UPDATE, 10 AM: In his 15 years hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz never sustained 1 million viewers for the full telecast — though it broke 1 million viewers on a couple of Sundays when the format was interrupted for breaking news. That includes coverage of the earthquake that had struck Japan, in March of 2011, and again in December 2012, on the day of memorial services for Sandy Hook elementary school shootings victims. After 11 weeks at FNC hosting MediaBuzz, Kurtz broke the 1 million-viewer barrier without breaking news.
PREVIOUS, 8:13 AM: Days after CNN named its new host for its Sunday all-things-media show Reliable Sources, its former host Howard Kurtz hit a viewership high — with his new Sunday media program, FNC‘s MediaBuzz. MediaBuzz delivered 1,042,000 viewers, marking the first time since its September 8 unveiling it hit the 1 million mark. MediaBuzz is up 23% in overall audience, and 36% (181,000) in the news demo since its launch.
Compared to Kurtz’s average hosting Reliable Sources, Sunday’s edition of MediaBuzz is up 125% in viewers, and 30% in the news demo. On Sunday, MediaBuzz had a 271% advantage in viewers over Reliable Sources (281,000), and a 66% advantage in the news demo (109,000).