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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 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 foxnewschannel__121107055533__130821210939__130827191454Chairman 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.

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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, 2014, the Jeff Zucker-run cable news network pulled in an average of 498,000 total viewers between 8 PM and 11 PM and 169,000 among adults 25-54. While CNN saw a slight 3% dip in the key news demo, it slid 16% in total viewers from from Q1 2013. That viewership result slide tumbles CNN down to the third worst quarter it has ever had in total audience. Only the Q2 2012’s 446,000 and Q4 2013’s 474,000 were worst for network. Fellow cabler MSNBC was also down from msnbc_logo_20110630160351__121213191013__140102224602-275x86Q1 2013. With 683,000 total viewers in primetime, MSNBC fell 10% in Q1 2014 from a year beforehand. Undoubtedly, all the shifts in the cabler’s schedule, anchor missteps and the vast underperformance of assumed golden boy Ronan Farrow were contributing factors in this fall. Still MSNBC had its best quarter in a year and held on to the No. #2 primetime spot in both total viewers and among adults 25-54 (214,000, down 4% from Q1 2013). The network was also second in total day with 394,000 viewers and 138,000 in the demo, a fall of 9% and a 2% from Q1 2103.

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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 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).

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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.

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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

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 10:14am PDT

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 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.

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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, Fox News delivered 1.31 million total viewers — more than CNN (670,000) and MSNBC (313,000) combined –  and 297,000 demo viewers (to CNN’s 201,000 and MSNBC’s 109,000).  Fox News jumped 42% in the news demo in that hour, compared to the 209,000 viewers of one day earlier. CNN climbed 49% in the hour, but from a smaller base of 135,000 demo viewers at 10 AM Tuesday to 201,000 demo viewers when the blast became the headline. MSNBC, which tends not to draw a lot more viewers for breaking catastrophic news the way the other cable news networks do, went up a more modest 17%, up from the previous day’s 93,000 demo viewers to 109,000. Fox News also finished first for the total day in both overall audience and in the demo, though CNN’s AC360 clocked a rare demo win against The O’Reilly Factor at 8 PM with coverage of the latest twists in the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Related: Anderson Cooper Edges Bill O’Reilly As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Grabs Viewers

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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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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Interviews Newsmax Co-Founder About Plan To Launch Fox News Competitor: Video

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT

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.”, launched in 1998, had more than 11.5 million visitors in January, according to ComScore. Watch a preview here:

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Sean Hannity Plugs His Cameo On Netflix’s ‘House Of Cards’ In Season 2

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 8:37am PST

Last night, Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity touted his cameo in the recently-released second season of Netflix‘s House Of Cards. Fishbowl DC also reported a CNN Candy Crowley sighting.

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Fox News Adds James Carville; Former Clinton Aide Left CNN Last Year

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 10:10am PST

James Carville And Mary Matalin: 40 Hours to DecideRagin’ 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.

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