Fox 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 Newsroom has been No. 1 for 86 consecutive months, with both total viewers and in the news demo — from February of ’07 to March of ’14. “Bill Hemmer is a fantastic all-around newsman and a tremendous talent,” Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in the announcement. “One of his great gifts is his ability to work so well with everyone — there isn’t an hour in our news lineup that Bill couldn’t anchor. He’s the consummate team player.” Hemmer was one of the earlier CNN defectors, joining FNC in August 2005 after a decade at CNN, where his credits include co-anchoring American Morning and anchoring CNN Live Today and CNN Tonight.
The 10 AM ET debut of Fox News Channel‘s 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 MSNBC ‘s Melissa Harris-Perry (391,000, 168,000) combined in overall audience and nearly doing same in the demo. Sunday Morning Futures’ demo crowd was Fox News’ third-biggest demo audience for the timeslot this year, delivering a strong lead in for FNC’s 11 AM program, MediaBuzz, which delivered its highest demo rating since debuting back in September (1.001 million viewers, 353,000 in the demo), outstripping CNN’s Reliable Sources (674,000 viewers, 189,000 demo viewers).
Megyn Kelly has landed a sit-down with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — his first cable news network interview since his January 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.
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.
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.
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:
Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo will anchor a 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.
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.
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:
CNN continued to pull in 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 the Record With Greta Van Susteren (290,000) at 7 PM, AC360 (454,000) beat The O’Reilly Factor (429,000) again at 8 PM, and CNN’s on-its-way-out Piers Morgan Live (452,000) beat The Kelly File (421,000) at 9 PM. It’s the first time since the Boston Marathon bombing that AC360 beat The O’Reilly Factor at 8 on two consecutive nights.
Fox News Channel dominated all three hours among total viewers. FNC also won 8-11 PM primetime in total viewers and in the news demo, because CNN plunged to 218,000 demo viewers at 10 PM, losing more than half of Morgan’s demo crowd with the second episode of its eight-episode docu-series Chicagoland, while FNC’s Hannity clocked 389,000 demo viewers in the hour.
Anderson Cooper Edges Out Bill O’Reilly In Demo Last Night As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Grabs Viewers
Any 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.
CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Interviews Newsmax Co-Founder About Plan To Launch Fox News Competitor: Video
CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning interviews Newsmax co-founder Chris Ruddy about his plans to take on Fox News Channel with the June launch of a new cable news network called NewsmaxTV. “The boomer market, which we’re focusing on, has 80 million Americans. There’s really not much on cable servicing them,” Ruddy tells host Brian Stelter. BusinessWeek has called the new network “either a misguided fantasy or a cunningly disruptive business plan.” Newsmax.com, launched in 1998, had more than 11.5 million visitors in January, according to ComScore. Watch a preview here:
Ragin’ cajun James Carville has a new home at Fox New Channel as an on-air contributor. “James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News,” said Fox New Channel Programming VP Bill Shine today of the longtime political pundit who helped get Bill Clinton elected in 1992. “We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network,” Shine added. Carville has been on Fox News several times, including Tuesday on The Kelly File. The move to FNC comes over a year after Carville exited CNN,
Carville and his wife, GOP operative Mary Matlin, left CNN in January 2013 after the cable news network wanted the New Orleans resident to be closer to Washington DC. A staunch Democrat, Carville was one of the co-hosts of CNN’s Crossfire from 2002-2005. He joins another ex-CNNer at Fox News: In June longtime Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz shifted to FNC where his MediaBuzz constantly outperforms his old show.