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What Megyn Kelly Appreciates Most About Bill O’Reilly

MediabistroTV caught up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Kelly co-hosted the event along with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas. Vicki Salemi, our editor of MediaJobsDaily asked Kelly what she owes the success of her year-old “Kelly File,” which most nights is the second most-watched program on cable news. “I have a very healthy lead-in,” Kelly admits. We also asked her what gave her the courage to leave the legal world behind, for career in TV news. In a word: “misery.” WATCH:

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Cable News Ranker: Week of Oct. 13

WebFox News finished in the Top 5 of cable networks for the week of Oct. 13. FNC was No. 3 in primetime — behind ESPN and TBS — and No. 4 in Total Day viewing. FNC averaged 1,765,000 primetime viewers and 1,064,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 27th in primetime, ahead of MSNBC which finished 31st. CNN was 20th in total day, while MSNBC was 29th. Full ranker after the jump…

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The Evening Ticker: CBS in Syria; New Hires at Bloomberg, Fusion

  • CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports tonight from inside Syria, where she speaks with a teenager who says he was forced to fight alongside ISIS. The report, broadcast on “The CBS Evening News” is a rare example of American journalists doing on-the-ground reporting inside the country. Williams spoke with 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh in the basement of a prison in northern Syria, where men accused of being ISIS terrorists are being held by a Kurdish group fighting against the Islamic extremists. “They captured my village and gave me a choice-either join ISIS or be beheaded,” Mufleh told Williams in Arabic.

  • Bloomberg has named Joe Weisenthal managing editor of Bloomberg.com’s markets and finance coverage. Weisenthal will lead coverage of markets and finance coverage across Bloomberg’s digital brands. Weisenthal, who joins from Business Insider, also will host a daily markets show on Bloomberg Television. He starts November 10 and will be based in New York.

  • Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has announced Boris Gartner is joining the company as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Gartner will be working on strategy, partnerships, and business development. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and executing forward-looking initiatives,” Lee said. “Boris was a part of the Univision team that conceived Fusion in 2012 and he will play a critical role as we continue building Fusion into a next-generation media company.”

Ebola-Stricken Cameraman Defends Dr. Nancy Snyderman on Twitter

Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance NBC News cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Liberia earlier this month, took to Twitter today to defend NBC’s chief medial editor. Snyderman has been the subject of recent criticism, but Mukpo isn’t lining up to bash his colleague.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, October 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | CNN: 148 | MSNBC: 80 | HLN: 92
  • Primetime: FNC: 311 | CNN: 134 | MSNBC: 93 | HLN: 78

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

231

TheFive:

425

Baier:

376

Greta:

244

O’Reilly:

416

Kelly:

282

Hannity:

234

O’Reilly:

216

Kelly:

235

CNN
Tapper:

162

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

212

Burnett:

196

Cooper:

141

Cooper:

153

Tonight:

109

Tonight:

94

CNNI:

105

MSNBC
Wagner:

54

EdShow:

78

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

101

Hayes:

82

Maddow:

130

O’Donnell:

68

Hayes:

59

Maddow:

70

HLN
Now:

62

WWYD?:

87

WWYD?:

92

Secret:

62

Grace:

69

Dr.Drew:

70

Files:

96

Files:

134

Files:

176

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Where Renee Zellweger Isn’t Trending

ZellweggerShe’s trending on Twitter, lighting up Facebook, and is on the front pages of dozens of websites, including CNN.com and FoxNews.com. Even her Wikipedia page has been updated to reflect the discussion.

But there’s one place you won’t find chatter about Renee Zellweger‘s new look: cable news.

First, if you haven’t heard about it, here’s the backstory: Last night Zellweger walked the red carpet at the Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards. But, for many — millions really — it was hard to determine if this really was the Bridget Jones star, or someone who sorta looked like her.

As for how this “news” has been reported, as we said it’s on fire on social media and entertainment shows like “The Talk,” “Inside Edition,” and “Access Hollywood Live,” but not on cable news. The question is whether tomorrow’s network morning shows (we’re looking at you “GMA” and “Today”) will discuss it.

Host Thinks Kobe Bryant Added ‘Sizzle’ During Sexual Assault Case

ESPN’s Skip Bayless offered a sure-to-be controversial opinion Monday morning on “First Take.” Bayless suggested that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant benefited from 2003 sexual assault allegations brought against him in Eagles, Colorado.

Remember Kobe pre-Eagle, Colorado? He failed in his first sneaker deal because he was just too clean cut and I think it was Adidas that had him first, correct me if I’m wrong, but he couldn’t sell sneakers because he didn’t have enough edge. But then post-Eagle, Colorado it brought a little attention to him… like it gave him a little bit of… sizzle.

Co-host Cari Champion seemed visibly appalled by Bayless’ comments. “First Take” was recently in the news when co-host Stephen A. Smith sparked a controversy by saying that women must do a better job not instigating domestic violence.

In September 2004, prosecutors dropped the charges against Bryant after his accuser refused to testify and a civil trial was settled out of court. Bryant lost multiple sponsorships during the ordeal.

(h/t AwfulAnnouncing)

The Scoreboard: Sunday, October 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 144 | CNN: 137 | MSNBC: 88 | HLN: 114
  • Primetime: FNC: 92 | CNN: 228 | MSNBC: 102 | HLN: 153

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

101

MediaBuzz:

116

FNSunday:

132

Report:

176

Huckabee:

112

Reporting:

69

Kelly:

95

Huckabee:

70

Report:

84

CNN
Nwsroom:

99

Nwsroom:

93

Nwsroom:

131

Shaken:

92

Bourdain:

169

Bourdain:

231

Ling:

285

Bourdain:

95

Bourdain:

 137

MSNBC
Born:

14

Born:

37

Heist:

58

Runaways:

60

Runaways:

78

Lockup:

92

Lockup:

136

Lockup:

201

Lockup:

205

HLN
Files:

62

Files:

91

Files:

55

Files:

64

Files:

120

Files:

141

Files:

199

Files:

237

Files:

 200

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, October 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 171 | CNN: 144 | MSNBC: 100 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 144 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 170 | HLN: 89

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

160

TheFive:

173

NewsHQ:

136

Report:

180

Huckabee:

133

Pirro:

145

Payday:

154

RedEye:

135

Pirro:

131

CNN
News/Gupta:

158

Nwsroom:

160

Nwsroom:

203

Nwsroom:

149

Rowe:

168

Rowe:

87

Ling:

82

Rowe:

35

Bourdain:

58

MSNBC
Caught:

52

Caught:

95

News/Lockup:

124

Lockup:

139

Lockup:

148

Lockup:

154

Lockup:

208

Lockup:

204

Lockup:

237

HLN
Files:

66

Files:

72

Files:

59

Files:

48

Files:

63

Files:

80

Files:

124

Files:

128

Files:

182

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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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