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Jon Stewart Breaks Down FNC, CNN Hillary Clinton “Exclusive” Interviews On Same Day: Video

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 6:50am PDT

“Good get! They should be proud of themselves for scoring an interview from the Salinger-like recluse Hillary Clinton — a woman whose secretive nationwide book tour had restricted her access to NBC, CBS, ABC twice, and the Arlington Virginia Costco,” Stewart noted. Watch here:
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Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ Debut Delays Doctors’ ‘Sunday Housecall’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 7:58am PDT

mariab1To make room for Maria Bartiromo‘s new Sunday Morning Futures, debuting this weekend at 10 AM ET, Fox News Channel is moving its weekly medical news program Sunday Housecall, hosted by Jamie Colby and Eric Shawn, from 10:30 AM ET to 12:30 PM. It, in turn, is bumping half an hour of America’s News Headquarters. FNC’s new Bartiromo program will focus on the intersection of commerce and news events, offering viewers in-depth analysis on recent developments in the economy. Bartiromo will interview business leaders and industry newsmakers on topics such as job creation and investment opportunities, providing viewers with an inside look at how to prepare financially for the future. Housecall also features Dr. David Samadi who is Chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital, and Dr. Marc Siegel who is an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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FNC Hangs On To Ratings Lead But CNN’s Bill Weir Tops His Timeslot, While NBC’s Chuck Todd Joins CNN Critics As Missing Plane Coverage Continues

As the Mystery of Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 mystery dragged on, Fox News Channel continued its hold on primetime BillWeirThursday in the news demo (391,000) with CNN a competitive No. 2 (321,000) followed, not closely, by MSNBC (166,000) and HLN (128,000). Piers Morgan Live, hosted by possible Morgan replacement Bill Weir (373,000), was the only CNN program to best FNC — Megyn Kelly (353,000) in the demo. But CNN took a tumble at 10 PM when the network switched from missing-plane coverage to docu-series Chicagoland (172,000). FNC’s Hannity clobbered it (331,000). Earlier in the evening, CNN’s Erin Burnett (347,000) came within 9,000 demo viewers of FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (356,000), after which FNC’s Bill O’Reilly (486,000) widened the lead, over CNN’s Anderson Cooper (420,000). Read More »

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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.)

Related: Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview Boosts’s Traffic 40%: Video

“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.”

Related: Dave Letterman, Bill O’Reilly Debate Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance

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Malaysian Airliner Search Overnight Drama Keeps TV News Operations Humming: Video

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 7:34am PDT

malaysiaairjet1Around 11:30 PM ET last night word that new satellite images had pinpointed two large objects in the ocean a couple thousand miles off the coast of Australia electrified TV news teams covering missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Fox New Channel‘s Shepard Smith jumped back on the air at midnight to report on the new development, but anchored from the newsroom studio because it takes a big team to fire up The Deck. CNN  broke into its AC360 repeat at 11:26 PM with CNNI anchor John Vause, with Don Lemon and Richard Quest jumping in at 11:55 PM and Anderson Cooper added at 12:07 AM. MSNBC‘s Betty Nguyen anchored for that network, handing off to Chris Jansing around 2 AM.

ABC‘s lucky David Wright was flying on a U.S. Navy surveillance plane in the Indian Ocean when it was directed to the sightings, and told Nightline “We’ll be the first on the site.” But when ABC’s Good Morning America clocked in this morning, Wright, now back in Perth, reported the surveillance plane had turned up only a freighter and some dolphins. Watch Wright’s GMA report here:

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Malaysia Airlines News Coverage Mania Splits Media Watchers

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 3:29pm PDT

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Weekly Column: People who work in the media are deeply divided into two factions right now: those who think TV news operations have lost their minds with their coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and those believe there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to this Practically Perfect TV News Story that has held viewers spellbound for nearly two weeks and potentially launched a few new TV careers, despite a pesky lack of actual information. And while few things in this world are more painful malaysiaairthan the realization that an estrangement has occurred between colleagues who for years have jogged along through life sharing the same views on the relative importance of TV news, the uselessness of overnight ratings, the urgency of attracting millennials (or at least viewers under 50) and how great House Of Cards is, the divide has been interesting to watch play out.

Related: Malaysia Airlines Search Continues To Drive Viewers To CNN

In the interest of accuracy, viewers actually have learned a lot watching coverage of the missing plane story. They now have useful information about the relative ease of boarding an international flight in Malaysia with a stolen passport, which may inform future vacation-making plans. Better still, they’ve learned where Malaysia is on a map, its proximity to Australia, and the depth of the Indian Ocean. They know how much they could get on the open market for a used Boeing 777. Security experts have told them they’re not alone in suspecting that a steward armed with an aisle-blocking beverage cart is not a terribly effective way to thwart a would-be plane hijacker during a pilot potty break. They now know what a “C block” is in the TV news biz thanks to Fox News star Megyn Kelly, who joked to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt, “Way to hold it right until the C block, Michael!” the other night when he was her guest — but waited to give her his scoop (that its first path-diverting turn was done by a computer system programmed in the cockpit) until later in her program so it would first break on his paper’s website.

Viewers love this story because it’s jammed with mystery, and pathos, and taps into their fear of flying — like Lost. So many had suggested it resembled the setup of the ABC serialized hit that a plan to screen the pilot during last weekend’s 10-year reunion panel at PaleyFest was scrubbed, out of consideration for the families of the missing passengers and crew. Last Sunday, CNN’s Don Lemon wondered, “Especially today, on a day when we deal with the supernatural — we go to church, the supernatural power of God…people are saying to me, ‘Why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding?’ ” Read More »

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Fox News Channel Grabs Primetime, CNN Captures 2, 3, 6 and 7 PM With Malaysian Airlines’ Missing Flight

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 2:32pm PDT

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Attends Press ConferenceFox News Channel and CNN were locked in a deathmatch for news demo viewers last night. FNC reclaimed the lead in primetime, though with slimmer leads than it enjoyed before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing nearly two weeks ago. For instance, CNN’s Bill Weir, filling in for Piers Morgan at 9 PM, clocked 351,000 demo viewers to 354,000 for FNC’s Megyn Kelly. CNN’s Don Lemon at 10 PM clocked 324,000 demo viewers to Sean Hannity‘s 336,000 on FNC. FNC’s Bill O’Reilly enjoyed a second night besting Anderson Cooper after Cooper’s three-day pop in the age bracket, with 404,000 demo viewers and 366,000, respectively. Ironically, O’Reilly’s telecast included a segment about the missing Malaysian Airliner, if only to decry the media’s mania with the story. At 11 PM, when Cooper and O’Reilly’s shows were repeated, Cooper edged out O’Reilly 348,000 to 339,000. CNN also topped FNC at 2 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM.

Related: Bill O’Reilly Ends Anderson Cooper’s Malaysian Airlines Ratings Streak

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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Nabs First Demo Win With New Host

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

For the first time since former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter took over as anchor of CNN’s Sunday all-things-media program cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110__131209225955Reliable Sources, the show edged out Fox News Channel’s like-minded show MediaBuzz in the news demo.  Reliable Sources‘ 193,000 demo viewers put it 21,000 viewers ahead of MediaBuzz  at 11 AM;  in overall audience, MediaBuzz (881,000 viewers), helmed by former Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz, enjoyed a big advantage over RS (384,000) as has his show every week.
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February Cable News Numbers: CNN Tumbles As Fox News Channel Logs 146th Consecutive Win; MSNBC Hangs On

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 11:46am PST

February cable ratings are in –  Piers Morgan may be out at CNN, but what about the rest of the network’s primetime, which looked none too good for the month, all losing around half their audience compared to same month last year? CNN‘s Anderson Cooper cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110__131209225955at 8 PM dropped 47% February to February in overall audience to average 421,000 viewers, and 46% in the news demo to 127,000 viewers for the month, according to Nielsen. In his defense, Cooper’s lead-in, Erin Burnett Outfront, dropped 39% to post an average of 293,000 viewers in February –  CNN’s smallest monthly haul in the timeslot in more than two decades — and slipped 32% in the news demo to 100,000 viewers. Morgan’s getting scrubbed from 9 PM at CNN because, for instance, he logged 347,000 viewers for the month — down 46% –  and 100,000 demo viewers — down 38%.

foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939Meanwhile, Fox News Channel has now reached 146 consecutive months at No. 1 in total viewers, in both total day and primetime, among cable news networks, and is for February the only cable network up in both total viewers and the demo compared to last February. In all of cable, Fox News ranked third in primetime (8-11 PM) – behind USA Network and History – and fifth for total day. Meanwhile, neither CNN or MSNBC were able to crack the top 20 in either daypart. CNN ranked 39th in prime and 34th in today day; MSNBC 26th in prime and 27th in total day. Every hour of the day, Fox News dominated CNN and MSNBC  combined in total viewers. It also beat both networks in the news demo. Read More »

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Fox News Channel Extends Cable News Ratings Winning Streak In January

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 10:55am PST

fnc1Fox News Channel extended its cable news winning streak to 145 consecutive months with the release of January ratings. In overall audience fnc-cnn.JPGFNC outstripped CNN and MSNBC combined in prime and in total day; it also led in the news demo, though by smaller margins.

With total viewers, FNC landed in the Top-5 among all cable networks in total day, while CNN and MSNBC settled for No. 38 and No. 29, respectively, and HLN clocked in at No. 47. In prime, FNC finished January at No. 7, CNN at No. 40, MSNBC at No. 30, and HLN at No. 46.

cnnlogo__140117174347-275x131In primetime, only HLN grew year to year, in the demo – 6%, to 123,000 viewers. That said, FNC, at a leading 264,000 viewers, was down just 1% in the demo in primetime. CNN plunged 35% to 131,000 viewers in the age bracket, and MSNBC slid 2% to 231,000 viewers. In total day in the demo, HLN grew 11% to 101,000 viewers, besting CNN’s 98,000 – a 27% drop. MSNBC fell 8% to 148,00 viewers, while FNC grew 5% to lead the pack with 220,000 viewers. Read More »

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News-Free ‘Duck Dynasty’ Interview Gooses FNC’s New Year’s Eve Program Ratings

By | Thursday January 2, 2014 @ 3:06pm PST

GRABS_MEDIA_RELATION_NYE_9Fox News Channel’s New Year’s Eve interview with Duck Dynasty royalty Willie and Kori Robertson might not have contained much actual news – okay, it contained no news, unless you count — Spoiler Alert – Willie revealing he’s hired himself a good looking assistant for the upcoming batch of episodes, and that he hopes not to blow out his knee while skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colo. – but it did deliver ratings.

In the final hour of 2013, FNC clocked 2 griffincoopermillion viewers – 33% more than it logged same hour last year. FNC notes that’s the hour in which Willie and Kori chatted, via satellite, with Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Over at CNN, meanwhile, an average of 1.726 million viewers were tuned in to Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. On the bright side for CNN, 742,000 of that crowd fell into the news demo, while only 401,000 of FNC’s 2 mil did same.

And, CNN won the 11 PM -12:30 AM derby, with 2.095 million viewers, to FNC’s 2.028 million — though FNC’s was a best yet for that network. CNN’s demo take more than doubled FNC’s.

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Year-End: Cable News Networks Grapple With Non-Election-Year Ratings

By | Thursday January 2, 2014 @ 12:43pm PST

fnc1YearEnd2013_badge__131227212819__131230220451A tumultuous year for cable news networks wrapped with all of them having experienced some kind of ratings ding compared to ’12 – except HLN, whose currency is court trials, not presidential election cycles. 2013 was the year of the George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias trials – a good year for HLN.

Perennial cable news ratings leader Fox News Channel wound up ‘13 ranked No. 6 in primetime among all ad-supported cablers – behind USA, ESPN, History, TBS and TNT – with an average audience of 1.761 million viewers.  (For comparison sake, MSNBC ranked No. 29 with 640,000 viewers, and CNN ranked 32nd with 568,000. HLN brought up the rear, with a primetime average of 395,000 viewers, but that’s a 22% year-to-year improvement.)

FNC made headlines this year when it revamped its primetime slate in October, adding Megyn Kelly at 9 PM, and moving Sean Hannity to 10 and Greta Van Susteren to 7. Since the change, all four of FNC’s primetime shows are up in total viewers and in the demo compared to year to date averages with Kelly’s show up the most: 10% in the news demo and 20% in overall audience.

cnnlogo2Jeff Zucker took over the reins at CNN at the start of ’13; the network edged back up to No. 2 in total day, but remained in third place in prime, behind MSNBC, with its smallest ratings in two decades. That said, CNN’s weekday primetime programs saw some growth, including Anderson Cooper’s double-digit improvement, and a Piers Morgan inch-up. Read More »

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A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Headache Continues Despite Phil Robertson’s Return; FNC Snags New Year’s Eve Interview With His Kin

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 3:12pm PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198A&E’s Duck Dynasty headache might not be over: Fox News Channel officially announced it will ring in 2014 with Willie and Korie Robertson during its  All-American New Year special, which starts at 9 PM Eastern on Tuesday. Appearing live via satellite from Steamboat Springs, CO, for their first television appearance following A&E‘s reinstatement of Phil Robertson on the hit reality series, his son and daughter-in-law will discuss the situation with FNC’s Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The couple also will reflect on 2013 and discuss the year ahead, FNC promised. (Hasselbeck, you’ll recall, visited the Robertson’s home and Duck Call center in Louisiana, with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, when she made her debut on Fox & Friends).

A&E Lifts Phil Robertson’s Suspension
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FNC on-air talent were among those blasting A&E over its decision to put Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on hiatus indefinitely, owing to comments he made about homosexuality in a GQ interview. Sean Hannity gave out A&E exec phone numbers on his radio show; FNC contributor Sarah Palin took to social media to voice her support for Phil Robertson, saying that his suspension is an attack on free speech. “Free speech is an endangered species,” she wrote on Facebook. Read More »

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Maria Bartiromo, Wall Street’s Money Honey, Leaving CNBC For Fox Business Network

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 2:45pm PST

Maria Bartiromo, whose contract with CNBC expires this month, is jumping to Fox Business Network.

“After twenty great years of having a front row seat to some of the most important economic stories in the world, it’s hard to sum up the gratitude and appreciation I have for the team that helped make it happen,” Bartiromo said in a statement confirming her exit from CNBC. “I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to accomplish.  I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey, and of course the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it.”

In May, word got out she’d signed with Creative Artists Agency and had begun exploring her options in earnest, as her latest five-year deal with CNBC wound to a close; in July, the New York Post reported the anchor, who has embraced the Money Honey nickname, was looking at Fox Business Network and CNN. At Fox Business Network, she’s expected to anchor a daily market-hours program; she’s also going to have some role at Fox News Channel, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. CNBC, in confirming this afternoon that Bartiromo was ending her two decade tenure there, noted her contract expires on November 24.

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Media Critics Scoff At CBS’ Internal Investigation of Botched ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report: Video

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 7:59am PST

You know who loves the MSNBC Puts Alec Baldwin’s New Show On Two-Week Suspension After Alleged Homophobic Rant story? CBS News, which is happy for any bright shiny light that distracts media finger-waggers from its botched 60 Minutes Benghazi report. Unfortunately, the two media-centric Sunday shows, on cable news networks CNN and Fox News Channel, weighed in anyway, though no damning new revelations or accusations came to light. Neither show was impressed with CBS’ internal review of the newsmag’s Benzhazi segment, which CBS News has said was reported out for a year. It was based on bum information given by a now discredited security contractor who’d written a now-discredited book about the incident for CBS’ publishing division. Some of Sunday’s talking heads noted CBS News exec producer Al Ortiz will be taking the results of his investigation into the failure of 60 Minutes exec producer Jeff Fager to the chairman of CBS News — Jeff Fager. “60 Minutes needs to re-report this story and share the results with the public,” advised CBS News alum Terence Smith on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Lara Logan’s day of apologizing “isn’t enough,” chimed in Fox News’ MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz, who also called for an outside investigation, adding his boilerplate “We all make mistakes — myself included.”

Related: ’60 Minutes’ Wraps Ups With Another Apology For Botched Benghazi Report

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UPDATE: Fox News Channel Unveils Its New Self On 17th Anniversary: Video

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT

2nd UPDATE, 6:20 PM: “Good Evening everyone, I’m Megyn Kelly, and I’m BACK!” FNC‘s newest primetime host said/shouted at 9 PM ET today as she dove into the launch of The Kelly File while the camera panned lovingly over her fabulous little black dress and her gorgeous gams, that could be seen through her plexiglass desk. “What does it feel like to be The Most Hated Man in America?” she asked her first guest — Sen. Ted Cruz — her first question. Cruz instead said how honored he was to be her first guest on her first broadcast of her primetime show, as she returned from maternity leave to take over the plum post-Bill O’Reilly timeslot. “Thank you very much, sir. Now ANSWER the question!” Kelly barked, smiling.

Later in her maiden voyage as primetime host, Kelly welcomed the co-hosts of FNC’s The Five to discuss, among other topics, Miley Cyrus’s appearance earlier today on NBC’s Today show in which Miley told Matt Lauer he, like everyone over 40, is too old for sex. A theory that Miley may have a “mental health issue” seemed to be gaining favor, until Kelly shot it down by mentioning “some study recently” that found women over 40 have the most satisfying sex lives — because they don’t want it, and aren’t having it. Read More »

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