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Stephen Colbert Responds to His ‘North Star’: ‘Bill O’Reilly is a F***ing Egomaniac’

O'Reilly ColbertThe tit-for-tat between Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert continued last night with Colbert addressing the Fox News host he considers “very dear” to him.

“Bill, baby doll, you’re of my ilk,” Colbert said to O’Reilly in response to O’Reilly saying “Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight Jihad.”

“That’s outrageous. Bill O’Reilly has to do his own bleeping? C’mon Rupert Murdoch, spring for the bleep machine. I got one here, watch: Bill O’Reilly is a f***cking egomaniac.” Colbert then added, “I don’t mean it.”

The dust-up between O’Reilly and Colbert resulted from Colbert mocking O’Reilly’s suggestion to have an anti-terror mercenary force paid for by coalition forces to fight terror groups like ISIS.

We’ll keep our eyes on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to see if O’Reilly has a response to his, as Colbert described it, “ilk-mate.”

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” just had its best opening week performance in Total Viewers in more than 23 years. As the 2014-2015 TV season gets underway “GMA” continues to lead the way and was up the most compared to the same week last year: up +2% in viewers and up +5% in the A25-54 demo.

No. 3 “CBS This Morning” also saw year-over-year growth: up +5% in viewers and up +1% in the demo. NBC’s “Today” show struggled last week and was down double digits in the A25-54 demo (-14%) while also down in viewers (-7%.)

“GMA” had its biggest win over “Today” in both viewers and the A25-54 demo in more than 20 years – since the week of May 16, 1994.

The averages for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.677M / NBC: 4.425M / CBS: 2.986M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.168M / NBC: 1.731M / CBS: 987,000

Brian Williams Gets Social; Holds First Facebook Q&A

WilliamsFacebookFollowing “Nightly News” Thursday, Brian Williams conducted his first Facebook Q&A. Many of the questions came from his NBC News colleagues, including Carson Daly who asked him about his drinking habits while he travels.

“Carson Daly, ladies and gentlemen! The man, the myth, the LEGEND. I love me some Today Show Carson, but I REALLY love the nighttime show…”

Matt Lauer asked Williams about his choice of movies: Blazing Saddles or GhostbustersSavannah Guthrie gave him a hard time about some missing lip gloss and Natalie Morales asked him about what other job he might have pursued and he replied “any opportunity to work with Willie Geist.”

Geist chimed in and asked him who his favorite member of NWA is.

Speaking of rap, Williams was asked what he thinks of the Jimmy Fallon mashups.

“They’ve been amazing. Never before have so many words been re-purposed so outside their original meaning. We have interviewed the profoundly talented video editor and will put it on the web before long.”

As President Obama Goes, Here’s How Cable News Goes…

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With the midterm elections approaching and President Obama three quarters of the way through his presidency, we thought we’d see how the big three cable news networks’ ratings have fared in direct comparison to the president’s popularity.

We looked at President Obama’s monthly Gallup approval ratings dating back to January 2009: from his inauguration through September’s approval ratings, which was released yesterday. The president began his first term with a 64% approval rating. As of today, he is at 42%, a 22-point drop. For the networks, we looked at the Monday-Sunday total viewership for both total day and primetime (Live +Same Day). Our chart (after the jump) breaks down the networks’ quarterly averages.

Of the three networks, Fox News’ ratings have been the most stable in comparison to fluctuations in the president’s approval rating. FNC’s high point was around the 2012 presidential election, when Obama was at 51% approval. The network’s low point came earlier this year, when Obama was at 43% approval.

CNN’s peak came at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration, when Obama sat at 64% approval. Its basement was the second quarter of 2012 when Obama had dropped to 47%. At that time, all networks were in wall-to-wall presidential campaign coverage.

Like FNC, MSNBC’s high point came at the time of the 2012 election, when Obama was at 51%. MSNBC has had the biggest drop since the 2012 election, and is at its low point right now, just as President Obama is, who’s tied for his all-time low at 42%.

Network and presidential ratings, after the jump.

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Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 281 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 421 | MSNBC: 141 | CNN: 192 | HLN: 158

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

203

TheFive:

314

Baier:

330

Greta:

356

O’Reilly:

534

Kelly:

419

Hannity:

304

O’Reilly:

270

Kelly:

307

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

157

Hayes:

125

Maddow:

180

O’Donnell:

107

Hayes:

70

Maddow:

96

CNN
Tapper:

192

Blitzer:

212

Blitzer:

158

Burnett:

224

Cooper:

230

Cooper:

203

Tonight:

142

Tonight:

128

CNNI:

186

HLN
Now:

13

Files:

13

Files:

66

Jane:

103

Grace:

147

Dr.Drew:

128

Files:

198

Files:

228

Files:

463

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Layoffs at the Weather Channel

the-weather-channel304x200TVNewser hears as many as 40 staffers were cut at Atlanta-based Weather Channel today.

Most come from the product and technology group which was created in July as part of a larger reorganization at the company. “That effort to find the ideal structure to best position this team for future growth concluded today and did result in the elimination of some positions,” Weather Channel spokesperson Shirley Powell says.

Bloomberg recently reported that two of the three owners of the Weather Channel — private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital — may be looking to sell their interest. The third owner is NBCUniversal. The three acquired Weather in 2008.

News of cuts at Weather Channel come on the same day the New York Times looks to cut 100 newsroom jobs.

Networks Cover Secret Service Director’s Resignation

GeorgeBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.

ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.  CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.

All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.

’48 Hours’ Editor Beats Out 5 ’60 Minutes’ Colleagues, and They Couldn’t Be Prouder

CBSEmmyBefore last night’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards “48 Hours” editor Doreen Schechter got a bouquet of flowers and well wishes from her fellow nominees: five men, all colleagues who are editors on “60 Minutes.”

“Good luck, we’re all rooting for you,” the card read.

Well, it seems to have worked. Schechter, a 32-year CBS News veteran, picked up her first Emmy last night for Outstanding News Editing for an episode of the 6-part “Brooklyn DA” series produced by “48 Hours.”

The “60 Minutes” editors are said to be “over the moon” that Schechter won. So is her 89-year-old father Harvey Schechter, who made it to the Lincoln Center event last night in his tuxedo.

Dan Rather: Current Evening News Anchors ‘Have the Goods’

dan rather_304x200Dan Rather thinks the current evening news anchors have the talent to carry the tradition forward.

“They have the goods,” Rather said during an interview with The Huffington Post’s Roy Sekoff at Advertising Week yesterday about today’s evening news anchors (he stipulated he doesn’t know new “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir).

“They want to walk in the steps, they want to keep the flame burning, but it’s extremely difficult to do under the circumstances.”

Those circumstances, according to Rather, are “operating within the system.” That system features corporate media restraining journalists from challenging powerful government officials, institutions, and corporations. The former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s controversial CBS exit will be depicted on the big screen in 2016: Robert Redford signed on to play Rather in “Rathergate” in July.

Rather on the evening news after the jump (around the 45:30 mark).

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