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The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor (NYT)
Jill Abramson has been dismissed as executive editor of The New York Times and is being replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, an abrupt change in leadership at one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. FishbowlDC Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role. According to the Times‘ coverage of the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Despite significant achievements, Abramson’s tenure was marred by tension with Sulzberger and disagreements with Times Co CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedentedly hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources. Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative. Mashable Abramson previously served as the Times‘ Washington bureau chief and managing editor before taking the executive editor role. People with knowledge of the Times newsroom said some staffers questioned how much Abramson enjoyed running the paper. She was sometimes conspicuously absent from the newsroom; one notable occasion was the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region. New York Post / AP Baquet, 57, who is the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the LA Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. Baquet rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news in Sept. 2011. FishbowlNY Former FishbowlNY editor Dylan Stableford was prophetic when he covered a breakfast event in 2008 and wrote: “Dean Baquet looked an awful lot like the next executive editor of The New York Times.” The New Yorker / Currency As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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Struggling Jets Topple the Weekly Ratings, Not the Patriots

It took overtime before the New England Patriots bested their AFC East rivals, 29-26. Despite the New York Jets loss, the game got the highest prime time rating for the week. An estimated 2 million fans were tuned to WCBS, with a 10.2 rating, according to Nielsen.

The extended NFL coverage put 60 Minutes on late, but no matter. The veteran newsmagazine had a second-place finish with 1.4 million WCBS viewers and a 7.1 rating.

A different kind of reality TV was next. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars held down the third and fourth positions for the week. The show averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 6.0 rating for the two nights.

The Yankees attempt to win another World Series fell short. Game 3 of the ALCS on TBS was sixth with 1 million viewers and a 5.4.

The penultimate presidential debate at Hofstra University made several appearances in the survey. ABC’s coverage landed at number seven (986,000/5.0), while NBC was ninth (905,000/4.6).

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Giants and Yankees Fill Top Slots of Weekly Ratings

The New York Giants once again proved to be ratings gold. The G-Men beat the Niners, 26-3, and Fox’s late game coverage was the number-one prime time show for the week. The game had an estimated 1.7 million WNYW viewers and an 8.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Yankees playoff run, which abruptly concluded last night, grabbed the remaining spots in the Top 5. In second place, the ALCS opener Saturday night on TBS netted 1.5 million fans and a 7.7 rating. Game 2 of the ALCS landed in 10th place (1 million/5.2). Along with three Division Series games registering high in the weekly ratings, TBS also landed for its first round at number nine (1.1 million/5.6).

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Yankees, Ibanez Heroics Catapult YES Network to Record Setting Night

Moments after Raul Ibanez crushed his second home run of the night, YES Network was on the air with complete coverage of the dramatic ALCS win.

Michael Kay was in place at the Stadium with David Cone, while Bob Lorenz, John Flaherty, and Jack Curry supplemented from the studio.

As expected, fans couldn’t get enough Yankee talk, switching to YES Network following the playoff game on TBS. It became the highest-rated first-round post-game on the YES in eight years (October 9, 2004).

Last night’s wrap-up to the dramatic outcome averaged 128,000 households or a 1.73 HH rating. It peaked from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. with a 2.47 household rating or an estimated 182,000 households.

The Yankees can advance to the ALCS with a victory tonight against Baltimore. Win or lose, the YES Network will have the special edition post-game show.

60 Minutes Secures Weekly Ratings Top Spot

CBS’ 60 Minutes found its way to the top of the prime time list in New York, for the week ending October 7. The magazine, on the air since 1968, had an estimated 1.3 million viewers and a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

60 Minutes followed the Broncos and Patriots game Sunday night and in the weekly survey. The NFL game was number two with 1.3 million WCBS viewers and a 6.8 rating.

The previous week’s Monday nighter between the Bears and Cowboys on ESPN was 15th (807,000/4.1).

For the first time this season, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars won the battle with Fox’s X Factor. Dancing cracked the Top 5–twice. The two-hour performance episode was third (1.1 million/5.9), while the result show was fourth (1.1 million/5.5).

X Factor settled for a seventh-place tie (925,000/4.7) and 11th (886,000/4.5).

The Yankees began another World Series run with a fifth-place showing for the ALDS opener on TBS (1 million/5.5).

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Conan O’Brien Has Oprah and Rupert Murdoch Jokes

During TBS’ upfronts, the network’s beacon of hope — Conan O’Brien — took a couple shots at media heavyweights Oprah and Rupert Murdoch. The Huffington Post reports that O’Brien went through fake Craigslist ads and as he did, the pictures of the alleged authors flashed on a screen behind him.

When Oprah popped up, O’Brien said, “For sale: Controlling interest in OWN. $10 or best offer.” Not bad! But we liked the Murdoch zinger better.

With a picture of Murdoch up, O’Brien deadpanned, “Missed connection: You: beautiful, checking your voicemail. Me: goblin-like, selling your voicemail.” Nicely done.

Rolling Stone Gets Boost from TBS and TNT’s Terrible Shows

The next issue of Rolling Stone will be bigger (10 by 11 3/4 inches, up from 8 by 11 inches) and jam packed with advertising from TBS and TNT. According to The New York Times, the magazine’s “Big Issue,” will feature Metallica on the cover and 14 ads from the two networks inside, along with other pop culture focused content.

If (unfortunately) you’ve seen any TBS or TNT programs, you understand why they decided to take over Rolling Stone. Their shows are so terrible that they make you wonder if they’re actually meant to be parodies, and you somehow missed that. In fact, the only reason we ever watched “Franklin & Bash” is because we have an irrational dedication to Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s career. If Rolling Stone readers see ads for the subpar shows splattered everywhere, maybe they’ll be fooled into tuning in at some point. It’s a stretch, but probably worth the try.

It’s a risky strategy for Rolling Stone, too. The magazine is supposed to be cool; a revamped “Dallas” is not cool. But ads sell magazines, so this is what happens. Cross your fingers that it works out for the title. And maybe cross your fingers that Gosselaar becomes the next James Bond. It could happen dammit!

[Picture via The New York Times]

Jets Patriots Battle to Top of Weekly Ratings

The New York Jets dropped their third straight Sunday losing to their archrival, the New England Patriots, 30-21. But the game, seen on WCBS/Channel 2, rolled up big numbers. The final 15 minutes (7:15 to 7:30 p.m.) of the Week 5 matchup topped the ratings with an estimated 2.1 million viewers and a 10.9 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

As for the entire game, it landed at number four (1.4 million/7.5).

From football to baseball, as the New York Yankees wound down.

The Yankees season finale, Game 5 of the American League Division Series on TBS, took the number two slot (1.8 million/9.3). Game 4 also “plated” high in third place (1.5 million/7.6), while Game 3 had a sixth-place finish (1.2 million/6.4).

CBS’ 60 Minutes turned in another strong performance at number five (1.3 million/6.7).

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The Yankees Lose, TBS Wins With Game 5 of ALDS

The New York Yankees battled, but their season ended with a whimper last night. The Yankees, winners of the 2009 World Series, were ousted in Game Five of the American League Division Series by the Detroit Tigers who advance to the ALCS.

TBS, which telecast the series, got huge numbers for the finale.  The game delivered a 6.2 Household rating nationwide and an estimated 9.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

It was the most watched LDS game in cable television history, and most watched since 2005 (Yankees/Angels  Game 5).

Additionally, based on metered market ratings, TBS was the highest-rated cable network last night, while ranking third among all networks.

As for TV sets in New York, research shows the game registered a 18.3 Household rating, while Detroit notched a 27.6 Household rating.

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