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Paula Zahn, The Day After

zahn_7.25.jpgThe write-ups are in on the Paula Zahn resignation, reported first on TVNewser. Zahn tells TVWeek’s Michelle Greppi, “I wanted to move on and he (CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein) wanted to move on.”

To Jacques Steinberg of the NYTimes, “when you look at the landscape, particularly in the 8 o’clock hour, it seems pretty obvious the audience is drawn to opinion-driven shows. That is not what I do.”

And on the persistent rumors surrounding the demise of her show, Zahn told the AP’s David Bauder “You’re not going to survive very long in this business if you internalize every rumor that is out there. To a certain extent, my staff and I were able to drown out the noise and do what we were expected to do.”

In his note to the CNN staff, Klein wrote, “throughout the coming weeks, we will be utilizing substitute hosts at 8pm leading up to the November launch of a new program anchored by Campbell Brown.”

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Dow Jones Sale “Too Close To Call”

Two days after 33 members of the Bancroft family met in Boston (in person or by phone), the WSJ reports News Corp.’s bid for the company “remains too close to call.” The family is being asked “to make a decision by early next week.” The paper reports that, despite family “difficulty”, it will be hard to stop the sale “given that it would take only a few players to deliver a deal” to Rupert Murdoch.

Now Cafferty Takes A Stand

First MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski refused to read, tried to burn, then shredded her script regarding the release of Paris Hilton from jail, now CNN’s Jack Cafferty is trying to take the high road on celebrity news, too. And, as in Brzezinski’s case, the on-air refusal is making international news.

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>Update: Public Eye takes a closer look…

The Scoreboard: Monday, July 23

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 387 | CNN: 768 | MSNBC: 164 | HLN: 145 | CNBC: 35

Prime: FNC: 296 | CNN: 634 | MSNBC: 163 | HLN: 130 | CNBC: 44

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  215 315 303 449 371 339 241
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Debate: Continues: Sit.Room: Cooper: Debate:
  127 228 890 673 551 558
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Investig.:
  155 99 116 155 143 195 212
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  53 68 132 185 132 117 117


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, July 22

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 187 | CNN: 133 | MSNBC: 185 | HLN: 102 | CNBC: 42

Prime: FNC: 222 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 181 | HLN: 134 | CNBC: 47

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Big Story: FoxNewsSun.: Report: Geraldo: Hannity: Half/Line.: Geraldo:
  200 176 183 185 255 230/222 192
CNN Newsroom: Dobbs: Newsroom: Investig.: King: Newsroom: YouTube:
  202 114 119 89 265 107 83
MSNBC Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: MeetPress: Special:
  240 159 165 126 255 164 169
HLN HLN/NewsMe: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  88/98 121 66 128 114 161 127


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

The Scoreboard: Saturday, July 21

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 166 | CNN: 128 | MSNBC: 210 | HLN: 87 | CNBC: 76

Prime: FNC: 182 | CNN: 138 | MSNBC: 304 | HLN: 75 | CNBC: 74

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Big Story: Belt/Watch: Report: Geraldo: Greta: Line Up: Journ/Belt:
  124 131/103 105 155 204 187 120/133
CNN Newsroom: Dobbs: YouTube: Investig.: King: Newsroom: YouTube:
  103 118 68 71 179 164 71
MSNBC Reports: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special:
  180 147 276 240 354 318 408
HLN HLN/NewsMe: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  66/59 77 69 84 78 64 47


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

CNN/YouTube: The Ratings, Part II

One demo we forgot to include in the earlier post about the CNN/YouTube debate ratings, the 18-34 year old crowd. The debate drew 407,000 in the demo, the highest of any debate so far this year, and, a CNN spokesperson adds the “highest 18-34 delivery in cable news history.” Read more here

As for CNN.com, “the site generated 45.5 million page views and the new CNN.com Live Player served 237,315 live video streams” on Monday.

Nancy Grace Breaks Her Foot

The Nancy Grace fan club (yes there is one) alerted us that the Headline News anchor broke her foot. A Headline News spokesperson tells TVNewser Grace “missed a step going down some stairs and broke three bones in her foot.” An unfortunate event any time, but especially worrisome considering Grace is four months pregnant with twins.

CNN/YouTube: The Ratings, Part I

The ratings are in for last night’s CNN/YouTube debate. And either viewers are getting debate-fatigue, or the debate may not have been as revolutionary as some would have hoped: 2,552,000 total viewers watched, 831,000 in the 25-54 demo and 663,000 in the (presumably YouTube-friendly) 18-49 demo.

CNN had more viewers when the Democratic candidates debated on Sunday, June 3: 2,714,000 total viewers, 1,050,000 (25-54), 836,000 (18-49).

Small World, This Business

Paula_Liz.jpgToday’s announcement that Paula Zahn is leaving CNN, reminded one TVNewser emailer of the one degree of separation between Zahn, and another newly-freed up cable anchor. Fresh out of UC Berkeley, a young Liz Claman was the production assistant, gofer, runner, etc. for Zahn who was an anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Claman worked at KCBS for other future network stars including Ann Curry, Pat O’Brien and Jim Lampley.

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