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  • Meredith Vieira‘s syndicated show has been picked up for a second season on the NBC Owned Television Stations. The show, which debuted just last month and currently airs in 98% of the country, is produced by NBCU at 30 Rock.

  • José Díaz-Balart is adding another hour to his MSNBC day. The Telemundo anchor will take over the 9amET slot left vacant when Chuck Todd moved to “Meet the Press.” Díaz-Balart currently anchors the 10am hour. The 2-hour “Morning Rundown” debuts Nov. 17 at 9amET.

  • Telemundo’s late afternoon news and entertainment program “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” is moving from 5pm to 4pm on Monday. The re-tooled show will include special “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” segments, on-screen reunions and investigative reports.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 277 | CNN: 120 | MSNBC: 75 | HLN: 74
  • Primetime: FNC: 404 | CNN: 129 | MSNBC: 105 | HLN: 74

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Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage


MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.

Navy Seal Under Criminal Investigation Following ’60 Minutes’ Interview

PelleySeal2Mark Owen — not his real name — is under investigation by the government for telling “60 Minutes” the story of the 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Owen talks to CBS again, this Sunday, about how the government has come after him in the two years since his interview aired.

Owen says his then-lawyer advised him he did not need to clear his book, “No Easy Day,” or his “60 Minutes” interview, with the military. But eight weeks ago, as part of a newly-opened investigation, Owen was questioned for 10 hours by government investigators.

“I would go back overseas today and deal with fighting ISIS rather than deal with the last two years,” Owen tells Scott Pelley.

In the end, Owen is apologetic about how things played out. “I did not set out to bypass any rules. I felt that I was doing everything the right way, legally. Obviously that was a mistake…I’m very sorry about that.”

The make-up artist used to disguise Owen’s appearance for his first “60 Minutes” interview was used again for Sunday’s sit-down.

TVNewsers, It’s Now Safe to Talk On Air About Tim Cook’s Sexuality

cook30f-2-webIn his Bloomberg Businessweek column today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that yes, he is gay. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he writes. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

When something is not quite a secret, but also never confirmed as fact, it can present pitfalls to people who talk about CEOs on television, like Simon Hobbs, the CNBC anchor who accidentally outed Cook on air in June. Hobbs was part of a panel discussion with New York Times columnist Jim Stewart, who’d just written a story about the small number of openly gay CEOs–and how those believed to be gay declined to talk about it for his story:

“I got an extremely cool reception,” he recalled, adding that “not one would allow to be named at all.”

“I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he’s gay at the head of Apple,” Hobbs said. “Isn’t he?”

An awkward silence followed as Hobbs quickly realized his snafu.

“Hmm, no,” Stewart said shaking his head.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 26

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation” was first among Sunday shows in viewers last week despite being down -15% in total viewers and down -2% in the A25-54 demo compared to the same week last year.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was down: -16% in viewers and down -32% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year.

ABC’s “This Week” was slightly down -13% in total viewers -4% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” was also also down -13% in the demo compared to last year.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1.95 million total viewers and 372,000 A25-54 viewers. “Fox News Sunday” on broadcast was down -24% overall and and down -11% in the demo, but it should be noted that “FNS” aired at 8 am ET and 5 am PT in several markets due to an early NFL game. The Fox Sunday show had 2.9 million total viewers between broadcast and cable.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for October 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.01M 818,000
“This Week” 2.47M 701,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.35M 508,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 970,000 363,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 814,000 402,000


Jon Stewart Confirms He Was Approached About ‘Meet the Press’

03_jon stewart_2In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jon Stewart confirms he did indeed have discussions with NBC about the possibility of the “Daily Show” host taking on one of broadcast news’ most storied programs, “Meet the Press”. “My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” he says. “I’m sure part of them was thinking, ‘Why don’t we just make it a variety show?’”

While the offer could have been exceptionally lucrative, Stewart tells the magazine he never really considered it:

“I felt like that was one of those situations,” he says, “where someone says, ‘We really like what you do. Why don’t you come over here and do something different, maybe something you don’t do as well, for us?’ I can understand notionally where it comes from. News and entertainment have melded in a way. But they would be overcompensating on the entertainment side. That’s certainly not an outlandish decision, although I don’t necessarily think that’s the best direction for it.”

Weather Channel Distances Itself From Founder’s Climate Change Comments

ColemanKellyDavid Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel, is distancing the company from comments made by Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman on Megyn Kelly‘s show earlier this week.

“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in 100 years,” Coleman told Kelly. The  research behind climate change “is bad, bad science,” he says.

In a note to staff today, obtained by TVNewser, Kenny writes, “Mr. Coleman does have a place in our company’s history, and we appreciate the contributions he made more than 30 years ago. However, we want to be clear: John Coleman is no longer affiliated with our company, and his opinions do not represent The Weather Company. We regret any confusion this has caused.”

Coleman, 80, has worked in TV news for more than 60 years. He was the first weather anchor for “Good Morning America” in the 1970s. In 1981 he co-founded the Weather Channel. He’s also worked at WCBS in New York, WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago,  and spent the last 20 years of his career KUSI in San Diego.

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‘LeBron Effect’ Brings CNBC’s Morgan Brennan to Cleveland

304LebronLeBron James will play his first game in Cleveland tonight since heading back to the Cavaliers after “taking his talents” to South Beach in 2010. James’ return means big business for the city and CNBC’s Morgan Brennan is live in Cleveland throughout the day to cover it. The “LeBron effect” increases ticket sales, hotel reservation and web traffic, so CNBC is on the ground to cover the business angle of the biggest homecoming in sports.

From increased jersey sales to local restaurants thriving, the “LeBron effect” has a significant impact on the economy. According to Brennan’s report, Cuyahoga County projects a $50 million boost to the local economy. More jobs will be created to meet visitor demand and more taxes collected due to increased consumer spending on tickets and in local businesses.

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of October 20

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings, but only “CBS This Morning” showed growth in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Compared to the same week last year, “CBS This Morning” is up +2% in both viewers and the demo. “Good Morning America” wins another in the mornings but is down -7% in viewers and down -4% in the demo. “GMA” is seeing its largest season margins over NBC’s “Today” in both viewers and the demo in more than 23 years — since at least the 1991-92 season. “Today” was down -2% in viewers and down -15% in the demo, year-over-year.

The averages for the week of Oct. 20, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.216M / NBC: 4.612M / CBS: 3.079M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.931M / NBC: 1.764M / CBS: 1.012M