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Special Report with Bret Baier Tops Several Evening Newscasts

New Bret HeadshotAccording to Nielsen, FOX News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier surpassed ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir in five key markets across the country in household viewers including Baltimore, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Providence and St. Louis. As a cable news program, this is quite an impressive feat for Special Report, as its rival World News Tonight is a broadcast program.

With more than a double-digit advantage over Muir, Special Report easily beats World News Tonight. Baier also outperforms the broadcast program CBS’ Evening News with Scott Pelley in both Atlanta and Austin in household viewers.

In cable news, Baier ranks #1 in the 6PM/ET hour, beating CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined in both demo and total viewers. Averaging more nearly 2.5 million in total viewers, Special Reports ranks #3 with P2+ only behind primetime shows The O’Reilly Factor and The Kelly File.

Special Report with Bret Baier will continue its new series on Thursday with “The Contenders – 2016.” The series profiles nearly two dozens potential presidential candidates and will examine a broad range of possible contenders including familiar faces like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Governor Scott Walker, along with potential nominees like Senators Rand Paul and Elizabeth Warren. This Thursday’s segment will include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as well.

Meet the Press Rated DC’s #1 Sunday Show Again

04AbiJGzOnce again, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the number one rated Sunday show last week (November 23rd) in terms of both total viewers and demographics in the Washington, DC market.

The show beat the competition (CBS News’ Face The Nation, ABC News’ This Week, Fox News Sunday) combined by 20,000 viewers.

The edition featured interviews with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on immigration; a discussion on Ferguson with Rudy Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor, Michael Eric Dyson, Professor at Georgetown University & Anthony Gray, Attorney, The Michael Brown Family; a discussion on Keystone with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil, & Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power”. Plus a political panel with Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

 

FOX and CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering Ferguson

foxnews031111Fox News and CNN are certainly benefiting from their coverage of events in Ferguson, MO this week. On Monday, the two news networks enjoyed the highest ratings among cable television coverage, with FNC having the edge in primetime (8-11pmET) total viewers (5,563,000) while CNN took the younger demo (2,627,000).

TVNewser has the full ratings scoreboard from Monday night.

CNN’s Moody On The Border With King and Bachmann

In some non-Ferguson related news… CNN’s Chris Moody spent time with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman Steve King last week at the US-Mexico border. Chris discussed President Obama’s new executive order on immigration with the two staunchly opposed representatives.

King and Bachmann, whose districts are 1,000 miles from the border, have been adamant in their opposition to the President’s move, believing that it will encourage further illegal immigration. In July, the two visited a spot outside of Roma, Texas that overlooked the Rio Grande, where they supposedly captured footage of a pregnant woman crossing the river, as well as what they claimed were narcotraffickers.

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Chris at dinner with King and Bachmann. ¡Salud!

Returning to the location with Moody last week, King stated, ”It just occurred to me, the pregnant mother who was put off on the side here, she surely had the baby. That little baby is an American citizen. Last night Barack Obama gave that little baby’s mother amnesty. She now has amnesty. Lawless, unconstitutional amnesty.”

However, King and Bachmann must’ve chosen a slow traffic day when returning with CNN, because this time, they were unable to find any border indiscretions.

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ABC’s Stephanopoulos Gets First Interview With Darren Wilson

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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos has apparently landed the first interview with officer Darren Wilson following news that he will not be indicted.

The chief anchor and political correspondent for ABC was among many news hosts vying for the first televised interview with Wilson. Stephanopoulos was the rumored frontrunner in the interview sweepstakes, however, he has now confirmed via Twitter that the hourlong sit-down has already been taped.

No word yet on when the interview will air.

MSNBC’s Karen Finney To Join Media Matters

7c923c012a044aa0b63973cfce8aca8eAccording to Dylan Byers of POLITICO, Karen Finney, former DNC spokesperson and MSNBC commentator, will join Media Matters For America as a senior fellow and consultant. The liberal watchdog group told POLITICO that Finney, “will write regular commentary pieces for Media Matters in addition to continuing her independent consultancy and other projects.”

Finney, who left MSNBC earlier this month, said, ”Media Matters does indispensable work exposing lies, misinformation, and vitriol from conservative media. I’m thrilled to be working with them.”

Finney previously worked in the Clinton White House as well as Hillary Clinton‘s first New York Senate race. She was also the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC and has been an MSNBC commentator and guest host since 2009.

Former WH Staffer Gets Nod as MSNBC VP of Communications

Rachel-MSNBCRachel Racusen was named the new VP of communications for MSNBC this morning.

Beginning December 8, Rachel will replace Lauren Skowronski, who was promoted to VP of corporate communications at NBCUniversal in July, and serve as MSNBC’s primary spokesperson. She will also handle communications and media strategy while partnering with editorial and business leads at the network.

Rachel previously served as associate communications director at The White House. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who she will be reporting to directly, said: “I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand. She’ll be a tremendous asset to the network.”

 

CNN Asks Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill About ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

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In an interview today with Robert O’Neill, former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Bin Laden, CNN asked ”But what about Zero Dark Thirty?” (1:15).

“It was a good movie,” said O’Neill, “I anticipated it. I enjoyed watching it. I’ve seen it more than once. I liked how they portrayed the CIA. I like how strong the woman was. She was.. She is, to this day, one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. As far as the SEALs, I thought they could’ve done a better job with the tactics and the actors, but that’s just me. I’m being nit-picky because that’s my former job. And I think that the mission on the movie might have last longer than the mission.”

I guess O’Neill was looking for someone more along the lines of Brad Pitt to play him.

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‘Kissing the Ring’ – Face The Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

105748_0258Bigwig politicians, reporters and DC socialites, all showed up Monday night to the Newsuem in downtown Washington to honor Bob Schieffer and 60 years of exceptional journalism by Face The Nation. In something rarely seen in Washington, the evening began with a moment of agreement and lightheartedness between partisans.

“I’ve had 101 appearances on ‘Face the Nation,’ which exactly matches my age,” joked Senator John McCain, ”The first time I was on, … Bob … and I had an in-depth discussion about the aviation policies of Calvin Coolidge. … I have been on a number of shows. Always I’m reluctant to do so, I’m sure you know. [Laughter.] … I want to thank Mary Hager, who has been with Bob as his producer for all this time. … For a very short statement, I think next is the Vice President. That will be interesting. [Laughter.]”

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Luke Russert’s Final ‘Daily Rundown’ Sign Off

Luke-Russert2For its last broadcast to originate out of DC, NBC’s The Daily Rundown ended Friday morning with a Luke Russert monologue thanking  Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. Russert said it was honor to guest-host the show.

Starting next Monday, the show, which began in 2010, will be hosted by José Díaz-Balart based out of Miami.

(Video via Mediaite)

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