News briefs …

News Briefs and Thoughts

The explosion of Russia diplomats from so many countries (18 European countries yesterday) is not getting the news play it should. The world is lining up against Putin.

Retired Justice Stevens coming out yesterday saying the 2nd amendment should be repealed is yet another example of the failure of a Bush presidency. He was appointed by Bush 41. How come Obama and Clinton appointees never take a conservative stand?

The WSJ reports that AG Sessions is  “angry” with the FBI for being slow to respond for congressional requests for documents regarding “the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe”.
Really? You are the AG do something.

So Orange County, California takes a vote to go against the state’s sanctuary state stand. One of the bastions of conservatism in the state (though the county voted for Hillary) is taking a stand. The polls say most citizens are against sanctuary states and cities. This could be a bell weather issue for Republicans trying to hold seats in 2018.

Speaking of the elections remember months ago we reported that we believe Paul Ryan will not run for reelection? We believe it stronger today with the reports beginning to break on it.

Not much coverage of this so maybe you didn’t see it.The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to a new trade deal that promises to boost America auto exports and limit imports of Korean steel. Think of this in light of the tariffs announced a few weeks ago.
Did the MSM give the administration praise?

The controversy about the 2020 census is all about money and voting. By asking about citizen status conservatives hope many will not answer anything. The lower the population, the less money each state gets. Then add this  — population decides congressional districts. The more uncounted in Democratic areas makes it better for conservative areas.
Now before the MSM gets too high and mighty they better check what Obama did in 2010 with that census. He moved it from under the Commerce Department to his Chief of Staff (Rahm Emanuel) to run.

We saw this story and had not heard it anywhere. Did you?
“Kenneth Glasgow, 52, who claims to be Al Sharpton’s half-brother, and Jaime Townes, 26, were arrested after police found Breunia Jennings, 23, dead in a wrecked car Sunday night around 10:50 p.m.
News of Jennings’ death came shortly after Glasgow’s ministry group, Ordinary People Society, participated in the anti-gun March for Our Lives last weekend.
Glasgow is Sharpton’s half-brother, and he has referred to himself as “Rev. Kenny Sharpton Glasgow”.  He  has been involved in “community movements” after he served time for a drug conviction in the 1980s and has met with Democratic leaders like former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Police announced in a news conference Monday that they think Townes had a motive for killing Jennings because he was angry at her after thinking that she stole his car”.

Another unreported story. Remember the heat Trump took on Sweden?
Well new crime statistics for 2017 released this week showed rapes and fatal violence had both increased.  “The number of cases 2017 is the highest level of reported cases of fatal violence since 2002 when Brå began to compile statistics,” the organization reported.
They also reported a ten per cent in the number of rapes reported for a total of 7,370 cases in 2017.
One more number. Shootings in Sweden have also dramatically increased in recent years, with local police blaming a rise in criminal gang violence.

Ratings

                                   Total Viewers SATURDAY.  
MSNBC won 11-8 covering the gun march. Fox won the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.067 | CNN: 833 |  MSNBC: 1.135 | HLN: 285
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.528 | CNN: 751 | MSNBC: 1.125 | HLN: 356
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
731
NwsHQ:
891
NwsHQ:
737
Report:
859
Watters:
1.522
Pirro:
1.774
Gutfeld:
1.287
Watters:
949
CNN Nwsrm:
1.074
Nwsrm:
1.001
Nwsrm:
748
VanJones:
813
Burnett:
811
Burnett:
746
Sex:
698
Bourdain:
536
MSNBC Melvin:
1.507
Joy:
1.374
Ari:
1.173
Matthews:
1.210
Matthews:
1.132
O’Donnell:
1.131
Ari:
1.113
Matthews:
865
HLN Files:
258
Files:
290
Files:
305
Files:
344
Files:
370
Files:
362
Files:
336
Files:
404

                                    Total Viewers SUNDAY.
CNN with series documentaries on Kennedy and the Pope wins again.

  • Total day: FNC: 905 | CNN: 839 | MSNBC: 655 | HLN: 284
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.053 | CNN: 1.178 | MSNBC: 661 | HLN: 302
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
662
Gutfeld:
617
Report:
707
FNSunday:
774
LgndsLies:
1.084
Hilton:
1.043
Levin:
1.032
LgndsLies:
579
CNN Nwsrm:
772
Nwsrm:
796
Nwsrm:
768
Nwsrm:
761
Nwsrm:
982
Kennedys:
1.548
Pope:
1.005
Kennedys:
671
MSNBC News:
691
News:
768
MTP:
890
KasieDC:
692
KasieDC:
784
Hope&Fury:
610
Cont.:
589
DatelineXtra:
405
HLN Files:
331
Files:
326
Files:
304
DthRow:
309
DthRow:
310
Killer:
330
DthRow:
268
DthRow:
324

Total Viewers MONDAY. Fox edges MSNBC as they spilt 4-11 time slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.632 | CNN: 864 | MSNBC: 1.364 | HLN: 176
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.648 | CNN: 1.247 | MSNBC: 2.437 | HLN: 241
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.206
Five:
2.119
Baier:
2.096
MacCallum:
1.990
Carlson:
2.902
Hannity:
2.868
Ingraham:
2.173
Bream:
1.472
CNN Tapper:
809
Blitzer:
786
Blitzer:
929
Burnett:
967
Cooper:
1.210
Cooper:
1.383
Lemon:
1.145
Lemon:
828
MSNBC Wallace:
1.373
MTPDaily:
1.397
Melber:
1.569
Matthews:
1.895
Hayes:
1.985
Maddow:
2.947
O’Donnell:
2.380
Wlms:
1.751
HLN Michaela:
59
Cupp:
53
Banfield:
103
Banfield:
135
Killer:
217
Killer:
262
Files:
245
Files:
332

Top 5 basic cable networks for week of March 19:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time 

  1. TBS (3,134,000)
  2. Fox News (2,293,000)
  3. MSNBC (2,020,000)
  4. HGTV (1,509,000)
  5. USA (1,429,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day 

  1. Fox News (1,361,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,126,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (962,000)
  4. TBS (940,000)
  5. CNN (821,000)

Business

Fox Business Lou Dobbs Tonight continued its reign as the most-watched program in business news, delivering 316,000 total viewers.

Marking 44 consecutive weeks as the most-watched market program on television, Varney & Co once again won its hour, and Cavuto Coast to Coast anchored by Neil Cavuto also ranked in the top three most-watch business programs for the week, averaging 214,000 total viewers.

Business Day: 

FBN: 224,000 total viewers

CNBC: 197,000 total viewers

Market Hours:

FBN: 232,000 total viewers

CNBC: 200,000 total viewers

Evening News Numbers for the week of Mar. 19, 2018:

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,003,000 8,697,000 6,924,000

Morning News averages for the week of March 19:

  • Total Viewers:     ABC: 4.292M / NBC:  4.086M / CBS: 3.421M
 

Storm Clouds ……..

Storm Clouds

What are we missing on this Stormy Daniels story? We see it as a former porn star playing the media to get money for a consensual affair that she says was one time in 2006.  She got paid $130,000 to not talk about it, but then Trump won. Now she sees a way to add a zero to the back of that and wants to talk about it? Why? She says her reputation was being besmirched.
Really? Your reputation? Didn’t that go with the enhancements you added, roles you played and choices you made years ago? Didn’t that go when you decided to sleep with Trump 12 years ago? And, reputation to who? Who knew who you were before you started speaking out? You think Stormy Daniels was a household name? In who’s house?

You will see — er — we mean, hear a lot from her the next month as the MSM plays her up. We repeat, the same MSM that saw no relevance in the stories of the Clinton accusers sees all truth from Stormy. Sorry we don’t. We see why Stormy was in the job she was.

This is not a  defense of Donald Trump. He made his choices and must live with the consequences of them. But a consensual relationship between him and Stormy (and likely a dozen others) is his issue and Melania’s. It’s not ours. What he does as President is.

The March for Our Lives

The theory is the next generation has found its voice, cause and issue. Maybe so, and limits on weapons of mass killing might be the right one. But please, stop with the falsehood that this will solve the school shooting issue. It is a piece, as the incident in Maryland proved last week. It is a total action that is necessary to protect our children and grandchildren. Even if the MSM doesn’t want to cover or say it, we need to yell it loud. Our children need us.
All the proof you need is the speech at the rally by the student who paused in silence for six minutes and twenty seconds. That was, she said, to mark the time the shooter had to do his deed. Exactly our point. The shooter in Maryland had seconds with a handgun because someone was there to stop him. What would he have done with six minutes and twenty seconds?

Trump Lawyers

Is anything easy with this President? Now the two lawyers he hired to replace John Dowd for his defense against the Mueller probe have resigned. Why? They had a conflict in the case because they were defending someone else. Does anyone know what they are doing at the WH?

International Affairs

No, not the Stormy Daniels kind in the dossier, these real events that impact us and the world.

First, the President has expelled 60 Russian diplomats in support of the English and the horrific poisoning attack in their land. The attacks and counter attacks with Russia are building as Putin becomes more and more dangerous on the world stage.

Second, did you see that the Chinese are sitting to discuss the tariffs imposed? If Trump can get these in place without a world wide counter then we will have avoided a very dangerous situation. Let’s hope so.

Last, as the pressure builds in the US with Mueller and Stormy, keep an eye on world events. Let’s hope there is not actions taken to divert news coverage. With Bolton joining the team the recommendations will be bolder. Keep a watch.

The Ratings

Check the numbers below for Thursday. Fox edges MSNBC and CNN pulls in double its normal audience.  Why? Anderson Cooper had his interview with the Playboy Bunny who was talking her relationship with Trump. Sex sells and you can expect more and more stories to emerge.

Total Viewers  THUSDAY.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.616 | CNN: 1.020 | MSNBC: 1.366 | HLN: 213
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.588 | CNN: 1.956 | MSNBC: 2.400 | HLN: 239
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.169
Five:
1.925
Baier:
2.068
MacCallum:
2.059
Carlson:
2.693
Hannity:
2.919
Ingraham:
2.147
Bream:
1.338
CNN Tapper:
995
Blitzer:
1.031
Blitzer:
1.071
Burnett:
1.195
Cooper:
2.214
Cooper:
2.295
Tonight:
1.351
Tonight:
875
MSNBC Wallace:
1.254
MTPDaily:
1.382
Melber:
1.570
Matthews:
1.792
Hayes:
1.951
Maddow:
2.981
O’Donnell:
2.268
Wlms:
1.660
HLN Michaela:
94
Cupp:
64
Banfield:
113
Banfield:
174
Files:
193
Files:
257
Files:
267
Files:
351

Issues and Thoughts …

There used to be a TV news show entitled “The Week That Was”.
Well, now we have Trump and the MSM. Every week is a week that was.
This was just another tumultuous one in Trump’s Washington and across America. Look at the activity:

There was a bomber in Texas, who blew himself up when cornered. The MSM covered this extensively, initially speculating it was racial bias. It wasn’t, and with no AR15 used they had to cover a crazed person story.

A school shooter in Maryland, who used a handgun,  was killed by a security officer on campus — but it got little coverage. It did not fit the MSM narrative for extensive coverage. Imagine, a hero officer on site! Nothing to cover there.

Facebook had people use its data, much of the same data they sell to research companies, but wait, the company had a connection to Trump. “Collusion” says the MSM. After all, there has to be a reason Hillary lost.

First a porn star, now a former Playboy Playmate want to tell Donald Trump stories. As long as the media is paying for appearances expect more to come out. The MSM loves it. The blue dress and charges of rape in the 90’s White House? The media knew they were bimbo’s. Now these wholesome women taken advantage of by Donald Trump are the story.

Someone leaked the private message from the security agencies to Trump not to congratulate Putin. Trump did anyway. We bet it was a layover Obama appointee, but the MSM “knows” it had to be a disgruntled Trump one.

Because of the leak, a cult media arose saying Putin has some dirt on Trump, led by John Brennan, former CIA head under Obama. MSNBC was wall to wall with this.

Trump went on the road and called for the death penalty for drug dealers. It will never happen, or even be voted on, but made for good TV and liberal shock.

With funding running out to keep the government afloat, the Dem and Rep leaders in the house and senate made a deal.
It funded everything, except the wall. Now neither Congress nor Mexico wants to fund it.
The loser? The deficit. Does anyone care about the deficit anymore?

Joe Biden said he would have taken Trump behind the high school wall and beaten him up. Trump said not then, nor now,  could that have happened. It gave the MSM a chance to tout Biden and talk about the 2020 race.

Trump’s tariffs moved to implementation by weeks end. The stock market reacted and tumbled and tumbled and then some more.

Overnight the Chinese reacted with 128 products they will target for tariffs. Among them, Pork, wine, fruit and steel. If they follow through, the stock market will react again as it did Thursday. In the interim watch the news media cover the stare down and pass blame for the market decline. Forget the 30+% growth, the decline belongs to Trump.

The President’s lead lawyer quit. The same person who called for an end to the Mueller probe earlier in the week. Well, something ended, but it was his time on the case. The MSM saw it as just more turmoil in the WH and trying to protect Trump.

The Fed raised its rates and promised more to come. The market sank some more.

It turns out that Andrew McCabe, fired by Jeff Sessions for not telling all, was the one who investigated Sessions for the same after his congressional hearing. The MSM tried to tie the two together.

Then last night it was announced that HR McMaster is leaving his position as head of the NSC. Just more turnover in this turnover administration; or maybe he was the leaker earlier in the week? In either case, John Bolton, the far right replacement will be the third NSC head in the first 14 months. The MSM is going to have a lot to say about Bolton.

All this and we have today  to go. There is much more in a Trump week and you must be wired in all the time or you miss the show.

Two Poll Results

One, the Rasmussen poll, said there are 68 Republican Congressional Seats that are in possible danger in 2018. Remember, 23 make Nancy Pelosi speaker. They categorized the 68 this way:

  • 28 Republican seats are at a high level of risk.
  • 14 are “moderately competitive” and lean Republican.
  • 26 others could be at risk depending on the “political environment” in the fall.The second poll was a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
    Look at these results regarding school safety.
    –  About 75 percent of adults say they want armed security guards in school.
    – 53 percent are in favor of publicly funding gun classes for teachers and school personnel.
    – 45 percent say school staff should be encouraged to carry a weapon.
    – 91 percent say anyone with a history of mental illness should be banned from owning a gun.
    – 84 percent of Republicans believe people on the “no-fly” list should be banned from gun ownership
    – 83 percent are in favor of expanding background checks.
    – A majority of Republicans also say that assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips should be outlawed.
What? Stop arresting illegals?

Here’s the story this AM in a Washington newspaper:

“Civil rights groups said Wednesday that sanctuary city policies aren’t enough to thwart President Trump and called on state and local governments to stop enforcing what they deemed low-level crimes in order to keep immigrants off the Trump administration’s radar altogether.

A report for the Century Foundation, a liberal think tank, and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says that even in places where localities have refused to cooperate with deportation efforts, illegal immigrants are spotted by federal authorities when they show up in databases after arrests.

The answer, the groups said, is for local police to stop arresting immigrants — particularly those who are also racial, religious or sexual minorities — with crimes such as drug offenses, driving without a license, larceny and trespassing”.

There’s more.

“Another option is to reduce criminal penalties so legal immigrants convicted of offenses don’t rise to the level of being targets for deportation, the advocates said.

Denver has already done just that by cutting the sentences for some offenses to a maximum of 364 days rather than a full year. That change of a single day drops those offenders lower on the federal deportation priority list.”

This story doesn’t even deserve a comment. Imagine these liberal groups caring less about the safety of you and your family and more about the criminal who also happens to also be illegally here.

The Ratings

Total Viewers TUESDAY. Fox back on top with a large viewer night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.847 | CNN: 956 | MSNBC: 1.458 | HLN: 217
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.026 | CNN: 1.233 | MSNBC: 2.570 | HLN: 253
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.530
Five:
2.231
Baier:
2.190
MacCallum:
2.181
Carlson:
2.891
Hannity:
3.461
Ingraham:
2.725
Bream:
1.663
CNN Tapper:
1065
Blitzer:
1025
Blitzer:
1003
Burnett:
1135
Cooper:
1267
Cooper:
1247
Tonight:
1181
Tonight:
850
MSNBC Wallace:
1.369
MTPDaily:
1.503
Melber:
1.669
Matthews:
1.892
Hayes:
2.197
Maddow:
3.168
O’Donnell:
2.346
Wlms:
1.838
HLN Michaela:
126
Cupp:
57
Banfield:
107
Banfield:
133
DthRow:
161
Files:
261
Files:
337
Files:
425

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins night with big numbers for all.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.890 | CNN: 1004 | MSNBC: 1.479 | HLN: 224
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.921 | CNN: 1.359 | MSNBC: 2.582 | HLN: 293
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.664
Five:
2.414
Baier:
2.373
MacCallum:
2.285
Carlson:
3.076
Hannity:
3.251
Ingraham:
2.433
Bream:
1.521
CNN Tapper:
1.198
Blitzer:
1.192
Blitzer:
1.051
Burnett:
1.176
Cooper:
1.453
Cooper:
1.347
Tonight:
1.273
Tonight:
937
MSNBC Wallace:
1.440
MTPDaily:
1.541
Melber:
1.673
Matthews:
1.788
Hayes:
2.132
Maddow:
3.102
O’Donnell:
2.513
Wlms:
1.635
HLN Michaela:
82
Cupp:
63
Banfield:
115
Banfield:
155
Files:
241
Files:
306
Files:
333
Files:
387

 

In The News……

In The News:

The last 36 hours of coverage have been about the Austin Bomber and the Trump women (those claiming to have had relations with him). The Austin bomber deserved the coverage, and with his demise this AM we are as anxious as any to understand why he did this. It’s nice to see the MSM praise the police for once. They normally only cover negative police stories.

On the Trump woman, we still say we don’t care. Whatever he did, in consensual relationships, before he was President is not our business. It is Melania’s, not ours. Why the coverage we don’t understand, well maybe we do, it’s Trump. If anyone thought he was a choir boy before, then you lived in a bubble. If he doing anything in the oval office on my dime, I want to know. As far as we hear, he has been texting and not leaving stains on blue dresses.
Plus since he has not accepted a pay check, we don’t care about ten years ago.
Here’s a poll released on this. Notice who now think that private sex lives of a consensual nature are important.
49 percent overall say these allegations are of “very little importance to the nation”; 68 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 24 percent of Democrats agree.
19 percent overall say they are of “great importance”; 10 percent of Republicans, 13 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats.

A Story Undercovered:

Why has the Baltimore school shooting received little to no coverage? A student showed up at school with a handgun ready to kill. If he had killed ten the coverage would have been enormous. Is it because an officer in the school took out the potential killer? Is it because an armed person in the school prevented a blood bath? Shouldn’t that be big news? Others are alive because we had an armed guard at the school. Why is that not big news? Does it not fit a narrative the MSM wants?
The solution to school shootings is multi faceted as we have outlined numerous times. An armed guard at the school is one. You can’t wait seven minutes for police to arrive. You need immediate action. This shooting illustrates that again.
A 17 year old should not have a gun. We all agree. But if they do and show up, a trained security should be there to take them out. If the media would cover this as much as it would have if many died, and let kids know other schools have the same security, we would see less attacks.
A story missed.

Ralph Peters leaves Fox and Blasts the station

On his way out the door Peters said “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration”.  He added “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed”.

We get that Fox presents a different view of the world and events than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC.  Ralph now that you have time to watch the others let us know how you view their coverage. You might be surprised, or maybe you already have an offer to join one?

Speaking of Coverage:

Did you see this anywhere?
Three of the 800 illegal immigrants who managed to escape last month’s enforcement sweep in the San Francisco area have already gone on to commit new crimes, notching charges of robbery, drunken driving and spousal abuse, the government’s deportation chief said Tuesday.

Bet you didn’t and won’t see this covered. I wonder if Fox did cover it if Ralph Peters would consider that bias?

Byron York Column

Byron York has a great column today with this headline:
“If Mueller didn’t charge Flynn and Manafort with collusion, then who was colluding”?
Great question isn’t it?  He wrote this:
“None of those charges, at least so far, has involved allegations that Flynn, Manafort, Gates, or Papadapoulos played a role in a scheme of collusion, or coordination, or conspiracy, or whatever it is called. And that could tell the public something about the state of the collusion allegation inside the Mueller investigation.

To put it briefly: What kind of collusion scheme between Russia and the Trump campaign could have existed without Michael Flynn being part of it? What kind of collusion scheme could have existed without Manafort? And Gates? And yet none of them — nor Papadapoulos, either — has been charged with taking part in a collusion scheme.

Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to investigators about what he discussed in a phone conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. (Investigators have always known what the two men talked about, since the call was wiretapped, recorded, and transcribed.)

Manafort has been charged with a daunting number of financial crimes, including fraud and tax evasion, relating to his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

Gates was charged with most of the crimes Manafort faced, but received a deal from Mueller, allowing him to plead guilty to one count of lying to investigators and one count of hiding profits from his work with Manafort in Ukraine.

The Mid-Terms

Speaker Pelosi as we have been predicting? Here’s a poll yesterday.
A generic ballot, in which participants are asked which party should control Congress. As the 2018 midterm congressional campaign intensifies, the March poll found registered voters picked Democrats by a 50%-to-40% margin, the second time in three months the party has claimed a double-digit advantage.

Ratings

Total Viewers FRIDAY. A close race that Fox wins. CNN continues to lag. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.640 | CNN: 791 | MSNBC: 1.396 | HLN: 236
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.507 | CNN: 968 | MSNBC: 2.408 | HLN: 347
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.143
Five:
1.837
Baier:
1.860
MacCallum:
1.688
Carlson:
2.275
HannitySpcl:
2.539
Ingraham:
2.705
Bream:
1.841
CNN Tapper:
811
Blitzer:
902
Blitzer:
817
Burnett:
937
Cooper:
1.038
Cooper:
941
Tonight:
921
Tonight:
797
MSNBC Wallace:
1.324
MTPDaily:
1.321
Melber:
1.435
Matthews:
1.573
Hayes:
1.929
Maddow:
2.884
O’Donnell:
2.411
Wlms:
1.983
HLN Michaela:
88
Files:
117
Files:
176
Files:
210
Files:
282
Files:
392
Files:
366
Files:
337

Total SATURDAY. Fox wins weekend beating competition combined. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.282 | CNN: 690 |  MSNBC: 801 | HLN: 303
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.806 | CNN: 730 | MSNBC: 812 | HLN: 314
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
875
NwsHQ:
952
NwsHQ:
983
Report:
1.115
Watters:
1.670
Pirro:
2.048
Gutfeld:
1.699
Watters:
1.249
CNN Nwsrm:
649
Nwsrm:
685
Smerc:
636
Newsrm:
737
Nwsrm:
746
Kennedys:
697
Sex:
746
Bourdain:
395
MSNBC News:
822
News:
823
Hayes:
709
Maddow:
740
O’Donnell:
801
11thHour:
817
Wallace:
818
Matthews:
635
HLN Files:
307
Files:
343
Files:
279
Files:
264
Files:
312
Files:
293
Files:
337
Files:
444

Total Viewers CNN wins Sunday with it’s Kennedy and Pope Series Shows. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.034 | CNN: 859 | MSNBC: 607 | HLN: 295
  • Prime time: FNC: 1164 | CNN: 1.276| MSNBC: 489 | HLN: 340
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
643
Gutfeld:
689
Report:
806
FNSunday:
1.112
WiseGuys:
1.026
Hilton:
1.253
Levin:
1.213
WiseGuys:
776
CNN Nwsrm:
631
Nwsrm:
690
Nwsrm:
675
Nwsrm:
820
Kennedys:
833
Kennedys:
1.772
Pope:
1.223
Kennedys:
752
MSNBC News:
685
News:
722
MTP:
800
KasieDC:
849
KasieDC:
789
DatelineXtra:
428
Lockup:
249
Lockup:
245
HLN DthRow:
302
DthRow:
313
DthRow:
320
DthRow:
375
DthRow:
269
Killer:
318
DthRow:
333
DthRow:
337

Total MONDAY. Another close race Monday with Fox edging out MSNBC.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.708 | CNN: 852 | MSNBC: 1.371 | HLN: 233
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.781 | CNN: 1.177 | MSNBC: 2.515 | HLN: 269
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.384
Five:
2.066
Baier:
2.025
MacCallum:
1.903
Carlson:
2.760
Hannity:
3.110
Ingraham:
2.470
Bream:
1.554
CNN Tapper:
939
Blitzer:
1.041
Blitzer:
926
Burnett:
1.058
Cooper:
1.187
Cooper:
1.160
Lemon:
1.179
Lemon:
877
MSNBC Wallace:
1.282
MTPDaily:
1.326
Melber:
1.539
Matthews:
1.843
Hayes:
2.021
Maddow:
3.171
O’Donnell:
2.353
Wlms:
1.695
HLN Michaela:
98
Cupp:
79
Banfield:
96
Banfield:
171
DthRow:
201
Files:
266
Files:
341
Files:
399
Top 5 basic cable networks for the week of March 12:

Cable Top 5 – Prime time.
TBS and TNT covered NCAA basketball to move into 3 and 4 slots.

  1. Fox News (2,370,000)
  2. MSNBC (2,027,000)
  3. TBS (1,755,000)
  4. TNT (1,695,000)
  5. HGTV (1,469,000)

Cable Top 5 – Total Day 

  1. Fox News (1,384,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,107,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (952,000)
  4. TNT (791,000)
  5. HGTV (789,000)
Business News:

Fox Business News swept the week across business day and market hours (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET) for the third time in 2018.

Lou Dobbs Tonight and Varney & Co. continued as the two-most-watched business news programs.
FBN also notched 7 of the top 10 business news shows in total viewers, including Dobbs, Varney, Cavuto Coast to Coast, Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, and The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.

Business Day (M-F, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET):

FBN: 226,000 total viewers / 31,000 A25-54

CNBC: 182,000 total viewers / 26,000 A25-54

Market Hours (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET)

FBN: 232,000 total viewers / 33,000 A25-54

CNBC: 186,000 total viewers / 27,000 A25-54

Morning News Numbers for the week of March 12:

Total Viewers:
ABC: 4.025M / ABC: 3.877M / CBS: 3.218M

Evening News Numbers for the week of March 12:

Total Viewers:

ABC: 8,813,000.  NBC 7,857,0006,  CBS 703,000

Network TV:

CBS with NCAA basketball was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers.
NBC had 5.6 million,       ABC had 4.7 million,      Fox had 2.6 million,
Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.

 

Is this the reason ….

Mueller, The Russians and Trump:

We have long said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but asked why Trump would not criticize Putin. Now comes news that seems to answer that question.

So while the campaign was ongoing the Trump Corporation was working with people to get approval to build the largest hotel in Europe in Moscow. Since all decisions like this go up through Putin, does that explain why Trump wouldn’t go after Putin? He went after everyone and everything except Putin.

Here’s what this news raises and answers to us:

When Trump said he no business in Russia, he didn’t.
But he was trying for a big prize.
We know Trump didn’t expect to win, so was he intentionally not criticizing Putin to be in good stead, post the election to get this deal?
But why then did he not take a tougher stand after the election?

We always thought the danger of the Mueller probe was when he got to financials. This is getting there.

Finally is there a connection between all this and Trump’s refusal to release his tax forms?
The old maxim “follow the money” just might apply here.

The Wall:

Nancy Pelosi said: “The border — did you see it — how high it is?“I mean, really? In a civilized society, we do something like that”

The answer Nancy is a civilized society protects who comes into and out of their country. Under your watch that has failed. Honestly, mowing the grass won’t work.

The Ratings

Total Viewers TUESDAY. MSNBC wins with election coverage of Dem win.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.723 | CNN: 1.031 | MSNBC: 1.591 | HLN: 209
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.788 | CNN: 1.612 | MSNBC: 2.858 | HLN: 262
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.373
Five:
2.222
Baier:
2.111
MacCallum:
1.919
Carlson:
2.676
Hannity:
2.971
Ingraham:
2.712
Bream:
1.723
CNN Tapper:
1.007
Blitzer:
974
Blitzer:
938
Burnett:
1.152
Cooper:
1.424
Cooper:
1.573
Cooper:
1.821
Cooper:
1.409
MSNBC Wallace:
1.372
MTPDaily:
1.485
Melber:
1.693
Matthews:
1.973
Hayes:
2.200
Maddow:
3.413
O’Donnell:
2.962
Wlms:
2.091
HLN Michaela:
60
Cupp:
67
Banfield:
108
Banfield:
145
DthRow:
192
Files:
277
Files:
316
Files:
390

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins this night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.642 | CNN: 893 | MSNBC: 1.462 | HLN: 213
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.810 | CNN: 1.145 | MSNBC: 2.573 | HLN: 264
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.283
Five:
2.066
Baier:
2.008
MacCallum:
1.941
Carlson:
2.837
Hannity:
3.268
Ingraham:
2.320
Bream:
1.394
CNN Tapper:
949
Blitzer:
946
Blitzer:
858
Burnett:
958
Cooper:
1.249
Cooper:
1.146
Lemon:
1.036
Lemon:
909
MSNBC Wallace:
1.446
MTPDaily:
1.432
Melber:
1.511
Matthews:
1.820
Hayes:
2.072
Maddow:
3.151
O’Donnell:
2.497
Wlms:
1.667
HLN Michaela:
68
Cupp:
80
Banfield:
144
Banfield:
190
DthRow:
264
Files:
243
Files:
286
Files:
344

 

Election, Tillerson and More …..

Pennsylvania Election

It’s no surprise to readers of this blog that Democrats won the special election last night. Last year in every special election you may recall, Republicans barely held seats that they had won handily in 2016. The seats were opened as the congressional person moved into the cabinet. The closeness told you all you need to know.
This Pennsylvania seat open because of a scandal was prime to switch. The Democrats nominated a middle to right leaning candidate. The Republicans, a not so dynamic one. Add the anti administration people are clearly motivated to vote and all the elements were in place.
Come November, we have said this since the election in 2016, we expect to see Nancy Pelosi back as speaker.
The question is can Republicans hold the senate. They should be able too.

One thing about this idea that Democrat is a middle to the right candidate and no so far left. Just watch how he votes when it matters. Just like all those Democratic senators in red states, they are non partisan; until their vote matters.
Then they support party. It matters.

Tillerson

We were excited when he was chosen for the role after the election. A successful businessman running a global corporation, we thought he could make an impact. For varied reasons it never worked out. Chief among them were these.
It is very hard to get along with this President. He makes loyalty difficult.
They had differing viewpoints and thoughts on the world. Really different ideas on Iran, N.Korea and world issues. This did not sit well with the President.
Think about this. Tillerson a global CEO ran Exxon-Mobil and its global employees to record heights. He was honored wherever he went and had solid relationships with global head of states. He becomes Secretary of State and is treated not so royally by the President. He was publicly called an “idiot” and challenged over who had a higher IQ by the President. Then finds out he is fired in a tweet. Truly shameful in our opinion for a man who earned such respect.

His replacement Mike Pompey is a good choice and will do a solid job. He just better not be a rubber stamp for every Trump idea, and fight back when he disagrees. He will get past the approval process easily.

Not so for the new nominee for head of CIA. Gina Haspel is the first woman nominated for the role. In another administration that would be the news; but here it will be all about her ties to past interrogations. After 9/11 she was involved in the government ordered and approved tough questioning with water boarding. The holier than thou senators (Democrats and John McCain) will make that a big issue.
In the end she’ll get through, as she should,  but anything to make noise.

House Report On Collusion

You saw the Republican approved House Report saying there was no collusion. Well now Adam Schiff and the Democrats are promising there own “blockbuster” report to say otherwise.
It better be more than his report to answer the Republican memo a few weeks ago. That effort was lacking and was an embarrassment to him.

Stormy Daniels

Boy she has gotten MSM coverage. So she an affair with Donald Trump years ago, not my issue. It sounds like Melania needs to be the one offended not me. Yet the MSM seems to be making this the biggest thing ever. Now, if he did in the oval office while President I would be care.
You know what strikes us the most over this?
Hillary called those accusing her husband of rape and forcing sex on them “bimbo’s”.  Remember that?  Well Juanita Broderick, Kathleen Wiley and Paula Jones were not “bimbo’s”.  They were law abiding and in most cases religious persons who felt attacked. Yet the media and Clinton administration went along with the “bimbo” positioning.
Guess what? Stormy Daniels is a bimbo. Someone tell the MSM.

Speaking of Hillary

Stop already. Your excuses and charges are doing nothing more than harming your reputation and further damaging your husband’s historic standing. You lost. Get over it. The deplorables and people you attack simply don’t like you. Keep talking and you add to their ranks. Some Dems are now turning on you.

Sanctuary Cities and States

A big decision in the Texas courts yesterday that did not receive much MSM coverage:

States have the power to punish sanctuary cities within their borders and to force local police and sheriff’s departments to cooperate in turning over illegal immigrants to the federal government for deportation, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a Texas law.

The 3-0 decision by a panel of the 5th Court of Appeals marks a major victory for Governor Abbott in Texas (and President Trump nationally), who have demanded punishment for sanctuary cities that thwart the government over illegal immigrants.

The Ratings

Total Viewers THURSDAY. Fox back on top. Win all 4-11 time slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.704 | CNN: 818 | MSNBC: 1.299 | HLN: 205
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.738 | CNN: 1.014 | MSNBC: 2.363  | HLN: 279
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.417
Five:
2.071
Baier:
2.208
MacCallum:
2.380
Carlson:
2.752
Hannity:
3.044
Ingraham:
2.419
Bream:
1.537
CNN Tapper:
901
Blitzer:
912
Blitzer:
929
Burnett:
1.207
Cooper:
1.107
Cooper:
1.005
Tonight:
917
Tonight:
733
MSNBC Wallace:
1.210
MTPDaily:
1.392
Melber:
1.480
Matthews:
1.767
Hayes:
1.964
Maddow:
2.886
O’Donnell:
2.238
Wlms:
1.499
HLN Michaela:
43
Cupp:
47
Banfield:
99
Banfield:
113
Files:
168
Files:
250
Files:
419
Files:
476

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox back on top.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.562 | CNN: 736 | MSNBC: 1.119 | HLN: 214
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.352 | CNN: 930 | MSNBC: 1.816  | HLN: 334
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.233
Five:
1.996
Baier:
2.033
MacCallum:
1.745
Carlson:
2.670
Hannity:
2.584
Ingraham:
1.801
Bream:
1.255
CNN Tapper:
753
Blitzer:
832
Blitzer:
807
Burnett:
777
Cooper:
1.012
Cooper:
859
Tonight:
907
Tonight:
836
MSNBC Wallace:
1.213
MTPDaily:
1.266
Melber:
1.294
Matthews:
1.472
Hayes:
1.587
Maddow:
2.781
ThisHpnd:
1.081
Wlms:
1.025
HLN Michaela:
75
Files:
50
Files:
76
Files:
140
Files:
332
Files:
374
Files:
377
Files:
380

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Fox doubles CNN/MSNBC combined. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.307 | CNN: 599 |  MSNBC: 565 | HLN: 304
  • Prime time: FNC: 2.023 | CNN: 554 | MSNBC: 556 | HLN: 362
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
761
NwsHQ:
915
NwsHQ:
1.077
Report:
1.906
Watters:
2.300
Pirro:
2.116
Gutfeld:
1.653
Watters:
1.063
CNN Nwsrm:
536
Nwsrm:
616
Smerc:
584
Newsrm:
604
Nwsrm:
613
60s:
520
60s:
530
60s:
402
MSNBC News:
502
News:
548
Hayes:
547
Matthews:
467
O’Donnell:
471
11thHour:
575
Wallace:
622
Matthews:
421
HLN Files:
248
Files:
340
Files:
312
Files:
366
Files:
404
Files:
329
Files:
354
Files:
372

Total Viewers SUNDAY. CNN with specials on the Kennedy’s and The Pope wins the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.011 | CNN: 751 | MSNBC: 548 | HLN: 335
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.272 | CNN: 1.363 | MSNBC: 583 | HLN: 374
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
710
Gutfeld:
764
Report:
798
FNSunday:
969
GrahamSpcl:
1.388
Hilton:
1.061
Levin:
1.367
Gutfeld:
790
CNN Nwsrm:
577
Nwsrm:
643
Nwsrm:
604
Nwsrm:
642
VanJones:
1.063
Kennedys:
1.719
Pope:
1.307
VanJones:
619
MSNBC News:
440
News:
468
MTP:
626
KasieDC:
734
KasieDC:
768
Spcl:
457
DatelineXtra:
525
Lockup:
289
HLN Files:
378
PttyHrst:
354
PttyHrst:
366
PttyHrst:
328
DthRow:
352
DthRow:
383
DthRow:
359
Files:
452

Total Viewers MONDAY. FOX EDGES MSNBC. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.652 | CNN: 779 | MSNBC: 1.301 | HLN: 208
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.732 | CNN: 966 | MSNBC: 2.462 | HLN: 271
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.377
Five:
2.302
Baier:
2.237
MacCallum:
1.993
Carlson:
2.791
Hannity:
3.050
Ingraham:
2.356
Bream:
1.503
CNN Tapper:
948
Blitzer:
877
Blitzer:
861
Burnett:
962
Cooper:
1.005
Cooper:
928
Tonight:
963
Tonight:
730
MSNBC Wallace:
1.364
MTPDaily:
1.289
Melber:
1.509
Matthews:
1.737
Hayes:
1.952
Maddow:
3.183
O’Donnell:
2.251
Wlms:
1.556
HLN Michaela:
61
Cupp:
45
Banfield:
121
Banfield:
163
DthRow:
216
Files:
254
Files:
345
Files:
431

Cable’s top 5 for the week of March 5, 2018:

PRIME TIME

  1. Fox News (2,291,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,853,000)
  3. ESPN (1,165,000)
  4. HGTV (1,464,000)
  5. History (1,295,000)

TOTAL DAY

  1. Fox News (1,359,000)
  2. MSNBC (999,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (951,000)
  4. HGTV (802,000)
  5. ESPN (786,000)

Morning News averages for the week of March 5:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.477M / NBC: 4.219M / CBS: 3.485M

Evening News Numbers for the week of Mar 5 :

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,125,000 8,329,000 6,502,000

 

N. Korea and Tariffs ……

North Korea

The announcement was a WOW. What made it so were these words from the South Korea spokesman: ” Kim pledged to refrain from further nuclear tests and move toward denuclearization”.
Now we know to proceed with caution, as we are aware three past presidents were taken in by the North.  They all claimed “peace” in our time, and were taken. Will this be different?

Well if Kim agrees to truly “denuclearize” that would be a version of  winning the cold war without a shot being fired. If they do this and allow unfettered inspections then the world is safer and Trump would have an incredible foreign policy achievement.

At first glance it seems to us like this is serious. That Kim realizes Trump is serious and world leaders have warned him of the consequences. We hope that is true.

What would Kim want in return? A guarantee that the U.S. and its allies will recognize North Korea as a sovereign country and not attack or over throw it. That we cease joint military operations with S. Korea and others in the area. The end of sanctions and world assistance to assist North Korea.

Should we accept that? I would say yes. As long as the weapons are eliminated and inspections allowed they can be part of the world family.

What’s Kim’s out if he is bluffing? I would guess he meets with Trump and comes out of the session calling him a bully and unreasonable to try and sway U.S. citizens and world opinion against Trump. (It wouldn’t take much for the MSM to sympathize with him against the bully President). After committing to S. Korea what he did, he cannot back off in any other manner.

So for now, the world takes a step back from conflict with a chance to make some real progress.

The Tariffs

So are the tariffs good or bad? Below we will present two arguments from experts on either side you can read. Pat Buchanan on why they are right and Lawrence Kudlow on why they are wrong. Both are conservatives and have opposite views. Here is link to each, and below the ratings we printed them if you want quick access.

One thought in addition from us. We don’t think this causes a trade war. The reason is simple. Countries are running a huge trade surplus with us. If they decide to retaliate with the tariffs on steel and aluminum by adding tariffs against us, then we would add more tariffs on more goods from them. The rest of the world can’t afford the U.S. cutting them off, they have too much to lose. If we had a trade surplus then that would hurt us.
So we think the world will yell, threaten and talk tough, but in the end try and make a deal with Trump behind the scene to do no more.
Let’s see.
However, the tariffs will add cost to any products using steel or aluminum.

Pat Buchanan thoughts:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_pat_buchanan/why_is_the_gop_terrified_of_tariffs

Lawrence Kudlow thoughts:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_lawrence_kudlow/tariffs_are_taxes

The Ratings

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox regains the lead — barely. Maddow #1,

  • Total day: FNC: 1.691 | CNN: 863 | MSNBC: 1.382 | HLN: 204
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.533 | CNN: 1.202 | MSNBC: 2.402  | HLN: 268
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.377
Five:
2.156
Baier:
2.206
MacCallum:
1.950
Carlson:
2.741
Hannity:
2.630
Ingraham:
2.223
Bream:
1.464
CNN Tapper:
1.071
Blitzer:
985
Blitzer:
890
Burnett:
1.074
Cooper:
1.434
Cooper:
1.164
Tonight:
993
Tonight:
707
MSNBC Wallace:
1.431
MTPDaily:
1.465
Melber:
1.531
Matthews:
1.979
Hayes:
2.107
Maddow:
2.826
O’Donnell:
2.274
Wlms:
1.543
HLN Michaela:
68
Cupp:
69
Banfield:
83
Banfield:
120
Files:
235
Files:
281
Files:
287
Files:
384

 

PAT BUCHANAN ON TARIFFS:

Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

A Commentary By Patrick J. Buchanan

Does Senator Flake think Japan rose to post-war preeminence through free trade, as Tokyo kept U.S. products out, while dumping cars, radios, TVs and motorcycles here to kill the industries of the nation that was defending them. Both Nixon and Reagan had to devalue the dollar to counter the predatory trade policies of Japan.

Since Bush I, we have run $12 trillion in trade deficits, and, in the first decade in this century, we lost 55,000 factories and 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs.

Does Flake see no correlation between America’s decline, China’s rise, and the $4 trillion in trade surpluses Beijing has run up at the expense of his own country?

The hysteria that greeted Trump’s idea of a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum suggest that restoring this nation’s economic independence is going to be a rocky road.

In 2017, the U.S. ran a trade deficit in goods of almost $800 billion, $375 billion of that with China, a trade surplus that easily covered Xi Jinping’s entire defense budget.

If we are to turn our $800 billion trade deficit in goods into an $800 billion surplus, and stop the looting of America’s industrial base and the gutting of our cities and towns, sacrifices will have to be made.

But if we are not up to it, we will lose our independence, as the countries of the EU have lost theirs.

Specifically, we need to shift taxes off goods produced in the USA, and impose taxes on goods imported into the USA.

As we import nearly $2.5 trillion in goods, a tariff on imported goods, rising gradually to 20 percent, would initially produce $500 billion in revenue.

All that tariff revenue could be used to eliminate and replace all taxes on production inside the USA.

As the price of foreign goods rose, U.S. products would replace foreign-made products. There’s nothing in the world that we cannot produce here. And if it can be made in America, it should be made in America.

Consider. Assume a Lexus cost $50,000 in the U.S., and a 20 percent tariff were imposed, raising the price to $60,000.

What would the Japanese producers of Lexus do?

They could accept the loss in sales in the world’s greatest market, the USA. They could cut their prices to hold their U.S. market share. Or they could shift production to the United States, building their cars here and keeping their market.

How have EU nations run up endless trade surpluses with America? By imposing a value-added tax, or VAT, on imports from the U.S., while rebating the VAT on exports to the USA. Works just like a tariff.

The principles behind a policy of economic nationalism, to turn our trade deficits, which subtract from GDP, into trade surpluses, which add to GDP, are these:

Production comes before consumption. Who consumes the apples is less important than who owns the orchard. We should depend more upon each other and less upon foreign lands.

We should tax foreign-made goods and use the revenue, dollar for dollar, to cut taxes on domestic production.

The idea is not to keep foreign goods out, but to induce foreign companies to move production here.

We have a strategic asset no one else can match. We control access to the largest richest market on earth, the USA.

And just as states charge higher tuition on out-of state students at their top universities, we should charge a price of admission for foreign producers to get into America’s markets.

And — someone get a hold of Sen. Graham — it’s called a tariff.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

LAWRENCE KUDLOW ON TARIFFS

Tariffs Are Taxes

Commentary By Lawrence Kudlow

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

One of the ironies of trade protectionism is that, with tariffs and import quotas, we do to ourselves in times of peace what foreign nations do to us with blockades to keep imports from entering our country in times of war.

Or consider that we impose sanctions on U.S. enemies such as North Korea, Russia and Iran because we want them to feel the economic pain of being deprived of imports. But now, we are imposing sanctions on our own country by punishing with tariffs in order to make Americans more prosperous. If ever there were a crisis of logic, this is it.

President Donald Trump genuinely believes that his steel and aluminum tariffs will save thousands of blue-collar jobs. And we know from our interactions with him that he truly cares about these workers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other Rust Belt states. We do, too, and we don’t want factories to shut down. But even if tariffs save every one of the 140,000 or so steel jobs in America, it puts at risk 5 million manufacturing jobs and related jobs in industries that use steel. These producers now have to compete in hypercompetitive international markets using steel that is 20 percent above the world price and aluminum that is 7 to 10 percent above the price paid by our foreign rivals.

In other words, steel and aluminum may win in the short term, but the steel and aluminum users and consumers lose. In fact, tariff hikes are really tax hikes.

Some of those 5 million jobs will be put in harm’s way. And if they sell less to foreigners, the trade deficit goes up, not down. Since so many of the things Americans consumers buy today are made of steel or aluminum, a 25 percent steel tariff and 10 percent aluminum tariff may get passed on to consumers at the cash register. This is a regressive tax on low-income families.

Trump should also examine the historical record on tariffs, because they have almost never worked as intended and almost always delivered an unhappy ending.

The Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1929 signed into law by Republican then-President Herbert Hoover gave us the Great Depression and worsened it.

Former President Richard Nixon’s 10 percent import surcharge contributed to the stagflation of the 1970s.

Former President George W. Bush tried to save the steel industry by imposing tariffs on steel, and if those tariffs had worked, we wouldn’t be having this discussion today. We tried to save the color TV industry with protectionist measures, and instead they wiped out the domestic production.

We aren’t persuaded by the Trump administration’s claim that we need to impose these tariffs for national security reasons. Despite stiff competition from imports, many specialty steel producers are doing just fine and actually exporting steel to Mexico and Canada.

Meanwhile, Canada is the No. 1 exporter of steel and aluminum to the United States. Does anyone really believe Canada is a national security threat to the U.S.?

What does worry us is that Canada and Mexico are now both threatening retaliatory tariffs against America. This tit-for-tat trade breakdown could put NAFTA in serious jeopardy. That could inflict severe economic damage to all three nations, and a stock market meltdown.

Trump should continue to make American producers more competitive in global markets through tax, regulatory, energy and other pro-America policy changes that bring jobs and capital back to the United States. That is happening at a furious pace right now, as Trump has made America the best and most reliable place in the world to invest almost overnight. Steel and aluminum import tariffs work decisively against this goal.

In the early 1980s, Reagan invoked anti-dumping provisions against Japanese steel. It was one of his few decisions he later confessed he wished he hadn’t made. Trump will come to learn the same thing, and we hope he does sooner, not later.

Kudlow, Laffer and Moore are cofounders of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. They served as economic advisers to the Trump campaign. To find out more about Lawrence Kudlow and Stephen Moore and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

Catching Up …

Catching up on some stories:

Sanctuary Cities and States:
We have often wondered here why sanctuary cities/states can choose what laws they  choose to follow. Well, finally  “Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a new front in the legal war over California’s sanctuary city policies asking a federal court to halt three state laws that prohibit police and businesses from cooperating with federal agents.
The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Sacramento, says those laws not only trample on the federal government’s powers to set national immigration policy, but endanger communities by freeing criminals back onto the streets”.
Let’s watch this case to see if federal law is upheld.

The Hatch Act and Kellyanne Conway

Did you see that the office of special counsel called for President Trump to take disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for political activity while in her White House role?
The federal watchdog said Mrs. Conway violated a ban on federal employees campaigning, when during television interviews she promoted Republican candidate Roy Moore and discouraged voters from supporting Democratic candidate Doug Jones in last year’s Alabama race for U.S. Senate.
This is a first for us and once again illustrates how some want to attack the White House and staff.
It is unclear what disciplinary action she (a counselor to the president), could face, but the law allows for her removal or deductions to pay.
Our bet is the President does nothing.

What Sweden?

Remember the President said “look at what is happening in Sweden” and the MSM blasted him for days? Well this week the Swedish Prime Minister was in Washington and here’s some coverage of his remarks you likely did not see on that same MSM.
“At a White House news conference with Mr. Trump at his side, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke of his own Trump-like agenda of implementing tougher laws on immigration and crime, and of spending more money on law enforcement.
“We have our share of domestic challenges, no doubt about that,” Mr. Lofven said. “We are dealing with it every day, allocating more resources to the police, more resources to the security police, tougher laws on crime, tougher laws on terrorism.”
Not only that, he said Sweden’s crackdown on immigration and gangs is working. “We inherited a legislation that was not sustainable, legislation on migration,” Mr. Lofven said. “We changed the legislation, so now we have decreased the number of refugees, and we’re also putting pressure on the other European Union countries to take their share of the responsibility.”

Did you see any coverage of this? I bet you saw the President’s remarks covered a year ago.

North Korea

You saw the coverage of North Korea willing to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons, right? Two things to remember here:
In the past when they have gotten pressure from our Presidents, they have taken softer stands and entered into negotiations. Think Clinton, Bush and Obama thinking they solved the problem. The issue was North Korea then simply went on its way to building weapons.
So don’t get too excited and don’t expect Trump to fall into that trap. This time its real, and if we did, they would begin building and stock piling the missiles and bombs. I don’t think Mathis will let this happen.

Second, North Korea says it wants assurances they will be left alone if they stop building them. You see they don’t believe we will do that. Kim Jong un looks at Libya and Qaddafi and says he got rid of his weapons and you took him out. He says look at Saddam, he did the same and you hung him.

Trust is a real issue here on both sides. A lot to overcome and even more at stake, so keep close watch.

Gary Cohn resigns:

We’ve come to expect turnover and turmoil in the administration, and we expect more departures to come. In fact we expect them throughout the term.
Working for this President is a challenge and it’s all about him. It just makes things hard. Look at yesterday when asked about North Korea and why they appear to be willing to negotiate, his answer was quick and certain — “ME” he said. Not my team, not my people, not our administration. It was “me”.

And Now Comes Word:

The NYT is reporting today that President Trump “engaged in conversations with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election probe, despite admonitions from his lawyers not to behave in ways that might look like witness-tampering”.

Now the questions they say he asked seem innocent (“how the interview had gone with the special counsel’s investigators and whether they had been ‘nice’”), but you never know with Trump. He has his own rules.

Parkland Coverage and the MSM:

Guns, guns and guns is what the MSM covers. Do you ever wonder how Cruz got one? Here’s a story you didn’t hear from them:

Confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz was a disciplinary nightmare for schools before he opened fire in Parkland, Florida — yet there was nothing on his record to stop him from buying a firearm or alarm the FBI after the agency received a tip.

Why not?

The demand for an answer to that question has focused attention on Broward County Public Schools policies embraced by the Obama administration that were designed to help rule-breaking students avoid permanent blots on their records by reducing referrals to law enforcement.

Under Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, who worked for Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan in the Chicago Public Schools, school-based arrests dropped by 63 percent from 2012 to 2016 after he implemented policies designed to derail the “schoolhouse-to-jailhouse pipeline.”

But the approach also helped keep Cruz off the law-enforcement radar, despite school-based offenses that reportedly included assault, threats and bringing bullets to school in his backpack.

“Mr. Cruz is a perfect example of someone just falling through the cracks that we create through bad policy,” Jeff Bell, a deputy sheriff and president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Association, told The Washington Times”.

The Ratings

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Fox weekend dominance continues.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.170 | CNN: 720 |  MSNBC: 755 | HLN: 325
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.741 | CNN: 694 | MSNBC: 837 | HLN: 450
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
731
NwsHQ:
824
NwsHQ:
957
Report:
1.161
Watters:
1.801
Pirro:
1.856
Gutfeld:
1.565
Watters:
1.034
CNN Nwsrm:
775
Nwsrm:
848
Smerc:
754
AxeFiles:
748
Nwsrm:
847
Comedy:
567
Comedy:
669
Comedy:
428
MSNBC News:
724
News:
794
Hayes:
719
Matthews:
818
O’Donnell:
739
11thHour:
881
Wallace:
892
Matthews:
692
HLN Files:
298
Files:
335
Files:
327
Files:
301
Files:
436
Files:
448
Files:
466
Files:
459

Total Viewers SUNDAY. A big night for Fox. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.063 | CNN: 615 | MSNBC: 581 | HLN: 268
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.371 | CNN: 324 | MSNBC: 428 | HLN: 241
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
634
FNSunday:
726
Report:
900
Scndlous:
952
Scndlous:
1.587
Hilton:
1.166
Levin:
1.361
Scndlous:
720
CNN Nwsrm:
594
Nwsrm:
610
Nwsrm:
631
Nwsrm:
535
Newsrm:
395
Bourdain:
283
Bourdain:
292
Bourdain:
292
MSNBC News:
642
News:
687
MTP:
783
KasieDC:
750
KasieDC:
530
Engel:
378
MTP:
376
Lockup:
270
HLN Files:
297
PttyHrst:
229
PttyHrst:
248
PttyHrst:
228
PttyHrst:
231
PttyHrst:
230
PttyHrst:
253
Files:
343

Total Viewers MONDAY. MSNBC wins the by 100,000 over Fox.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.640 | CNN: 824 | MSNBC: 1.449 | HLN: 191
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.602 | CNN: 1.180 | MSNBC: 2.703  | HLN: 235
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.180
Five:
2.143
Baier:
2.156
MacCallum:
2.028
Carlson:
2.579
Hannity:
2.852
Ingraham:
2.371
Bream:
1.368
CNN Tapper:
1.012
Blitzer:
957
Blitzer:
882
Burnett:
1.236
Cooper:
1.275
Cooper:
1.134
Tonight:
1.129
Tonight:
724
MSNBC Wallace:
1.436
MTPDaily:
1.566
Melber:
1.974
Matthews:
2.159
Hayes:
2.234
Maddow:
3.380
O’Donnell:
2.495
Wlms:
1.766
HLN Michaela:
50
Cupp:
60
Banfield:
99
Banfield:
130
Files:
184
Files:
213
Files:
310
Files:
343

Total Viewers TUESDAY. A second consecutive win by MSNBC.  This time by 29,000. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.597 | CNN: 777 | MSNBC: 1.382 | HLN: 210
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.519 | CNN: 1.045 | MSNBC: 2.548 | HLN: 253
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.233
Five:
1.921
Baier:
2.025
MacCallum:
1.858
Carlson:
2.499
Hannity:
2.639
Ingraham:
2.419
Bream:
1.581
CNN Tapper:
864
Blitzer:
848
Blitzer:
853
Burnett:
1.087
Cooper:
1.025
Cooper:
990
Tonight:
1.106
Tonight:
801
MSNBC Wallace:
1.238
MTPDaily:
1.474
Melber:
1.564
Matthews:
1.844
Hayes:
2.078
Maddow:
3.126
O’Donnell:
2.440
Wlms:
1.703
HLN Michaela:
103
Cupp:
73
Banfield:
91
Banfield:
148
Files:
181
Files:
229
Files:
348
Files:
406

 Cable’s top 5 for the week of Feb. 26, 2018:

PRIME TIME

  1. Fox News (2,304,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,869,000)
  3. ESPN (1,420,000)
  4. HGTV (1,399,000)
  5. USA (1,290,000)

TOTAL DAY

  1. Fox News (1,365,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,034,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (948,000)
  4. HGTV (811,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (727,000)

CNN dropped to No. 19 in prime time viewers, and No. 14 in total day viewers this past week.

Fox Business won the business day and market hours.
Lou Dobbs Tonight was the most-watched business program for the week.
Stuart Varney’s three-hour market-open program (Varney & Co.) defeated its CNBC competitor in total viewers for the 41st consecutive week.
CNBC did announce changes this week in its anchors and air times.

Sunday News Show Ratings for March 4:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.410M 956,000
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 3.298M 713,000
ABC This Week 2.896M 823,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.442M 417,000

 

 

 

The Ratings

Here is the ratings we promised. The full blog will return later this week.

Total Viewers THURSDAY. The close prime race continues. Fox narrowly.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.595 | CNN: 794 | MSNBC: 1.372 | HLN: 208
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.636 | CNN: 1.058 | MSNBC: 2.506  | HLN: 275
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.222
Five:
2.037
Baier:
1.946
MacCallum:
1.744
Carlson:
2.599
Hannity:
2.862
Ingraham:
2.976
Bream:
2.333
CNN Tapper:
845
Blitzer:
944
Blitzer:
885
Burnett:
1.048
Cooper:
1.199
Cooper:
1.029
Tonight:
933
Tonight:
800
MSNBC Wallace:
1.357
MTPDaily:
1.417
Melber:
1.430
Matthews:
1.835
Hayes:
2.101
Maddow:
3.146
O’Donnell:
2.270
Wlms:
1.614
HLN Michaela:
62
Cupp:
67
Banfield:
97
Banfield:
123
Files:
222
Files:
258
Files:
347
Files:
401

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox again edges MSNBC.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.589 | CNN: 833 | MSNBC: 1.257 | HLN: 208
  • Prime Time: FNC: 2.145 | CNN: 1.068 | MSNBC: 1.789 | HLN: 312
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.296
Five:
2.055
Baier:
1.948
MacCallum:
1.762
Carlson:
2.397
Hannity:
2.225
Ingraham:
1.811
Bream:
1.207
CNN Tapper:
911
Blitzer:
909
Blitzer:
888
Burnett:
941
Cooper:
1.146
Cooper:
1.136
Special:
882
Tonight:
718
MSNBC Wallace:
1.365
MTPDaily:
1.407
Melber:
1.399
Matthews:
1.870
Hayes:
2.043
Engel:
1.692
O’Donnell:
1.633
Wlms:
1.547
HLN Michaela:
76
Files:
78
Files:
82
Files:
127
Files:
267
Files:
319
Files:
350
Files:
369

Evening News Ratings for Feb. 2018 Sweeps:

World News Tonight Nightly News Evening News
• Total Viewers: 9,206,000 8,686,000 6,776,000
• A25-54: 1,950,000 2,129,000 1,439,000

Morning Show Ratings for Feb. 2018 Sweeps:

Today Good Morning America CBS This Morning
• Total Viewers: 4,465,000 4,248,000 3,479,000
• A25-54: 1,644,000 1,371,000 953,000

Turmoil ….

A day of upheaval and turmoil in the White House yesterday.

Do you think it’s just a coincidence that Hope Hicks resigns the day after her testimony before congress? We don’t, and what was with the “white lie” comment? It sounds like she was hiding something.
We wonder if it goes back to the lie about the Donald Jr. meeting with the Russians. Why, we ask again, did they put out a false narrative?

Now Jared Kushner has questions about meetings and loans to his companies. We think that is MSM smoke; but his failure to get a clearance in 15 months tells us there is something someplace. There is something with his financials that may emerge.
Of course the NYT this AM goes too far. Here’s a headline for them:
“Has Jared Kushner Conspired to Defraud America?”

Speaking of financials, we have made it clear we are sure that they will find zero collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia; however, we believe there is something with financials again. The longer the Mueller probe goes and the more we pick up it points to financials.
It seems to weave together. No tax releases. Refusal to criticize Putin during the campaign. He seems less aggressive toward them now than he does any other country and region. He even criticizes his own staff (see Attorney General) but not Putin. Why? The old political saying is “follow the money”. We think that is what Mueller is doing.

Trump has gotten out front of the gun debate. His public meeting yesterday with legislators where he talked of strengthened background checks and raising the age limit to buy rifles was in line with our thoughts and he owned the moment. If he gets that through he will have done more than anyone to address the gun side. Democrats of course will give faint praise but be outraged the guns are not outlawed.
That said, they must also address the mental health and identity issue. We must have databases that identity people like the Florida shooter so we prevent them purchasing. You can’t have 20+ incidents and all the red flags unidentified to protect the person. Protect citizens first.  Liberals must relent here as conservatives do on the above.

The Mid Terms:

Unless we’re misreading things there is a big change coming in November. Democrats continue winning these off year elections and they are winning in strong Republican districts. They are winning local races in areas they haven’t won in decades. The anti people vote and this year they seem especially fired up. We have been saying this for a while now, we expect a Speaker Pelosi next year.
Keep an eye on that Pennsylvania house race in ten days. A strong Republican district the latest polls show has closed to a tie. If the Republicans lose this one, watch out.

PBS Announces:

We’ve long asked how come the MSM, who follow any successful idea on another station to get ratings don’t change their coverage to a little more balanced to the right. We think it’s because they are biased they just can’t.
Well the liberal PBS, which is government funded, announced yesterday they are launching an eight-week prime time conservative politics program called” In Principle”. It will air on Friday nights at 8:30 after Washington Week.
Let’s see how they support it and what conservative means to them.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Judge Jeanne interview with President leads the way.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.256 | CNN: 600 |  MSNBC: 660 | HLN: 304
  • Prime time: FNC: 2.043 | CNN: 459 | MSNBC: 644 | HLN: 356
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
867
NwsHQ:
960
NwsHQ:
1.109
Report:
1.332
Watters:
1.904
Pirro:
2.393
Gutfeld:
1.833
Watters:
1.107
CNN Nwsrm:
649
Nwsrm:
673
Smerc:
597
VanJones:
659
Nwsrm:
586
PttyHrst:
373
PttyHrst:
418
DeathRow:
374
MSNBC News:
715
News:
733
Hayes:
590
Maddow:
627
O’Donnell:
668
11thHour:
647
Wallace:
617
Matthews:
589
HLN Files:
277
Files:
312
Files:
273
Files:
283
Files:
294
Files:
357
Files:
418
Files:
443

Total Viewers SUNDAY. Fox again beats competition — combined. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.087 | CNN: 661 | MSNBC: 588 | HLN: 306
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.403 | CNN: 706 | MSNBC: 466 | HLN: 337
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
709
FNSunday:
817
Report:
950
Scndlous:
1.051
Scndlous:
1.561
Hilton:
1.236
Levin:
1.413
Scndlous:
742
CNN Nwsrm:
494
Nwsrm:
584
Nwsrm:
553
Nwsrm:
584
Newsrm:
597
PttyHrst:
728
Cont.:
793
70s:
490
MSNBC News:
663
News:
594
MTP:
703
KasieDC:
685
KasieDC:
732
DtlineXtra:
399
Lockup:
266
Lockup:
357
HLN Files:
242
Files:
184
Files:
184
Files:
253
Files:
330
Files:
294
Files:
388
Files:
482

Total Viewers MONDAY. Fox wins and MSNBC is strong.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.730 | CNN: 714 | MSNBC: 1.331 | HLN: 201
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.851 | CNN: 937 | MSNBC: 2.499  | HLN: 277
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.236
Five:
2.116
Baier:
2.314
MacCallum:
2.232
Carlson:
3.055
Hannity:
2.943
Ingraham:
2.554
Bream:
1.519
CNN Tapper:
773
Blitzer:
781
Blitzer:
794
Burnett:
831
Cooper:
982
Cooper:
924
Tonight:
901
Tonight:
657
MSNBC Wallace:
1.207
MTPDaily:
1.231
Melber:
1.410
Matthews:
1.748
Hayes:
2.060
Maddow:
3.027
O’Donnell:
2.410
Wlms:
1.730
HLN Michaela:
46
Cupp:
53
Banfield:
96
Banfield:
158
Files:
110
Files:
288
Files:
334
Files:
376

Total Viewers TUESDAY. Fox wins another close one. CNN lags.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.694 | CNN: 726 | MSNBC: 1.293 | HLN: 213
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.667 | CNN: 916 | MSNBC: 2.388  | HLN: 264
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.198
Five:
1.993
Baier:
2.198
MacCallum:
2.006
Carlson:
2.784
Hannity:
2.892
Ingraham:
2.326
Bream:
1.483
CNN Tapper:
899
Blitzer:
941
Blitzer:
799
Burnett:
845
Cooper:
982
Cooper:
826
Tonight:
941
Tonight:
734
MSNBC Wallace:
1.221
MTPDaily:
1.317
Melber:
1.415
Matthews:
1.725
Hayes:
1.928
Maddow:
2.948
O’Donnell:
2.287
Wlms:
1.603
HLN Michaela:
90
Cupp:
65
Banfield:
147
Banfield:
170
Files:
205
Files:
255
Files:
332
Files:
387

                 Cable’s top 5 for the week of Feb. 19, 2018:

PRIME TIME

  1. Fox News (2,280,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,786,000)
  3. NBCSN (1,736,000)
  4. USA (1,374,000)
  5. HGTV (1,362,000)

TOTAL DAY

  1. Fox News (1,365,000)
  2. NBCSN (1,049,000)
  3. MSNBC (999,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (926,000)
  5. HGTV (799,000)
    Cable’s Top Shows for Month of February:
 
Six of top seven and seven of ten are Fox Shows. MSNBC has the other three.
  1. Hannity (3,333,000)
  2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (3,144,000)
  3. Rachel Maddow Show (2,874,000)
  4. The Ingraham Angle (2,602,000)
  5. Special Report With Bret Baier (2,556,000)
  6. The Five (2,471,000)
  7. The Story With Martha MacCallum (2,344,000)
  8. Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (2,106,000)
  9. All In With Chris Hayes (1,907,000)
  10. America’s Newsroom (1,831,000)
Fox & Friends (6 – 9 a.m.) marked 196 straight months as the most-watched morning show on cable news.

Lou Dobbs continued his run as host of the No. 1 business news program in total viewers. He has now held the title for 22 consecutive months, per Nielsen data.

Stuart Varney’s three-hour market-open program Varney & Co. defeated its CNBC competitor in total viewers for the 19th straight month. Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman also placed in the top three most-watched business news programs, averaging 241,000 total viewers in February, and maintaining her status as the most-watched solo female anchor on business television.

Maria Bartiromo’s Mornings with Maria delivered its most-watched month ever and third monthly win over its business news morning show competition.

For Fox News, that’s 194 months, (since January 2002), as the most-watched cable news network.
The Sunday News Shows numbers for Feb. 25 and the month:
Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.646M 1.133M
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 3.461M 759,000
ABC This Week 3.201M 874,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.471M 451,000

The numbers for February, 2018:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.987M 1.201M
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 3.569M 769,000
ABC This Week 3.091M 831,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.509M 477,000