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Cable News Network Ratings of Eric Cantor’s Primary Defeat

Screen-Shot-2014-06-10-at-10.08.59-PMRatings are in for Tuesday night’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat in the 7th District of Virginia primary. As the news began to spread of the upset, many Americans turned to the cable news networks for reporting and analysis of what FNC’s Bret Baier described as “arguably the biggest political story we’ve seen in decades.”

In the 8 – 9 pm hour, Fox News Channel was on top of the ratings, with 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo. MSNBC took second, with 659,000 total viewers and 141,000 in the A25-54 demo, while CNN was third with 424,000 total viewers and 117,000 in the A25-54 demo.

Ratings placements for the 9 – 10 pm hour and 10 – 11 pm hour remained the same for FNC, MSNBC, and CNN, although total and demo viewers declined.

For more, click on over to TVNewser.

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

Hey, Isn’t That…

10355501_10152425784342789_2065361057743476583_oHey isn’t that former TVNewser editor now host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Brian Stelter and former FishbowlDC editor turned publicist for CNN Worldwide Matt Dornic at yesterday’s closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange? It is!

Stelter and Dornic joined CNN President Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new VP of CNNMoney and Politics Ed O’Keefe, and international business correspondent Richard Quest, among others, to close yesterday’s stock exchange and to commemorate the relaunch of CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property following Time Warner’s spinoff of Time Inc.

Way to go!

Click through for CNN’s look behind the scenes. Read more

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Mistakenly Refers to Speaker of the House as Senator Boehner

IMG_00002449CNN’s Chris Cuomo this morning made a little mistakey in his coverage of last night’s defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat in the Virginia primary.

The “New Day” anchor referred to the Speaker of the House as Senator Boehner.

FishbowlDC has reached out to “New Day” PR for comment on the gaffe. I bet John King would have NEVER made that mistake.

‘The Case Against 8′ Screens at USIP, at West End Cinema June 13 – 19

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Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo, Ben Cotner, Sandy Stier, Ted Olson, Kris Perry, Ryan White. Photo credit: Ralph Alswang

Last night at the US Institute of Peace, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White screened “The Case Against 8,” their film chronicling the federal lawsuit filed to overturn Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Led by a legal team comprising Ted Olson, lead counsel for the Republicans in the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision, and David Boies, the attorney who opposed Olson in Bush v. Gore, “The Case Against 8″ follows Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, two couples selected as plaintiffs by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, formed by activist Chad Griffin and his colleagues.

“The idea that people on different sides of the aisle can work together on something, is something that we were really excited about,” said Cotner, who prior to working on the film with White served as an executive at Paramount Pictures and Open Road Films. “It’s so rare these days. I think you see that often people who may be on different sides of the aisle may agree on certain issues. And there’s a lot of work that can get done. And a lot of things can be accomplished, if we really just set aside the politics and set aside the partisianship for a moment, there are great things that we can do as a country.” Read more

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).

CNN’s Jake Tapper Joins Seth Meyers, NJ Gov. Chris Christie Sits Down with Jimmy Fallon

Looking for a laugh? Look no further than tonight’s comedy lineup where CNN host of “The Lead” Jake Tapper will sit down with Seth Meyers for his “Late Night” program. No clue yet as to what the topic of conversation will be but expect some jabs at the news anchor’s media career and March coverage of the missing plane.

Also running the circuit – Chris Christie will join Jimmy Fallon as a guest on “Tonight.” The New Jersey Governor has been a joke line for Fallon, most recently surrounding criticism of Bridgegate. On past programs, Fallon quipped ”Christie was furious when they blocked the bridge because he thought they said they were blocking the fridge” and “Christie apologized and promised the bridge will stay open for cars, trucks, and the buses he’s throwing his staff under.”

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs on NBC at 12:35am. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” precedes Meyers at 11:35pm, also on NBC.

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

‘House of Cards’ Casting Attracts 1k+ Hopefuls

Screenshot_2014-06-09-02-17-16On Saturday in Bel Air, Maryland, Kimberly Skyrme Casting held an open casting call for season 3 of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards.”

More than 1,000 actors and fans showed up to audition for the series, encouraged to showcase his/her DC political look and have a photo wearing DC black-tie attire.

“We have to visualize them looking like a DC politician or an ambassador or a lobbyist. So if they come that way, it just makes it easier for us to visualize,” said Kimberly Skyrme, owner of the casting agency tasked with hiring local talent. 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.

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