Fact Tank Feb. 27, 2014

Americans increasingly view the internet, cellphones as essential

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions.

Fact Tank Feb. 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.

Fact Tank Feb. 10, 2014

The Sochi effect on NBC and the morning news wars

How many Americans will go to sleep with the Olympics and wake up with Today – and will it will be enough to reverse ABC’s morning momentum?

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2014

Coke, “America the Beautiful,” and the language of diversity

Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” ad, that aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, sought to portray ethnic diversity in the U.S. by featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages. But not everyone was happy with Coke’s celebration of diversity in the country.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2014

Local TV audiences bounce back

Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

Five facts about Fox News

Roger Ailes’ 17-year-old Fox News Channel has changed the face of cable news.

Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2013

Local TV stations post mixed results as some feel loss of political ads

The rush to acquire local television stations produced revenue growth for some media companies in the year’s third quarter, while others suffered losses tied to a plunge in political ad dollars.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

50 years ago, America turned on the television

TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK’s assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories

In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.

Fact Tank Oct. 28, 2013

5 demographic realities behind the creation of Univision/ABC News’ “Fusion” channel

Fusion’s launch reflects several demographic trends among the nation’s 53 million Hispanics, which make up 17% of all Americans.