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Florida Runs Your News

florida_9-2.jpgGrowing up in South Florida, I should have known I would someday end up somehow involved in TV news. For better or worse, the state of Florida — and in particular the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market — has had maybe the biggest impact on the television news industry outside New York and LA.

For one, the number of major national anchors who did stints in South Florida will astound you. CNN’s Larry King and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft both did stints at WPLG very early in their careers. King also once worked at current NBC O&O WTVJ, where Katie Couric would later be a general assignment reporter.

“Get this,” says current-HLN anchor and former Miami anchor/health reporter Robin Meade. “When I was at WSVN in 1994-ish, I did the mornings. Rick Sanchez was the main anchor at the station. Shepherd Smith was a street reporter for the same channel. Linda Stouffer (former HLN anchor) was the weekend morning anchor. And Charles Molineaux (former HLN anchor) was my co-anchor in the morning. Soon after I left, I believe Shawn Robinson started doing the mornings there before heading to access Hollywood.”

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Farewell, My Friends


Today will be my final day at TVNewser.

Working here has been an wonderful, unique, and exciting experience, thanks, in most part, to the incredible people I’ve met on this beat who’ve made the exhausting pace of covering television news worthwhile.

I am departing to pursue a new opportunity, which, very sadly, does not include becoming Nicole Lapin‘s intern.

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Sunday Show Ratings: August 29

sunday_show_logos_5-13.jpgThis Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” won the day, but was down in total viewers week-to-week along with CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.” “This Week” held its #2 spot in the demo, where there was little movement for the three.

Only “Fox News Sunday,” which featured an interview with Glenn Beck, grew its audience from last week in both categories. “FNS” was also the only program up from a year ago.

Cable and network rebroadcasts of “MTP” drew an additional 1,236,000 viewers. “Fox News Sunday” drew an additional 2,389,000 total viewers on cable replays.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.74M 920K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.37M 640K
ABC “This Week” 2.30M 750K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.40M 430K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 23

AM_4.8.jpgNBC’s “Today” show remains on top of the morning shows as the summer — and the related slump — finally approaches its close.

Compared to last week, NBC was flat in total viewers while ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’ “Early Show” were up. Those two programs also grew in the demo. ABC was also up in total viewers and the demo in comparison to the same week last year. Overall viewership was slightly down again as well.

The averages for the week of August 23:

Total Viewers: NBC: 4.75M / ABC: 3.87M / CBS: 2.34M

A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.15M / ABC: 1.57M / CBS: 960K

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 31

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 364 | CNN: 123 | MSNBC: 133 | HLN: 129

Prime: FNC: 649 | CNN: 196 | MSNBC: 296 | HLN: 159

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: Address/O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  510 373 317 777 619 536 410
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: Address: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  118 96 122 287 154 142 155
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Address/Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  142 173 158 363 329 201 135
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  101 56 132 234 98 154 140

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

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Al Roker Mixes Up Willie Geist and Joe Scarborough

MSNBC’s Willie Geist was sitting in on “Morning Joe” today for Joe Scarborough, but apparently no one told Al Roker who, appearing from a beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, called him “Joe” TWICE.

After correcting Roker — and giving him a hard time with Mike Barnicle — Geist ended the segment saying, “Sam Champion, reporting live for us from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks, Sammy.” Video:

Later, here’s what Geist said he learned during today’s show: “I learned that Al Roker — a wonderful reporter, we talked to him about the ratings of his show — proved again why he’s America’s second most beloved weatherman behind Sam Champion. So nice job by you, Al.”

Bloomberg Launches New Program; New Faces Coming Too

Lacqua_9-1.jpgBloomberg TV recently launched a new program, “On The Move with Francine Lacqua,” mostly covering the European market openings and financial news out of Asia. “On the Move” debuted on August 25th, but Bloomberg viewers in the U.S. might have missed it because Lacqua appears in the middle of the night.

The program, which airs at 3am our time, broadcasts out of the UK and is primarily targeted toward the network’s international audience.

Bloomberg TV’s new strategy appears to involve getting more aggressive overseas and TVNewser hears that Bloomberg will be announcing the addition of new broadcast talent in Asia and Europe in the coming weeks.

Evening Newscasts Hit Collective Low

The AP’s David Bauder points out that the broadcast network evening news audience hit a collective all-time low last week, with the newscasts averaging just 18.7 million total viewers. The previous record was set the week prior. As we noted yesterday, “CBS Evening News”
again tied its own lowest audience average as well. Check out our full breakdown of last week’s ratings here.

VP Biden Makes the Morning Rounds

Following President Obama’s primetime address last evening, Vice President Biden hit the broadcast network morning shows earlier today from Iraq. Later in the morning, Biden announced the official transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn in a change-of-command ceremony.


Biden also did a sit-down with Margaret Warner for this evening’s “PBS NewsHour.”

A Different Perspective: CNN’s Jason Carroll Tracks Soldier’s Deployment to Afghanistan

carroll1_8-31.jpgCNN’s Jason Carroll is a National Correspondent, which means he mostly travels the U.S. reporting on domestic stories. But this week, he finds himself embedded with the 101st Airborne in the dangerous Paktika province of Afghanistan.

“It all started in the United States,” he told TVNewser via phone from Forward Operating Base Sharana just a few days into his first trip to Afghanistan. “That’s where their experience started and I decided to follow wherever they ended up.”

Right now, Carroll is following Sgt Randy Shorter (Far left) for a series called “A Soldiers Story,” the idea for which came from a conversation Carroll had with some friends.

“I was having a heated discussion as to why they weren’t paying attention to stories about Afghanistan,” he said. When his friends told him they’d become fatigued, he came up with the idea to track a soldier through the deployment process. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a way to get people more interested…given all the sacrifices being made.”

Shorter and two recent enlistees have been featured so far. Carroll said he was drawn to Shorter’s story because it was his third tour. “We wanted to see what it was like for those soldiers who had been here before, who had multiple deployments, to see how they emotionally deal with that.”

Carroll’s trip comes just a few months after General McChrystal’s resignation and we wondered if the events surrounding it had impacted soldiers’ attitude toward the press.

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