MSNBC announced this morning Ronan Farrow will sit down with Angelina Jolie in London on Friday to discuss her efforts to help end sexual violence in conflict zones. Jolie is the co-host of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, the largest global meeting ever held on the subject of sexual violence in war. The interview, which will air on Friday’s Ronan Farrow Daily at 1 PM ET, makes perfect sense — Farrow being the son of Mia Farrow, and Mia Farrow being Angelina Jolie before Jolie was Angelina Jolie — an actress well-known for using her celebrity to promote various humanitarian causes. Today’s announcement led to some speculation that Farrow – the son of Woody Allen (or maybe Frank Sinatra, according to mom Mia in an interview last fall with Vanity Fair) – may have a future on MSNBC snagging celebrity interviews.
Farrow needs something new to do at MSNBC, where, in June to date, he’s clocked just 201,000 viewers — 42,000 in the news demo. That’s 27% and 42% lower than his first-month stats which, in turn, were nothing to write home about. Compared to one year ago, Farrow’s launch-to-now ratings are down 28% in overall audience, and 30% in the news demo, versus MSNBC’s … Read More »
The same night NBC‘s newest late-night host Seth Meyers is announced as host of NBC’s upcoming broadcast of the Primetime Emmys, Meyers’ Late Night guest is MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow – and Meyers does a segment on his show to promote NBC News’ weekend Nightly News and Dateline anchor Lester Holt, called Forced Friendship With Seth & Lester:
First Ronan Farrow slammed the Golden Globes on January 12 for their tribute to Woody Allen, and now the MSNBC host has given a slap to the Oscars. “Tomorrow on Ronan Farrow Daily: exclusive interview with Ellen DeGeneres’s cravat,” said Farrow on Twitter tonight. “Jared Leto continues his steady ascent into being Jesus,” he added about the Best Actor in a Supporting Role winner. “Next year’s Oscars will be three solid hours of pizza delivery,” Farrow said about Ellen’s network time-filler gag.
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Truth be told, the snide lame comments might actually help Farrow’s ratings, which haven’t exactly been stellar since his weak February 24 debut. Seems like Farrow’s watching a delayed broadcast of tonight’s Oscars because he also tweeted that “You know what the Oscars needed more of? Montages” and “Pharrell is married to that hat” nearly 45 long minutes after the latter’s performance of his Oscar nominated “Happy” tune happened. Wonder what Farrow or his mother Mia will be saying if Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress for her role in Allen’s Blue Jasmine or if the man himself wins Best Original Screenplay?
MSNBC‘s Ronan Farrow Daily slipped slightly in its second telecast Tuesday, averaging 209,000 viewers — 45,000 of them in the news demo – but his audience crept up to 34,000 in the younger 18-49 demo. Still, even his young demo numbers fell short of one year ago, when Andrea Mitchell Reports logged 492,000 viewers in the time slot on the comparable Tuesday, including 123,000 in the news demo and 106,000 in the 18-49 demo. Mitchell’s program also averaged 382,000 viewers ages 50 and older, while Ronan Farrow yesterday clocked 174,000 in that age bracket, so his show can be said to be skewing younger. Farrow’s lead-out, The Reid Report, scored 307,00 viewers and 79,000 in the news demo on Tuesday.
Farrow’s debut Monday scored 216,000 viewers — the cable network’s smallest audience of the day, tied with 10 AM’s Jansing & Co. Farrow — who was recruited, in part, to attract the next generation of news viewers to the network — averaged just 21,000 viewers in the younger 18-49 demo Monday. Among 25- to 54-year-olds, he logged an average of 46,000 viewers. His biggest audience by far was among viewers ages 50 and older — 195,000 of them. That older skew is typical of news programming but might be somewhat surprising given how assiduously he catered to younger viewers during his maiden broadcast. Read More »
Ronan Farrow‘s debut as host of Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC scored 216,000 viewers Monday — the cable network’s smallest audience of the day, tied with 10 AM’s Jansing & Co. Farrow — who was recruited, in part, to attract the next generation of news viewers to the network — averaged just 21,000 viewers in the younger 18-49 demo. Among 25- to 54-year-olds, he logged an average of 46,000 viewers. His biggest audience by far was among viewers ages 50 and older — 195,000 of them. That older skew is typical of news programming but might be somewhat surprising given how assiduously he catered to younger viewers during his maiden broadcast.
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Farrow recruited fewer viewers — and fewer young ones — than did Andrea Mitchell Reports in its new timeslot. Mitchell’s show logged 223,000 overall viewers, including 48,000 viewers in the 18-49 demo, and 71,000 in the news demo — 25-54. Mitchell’s show, ironically, did not do as well with the 50+ crowd as did Farrow, scoring an average of 174,000 of them. The only program that scored a smaller crowd of 18- to 49-year-olds on MSNBC that day was the show that followed Farrow’s, The Reid Report — the other new program making its debut that day, hosted by Joy Reid. It clocked 262,000 overall viewers, just 14,000 in that younger demo, 38,000 in the news demo, and 245,000 viewers ages 50+.
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More than four months after MSNBC confirmed that Ronan Farrow would be getting his own show on the cable news network, he finally has a debut date. Farrow’s yet unnamed show will premiere on February 24 at 1 PM ET, MSNBC announced this morning. Also joining the daytime lineup is longtime contributor and Grio.com editor Joy Reid. The recent fill-in host’s own show will also start February 24 at 2 PM ET following Farrow. “Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement today. The additions mean some current MSNBC shows will be moved around: Andrea Mitchell Reports will shift to noon, and NewsNation With Tamron Hall will move to 11 AM ET. Read More »
UPDATE, 1:47 PM: Last night Ronan Farrow chastised the Golden Globes on NBC for their tribute to Woody Allen and what he says they left out. Today, the soon-to-be MSNBC host was on the cable news network but didn’t say a word about Woody. Today the son of Allen’s former longtime companion Mia Farrow was on with anchor Craig Melvin talking about former Defense Secretary Robert Gate’s controversial new memoir — with not a murmur of the controversy he started with his own tweets on Sunday. Farrow did tweet afterwards today that “Robert Gates’ neck brace is stylin’.” NBC and MSNBC had no comment on Farrow’s tweet about the Golden Globes and Allen or his future at the cable newser.
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PREVIOUS, JAN 12, 8:47 PM: First Mia Farrow tweeted she was turning off the Golden Globes on NBC when they went to the Woody Allen tribute. Now her son and upcoming MSNBC host Ronan Farrow lashed out against his mother’s former longtime companion, also on Twitter.
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Alex Wagner is getting Martin Bashir’s 4 PM ET timeslot starting next month. Wagner has hosted the network’s noon panel-format program “Now” since November 2011 and the move opens up that timeslot, noted TVNewser, which first reported the move. The network’s recently added anchor Ronan Farrow is scheduled to start in January but he has yet to be given an announced timeslot.
Bashir resigned earlier this month after the drumbeat failed to die down when he apologized for having suggested, on air, that someone might defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth, when she likened the country’s debt to China to slavery, because an infamous slave owner used to punish his slaves in that manner. “Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation,” Bashir said in an email. “It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.”
MSNBC has been in talks with the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra?) for months, and today network president Phil Griffin said Ronan Farrow will host a weekday one-hour program beginning in early 2014. It comes after the launch last week of another news program with Hollywood ties, the Alec Baldwin-hosted Up Late With Alec Baldwin. No other details were provided, not even mentioning his folks, though that may have more to do with Mia Farrow having recently told Vanity Fair mag Sinatra, to whom she was married for 18 months and from whom, she said, she “never really split up” might “possibly” be Ronan’s father. In response to which Ronan, 25, tweeted, like the diplomat he is, “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” Anyway, the network thinks that the 25-year-old Farrow, a writer and human rights lawyer, will be able to stand on his own: A Rhodes Scholar, he most recently was a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration, founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and he served for two years as a U.S. diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also has written on human rights and foreign policy issues for the … Read More »