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Cable Network Ranker: Week of August 11

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of August 11, placing fifth in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,670,000 primetime viewers and and 1,047,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 20th in primetime and 16th in total day, averaging 752,000 viewers and 547,000 viewers, respectively. MSNBC placed 27th in both primetime and total day, delivering 630,000 primetime viewers and 371,000 total day viewers.

Discovery, TNT, USA and the History Channel rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

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American Journalist Reportedly Executed by ISIS

JimFoleyJames Foley, a freelance journalist for Global Post, has reportedly been beheaded by ISIS militants.

In a gruesome video, militants claim they are also holding a second journalist, Steven Soltoff and threaten to kill him if the United States does not pull out of Iraq.

Foley was taken at gunpoint while covering the civil war in Syria, on Nov. 22, 2012. His parents John and Diane Foley were on the “Today” show last October, a day before Jim’s 40th birthday, to appeal for any information on their son.

“We just ask his captors to recognize his innocence and his desire to help the Syrian people and to please have mercy and let him be free,” Diane Foley said.

The Scoreboard: Monday, August 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 302 | MSNBC: 129 | CNN: 356 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 405 | MSNBC: 194 | CNN: 423 | HLN: 150

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto/Obama:

205/251

TheFive:

349

Baier:

312

Greta:

325

O’Reilly:

409

Kelly:

411

Hannity:

394

Shep:

431

Shep:

403

MSNBC
Wagner:

156

EdShow:

128

Sharpton:

106

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

157

Maddow:

219

O’Donnell:

203

Hayes:

211

Maddow:

275

CNN
Tapper:

360

Blitzer:

315

Blitzer:

337

Burnett:

330

Cooper:

357

Cooper:

391

Tonight:

522

Tonight:

545

Tonight:

706

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

39

Files:

50

Jane:

103

Grace:

163

Dr.Drew:

146

Files:

142

Files:

213

Files:

240

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Ratings: CNN Wins Primetime, Total Day Demo

CNN Ferguson coverageCNN won in the A25-54 demographic Monday in both total day and primetime, delivering 356,000 and 423,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News, second in both measurements, had 302,000 total day viewers and 405,000 primetime viewers in the demo. MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, with 1,452,000 total day viewers and 2,136,000 primetime viewers. CNN was second, with 946,000 total day viewers and 1,027,000 primetime viewers. As with the demo viewers, MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

For the primetime hours, the top-rated show in total viewers was “The Kelly File” with 2,378,000 viewers, and the top-rated show in the demo was the 10pmET hour of “CNN Tonight” with 522,000 viewers.

Fox News won the demo in both the 8pmET (with Eric Bolling in for Bill O’Reilly) and 9pmET hours, while CNN won every hour in the demo from 10pm-12amET. Shepard Smith anchored from the Fox News Deck on FNC and Jake Tapper and Don Lemon anchored from Ferguson on CNN.

A few programming notes for tonight’s primetime lineup: as we told you earlier, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon will anchor their respective shows from Ferguson. On Fox News, Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour and Megyn Kelly will anchor the 12amET hour.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

Katie Couric Won’t Be Guest Hosting ‘Today’

Couric TodayThe New York Post says Katie Couric won’t be returning to “Today” after all during Savannah Guthrie‘s maternity leave.

We hear NBC offered one-day stints to Couric and other special guests, including Jane Pauley and Barbara Walters. But Couric turned it down, saying she wouldn’t accept a one-day role. Well-placed NBC sources say Couric insisted on a longer relationship of up to two weeks. One insider said, “Katie wanted a longer stint on ‘Today’ to help promote her Yahoo role. But it wasn’t what NBC had in mind, and they refused.”

Couric demurred when we asked her at Barbara Walters‘ going away party if a “Today” fill-in was in the cards. Couric appeared on the show last month, to talk about the upcoming Stand up to Cancer event, as well as her wedding. Couric, who co-hosted “Today” for 15 years, famously had a fill-in stint on rival “Good Morning America” in April 2012, when the two programs were neck and neck among morning show viewers.

And Your Replacement for Chuck Todd on ‘The Daily Rundown’ is…

MSNBCLogo304x200On the heels of Chuck Todd‘s appointment to “Meet the Press,” we asked you who you think will replace him as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

With close to 4,000 votes in, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker was your favorite choice to take the reins, with 57% of you choosing her. Welker has filled in at points for Todd and Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.

NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert came in second with 22% choosing the son of the late “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert. Rounding out the poll was the Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza (six percent),  NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander (six percent), the choice of other (five percent), and weekend anchor Craig Melvin (three percent).

Some of the names chosen for other were Ezra Klein, Ari Melber, and Steve Kornacki.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, August 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 181 | MSNBC: 135 | CNN: 186 | HLN: 119
  • Primetime: FNC: 158 | MSNBC: 152 | CNN: 184 | HLN: 108

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

137

Kurtz:

114

FNSunday:

121

Faulkner:

143

Huckabee:

144

Kelly:

160

Stossel:

169

Huckabee:

143

Kelly:

160

MSNBC
Live:

115

Live:

139

Caught:

81

Caught:

75

Caught:

110

Caught:

93

Lockup/Live:

252

Live:

220

Live:

192

CNN
Nwsroom:

186

Nwsroom:

177

Nwsroom:

155

Nwsroom:

192

TheHunt:

139

TheHunt:

244

TheHunt/News:

169

News:

253

News:

281

HLN
Files:

91

Files:

129

Files:

109

Files:

119

Files:

106

Files:

92

Files:

126

Files:

228

Files:

214

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, August 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 175 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 113
  • Primetime: FNC: 134 | MSNBC: 220 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 99

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HQ:

183

Stossel:

171

NewsHQ:

209

Report:

188

Huckabee:

110

Pirro:

144

Kelly:

148

RedEye:

135

Pirro:

144

MSNBC
News:

190

Caught:

177

Caught:

159

Caught:

181

Caught:

189

Lockup:

231

Lockup:

241

Lockup:

307

Lockup:

322

CNN
News/Gupta:

266

Nwsroom:

249

Smerconish:

230

Nwsroom:

194

Nwsroom:

151

Blackfish:

137

Blackfish:

122

Hunt:

132

Hunt:

83

HLN
Files:

81

Files:

95

Files:

102

Files:

129

Files:

92

Files:

89

Files:

115

Files:

169

Files:

182

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The Ticker: Cooper, Alexander, Plouffe

  • Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will be back for their annual CNN New Year’s Eve special. Cooper and Griffin will ring in 2015 live from Times Square, Wednesday, Dec. 31. This will be the 8th year in a row Cooper and Griffin have hosted CNN’s New Year’s special.

  • “Inside Edition’s” Megan Alexander has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Alexander will continue to report for the syndicated newsmagazine.  Previously, she was an anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio and a feature reporter for WZTV-TV in Nashville.

  • Politico reports Obama adviser David Plouffe is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy. Plouffe will be in charge of global branding, communications and policy at the App-based car-for-hire company.

Today’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

Networks remain on-scene in Ferguson today after a violent night produced tear gas, gunshots, and more clashes between police and protesters (and some violence toward journalists). As a grand jury might start hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as soon as tomorrow,  here’s an update on who’s in Ferguson today and tonight.

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