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Fallon’s First Month: 120M+ Social Media Impressions

RelishMIXLogoForget Nielsen. The company that matters when it comes to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is the one called RelishMIX.

Per a report by AP television writer David Bauder, Fallon is not just topping the other Jimmy in traditional metrics, but also in the all-important social media counted sphere:

During his first month, Fallon generated more than 120 million YouTube views, Twitter mentions and Facebook posts, the research firm RelishMIX said. That’s more than double Kimmel, who had 57 million in the same social media metric. Letterman had 2.3 million.

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Chelsea Handler to Piers Morgan: ‘That’s a Good Question’

Piers Morgan has taken a lot of heat for his generally less than spectacular TV ratings, but he has repeatedly reminded his critics that he is in it for the long haul and that a full year on the job is required for any worthwhile evaluation of his CNN takeover.

Tonight, he chats with someone at the opposite end of the popularity contest spectrum, Chelsea Handler. The author, E! personality, and live performer remains unstoppable, the current inarguable Queen of All Media. At one point, Morgan asks Handler – “How many times have you been properly in love?”

“That’s a good question, actually,” she replies, before revealing that the total number of relationships that belong in such a hallowed category is two. One of these, former E! programming chief Ted Harbert, is now a boss of Morgan’s via Time Warner’s recently announced partnership with Comcast.

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Comcast Plays Hardball with E! Writers

Things are going to get ugly over at the house that Ted Harbert‘s ex-girlfriend, three sisters and Simon Cowell‘s former whipping boy built. In the wake of today’s WGA West monitored secret-ballot results, which show 46 E! writer yea’s and one nay in favor of joining the union, incoming parent company Comcast is having none of it.

Never mind that The Soup writer Greg Fideler is quoted in this afternoon’s LA Times report as saying “Comcast made a public statement saying it believes in the sanctity of a secret-ballot election, and that’s exactly what we’ve participated in. Comcast must now do its part and begin talks with the Writers Guild.”

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Keeping Up with the Lings

While the daily lives of Sacramento born globe-trotting sisters Lisa Ling and Laura Ling would make for a potent reality TV show in the style of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, E! Entertainment has decided to go in a different direction in this case, hiring on Laura as exclusive new host and contributor to their hour-long program E! Investigates. New York Times media columnist Brian Stelter broke the news, which was then quickly picked up by the likes of TV Guide, The Hollywood Reporter and TV Squad.

“The folks at E! approached me several months ago,” Laura told FishbowlLA exclusively this morning via e-mail after returning from the doctor’s office where she watched four-month-old daughter Li get vaccine shots. “I’d [also] had some informal conversations with other outlets.”

On the one hand, this has to be a bitter pill for Current TV, the cable TV network for whom Ling was reporting at the time of her apprehension on the China-North Korea border in the early morning hours of March 17th, 2009. The new E! show sounds a lot like the old Vanguard program, albeit with more of a domestic focus, and even the way the San Francisco based network quietly blogged in late January about Ling’s decision to leave her post there as Vice President spoke volumes.

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Maria Shriver Not Going Back to TV News

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Maria Shriver says she’s not going back to TV news, even after Arnold’s out of the governor’s office. The reason: the media carnival surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Shriver said:

“It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I. I called NBC News, and told them I’m not coming back.”

FishbowlLA wonders if the media circus surrounding Katie Couric’s anchor seat also influenced Shriver’s choice.

But how about a talk show? Ted Harbert at E! has been trying to get Shriver to join the entertainment channel ever since he took over. They are neighbors, after all.