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Barbara Walters Brings Back ‘Most Fascinating’ Special

Walters specialLast year was supposed to the final Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating” special. But ABC has decided there are just too many fascinating people around not to do another one.

So Walters returns for the 2-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 14. Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson have made the cut. Walters always save the No. 1 most fascinating person for the night of the special.

“[Y]ou never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett,” Walters says about returning for the 2014 edition.

The special is executive produced by Walters and Bill Geddie, who, until this summer was the co-executive producer of “The View.” Geddie also directs the 2014 “Most Fascinating” special.

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Bob Costas Isn’t a Fan of Derek Jeter’s Website

RobinTeamBCMediabistroTV caught up with several TVNewsers at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas co-hosted the event, which included Robin Roberts (at left with her “Good Morning America” family) among the inductees.

On the red carpet, we got interviews with Costas and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre who have differing opinions about Derek Jeter‘s new sports site called The Players’ Tribune.

“If that’s going to be the only way that the public ever hears from public figures, in this case ballplayers, then I think in the long run, it’s not a good thing,” Costas tells us. WATCH:

Maria Bartiromo to Host Yahoo! Special

maria bartiromoWith Wall Street setting its gaze on Yahoo’s earnings report this afternoon, Fox Business Network has decided to pre-empt the 5pmET edition of “The Willis Report” for a Yahoo earnings special anchored by Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo anchors FBN’s morning show “Opening Bell,” but spent most of her career anchoring the “Closing Bell” on CNBC. Willis will contribute to the special. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is using the earnings call to outline plan for the company.

Fox News and MSNBC Have the Same Amount of ‘Mostly Liberal’ Viewers

Well here’s something surprising coming out of today’s new Pew survey looking into political polarization and media habits. Five percent of people who consider themselves “mostly liberal” watch MSNBC, equal the percentage who watch Fox News. CNN takes the majority of that audience with 20% saying CNN is their “main source of news about government and politics.”

No surprise here: the “mostly” and “consistently conservative” viewers overwhelming choose Fox News. In total, CNN edges Fox News (16% vs. 14%) as the main source of government and politics news. Today’s results are part of Pew’s year-long look at political polarization in America.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of October 13

evening news_2014Now that the Nielsen error has been corrected, things seems to be back to normal among the evening newscasts.

Last week, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was No. 1 among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo. But it was No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” that showed the most growth in the demo: up +8% compared to the same week last year.

“World News Tonight” was also up in the demo (+6%) while “Nightly” was down in the demo (-3%). Both ABC and NBC were up +4% in total viewers.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 13, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,782,000 8,095,000 6,483,000
• A25-54: 2,108,000 2,114,000 1,598,000

Dan Rather on The Secret Service, Mark Cuban and Not Having ‘to Kiss Up to Anybody’

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Exclusive: Dan Rather, as the oft-told story goes, went from being an unknown CBS runner to a rising star at the network with his dogged reporting in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was killed.

Years later, in 1981, Rather was just settling into his role as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” when it very nearly happened again. “The Kennedy assassination, the shooting of Ronald Reagan, those were watershed moments for the Secret Service,” Rather told TVNewser in a telephone interview from his home in Austin. “Afterward, major adjustments were made.”

For the last month, Rather has been reflecting on those two defining days, and reporting on the current state of the Secret Service. The agency has been rocked by reports of serious security lapses, both at the White House and in the field as agents traveled with the president. The reporting–led by The Washington Post‘s Carol Leonnig–forced the director of the Secret Service to step down on October 1. “Hats off to The Washington Post, which has done, in my humble opinion, Pulitzer-level reporting on this story,” Rather told us.

Rather’s at work on his next AXS-TV special, “Dan Rather Presents: A Crisis Inside The Secret Service,” which debuts November 18th. Is the agency doing its job to protect the president? “I think the public should be concerned,” Rather said. “The facts speak pretty loudly here.” Rather’s reporting includes talking to contacts inside the agency, and an interview with Ralph Basham (pictured, above, with Rather outside the White House), a former director of the Secret Service.
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The A.M. Ticker: Dish, Tapper, Farrow, Menendez

  • CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” a Turner spokesperson says.

  • Fusion.net will stream Tina Brown‘s ​”​Women in the World Texas​” conference tomorrow. Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

The Scoreboard: Friday, October 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 256 | CNN: 179 | MSNBC: 73 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 332 | CNN:179 | MSNBC: 116 | HLN: 87

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

222

TheFive:

239

Baier:

279

Greta:

251

O’Reilly:

430

Kelly:

334

American:

232

O’Reilly:

222

Kelly:

197

CNN
Tapper:

210

Blitzer:

217

Blitzer:

257

Burnett:

255

Cooper:

211

Ling:

185

Tnt/Unguard:

139/138

Bourdain:

161

Bourdain:

118

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

41

Sharpton:

59

Matthews:

106

Hayes:

87

Maddow:

122

Investig.:

140

Investig.:

143

Investig.:

138

HLN
Now:

28

WWYD?:

27

WWYD?:

77

Files:

70

Files:

95

Files:

130

Files:

124

Files:

211

Files:

206

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Kate Bolduan Stops by CNN With Baby Cecelia

CNN “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan has been out on maternity leave, but stopped by the set this morning to talk about her past, while also sharing a bit of her future too. Bolduan was accompanied by her new baby Cecelia, who seemed content in her TV debut.

“I’ve totally changed, I’m a little puddle of love,” Bolduan said when asked about motherhood. “New Day” also aired Bolduan’s “Roots” feature, part of a series of reports into the backgrounds of CNN anchors.


“Roots: Our Journeys Home,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira, is a compilation of the stories airing tomorrow night at 9pmET.

In other morning show baby news, “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie will return from maternity leave on November 3.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 12

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was No.1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demo among the Sunday public affairs shows on Sunday, Oct. 12.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was down the most: -19% in viewers and down -30% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year which was the midst of the government shutdown.

ABC’s “This Week” was slightly down in total viewers but up +8% in the demo while “Face the Nation” was up +9% in total viewers and +13% in the demo.

Univision’s “Al Punto” was up the most, +27% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,969,000 total viewers and 275,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 53% of the country.

The numbers for October 12:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.53M 904,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.81M 809,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.48M 619,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.15M 447,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.05M 501,000

 

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