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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 10

evening news_2014As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, more Americans are tuning into the evening newscasts. Last week all three network broadcasts grew in both total viewers and the demo from the prior week.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” holds first place in viewers and was up +3% compared to the same week last year, but down -5% in the A25-54 demo.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” regained the No. 1 spot in the A25-54 demo, and saw the most overall growth: up +9% in viewers and up a whopping +16% in the demo vs. last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” experienced +4% viewer growth, but was down -1% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 10, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,638,000 8,989,000 7,435,000
• A25-54: 2,270,000 2,283,000 1,818,000

 

Jamie Horowitz Out at NBC News

JamieHorowitzBreaking: Insiders tells us Jamie Horowitz, the recently-hired SVP and GM of the “Today” show is no longer with NBC News. A source tells us Horowitz and his boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, were not seeing eye to eye, leading to Horowitz’s departure from the network late today.

Horowitz, who was heavily recruited from ESPN for the top job at “Today” — and had to sit out several months before taking the job — only arrived at NBC a few months ago. At the time of his hiring in May, Turness wrote, “Jamie is the perfect person for this crucial role — he is a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect.”

Just last week, Page Six reported that, due to some internal unrest and lackluster news ratings, Turness’ job may be on the line, and that Horowitz was among those being considered for the job. NBC shot down that report, throwing its full support behind Turness. “Deborah is not going anywhere. She’s just getting started. She has the full support of NBCU brass all the way to the top,” a spokesperson said. Turness joined NBC News 16 months ago.

More: Horowitz’s official start date was to be Dec. 1, but he had been at NBC having meetings with the “Today” show team since September.

More: In a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, Turness writes, “[T]ogether, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit.”

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The Fox Ticker: Ratings, Greta, Gruber,

  • Greta Van Susteren traveled to Midland, Texas today to interview President George W. Bush at his childhood home. The interviews airs tonight “On the Record” at 7pmET.

  • Sean Hannity sent a camera crew to MIT to talk with Jonathan Gruber, whose comments about Obamacare have made up much of Fox News’s coverage over the last week. Here’s some of what they got on campus, more tonight on “Hannity.”


George Stephanopoulos Sees His 21-Year-Old Self on ‘GMA’

StephanopoulosGMA“Good Morning America” went into the way-back machine and dug up some videotapes of the show’s hosts, some going back decades. In the sweeps segment called “Raiders of the Lost Tapes,” Lara Spencer and Amy Robach were taken back to their first reporting jobs, Robin Roberts‘ clip came from a bizarro segment on “Wide World of Sports.” And the show didn’t need to go far — just far back — into the archive to find a 21-year-old George Stephanopoulos appearing on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel talking about international arms control and looking like Chachi Arcola.

The Morning Ticker: Jarrett, Grobart, Stefanovic

  • Gregg Jarrett is easing back in to Fox News Channel. Jarrett, who underwent two stints in rehab this year, is now anchoring segments for FoxNews.com while the network still has yet to determine when he may return to anchoring on the channel.

  • Bloomberg has traveled the world looking at what’s ahead to 2015 with a special, airing tomorrow at 9pmET/PT, on the technologies that could shape the next year. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart looks at ten innovations from the fields of technology, food, and medicine.

  • Karl Stefanovic, anchor of Nine Network’s “Today” show, has worn the same suit for the last year. “No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” says Stefanovic, who did it as a sexism experiment. “I’m judged on my interviews, on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.”

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‘Dateline’ Returns to Saturday Night

HoltDatelineNBC has turned to its stalwart newsmag “Dateline” for new Saturday Night Mysteries airing during sweeps month.

In addition to its Friday timeslot, “Dateline’s’ Saturday Night Mysteries airs tonight and next Saturday at 8pmET/7pmCT.

Tonight Keith Morrison reports on the murder of beloved college professor, mother, and artist Carol Kennedy. Next Saturday Josh Mankiewicz has the story of actress Aasha Davis and her sister Lesley who move to Hollywood. Life is good until one of them goes missing.

“Dateline” continues to consistently win its Friday timeslot. Last week’s episode was its most watched “Dateline” in 8 months.

Glenn Beck is the New Walt Disney

BeckHealth2Now that he’s gotten a clean bill of health, Glenn Beck is back at work. In an interview with VICE, Beck reveals he’s working on a three-part miniseries on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and a feature film about Santa Claus (not starring Tim Allen). Plus:

There’s another feature film in the works as well, but Beck won’t give any details except that it’s called The Revolutionary, and that “our intent at this point is it will not be in English.” He told me he also wants to do a series on Crazy Horse, to “set the record straight on what America did to the Native Americans.”

On his show Monday, Beck revealed in great detail he’s been through a years-long neurological illness that doctors could not diagnose. It caused memory loss, excruciating pain and seizures. Beck has evolved over the years from radio DJ, to conservative talk show host, and now to a bona fide filmmaker, in the mold of his idol: Walt Disney.

“Disney knew that the world was about to change. You could tell a Disney story right off the bat… It was hopeful. It had a brighter tomorrow. That’s not great for everybody, and that’s fine, but somebody’s gotta be out there in a contemporary way just telling great stories. And by the selection of our stories, it will tell a greater story about who we are, and what we believe in.”

Charles Osgood Has the Most Awesome Parlor in all of Manhattan

Charles Osgood, anchor “CBS Sunday Morning” and “The Osgood File” hosted an intimate Westwood One client event at his home in New York City last night. “The Osgood File” is distributed by Westwood One. Osgood tinkled the ivories of his stunning Steinway in his splendid oak paneled library filled with many leather-bound books. Then they all went out to eat at the Red Lobster. We kid. They actually went somewhere much more grand: Olive Garden.

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Melissa Francis: I Was Silenced by CNBC

FrancisGruberOn her FBN show this afternoon Melissa Francis tore into her former employer, CNBC, saying the network ‘silenced’ her when reporting on Obamacare.

The revelation comes after Fox News and Fox Business have been reporting extensively this week on Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was videotaped saying “the American voter’s too stupid” to understand the economics of Obamacare.

Francis went off on “the liberal media” who “help them cover up the truth.”

So far NBC, ABC, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others, have been only too happy to comply. Those outlets have not even mentioned the video evidence from Jonathan Gruber. It’s shocking, but it actually doesn’t surprise me because when I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way. But just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced.

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Layoffs at CNBC.com

CNBC 25Layoffs have hit CNBC.com, TVNewser has learned. Around eight staffers have been cut.

At the same time, CNBC.com is adding to the roster. Eric Chemi is joining as senior editor-at-large of Data Journalism. Chemi had been at Bloomberg Media.

And John Melloy has returned to CNBC after a brief stint at StockTwits. When Melloy bolted for the social media company, CNBC considered filing a breach of contract suit against him. Apparently, that’s water under the bridge as Melloy is back in the fold focusing on content for CNBC PRO.

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