Ratings: Five Weeks Of ‘Reliable Sources’ And ‘MediaBuzz’


By Alex Weprin Comment

MediaShowsIt has been five Sundays since Fox News Channel’s new media criticism program “MediaBuzz” debuted, anchored by former CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz.

Seeing as the two programs both air at 11 AM on Sundays, we thought we would check in on where they are stacking up ratings-wise.

Two quick notes: “MediaBuzz” has been getting replays on Sunday afternoons, but for this item, we are just looking at the original 11 AM airings. Likewise, “Reliable Sources” has had a rotating panel of guest-hosts since Kurtz left, which may have affected the ratings one way or another depending on the news of the week and who was hosting.

Since Kurtz’s FNC hosting debut September 8, “MediaBuzz” has averaged 803,000 total viewers and 151,000 adults 25-54. “Reliable Sources” has averaged 497,000 total viewers and 137,000 adults 25-54.

“Reliable” may have taken week one in the demo, but “MediaBuzz” has taken every week since. Will a permanent host on “Reliable” change that trend? We may have to wait and see.