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Weekend Show Preview – 9.21.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “FOX News Sunday,” and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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The 9.14.14 Sunday Show Ratings

sunday-shows_304The Sunday after Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the show is back in 3rd place in the ratings war.

CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” first half hour garnered 3,054,000 total viewers nationally, according to Nielsen Media Research. In second for total viewers was ABC’s “This Week” with 2,889,000 followed by “MTP” at 2,589,000.

In the coveted A25-54 demo, ABC led with 947,000 viewers, followed by CBS’s first half hour with 913,000 viewers and NBC at 668,000.

Last week, Todd’s debut as moderator included an exclusive with President Obama and “Meet” was the number 1 rated Sunday show. An NBC spokeswoman said, “We couldn’t be more proud of Chuck’s first show and are so appreciative of the viewers that turned to ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday. At the same time, we know that one week does not equal a trend and expanding our regular audience will take a slow build week to week.”

Click through to see the 9.14.14 Sunday show ratings nationally and here for the Sunday show ratings in the DC market. Read more

9.14.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

sunday-shows_304According to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, September 14, NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the number one rated Sunday show in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo with 58,000 and 35,000 respectively.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” and “FOX News Sunday” were second and third in total viewers, with 49,000 and 32,000, respectively. In the A25-54 demo, CBS had less than half of NBC’s viewers, at 14,000. FOX and Univision’s “Al Punto” were tied for third in the demo at 6,000 viewers.

Click here for highlights of the 9.14 Sunday shows. And here for the program lineups. See the full numbers after the jump. Read more

Howard Kurtz and TMZ’s Harvey Levin’s Awkward Sunday Morning Exchange

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 10.04.32On yesterday’s “Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz” on FOX News Channel, TMZ founder Harvey Levin joined the program to discuss his network breaking stories as it did with video of Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident leading to his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

The conversation quickly turned tense after host Kurtz asked Levin, “How does TMZ get all these scoops?” Levin then pointed out, “We’re a news operation!”

Kurtz went on to ask if breaking stories like Rice helps to change TMZ’s image of being “a raunchy tabloid operation.” Levin quickly turned it around, noting that national interest and coverage of the story resulted from TMZ’s release of the surveillance video. Read more

Highlights from the 9.14.14 Sunday Shows

sunday-shows_304Secretary of State John Kerry on CBS’s “Face the Nation” : “This is a strategy coming together as the coalition comes together and the countries declare what they are prepared to do. But I want it to be absolutely clear out of this discussion we’re having that every single aspect of the president’s strategy, and what is needed to be done in order to accomplish our goal, has been offered by one country or multiple countries and all bases are covered.”

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on ABC’s “This Week” : “We will be very candid with the American people, as the president has been. We will work very closely and consult with Congress on this effort. And we believe that we have the right strategy that the president laid out for the country on Wednesday night, to make sure that we degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.” Read more

Weekend Show Preview – 9.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include James Brown, host of “The NFL Today” on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on “FOX News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” and TMZ’s Harvey Levin on FOX News’ “Media Buzz.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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The Important Role of the EP in a Sunday Show’s Success

Meet the Press - Season 67In case you (too) missed it, a piece last week to The New Republic highlighted the often overlooked and actual reason for a Sunday show’s success: the executive producer.

With Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he and the network are furiously working to regain the #1 rating among Sunday public affairs programming – competing against ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer - but a key component in that battle is the effectiveness of the show’s EP.

“In the world of Sunday shows, which have much smaller staffs than the typical network news program, the EP play an especially crucial role,” writes TNR’s Jason Zengerle. “While the anchor is the one asking senators and cabinet secretaries the tough questions, it’s the EP feeding those questions to the anchor’s earpiece—as well as doing the legwork to book those senators and cabinet secretaries as guests in the first place.” Read more

CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Love of Washington and ‘Face the Nation’ in Arrive Magazine

SchiefferIn anticipation of CBS’s “Face the Nation” hitting 60 years on air this November, Bob Schieffer talks his love of Washington and as host of CBS’s Sunday morning program in the latest issue of Amtrak’s Arrive magazine.

“You just cannot escape the feeling that you’re in a place where history is being made,” says Schieffer on page 128 of the magazine. “Washington today is what Rome was when it was the capital of the known world.”

Schieffer says that while someday he’ll retire, it’s not anytime soon.

“Why would I want to quit? It’s fun…I love doing it. I can’t wait to get to work everyday,” Schieffer told Arrive.

Check it out online here or in print the next time you’re riding Amtrak.

FNC’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Bests CNN’s Chuck Todd Exclusive on ‘Reliable Sources’

foxkurtzpost-mediabuzzOn Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, host Brian Stelter aired a pre-recorded sit down with Chuck Todd on his, you guessed it, debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

While “Meet” was the number one watched Sunday show on network television according to Nielsen fast program ratings, his CNN exclusive didn’t best competing FOX News Channel’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz.”

According to Nielsen Media Research, “MediaBuzz” had 963,000 total viewers, with 327,000 in the A25-54 demo. “Reliable Sources” came in significantly under that at 614,000 total and 132,000 demo viewers.

Sunday, September 7 marked “MediaBuzz’s” one year anniversary, up 146% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year’s numbers. It was also its second highest demo.

POLITICO’s Hadas Gold, Edward-Isaac Dovere Talk ‘Meet the Press’

Continuing on the beat of ‘Chuck Todd‘s debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press”,’ we give you POLITICO’s media reporter Hadas Gold and senior White House reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere in conversation on Todd’s exclusive with President Barack Obama and changes to the longest running television program.

“It’s a different show than it was,” said Dovere. “Look, I don’t think it’s news to anybody that “Meet the Press” has not been must see TV. I think the real question is bigger than that. What do the Sunday shows do beyond being sort of moderated press conferences?”

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