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Diane Sawyer’s One on One with Hillary Clinton Led CBS and NBC in Last Night’s Ratings

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONRatings are in for last night’s ABC News special “Hillary Clinton – Public and Private One on One with Diane Sawyer” and the network led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour, not too surprisingly though as CBS aired back to back episodes of “Mike and Molly” while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior.” The previous hour’s “Bachelorette: The Journey So Far” special on ABC garnered 4.0 million viewers and the 9 – 10 pm special with Clinton grew by 53% to 6.1 million viewers overall. It’s second half hour also grew – by 12% – from 5.7 million viewers in its first half to 6.4 million in the second.

Last month’s NBC News interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by Brian Williams averaged 5.948 million total viewers and was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the 10 – 11 pm hour it aired in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. Sawyer’s sit down with Clinton placed forth in the same demo at 1.0 million in its respective time slot.

On top in ratings last night was FOX, which aired “24″ and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 – 10 pm hour.

The headline in the original version of this post compared Clinton’s sit down with Sawyer to that of last week’s Williams exclusive with Snowden. The programs aired on different nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) and in back to back time slots (9 – 10 pm and 10 – 11 pm, respectively).

Diane Sawyer Previews Hillary Clinton Special on ‘Good Morning America’

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONIn advance of tonight’s first television interview with Hillary Clinton on the topic of her new book Hard Choices, ABC’s Diane Sawyer previewed the conversation on today’s “Good Morning America.”

On the topic of getting paid to give speeches, for which she’s rumored to rake in $200,000 an appearance, Clinton said, “Let me put it this way…I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company as so many people who leave public life do.”

On Benghazi: ”I was the one ultimately responsible for my people’s safety, and I never felt that responsibility more deeply than I did that day.”

Check out the full clip after the jump and the one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – One on One with Diane Sawyer” tonight at 9 pm. Read more

CNN to Air ’41ON41,’ Film on the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush

41on41pressroomCNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two hour program on the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, featuring commentary by 41 family members, world leaders, and White House staff, among others. The program will air on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 9pm, three days prior to the President’s 90th birthday.

Bush White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News, serve as executive producers of “41ON41,” to be led by First Lady Barbara Bush.

Of the 41 participants is former Secretary of State for President Bush James A. Baker III, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, President George W. Bush, White House butler Buddy Carter, President Bill Clinton, former director of the CIA under President Bush Dr. Robert Gates, President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

For more, click here.

David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david-chalianA Friday afternoon announcement within CNN named “Crossfire” supervising producer David Chalian CNN Political Director.

Chalian, who joined the network in July 2013 after serving as VP of video programming for POLITICO, will manage CNN’s political reporters and producers and oversee all political coverage.

Prior to POLITICO, Chalian was the political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News, and political editor for PBS “NewsHour.”

Read the full announcement, after the jump.

FROM: Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley

As we head into midterm election season and begin to lay the groundwork for the coming presidential campaign, it gives us great pleasure to announce that David Chalian has accepted the position of CNN Political Director. Over the last year, David has proven himself to be an outstanding political producer as the supervising producer of Crossfire.

David brings to this role a wealth of experience managing network political coverage. David was political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign and earned an Emmy award for his contribution to ABC’s 2009 inauguration coverage. David has also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, Political Editor for PBS Newhour, and Vice President of video programming for Politico.

As Political Director, David will manage our extraordinary team of political reporters and producers and will oversee all aspects of CNN’s political coverage including day-to-day reporting, our Polling Unit, Decision Team, and political planning operation.

We can think of no person better prepared to lead our political team throughout the 2014 and 2016 campaigns. David will partner with Ed O’Keefe and the CNNPolitics.com team to make sure that CNN’s political coverage is unmatched on TV and online.

David will report to Virginia and officially moves into his new role on July 1st.

Please join us in congratulating David Chalian on a well deserved promotion.

Hillary Clinton All Smiles During Hard Choices Interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTON

Someone’s excited!

Former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer for the first interview on her new book, Hard Choices. ABC News tells us that nothing was off limits when Sawyer interviewed Clinton today at her home in DC.

The one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – A One on One with Diane Sawyer” airs Monday, June 9 at 9 pm ET.

For the full schedule of Clinton’s firsts as part of her Hard Choices media blitz, check out our piece from yesterday.

MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt with Karen Finney’ Canceled

KarenFinney6MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney” has been canceled just shy of its first birthday. The program aired weekends at 4pm and debuted June 8, 2013.

Finney is the former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and was previously with the NYC Department of Education. An MSNBC spokesperson told our sister site TVNewser that she will remain with the network as a contributor, where she’s served as a political commentator since 2009.

While we in the Fishbowl are looking forward to a less disruptive, more organized, weekend, we look forward to seeing what’s next for Finney.

Last hour she tweeted gratitude for her support and well wishes.

 

Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIn the latest installment of “Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up to PEOPLE magazine on becoming a grandmother and a 2016 run for president.

“I know I have a decision to make…But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world,” says Clinton in the June 16 issue of PEOPLE.

The former Senator and First Lady gave those comments in her “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill’s presidency in January 2001.”

And it’s all about firsts in this media blitz for Clinton. Read more

CNN Plans to Drastically Grow Digital Politics Coverage

cnndigitalAs the nation gears up for the 2016 presidential election, CNN is preparing to lead in politics coverage.

In May, we wrote that CNN hired Ed O’Keefe as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital, a new role for the network. In just a matter of weeks, it looks as if his and the network’s vision, are clearly defined.

“If you’re a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” the former editor in chief of NowThisNews told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple.

While CNN’s politics reporters currently total around 20, in the short term, that number is expected to double.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in Wemple’s piece published late Tuesday afternoon.

For the full story, click on over to The Post.

Hillary Clinton Adds 3 Additional Hard Choices Interviews

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesKeeping track of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled interviews as part of her book tour for Hard Choices has so far proved harder than staying on top of this weekend’s Capital Pride festivities in DC.

In addition to her first television interview on June 9 – the eve of the book’s release by Simon & Schuster – with Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America, and a joint interview on June 17 from 6:45 – 7:15 pm with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, three new interviews have been added to the books.

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will moderate the only network televised town hall with the former Secretary of State on Tuesday, June 17th at 5 pm ET. The special broadcast before a live audience will take place at the Newseum and air on CNN and simulcast worldwide on CNN International and CNN en Espanol. It will also re-air on CNN that night at 9 pm ET.

NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden will also interview Clinton about the book on Tuesday, June 10. Read more

Final Ratings for NBC’s Snowden Special In, Rep. Pete King Calls Interview an “Infomercial”

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.

The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”

And in case you missed it, Joe Scarborough asked Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on today’s “Morning Joe” whether Snowden deserves any leniency. King referred to Snowden’s claims as a “myth.”

“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”

Click through for Rep. King’s “Morning Joe” segment. Read more

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