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How the Evening Newscasts Covered the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.20.49 PMABC, CBS, FOX and NBC were at the Supreme Court today, on many levels. Reporters were there to cover the proceedings, lawyers argued on behalf of the networks, and executives sat in to watch the cases for and against Aereo. Two of the three evening newscasts reported on the case tonight.

“NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” each aired a story four minutes into their newscasts.

“Full disclosure right up top,” said Brian Williams, “This company (NBC) is a big player in this case, as are a lot of big names in media, who are tonight, just like us, covering it as a news story.” Stephanie Gosk then reported on what Aereo is, and what the argument is all about.

“Major networks, including CBS, are suing an an internet startup company claiming it is essentially stealing programming with a new technology,” said Scott Pelley in his introduction of a Chip Reid story.

“Nightly News” and “Evening News” also led with stories from the Supreme Court: the Court’s decision to uphold a ban on affirmative action in Michigan.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” did not report on the Aereo case. “World News” led with the latest out of Ukraine.

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Cable Network Ranker: Week of April 14

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of April 14, averaging 1,571,000 viewers in primetime and 953,000 viewers in total day. Fox News placed fifth in primetime and seventh in total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the week.

MSNBC placed 28th in primetime and 29th in total day, averaging 614,000 viewers and 371,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 33rd in primetime and 27th in total day, delivering 504,000 primetime viewers and 400,000 total day viewers.

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

The Scoreboard: Monday, April 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 116 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 415 | MSNBC: 197 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 94

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

166

TheFive:

282

Baier:

246

Greta:

230

O’Reilly:

499

Megyn:

410

Hannity:

335

O’Reilly:

294

Megyn:

238

MSNBC
Wagner:

121

EdShow:

159

Sharpton:

197

Matthews:

149

Hayes:

158

Maddow:

276

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

121

Maddow:

142

CNN
Tapper:

90

Blitzer:

101

Blitzer:

181

Burnett:

173

Cooper:

179

Tonight:

137

Spc.Rpt:

108

Spc.Rpt:

137

Cooper:

154

HLN
News:

12

Detective:

14

Detective:

65

Jane:

62

Grace:

103

DrDrew:

82

Files:

98

Files:

88

Files:

137

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ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, April 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 126 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 138 | HLN: 117
  • Primetime: FNC: 99 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 281 | HLN: 151

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Hannity:

100

Kurtz:

130

Wallace:

143

Colby:

117

Huckabee:

97

O’Reilly:

90

Hannity:

111

Huckabee:

73

O’Reilly:

86

MSNBC
Finney:

21

Caught:

74

Caught:

145

Caught:

81

Caught:

173

SexSlaves:

183

SexSlaves:

278

SexSlaves:

225

Lockup:

242

CNN
Nwsroom:

113

Nwsroom:

104

Nwsroom:

108

Nwsroom:

121

Bourdain:

310

Bourdain:

319

Spurlock:

214

SpcRpt:

129

Bourdain:

116

HLN
Files:

102

Files:

100

Files:

93

Files:

164

Files:

157

Files:

106

Files:

191

Files:

178

Files:

186

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, April 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 157 | MSNBC: 130 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 117
  • Primetime: FNC: 135 | MSNBC: 207 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 137

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

151

Stossel:

148

NewsHQ:

179

Faulkner:

158

Huckabee:

135

Greta:

158

Stossel:

111

RedEye:

133

Greta:

66

MSNBC
Disrupt:

40

Caught:

52

Caught:

131

Caught:

173

Lockup:

129

Lockup:

223

Lockup:

269

Lockup:

339

Lockup:

418

CNN
Nwsroom:

100

Nwsroom:

141

Nwsroom:

129

Nwsroom:

116

Chicagolnd:

111

Bourdain:

129

Bourdain:

182

Bourdain:

163

Bourdain:

104

HLN
Files:

73

Files:

70

Files:

82

Files:

118

Files:

162

Files:

122

Files:

127

Files:

249

Files:

245

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Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling

supreme_court_buildingWhile hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo this morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case, expressing concerns that a broad ruling could affect cloud computing companies like Dropbox and Amazon.

Bloomberg reports the justices posed questions about both the cloud computing industry and copyright violations:

Hearing arguments today in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. Chief Justice John Roberts led the questioning, asking whether Aereo’s equipment had any purpose “other than to get around the copyright laws.”

At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices led by Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing industry.

Justices also raised the issue of whether the Barry Diller-backed startup should be considered a cable service, according to Variety: Read more

Megyn Kelly Bets David Gregory Isn’t The Only One Being Analyzed

KellyOn last night’s “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly took on NBC News reportedly hiring a psychologist for “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, suggesting Gregory isn’t the only one being analyzed.

“I’m going to bet there are psychiatrists analyzing us on their couches right now, but I’m going to tell you right now, they weren’t hired by Roger Ailes,” Kelly joked, adding that they’re actually Fox watchers concluding “it was all her mother’s fault.”

NBC News told Fox News the same thing they told us yesterday; they hired a brand consultant, not a psychologist, to speak with Gregory, his family, and friends.

And Sean Hannity “has had enough with NBC News,” offering harsher criticism last night for MSNBC’s “left-wing loudmouth” Ed Schultz.

Hannity aired clips of Schultz criticizing Hannity’s coverage of the Bundy-ranch standoff with federal rangers, which Schultz said he should be ashamed of. “Are they going to send 200 armed agents to everybody’s house?” Hannity asked about the federal government’s actions.

He concluded the segment airing a montage of the “buffoon” Schultz, airing some of Schultz’s more over-the-top statements about Vice President Dick Cheney and Laura Ingraham (which Schultz was suspended for). He also took on “mob rat” Al Sharpton.

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The Morning Ticker: Sorkin’s Apology, Walters Proclamation, Comcast Opposition

  • Aaron Sorkin is apologizing for “The Newsroom” and wishes he could have a do-over. Sorkin, who is working on the third and final season of the HBO show, explains.

  • Netflix is coming out against Comcast’s planned $45 billion acquistion of Time Warner Cable. Netflix argues the combined company will have “anti-competitive leverage.”

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