people for revenue, trying to collect from advertisers,” Cesca said. “You never knew if the checks were coming in, always trying to stay alive a little longer. With Patreon I can focus on content and product.”
His parents worked for the federal government.
“Politics wasn’t necessarily something we talked about at the dinner table,” he said. “It was more because of the proximity to D.C. that inspired me to study politics. It could be very addictive. When I was in high school modern punditry was in its infancy with the McLaughlin Group, and Morton Downey Jr.
“I think I knew since I was 10 years-old that I wanted to be on radio. I wasn’t convinced I could do it and my voice hadn’t changed. I hoped it would. I’d watched WKRP in Cincinnati and wanted to do what Johnny Fever was doing.”
His influences include Don Geronimo, who currently hosts the morning show at Big100 in D.C., and he was into the funny guys like David Letterman, Howard Stern, and Saturday Night Live. Cesca attended Kutztown University where he served as editor and chief at The Keystone campus newspaper and hosted the daily morning show at the campus radio station.
When he graduated from Kutztown he went to Reading, PA to work at WEEU, an AM station. After that, it was a gig in Allentown at B104. The program director felt Cesca’s name was ‘too ethnic’ sounding for their demographic.
“He asked me if I had any ideas for a name, but I had nothing,” Cesca said.
The PD said since Cesca was tall, how about Stretch Cunningham? Cesca said he nodded with a straight face because he needed health insurance.
When he first appeared on Stephanie Miller’s show Cesca said they’d talk about stuff he’d written. He would inject his personality into the cast and crew of her show.
“We’d talk about something I tweeted. I wrote for Salon at the time, now I write for Banter, so we talk about that stuff. There is a strong rapport between the two with a lot of things in common. Stephanie is a great broadcaster. I feel liberal talk radio could be more successful than it is. If more talk shows took on Stephanie Miller’s humor and entertainment, we might see more.”
Cesca said what he and Stephanie have most in common is the way they construct their individual shows.
“We both come from a morning radio background, which is rare in liberal podcasting.”
He said Stephanie Miller not only has a sizable audience, she has the most loyal audience Cesca has ever seen. When she tells her audience to do something, they do.
“Before going on her show I had a decent sized audience,” Cesca explained. “Once I was endorsed by Stephanie it was a huge boost to my show. I’d say a seventy-five percent increase. Absolutely invaluable. I don’t know if I’d have had the same longevity as I’ve had without her.”
Both are sort of old school. Miller does a lot of sound effects, drop ins. The two will freely exchange the funniest ones.
“She might ask me for something I’ve used. We have an ongoing content exchange.”
Why can’t we get more shows like Cesca’s and Miller’s?
“I think it’s because of a number of things,” Cesca began. “Not a lot of syndicators will take on our kind of show. You don’t find a lot of funny liberals on the radio. Air America took a shot at it with Marc Maron and Al Franken.”
On terrestrial radio, Cesca said he thinks it was a concern that being flippant about serious issues would turn off a liberal audience.
Regarding his on-air persona, Cesca has taken a nuanced approach.
“I’m not always a rah-rah, go team guy. I approach everything on a case by case basis. I mix news with silly bits.”
How important is it to include humor in a show?
“I think it’s a little more important to Stephanie than it is to me,” Cesca explained. “First, she’s funnier than I am. Our personalities tend to drive the more comedic aspect of content
. I think it’s extraordinarily important. I have to do my show within my own form, my own jokes, reflections of my personality. Doing what comes naturally to me.”
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Trump vs DeSantis Talk in 2023? You’re Wasting Your Listener’s Time
“I could scan local TV stations, newspaper websites and blogs and find more compelling stories with a more immediate and local impact in less than five minutes.”
I’m already tired.
No, not because I’m a morning show host who’s about to wrap up the week. I’m tired because it’s only March of 2023 and half of what I see on Twitter is Trump vs. DeSantis trolls going after each other.
Make. It. Stop.
OK, I can’t do that.
Although I guess I could stop following certain people on the platform, but that’s an option for another day.
But as it pertains to talk radio, before thinking this is a great Topic A or B for a show, let’s actually dissect whether or not this makes any sense to discuss at length.
First off, conservatives are usually the ones more likely to rightly point out that Twitter, and the rest of social media, is not real life. But for too many on Twitter, and elsewhere, they aren’t taking their own advice on this issue. It’s wildly hypocritical.
Granted, some of them are employed by either side, but most are not, and it’s exhausting to open up a social media app and see this back and forth with still one year to go until most primaries take place.
However, more importantly, as it pertains to local talk radio, there’s very little value in bringing any of this to your talk show in March of 2023. Walk around your community, do you really think the water cooler conversations are about Donald Trump vs. Ron DeSantis? I would guess that’s highly unlikely unless you work at the RNC or you’re a landscaper at Mar-A-Lago.
I could scan local TV stations, newspaper websites and blogs and find more compelling stories with a more immediate and local impact in less than five minutes. It might be more work from a topic development standpoint, but it’s doing the service that your audience expects of you as a local host. Plus, who wants to spend the next 12 months debating this nonsense?
Count me out.
That day will come as the 2024 election draws near, the storylines build and it becomes of more interest to the audience. But this week we just hit the first day of spring… in 2023!
On top of that, this topic is very likely to divide much of your audience earlier than you need to. What’s the benefit of that? Once again, that day may come, although who really knows what the next several months could bring?
If there’s anything we should know living through and covering the last few years of news, it’s to expect the unexpected. What we think will happen 12 months from now is almost guaranteed to not actually be the case.
So let’s go down the three-point check-list here:
- It’s not local or incredibly topical for most people right now
- It’s an audience divider
- The landscape isn’t guaranteed to look the same in 12 months
In this case, we can check off all three of those items with confidence.
So while national politics will likely always be blended into a multi-hour show, when appropriate, there’s absolutely no point in doing deep dives or taking multiple segments of callers on this topic at this point and time. It’s going to be a tune-out for most.
Plus, spare yourself the pain this early. And trust me, it will be painful when the time comes. At some point, you’ll be longing for the simpler days of March 2023.
Pete Mundo is the morning show host and program director for KCMO in Kansas City. Previously, he was a fill-in host nationally on FOX News Radio and CBS Sports Radio, while anchoring for WFAN, WCBS News Radio 880, and Bloomberg Radio. Pete was also the sports and news director for Omni Media Group at K-1O1/Z-92 in Woodward, Oklahoma. He’s also the owner of the Big 12-focused digital media outlet Heartland College Sports. To interact, find him on Twitter @PeteMundo.
Make Your AM Radio Content Necessary And Don’t Hope For A Government Bailout
If there is something so crucial to the mix, why have and why do AM signals regularly cross their content over to an FM signal?
Let us venture back to the business of radio. The fate of AM radio in cars is once again creating a buzz, a buzz electric car makers say is one of the reasons they’re not putting the AM band in their new EVs.
Apparently, the electric components in the EVs create static interference, making the AM signal unintelligible and useless.
On its face, that makes some sense to me. Plus, I know nothing of frequencies or signals and not much more about intricate technology.
So, I don’t see what the big deal really is if some cars don’t have AM radios. Some boats don’t, most tractors either, haven’t seen one on a horse lately.
I do not want nor do I advocate the elimination, disappearance, reduction of services or personnel connected to AM radio. I currently work in AM and FM radio, why would I support the demise of the AM signal? But can we be real, can we be accurate here?
Look around, it’s already begun. Volkswagen, Audi, Tesla, and Porsche have already pulled or will be pulling AM radio from their electric vehicles. Ford’s F150 Lightning and next year’s Mustang will also be minus the AM band.
From a business standpoint, I would assume the market for cars — as for many things — is largely directed towards the emerging as well as the current consumer. What do they want and what do they make use of? I think it’s fair to assume that a lot of people are or will be looking for EVs.
How many will be looking for or want AM radios in those cars?
The broadcast industry would be better served if they looked for the answer to that question.
Besides, what does AM have to offer at this point that FM does not? What is it that AM can do under these conditions that FM cannot?
The broadcast pharaohs and their political fronts say we must maintain the presence of AM radio in cars, even electric cars, because when it comes down to it, AM radio will be the source of moment by moment information when disaster strikes.
This week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) announced his multi-pronged plan aimed at keeping AM in all vehicles. Along with urging automakers to go along, Gottheimer has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to add AM radio to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.”
According to his website, that move would “require all automakers, EV included, to have AM radio as a stock feature in their vehicles.”
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) launched similar measures last year.
Let’s go back to the question: what can AM do that the FM cannot? And if there is something so crucial to the mix, why have and why do AM signals regularly cross their content over to an FM signal? More news, talk, sports, whatever pops up on the FM all the time. It’s already a haven for spoken word broadcast (I just love working in the term spoken word wherever I can).
In case of emergency and disaster, would an FM station not do what an AM brand would? If the tornado or missiles are heading our way would the FM just keep playing Lizzo and Dua Lipa? Will the Giants game go on uninterrupted while we drive along in ignorance?
If emergency information is on the AM only and not on the FM there’s only one reason that can be; the people in charge are not putting it there.
Listen to 1010 WINS in New York City at 1010 AM and then 92.3 FM, notice a difference? Where are you finding WTOP or KNX these days? Why? Maybe it all sounds better.
This is an old argument with an evergreen answer, these were studied, calculated business moves.
The idea? To find and attract as many listeners as possible.
Where do you put your best people, your best content? Where they are accessible, yes? Where an audience is likely to look for and find them, right? It’s hard to make them go looking for it.
For a radio, AM/FM or otherwise to be of any use, to do any good at all, it has to be on.
Look, there is no shame in wanting to keep AM radio from going away. It’s perfectly understandable. I have a 1941 Zenith upright in my living room. I love the way it looks plus it gets AM, FM and occasionally the drive thru at Arby’s.
But I also have an Alexa, a Bose, and I don’t know how many channels to watch and stream on my TV. I mean, unless you’re driving the overnight long-haul route to Butte, how many of us have CB radios in our cars? Or 8-track, cassette or CD players?
Try and buy a new car with a standard transmission. Most things in life have a generational shelf life. For now, the AM listeners are still in their cars, they’re certainly not at home.
But that will continue to change, at minimum it will evolve.
So how much effort and expense are we going to put forth to try and convince people they want something they obviously do not or prove to them they need something they don’t think they do?
Convince me. Convince them.
Bill Zito has devoted most of his work efforts to broadcast news since 1999. He made the career switch after serving a dozen years as a police officer on both coasts. Splitting the time between Radio and TV, he’s worked for ABC News and Fox News, News 12 New York , The Weather Channel and KIRO and KOMO in Seattle. He writes, edits and anchors for Audacy’s WTIC-AM in Hartford and lives in New England. You can find him on Twitter @BillZitoNEWS.
Cable News Channels Saw Massive Spikes During Alex Murdaugh Verdict
Even the prime time lineup of nascent news outlet NewsNation got a sizable bounce, especially for “Cuomo”, which achieved its most-watched edition in total viewers, to-date.
The Alex Murdaugh double-murder trial came to a conclusion on the evening of Thursday Mar. 2, Murdaugh, a member of a prominent South Carolina family and former attorney, was found guilty of shooting and killing both his wife Maggie and their youngest son Paul at their residence, and cable news outlets benefited greatly.
The court case that riveted the nation throughout the month of February was, of course, covered by many news outlets including broadcast and cable news as well as the various syndicated newsmagazines like Inside Edition and TMZ.
Leading the pack in cable news coverage was Fox News Channel. Normally topping the 7-8 p.m. hour with Jesse Watters Primetime on this night that hour delivered 3.51 million total viewers including 443,000 within the key 25-64 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. A far distant runner-up in total audience was MSNBC with 1.37 million; in adults 25-54, CNN (243,000) was closest to FNC among cable networks.
All three outlets drew at well above-average levels within the 7 p.m. hour and the few hours afterwards due to the verdict, as the following percentage increases show in comparison to their prior week (Feb. 20-24, 2023) returns:
Fox News Channel
- Jesse Watters Primetime (7-8 p.m.): 3.511 million viewers (+32%); 443,000 adults 25-54 (+65%)
- Tucker Carlson Tonight (8-9 p.m.): 3.346 million viewers (+9%); 449,000 adults 25-54 (+15%)
- Hannity (9-10 p.m.): 2.852 million viewers (+18%); 404,000 adults 25-54 (+37%)
- The Reidout (7-8 p.m.): 1.373 million viewers (+24%); 156,000 adults 25-54 (+42%)
- All In with Chris Hayes (8-9 p.m.): 1.515 million viewers (+39%); 153,000 adults 25-54 (+53%) (for Feb. 20-24, MSNBC aired nightly hourlong specials in the 8-9 p.m.slot marking the one-year anniversary of Russian’s invasion of Ukraine)
- Alex Wagner Tonight (9-10 p.m.): 1.317 million viewers (+6%); 145,000 adults 25-54 (+26%)
- Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (10-11 p.m.): 1.544 viewers (+15%) viewers; 118,000 adults 25-54 (-9%)
- Erin Burnett Outfront (7-8 p.m.): 1.130 million viewers (+89%); 243,000 adults 25-54 (+91%)
- Anderson Cooper 360 (8-9 p.m.): 1.183 million viewers (+79%); 191,000 adults 25-54 (+48%)
Even the prime time lineup of nascent news outlet NewsNation got a sizable bounce, especially for “Cuomo”, which achieved its most-watched edition in total viewers, to-date.
- On Balance with Leland Vittert (7-8 p.m.): 123,000 viewers (+146%); 44,000 adults 25-54 (+389%)
- Cuomo (8-9 p.m.): 231,000 viewers (+116%); 49,000 adults 25-54 (+227%)
- Dan Abrams Live (9-10 p.m.): 160,000 viewers (+44%); 29,000 adults 25-54 (+32%)
- Banfield (10-11 p.m.): 180,000 viewers (+82%); 40,000 adults 25-54 (+135%)
CBS was the lone broadcast network whose breaking news coverage of the Murdaugh verdict was published by Nielsen. It delivered 3.824 million viewers from 7:04-7:14 p.m. Eastern; that night’s edition of the CBS Evening News which preceded the special report on many CBS affiliates in the Eastern and Central time zones had drawn 5.11 million.
Cable news averages for February 27-March 5, 2023:
Total Day (Feb. 27-Mar. 5 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)
- Fox News Channel: 1.375 million viewers; 177,000 adults 25-54
- MSNBC: 0.693 million viewers; 76,000 adults 25-54
- CNN: 0.446 million viewers; 84,000 adults 25-54
- HLN: 0.148 million viewers; 38,000 adults 25-54
- CNBC: 0.114 million viewers; 26,000 adults 25-54
- Fox Business Network: 0.114 million viewers; 12,000 adults 25-54
- The Weather Channel: 0.109 million viewers; 19,000 adults 25-54
- Newsmax: 0.092 million viewers; 9,000 adults 25-54
Prime Time (Feb. 27-Mar. 4 @ 8-11 p.m.; Mar. 5 @ 7-11 p.m.)
- Fox News Channel: 2.087 million viewers; 253,000 adults 25-54
- MSNBC: 1.130 million viewers; 106,000 adults 25-54
- CNN: 0.530 million viewers; 105,000 adults 25-54
- HLN: 0.203 million viewers; 48,000 adults 25-54
- CNBC: 0.159 million viewers; 43,000 adults 25-54
- The Weather Channel: 0.134 million viewers; 21,000 adults 25-54
- NewsNation: 0.115 million viewers; 22,000 adults 25-54
- Newsmax: 0.099 million viewers; 14,000 adults 25-54
- Fox Business Network: 0.061 million viewers; 12,000 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. Jesse Watters Primetime (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.511 million viewers
2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.346 million viewers
3. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 2/27/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.313 million viewers
4. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.189 million viewers
5. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/1/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.133 million viewers
6. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 2/28/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.087 million viewers
7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 2/27/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.076 million viewers
8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 2/28/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.009 million viewers
9. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 3/1/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.943 million viewers
10. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 3/3/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.899 million viewers
21. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 2/27/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.383 million viewers
120. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, Thu. 3/2/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.183 million viewers
181. Real Time With Bill Maher “Episode 626” (HBO, Fri. 3/3/2023 10:00 PM, 57 min.) 0.738 million viewers
360. The Daily Show “Mar 1, 23 – Hasan Minhaj” (CMDY, Wed. 3/1/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.378 million viewers
375. Varney & Company (FBN, Thu. 3/2/2023 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.344 million viewers
379. Highway Thru Hell “(1108) Deep Freeze” (TWC, Sun. 3/5/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.335 million viewers
424. Forensic Files (HLN, late Sat. 3/4/2023 12:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.269 million viewers
425. Fast Money Halftime Report (CNBC, Tue. 2/28/2023 12:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.268 million viewers
460. Cuomo “Alex Murdaugh Verdict” (NWSN, Thu. 3/2/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.231 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, Wed. 3/1/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.459 million adults 25-54
2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.449 million adults 25-54
3. Jesse Watters Primetime (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.443 million adults 25-54
4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 2/27/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.417 million adults 25-54
5. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.404 million adults 25-54
6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 2/28/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.403 million adults 25-54
7. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/2/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.362 million adults 25-54
8. Jesse Watters Primetime (FOXNC, Mon. 2/27/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.359 million adults 25-54
9. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 2/27/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.351 million adults 25-54
10. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/1/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.340 million adults 25-54
29. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 2/27/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.263 million adults 25-54
32. Erin Burnett Outfront (CNN, Thu. 3/2/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.243 million adults 25-54
105. The Daily Show “Mar 1, 23 – Hasan Minhaj” (CMDY, Wed. 3/1/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.154 million adults 25-54
145. Real Time With Bill Maher “Episode 626” (HBO, Fri. 3/3/2023 10:00 PM, 57 min.) 0.124 million adults 25-54
241. Forensic Files (HLN, late Wed. 3/1/2023 2:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.094 million adults 25-54
342. Shark Tank “Shark Tank 713” (CNBC, Thu. 3/2/2023 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.072 million adults 25-54
385. Weather Underground (TWC, Fri. 3/3/2023 2:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.064 million adults 25-54
487. Cuomo “Alex Murdaugh Verdict” (NWSN, Thu. 3/2/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.049 million adults 25-54
609. Mornings with Maria Bartiromo (FBN, Mon. 2/27/2023 8:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.034 million adults 25-54
Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research
Douglas Pucci is a Bronx native and NYU graduate analyzing news television ratings for Barrett News Media. He did an internship at VH1’s “Pop Up Video” in 1997. After college, Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He has worked alongside media industry observer Marc Berman for over a decade reporting on all things television, first at Cross MediaWorks from 2011-15 then at Programming Insider since 2016. Pucci also contributed to the sports website Awful Announcing. Read more: https://programminginsider.com/author/douglas/