Fox News Signs Chris Wallace To New Contract

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT

0_61_wallace_chris_320Per terms of his new multiyear deal, the veteran newsman will continue as anchor and moderator of Fox News Sunday. Since joining Fox News Channel in 2003, Chris Wallace has served as moderator of the one-hour public affairs program presented on the Fox Broadcasting Co. and replayed on FNC. He also has  contributed to FNC’s political and election coverage. This year marks Wallace’s 50th year in the broadcasting industry; he began his TV career at 16 as a gofer for Walter Cronkite at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Read More »

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Fox News’ New Take On Female Panelist Daytime Talker Will Feature One Guy And Be Called ‘Outnumbered’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 12:08pm PDT

foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939__130827191454Fox News Channel finally announced the replacement program with which it will fill the void left when Megyn Kelly moved to primetimeOutnumbered. It’s kind of like The View, in that it’s a panel of women taking on the day’s top news/pop culture headlines — only with an FNC spin in that it’s got one rotating slot for a guy, who’s, you know, outnumbered. The announcement comes the same day The View announced it had talked all of its current and former co-hosts — including the ones who left under a cloud — to return to the show May 15 to say so-long to Babs Walters, who is retiring as show on-air Den Mom, though she’s continuing as show exec producer.

Outnumbered debuts Monday, April 28 at 12 PM ET; Fox Report Weekend anchor Harris Faulkner and Fox Business Network’s Sandra Smith are among the panelists named today. Additional personalities to be featured include co-hosts of The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros; along with FNC contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. Each of the panelists maintain their respective roles on FNC and FBN. Read More »

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Jon Stewart Explains Media Angst Over Hollywood’s Take On Religion: Video

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 3:34pm PDT

Jon Stewart has deconstructed the media’s consternation over Hollywood’s depiction of religion in Noah and Son Of God — particularly Fox News Channel and CNN. Fortunately for Paramount, which distributes Noah, and 20th Century Fox, which distributes Son Of God (a repurposing of History’s hit 10-hour miniseries … Read More »

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Bill Hemmer Re-Ups At Fox News Channel

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 1:11pm PDT

Bill HemmerFox News Channel has re-signed Bill Hemmer to a multi-year contract. He will continue hosting America’s Newsroom with Martha MacCallum and the network’s 1 PM ET hour until a new show debuts in that time slot. America’s NewsroomRead More »

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CNN Hits Near Low In Q1 Ratings, Fox News On Top Again For 49th Time, MSNBC Down

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT

cnnlogo4__140310195953They may have had a March ratings surge with their constant coverage of the missing Malaysian Airliner but it wasn’t enough to save CNN from one of their worst quarterly primetime results ever. Between December 30, 2013 and March 28, … Read More »

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Maria Bartiromo Debut Boosts ‘MediaBuzz’ on Fox News Channel

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 8:16am PDT

The 10 AM ET debut of Fox News Channel‘smariab1__140324174504 Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo (1.078 million viewers, 312,000 in the news demo) took the top spot in cable news, beating CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria GPS (643,000, 169,000) and … Read More »

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Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly Lands Cable Exclusive With Gov. Chris Christie

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 6:08pm PDT

Megyn Kelly has landed a sit-down with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — his first cable news network interview since his MegynKellyJanuary press conference on the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal. Kelly’s Fox News Channel interview — a cable news exclusive — will be presented on The Kelly File in two parts, tomorrow and Monday. The interview will take place at the governor’s Trenton office; he also is expected to be asked about his 2016 presidential aspirations and the other members of the GOP field.

Related: Fox News Back On Top For Work Week As Malaysian Flight 370 Mystery Sputters

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer sat down with Christie and his wife Mary Pat today at their home in New Jersey — his first television interview since that marathon January news conference. The interview airs tonight on World News and all ABC News platforms.

Related: Maria Bartiromo To Anchor ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ On Fox News Channel

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Fox News Back On Top For Work Week As Malaysian Flight 370 Mystery Sputters

Fox News Channel solidified its return to the top spot Friday in total day and primetime as viewers wearied of the lack of new developments in the malaysiaairjet1Malaysian airliner mystery. Fox News logged 1.08 million overall viewers in total day, 230,000 in the news demo, besting CNN (593,000 and 188,000) and MSNBC (339,000 and 110,000). In primetime, Fox News Channel Fox News clocked 1.77 million viewers, 280,000 in the news demo, beating CNN’s 710,000 and 199,000, respectively, as that network’s numbers continued to settle down owing to lack of any tangible evidence as to what had happened to the missing plane and its 239 passengers. The only exception on Friday was CNN’s 10 PM special report on the missing plane, which outperformed Thursday’s Chicagoland. Fox News also beat MSNBC’s 507,000 and 110,000, respectively.

Related: Ronan Farrow Tweet Breaks Cease-Fire Among TV News Rivals

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UPDATE: Ronan Farrow Tweet Touting Malaysian Airliner Grief Breaks Cease-Fire Among TV News Rivals

UPDATE, 1:40 PM: We spoke too soon. TV news types blasted MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow after he tweeted/touted this morning that he had exclusive footage of the girlfriend of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passenger Philip Wood when she received news from Malaysia Airlines that it believed the plane went down in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia and that there were no survivors.

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Farrow tweeted by way of promoting his MSNBC program that is telecast at 1 PM. His tweet was deleted when outrage ensued, and sniffed at his earlier self in a subsequent tweet: Read More »

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Maria Bartiromo To Anchor ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ On Fox News Channel

Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo will anchor amariab1 Fox News Channel program, Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo, launching Sunday, March 30 at 10 AM ET. The new show 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.

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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.

Related: Malaysia Airlines News Coverage Mania Splits Media Watchers

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UPDATE: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Ends Anderson Cooper’s Malaysian Airlines Ratings Streak, But Flood-The-Zone Coverage Boosts CNN Elsewhere

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 1:52pm PDT

cnnlogo4UPDATE: 1:30 PM: Fox News Channel clocked an average of 2.1 million viewers in primetime Monday night, thumping CNN‘s 847,000 — but CNN came within shooting distance of Fox News in the news demo with its flood-the-zone coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. CNN’s primetime news demo audience: 386,000. Fox News’ primetime news demo crowd: 391,000. To that end, CNN’s Erin Burnett (375,000) edged Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren (342,000) at 7 PM; CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, hosted by Bill Weir (383,000), topped Fox News’ Megyn Kelly (365,000) at 9; and CNN’s Don Lemon (390,000) topped Fox News’ Sean Hannity (359,000) at 10. One big change: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (450,000) put an end to CNN star Anderson Cooper’s (385,000) three-night demo winning streak. Read More »

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Fox News Tops Cable’s Total-Viewer Rankings With Week Of Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Mystery And Obamacare Deadline

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 10:47am PDT

Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,fox-news-logo and the Obamacare deadline catapulted Fox News Channel to No 1 among cable networks in primetime last week, with an average of 2.049 million viewers. FNC edged past USA  (1.907 million), History (1.898 million), AMC (1.796 million), TBS (1.73 million), TNT (1.613), and ESPN (1.334 million). CNN finished the week 22nd among cable networks with 800,000 primetime viewers of all ages, and MSNBC ranked No. 27 with 666,000 primetime viewers. In total day, FNC ranked No. 3 with viewers 2+, CNN ranked No. 37 and MSNBC ranked No. 28.
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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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UPDATE: Dave Letterman, Bill O’Reilly Debate Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Appearance The Day After Stephen Colbert Weighs In On Obama’s ‘Ferns’ Debut: Video

UPDATE: 5:30 PM: David Letterman tonight asked FNC’s Bill O’Reilly to explain his displeasure with President Obama‘s appearance on Zach Galifianakis‘ web series Between Two Ferns. Short answer: Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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PREVIOUS: THURSDAY, AM: President Obama’s appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ web series Between Two Ferns is now three layers of TV deep. Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report last night did a report on Fox News Channel’s disapproval of the president’s appearance on the Funny or Die series to promote the Affordable Care Act. “I am not the only one who was angry,” Colbert said of FNC’s unhappiness. “I am just the best at it.”

Up next — Reliable Sources‘ Sunday deconstruction of The Colbert Report’s segment on FNC’s anxiety over Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns? Watch after the jump: 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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Fox News Beats Rivals In Ratings When Harlem Explosion Becomes National News

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 2:56pm PDT

jcbldg[1]Fox News Channel was the most-watched network yesterday morning during the breaking news of the explosion in Harlem, NY,  both total viewers and in the news demo. At 10 AM ET, when reports of an explosion demolishing a building first broke, … 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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Fox News’ ‘MediaBuzz’ Back On Top With Second Biggest Ratings Yet

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 8:59am PDT

costaskurtzThis past Sunday Fox News Channel‘s MediaBuzz celebrated its six-month anniversary with its second-highest-rated telecast to date, featuring an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas about the eye infection that sidelined him during his network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics as well as his coverage of Russian president Vladimir Putin. MediaBuzz clocked 1.132 million viewers and 263,000 in the news demo — tripling CNN‘s like-minded Sunday show Reliable Sources in total viewers and nearly doubling Reliable Sources in the demo. (According to Nielsen, MediaBuzz‘s highest-rated telecast, on December 1 of last year, clocked 1.183 million viewers with breaking news of the New York City train derailment, and 267,000 demo viewers.)

Compared with last week’s program, MediaBuzz was up double-digits in both categories — up 28% with overall audience and 53% in the news demo. Reliable Sources, meanwhile, dropped 38% in the demo compared to the previous Sunday when it logged a rare demo win, and was down 2% in overall audience. Read More »

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