Storms Hover ….

Paul Ryan

As predicted here three months ago Paul Ryan will not be running for reelection to congress. Why? We think he is truly upset with the system, time he must give and truly wants to be with his family. He was in a tough spot. He was between the President and congress. He never knew where his next attack was coming from. In his own district he faced a challenge from the left and right and he could see the handwriting on the wall for November. He would be minority leader to Nancy Pelosi.
The leader to take his place would be Kevin McCarthy, but he was the last time, too. He didn’t get it then because of rumors of an affair. I think he will face a few challenges.

Zuckerberg and Congress

Mark Zuckerberg, as of this writing is escaping nicely through the congressional hearings. The best barometer of that is Facebook stock is up over the time he has been there.
That said, you have to wonder about Facebook longer term. People now realize their personal information is being used. If they didn’t know before, they do now that they are being targeted for ads by what they say and do. You now wonder how that will impact the app long term.

The Raid on Michael Cohen

Reports are that the raid on Michael Cohen is all about payoffs to women that Trump had affairs with. If that’s true, then we are not sure how that will resonate with the American people. We all knew from the NY Tabloids for years what kind of lifestyle the President was living before running for office. This is not a surprise.
Again, this started as a charge that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in this election. We heard a drumbeat from the MSM and Democrats for over a year that this occurred. Now we’re down to this?

Syria

The President was clear in warning Russia that an attack was coming — despite Russia warning first they would shoot down missiles, and second that it would destroy evidence of gas attacks. An attack is coming and we think it will be significant. As outlined yesterday Trump has too much on the line worldwide for it not to be.
Nikki Haley continues to shine. Yesterday she looked the Russians in the eye at the U.N. and held them accountable. Watch her in 2020 and beyond.

By the way, don’t Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice and others look bad? They all assured us as part of the agreement in the middle east the chemical weapons were destroyed.

China Blinks

Not much coverage, did you notice, to the fact that China blinked on tariffs?
Here’s the story in brief
At a business conference, China promised Tuesday to cut auto tariffs and improve intellectual property protection in possible concessions aimed at defusing a worsening dispute with Washington over trade and technology that investors worry could set back the global economic recovery.
“China’s door of opening up will not be closed and will only open wider”, they said at the Boao Forum for Asia on the southern island of Hainan.
China’s leader said Beijing will “significantly lower” tariffs on auto imports this year and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the auto industry “as soon as possible.”

Let’s see what happens next but that is a significant move. China has a lot at stake here.

More on 2018
Nationwide, whites over the age of 60 with college degrees now favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling during the first three months of the year. During the same period in 2016, that same group favored Republicans for Congress by 10 percentage points. 
The 12-point swing is one of the largest shifts in support toward Democrats that the Reuters/Ipsos poll has measured over the past two years. If that trend continues, Republicans will struggle to keep control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, in the November elections.
The Ratings

Below are Saturday, Sunday, Monday and week of April 2nd ratings.

Total Viewers SATURDAY.
FOX WINS ANOTHER SATURDAY, BEATING OTHERS COMBINED. 
  • Total day: FNC: 1.108 | CNN: 574 |  MSNBC: 640 | HLN: 275
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.592 | CNN: 607 | MSNBC: 613 | HLN: 274
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
718
NwsHQ:
740
NwsHQ:
748
Report:
1.201
Watters:
1.613
Pirro:
1.716
Gutfeld:
1.446
Watters:
981
CNN Nwsrm:
472
Nwsrm:
541
Smerc:
508
Jones:
576
Kennedys:
610
Sex:
658
Sex:
552
Bourdain:
335
MSNBC News:
644
News:
645
Hardball:
577
Maddow:
731
O’Donnell:
708
Wlms:
585
Wallace:
545
Hardball:
521
HLN Files:
249
Files:
303
Files:
259
Files:
272
Files:
273
Files:
254
Files:
296
Files:
352
Total Viewers SUNDAY.
Fox edges CNN who ran the Kennedy and Pope series shows.
  • Total day: FNC:  981 | CNN: 708  | MSNBC: 575 | HLN: 262
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.138 | CNN: 1.114 | MSNBC: 785 | HLN: 358
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
599
Gutfeld:
650
Report:
795
FNSunday:
932
LgndsLies:
1.159
Hilton:
1.133
Levin:
1.123
LgndsLies:
586
CNN Nwsrm:
440
Nwsrm:
484
Nwsrm:
525
Nwsrm:
577
Kennedys:
727
Kennedys:
1.532
Pope:
1.084
Kennedys:
684
MSNBC News:
455
News:
551
MTP:
598
KasieDC:
690
KasieDC:
735
Headlinrs:
1.151
Rvolution:
470
DatelineXtra:
261
HLN Files:
230
Files:
267
Files:
255
DthRow:
299
DthRow:
409
DthRow:
340
DthRow:
327
DthRow:
401
Total Viewers MONDAY.
Big numbers for all three news stations as FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer broke.
  • Total day: FNC: 1.833 | CNN: 912 | MSNBC: 1.432 | HLN: 216
  • Prime time: FNC: 3.033 | CNN: 1.432 | MSNBC: 2.878 | HLN: 252
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.498
Five:
2.363
Baier:
2.638
MacCallum:
2.497
Carlson:
2.942
Hannity:
3.348
Ingraham:
2.809
Bream:
1.577
CNN Tapper:
1.005
Blitzer:
1.142
Blitzer:
1.240
Burnett:
1.375
Cooper:
1.501
Cooper:
1.402
Tonight:
1.390
Tonight:
1.152
MSNBC Wallace:
1.372
MTPDaily:
1.553
Melber:
1.826
Matthews:
2.090
Hayes:
2.468
Maddow:
3.402
O’Donnell:
2.763
Wlms:
1.959
HLN Michaela:
94
Cupp:
113
Banfield:
129
Banfield:
151
Killer:
158
Files:
259
Files:
339
Files:
427
Most-watched for the week of April 2:

TBS wins primetime week with NCAA basketball championship. Fox wins news segment.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time

  1. TBS (2,349,000)
  2. Fox News (2,064,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,715,000)
  4. HGTV (1,500,000)
  5. USA (1,236,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day

  1. Fox News (1,252,000)
  2. MSNBC (943,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (850,000)
  4. HGTV (828,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (730,000)
On the business news front

Varney & Co., was the most-watched market program on TV for the 46th consecutive week. Along with Varney, Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman also ranked among the top 4 business news programs of the week.

Then of course, there was Lou Dobbs. His was the most-watched show on business news, averaging 304,000 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

Business Day

FBN: 221,000 total viewers / 27,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 198,000 total viewers / 36,000 A25-54 viewers

Market Hours

FBN: 227,000 total viewers / 28,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 202,000 total viewers / 37,000 A25-54 viewers

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