UPDATE: Stephen Colbert Gives Viewers Glimpse Of Self On David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ (Video)

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 7:34am PDT

UPDATED with video of Colbert’s appearance: Viewers curious to know what Actual Stephen Colbert is like, and what might his upcoming CBS late-night show be, got a good look Tuesday when the Comedy Central star made his first visit to David Letterman‘s Late Show since being named as his replacement. After telling Dave he’d been offered a gig with Dave’s old NBC show but turned it down because it was an unpaid internship –  “It’s an expensive city,” Colbert explained. “The next job I’m taking here, that pays? Cause I’ve already signed” — Dave asked Colbert if he vacations well:


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Fox News Pre-Empts ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ For Fort Hood Shooting Coverage; CNN Breaks From Malaysian Airlines Marathon

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 7:18pm PDT

JFK Assassination 50th AnniversaryFox News Channel tonight took the unusual step of pre-empting The O’Reilly Factor to continue covering the shooting at Fort Hood. It marked the first time since the network unveiled the Fox News Deck in October that Shep Smith and Fox Newshis Deck took over the entire 8 PM hour for the breaking  news in the network’s heavily watched 8 PM ET time slot. In the early days of CNN’s coverage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had beat Bill O’Reilly in the news demo more than once.  When the ratings tonight are issued by Nielsen it will determine whether this programming move thwarted another timeslot win in the news demo by CNN, which tends to score bigger than usual ratings when major, catastrophic news breaks.

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President Obama Begs To Differ With FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, Thinks Lincoln Would Have Appeared On ‘Between Two Ferns’

ObamaFerns_c__140312170620President Obama, responding to a question about Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly’s criticism of his appearance on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, said today that President Lincoln had a sense of humor. ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked Obama today about criticism that Abraham Lincoln would not have appeared on the web series hosted by Zach Galifianakis. (Obama did, last week, as part of a media tour to urge viewers and listeners to sign up for Obamacare before the March 31 deadline. The ESPN Radio interview was part of that campaign.)

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“One of the hardest things about being president is being in this bubble that is artificial, and, unless you make a conscious effort, you start sounding like some Washington stiff,” Obama told Cowherd. “If you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and, you know, being out among regular folks.”

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Fox News Reclaims 7-11 PM As Missing Malaysian Airliner Story Starts To Stall

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 2:25pm PDT

megyn4As missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 rubberneckers begin to fall away, owing to lack of substantial new developments, Fox News Channel recovered the top spot yesterday in total day and from 7-11 PM, aka extended primetime, in both overall audience and the news demo. It’s the first time in days that FNC has dominated extended primetime in both metrics, as CNN enjoyed big ratings boost with the missing-plane story. That said, CNN remains far more competitive than calendar year to date – at 7 PM, for instance, Erin Burnett OutFront came in less than 20,000 demo viewers behind FNC’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren (248,000 and 267,000, respectively). And, Piers Morgan Live, hosted by Bill Weir, clocked 379,000 demo viewers, which is a respectable retention of Anderson Cooper’s 383,000. That’s good news for Weir, who is one of the candidates to replace Morgan in the time slot.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Bests Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly For Record Third Time With Malaysia Airlines Mystery

CNN‘s Anderson Cooper beat Fox News Channel‘s Bill O’Reilly at 8 PM in the news demo ratings on three consecutive nights by focusing on the story of the Anderson Coopermissing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Cooper clocked 410,000 demo viewers Friday to O’Reilly’s 365,000. Cooper also had the news demo lead Wednesday and Thursday nights with wall-to-wall coverage of the missing airplane. Cooper’s lead-in, Erin Burnett (303,000), outstripped Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren (264,000) in the news demo Friday — marking the first time Burnett has finished first in the demo in the slot on two consecutive nights.

On Friday’s telecast, O’Reilly took a jab at “another” cable network that had devoted an entire hour the previous night to nothing but “speculation” about the missing flight. O’Reilly’s show started with a Shepard Smith update on the latest info about the still-missing plane, after which O’Reilly told viewers, “As you guys may know, we don’t do much speculation here on The Factor. But other news agencies do –  guessing about what may have happened. Wasting your time. Last night, an hour — one hour — on another network of nothing. It was amazing. So tonight, we’re going to stick with the facts.” After which he and a former former Federal Aviation Administration specialist spent several minutes chatting about how nothing is known for sure about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Read More »

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Malaysia Airlines Search Continues To Drive Viewers To CNN

CNN continued to pull inmalaysiaair bigger-than-usual crowds Thursday night with nearly non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight – this time winning three hours of primetime in the news demo. Specifically CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (366,000) beat On Read More »

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Anderson Cooper Edges Out Bill O’Reilly In Demo Last Night As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Grabs Viewers

malaysiaairAny time CNN beats Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly it’s news — Anderson Cooper did it last night in the news demo.  His Anderson Cooper 360 logged 431,000 demo viewers at 8 PM; The O’Reilly Factor clocked an average of 386,000 in the 25-54 age bracket. In overall audience O’Reilly continued to dominate with 2.81 million viewers  — laps ahead of AC360′s 972,000. And, in primetime overall, FNC maintained its first-place demo status with 360,000 viewers, to CNN’s 309,000.

CNN has been garnering some stronger-than-usual numbers the past couple days as the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grips viewers. Last night’s AC360 demo results were its best since October 16, 2013 when Cooper posted 466,000 demo viewers during the Senate vote to end the government shutdown.

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Stephen Colbert Auctions Bill O’Reilly Microwave, Outpacing O’Reilly’s Auction Of Obama Interview Notes (Video)

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 6:47am PST

While Bill O’Reilly is giving the worldColbert-Report__130807045707-275x224 the chance to own a piece of history, auctioning off his notes for his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama, Stephen Colbert has decided to sell off the microwave he says he stole from O’Reilly’s green room in 2007.

“Back in 2007, I appeared on  The Factor and Bill came on The Report Historians can debate who came out on top, but only one of us came away with the other’s microwave oven,” The Colbert Report star told viewers last night. “I had to, folks, because the carousel…technically makes it a Spin Zone and that’s against the O’Reilly Constitution. This is the most historically important journalistic microwave since 1977′s Defrost Nixon.

“I was going to take Bill’s cue and open the bidding at $10,000, but after a little research on eBay microwaves I found out most six-year-old microwaves got for about 40 bucks. However, this one was used by Bill himself, so we will start the bidding at 43 dollars. Which is a bargain when you consider the keypad on this thing contains more words than Bill’s entire interview notes,” Colbert said. (Watch video below)
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Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Scores 4.2M Viewers With Obama Interview Round 2

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:41pm PST

ObamaSuperBowl__140202224238-575x323Things may have been testy between the participants at times, but the ratings for Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama last night on Fox News Channel were full of nothing but love. With 4.204 million watching the continuation of the pre-taped White House sitdown from the Super Bowl pregame show, The O’Reilly Factor at 8 PM ET drew its best total audience numbers since its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Back in April 2013, Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture. Last night’s Factor also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.

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UPDATE: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 5:18pm PST

Obama Super Bowl InterviewUPDATE, 5:18PM: ”Absolutely, of course you are Bill but I like you anyway,” President Obama told Fox NewsBill O’Reilly tonight when asked if the cable news network host was “unfair” to him. “We just went through an interview where you asked about healthcare not working, IRS wholly corrupt, Benghazi,” Obama said referring to his testy live Super Bowel pregame interview with O’Reilly yesterday (see below). “The list of issues are defined by you guys in a certain way, but this is OK. If you want to be President of the United States then you know that you are going to be subject to criticism..” the President added. “But I want to know if it is unfair,” asked The O’Reilly Factor host to a smiling, laughing and deflecting Obama, “It’s my job to give you a hard time,” O’Reilly added. “Here’s what I would say, regardless of if it is unfair or not, it has made Fox News very successful,” responded Obama. “Here’s what you guys have to figure out, what are you going to do when I’m gone,” the President added. Today’s 10-minute interview shown on The O’Reilly Factor was taped immediately following the live 10-minute one-on-one the duo conducted Sunday. The taped interview also touched on support for veterans, the Keystone pipeline and how Obama thinks Richard Nixon was more liberal than he is.”Mr. President, always a pleasure to talk to you,” O’Reilly concluded the interview with. Afterwards, O’Reilly showed portions of the live interview from Sunday.

fnc1__131008010658-150x150PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: Things turned tense quickly today between President Obama and Bill O’Reilly in their Super Bowl pregame interview. “OK, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” Obama said to The O’Reilly Factor host near the start of their 10-minute live interview on Fox. That remark — in response to a question from O’Reilly whether it was the biggest mistake of Obama’s presidency when he told Americans no one would lose their healthcare under Obamacare — was one of a number of points on which the two butted heads.  The duo sparred almost from the beginning in the interview live from the White House this afternoon. Obama also took on Fox News Channel when O’Reilly asked him about reports the IRS was investigating Tea Party-related groups for political reasons. “These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.” Obama denied any corruption, just some “boneheaded decisions.” Earlier, the Fox News host interrupted Obama with a “you’re not going to answer that?” as the President replied to a question about why he didn’t fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after the botched online launch of Obamacare.

Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logoThe face-to-face marked the first time O’Reilly has interviewed Obama since Fox last broadcast the Super Bowl in 2011. The two covered several topics today including the Obamacare rollout, the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Obama wouldn’t offer a prediction for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. I can’t make a prediction, I don’t know, these guys are too evenly matched,” he said. “I think it is going to be 24-21 but I don’t know who is going to be 24 and I don’t know who is going to be 21.”  Just before the interview ended, O’Reilly told the President he thought his heart was in the right place. O’Reilly and Obama are set to chat more today for an additional taped portion that will be shown Monday on O’Reilly Factor.   Read More »

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The Good, The Bad, The Ads

Super Bowl 2014Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads –  though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was … Read More »

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Bill O’Reilly To Interview President Obama During Fox’s Super Bowl Pregame Show

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:14am PST

O'reillyobamaThe primetime Fox News Channel host will conduct the live sit-down from the White House during the Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show February 2. Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama is set to begin around 4:30 PM … Read More »

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The Day JFK Was Shot: 50 Years Later, Hollywood Remembers

(A version of this story first appeared Sunday.)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was a defining moment of the 20th century. That is even the case for someone like me, who was born after November 22, 1963, in the shadow of the president’s murder. Most of my generation can tell you where they were when they learned of the shooting of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, but everyone of a certain age can tell you where they were that tragic day in Dallas. With the passing of the WWII generation and memories of Pearl Harbor, only 9/11 is as seared into our souls now as much as 11/22. In remembrance of the 35th president, I asked some of the industry’s most notable and insightful individuals — a few of whom had seen JFK just before his death — where they were when they heard the news of the shooting and what they experienced that day. Here’s what they told me:

Ron Meyer – Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal
I had just gotten out of the Marine Corps and I was living in LA. I was working at a men’s clothing store and we heard this news. You know, I was in the Marines during the Cuban missile crisis, during the blockade, so we really felt we knew him and that you had direct involvement with him because, at least during that time, everything that happened to him affected us. We could have gone to war if he’d ordered it. So when he was killed, you felt that someone who had been an integral part of your life, my life, was gone. I was young, 20 years old, but it was the most unexpected loss. You know, my family escaped from Nazi Germany – so to us, he represented the hope of the world. It was tragic.

Jeffrey Katzenberg – CEO, DreamWorks Animation 
I try to focus less on November 22nd and more on November 8th, the date in 1960 when Kennedy was elected president. I was only 9 at the time, but that election, with its down-to-the-wire finish, suddenly made me aware of the excitement and possibilities of politics. Three years later, Kennedy’s assassination was devastating beyond words. But, for me, it further heightened the impact of his 1,000 days. While I was still in middle school, I went to work for another dynamic young leader, New York Mayor John Lindsay. JFK’s example inspired me then, and it inspires me still.

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Bill O’Reilly – Host, The O’Reilly Factor; Author, Killing Kennedy
Back in November of 1963, I was a 14-year-old freshman at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. I was sitting in Brother Carmine Diodati’s religion class when the loud speaker crackled, and the school principal announced that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. He then put the CBS radio report on the loudspeakers all over the school. The students were stunned. Few of us said anything.

When I got home that afternoon, my mother was watching CBS on television. Her mother, my grandmother’s name was Winifred Kennedy. So the O’Reilly family had a direct emotional tie to the much more famous Kennedy clan. In the weeks that followed, life got back to normal for the teenagers on Long Island. But my friends and I will never forget the first time we heard of the treacherous assassination.

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CNN Falls To Lowest Primetime In Over A Year; Fox’s Megyn Kelly Returns To Cable News Ratings Top Spot

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 3:03pm PDT

A busy news day of combative Congressional Obamacare hearings and Presidential speeches did CNN no favors in primetime last night. The Jeff Zucker-run cable network hit its lowest primetime time result among adults 25-54 in over a year Wednesday despite all the cable newers being up double digits over the day before during Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius’ morning testimony. Between 8 PM and 11 PM last night, CNN had a mere 67,000 viewers among the key news demo. That’s the worst its done in the demo since August 10 last year. With the Olympics were on NBC last August, CNN drew just 62,000 among the 25-54s that Friday. Not only was CNN behind rivals Fox News Channel (396,000) and MSNBC (127,000) but also it did worse than sister station HLN (93,000) and CNBC (79,000). The most watched show on CNN last night was Piers Morgan Live at 9 PM which got a soft 83,000 in the demo and 340,000 viewers overall. Overall CNN had 285,000 viewers in primetime last night compared to MSNBC’s 683,000 and FNC’s 2.312 million.

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Cable News Networks Tinker With Schedule Tonight To Cover Government Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Deadline

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 2:36pm PDT

The cable news networks have tinkered with tonight’s schedule as they continue coverage of the government shutdown and debt ceiling deadline. Fox News Channel will follow a live edition of Hannity at 10 PM ET, with Bret Baier anchoring … Read More »

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Bill O’Reilly Back On Top In Cable News Demo Ratings

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT

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Megyn Kelly Tops Night In Cable News Ratings

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 11:47am PDT

Has Fox News Channel found the new queen of primetime cable news? In her second night on Fox News’ new primetime lineup, Megyn Kelly clocked the highest adults 25-54 rating across all of cable news, building on her Bill O’Reilly lead-in. Kelly averaged 623,000 demo viewers and 2.8 million viewers overall — and did it without Sen. Ted Cruz, her premiere-night big “get.” Compared to her maiden voyage in primetime the previous night Kelly’s show jumped 116% in the demo and 34% in overall audience. In so doing, she beat CNN’s Piers Morgan and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow combined — in both metrics. Morgan logged 590,000 viewers, 169,000 of them in the demo; Maddow logged 1.1 million viewers, 291,000 in the demo.

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Fox News’ Revamped Primetime Tops Cable News Monday

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 12:44pm PDT

Fox News Channel celebrated its 17th birthday last night with the unveiling of its new expanded primetime lineup and a bigger piece of cake than its cable news rivals combined. However, that slice was a little smaller than Fox News had last Monday. While up 1% to 2.027 million from its September 30 overall 7-11 PM viewership, the revamped Fox News was down 15% to 329,000 among adults 24-54 from the big news night last week that marked the beginning of the government shutdown. That being said, with the debut of The Kelly File at 9 PM, Hannity moving to 10 PM, On The Record With Greta Van Susteren now at 7 PM and The O’Reilly Factor staying at 8 PM, FNC beat the 1.009 million total viewers and 314,000 in the demo MSNBC drew Monday and the 516,000 total viewers and 144,000 25-54s that CNN drew. Comparing cable news networks in the 8-11 PM block, Fox News was also typically No. 1 with 2.059 million overall viewers and 318,547 in the demo. Tied with last week’s overall viewership, FNC was down among adults 25-54 from September 30’s 393,000 in the demo. MSNBC had 946,861 total viewers between 8-11 PM last night with 292,874 in the demo, while CNN drew  519,786 total viewers and 145,193 among the 25-54s. Compared to the recently ended 3Q 2013, the new expanded primetime lineup bumped up 6% in the 25-54 demo to and 15% in overall viewers.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Makes “Killing O’Reilly” Crack About FNC Rival On ‘Colbert Report’: Video

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 7:26am PDT

MSNBC’s pugnacious Hardball pundit Chris Matthews caused a kerfuffle last night when he visited Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to plug his new book Tip And The Gipper. Host Stephen Colbert wondered why he didn’t call the book Killing Tip And The Gipper because “that would really boost … Read More »

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