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Merrill Knox

Merrill Knox is a contributor and former Senior Editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. She joined Mediabistro in 2011 after four years working for "Your World with Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel. When she's not reading or writing, Merrill is most often found trying to anticipate the next plot twist on "Homeland." Follow her on Twitter @merrillknox or email her at merrill@mediabistro.com.

Neil Cavuto’s Tribute to Producer Who Died of Cancer: ‘You Left Us Speechless’

GoodmanCavutoAnnie Goodman, a former Fox News producer for “Your World” and “Forbes on Fox,” died this morning after a three-year battle with triple negative breast cancer. She was 33.

In a tribute on “Your World” this afternoon, anchor Neil Cavuto described her as “always funny, always blunt, always fighting, never quitting.” (Video after the jump.)

“Annie knew her odds, but she also knew she wasn’t going down without a fight,” Cavuto said. “When I asked her about how it felt to be the face of the disease, leave it to Annie to zing back: ‘I’m just sorry I couldn’t offer a pretty face.’ She was pretty wrong.”

Goodman had worked for Fox News for more than a decade in a variety of positions, most of them on Cavuto’s show. (Annie was a friend and colleague with whom I worked for three years at Fox.) She was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer at the age of 30 and underwent several years of chemotherapy and radiation as the disease spread to her ovaries, lungs, and brain. Read more

How Bill O’Reilly Helped Save BU’s Student Newspaper

bill-oreilly_52792557A handful of Boston University students are sending thanks to Bill O’Reilly after the Fox News host donated $10,000 to help save BU’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press.

The Freep, as it is known on campus, was formed in 1970 as a response to the Kent State shootings in Ohio. It is owned and operated entirely by students, many of them studying journalism at BU’s College of Communication. (Full disclosure: I served as the paper’s managing editor in 2005, when I was a senior at BU.) In recent years, the paper has been plagued by financial issues; on Monday, the Freep’s editors announced that if they did not raise $70,000 by December 31, they would be forced to stop publishing the print edition altogether.

O’Reilly, a Boston University alum, pledged $10,000 to the campaign on Tuesday. Along with a $50,000 donation from Massachusetts philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr. and more than $20,000 in smaller donations, the campaign has ensured The Daily Free Press will survive another semester at BU.

Kyle Plantz, the paper’s editor-in-chief, told the Boston Globe that the check from O’Reilly arrived at the paper’s newsroom yesterday:

Staff at the newspaper received a call Tuesday from O’Reilly, who explained why he was making the donation. “As a former Freep-er, he got his start here and he remembers his time at the Freep,” Plantz said.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 17

sunday shows_304ABC’s “This Week” notched a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on August 17, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +81,000 total viewers and +246,000 A25-54 viewers. “Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Andrea Mitchell after David Gregory‘s mid-week departure from NBC, was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, all five shows were up in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. “Fox News Sunday” was up the most in total viewers (+46%) and “This Week” was up the most in the demo (+53%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted this week by Shannon Bream, averaged a combined 2,108,000 total viewers and 487,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.021M 1.001M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.940M 755K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.661M 735K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.306M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 698K 369K

Carson Daly Welcomes Baby London Rose

Good news for Vale Guthrie Feldman: she has a new “Today” show friend. Carson Daly and Siri Pinter welcomed their third child, London Rose Daly, Wednesday night. The baby girl was 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 22 inches long. “It’s time for our weekly segment, a ‘Today’ show baby,” Willie Geist joked as he introduced a Skype interview with Daly this morning. Watch:

Ratings: CNN Wins Demo in Total Day, Prime; ‘New Day’ Delivers Highest Demo Ratings Ever

New Day FergusonFueled by continuing coverage of unrest in Ferguson, CNN won the A25-54 demographic in both total day and primetime Tuesday for the fourth straight day. CNN averaged 305,000 total day viewers and 529,000 primetime viewers, narrowly topping Fox News, which had 290,000 total day viewers and 523,000 primetime viewers. Fox News topped both metrics in total viewers.

“New Day” also won in the demo yesterday, delivering its highest-ever demo ratings. It was the first time in more than a year (since 7/16/13) that the CNN morning show has topped “Fox & Friends” among A25-54 viewers. CNN also won the demo in the daytime (9am-5pm) daypart. Fox News won in total viewers during both “Fox & Friends” and daytime.

During the evening hours that included live coverage from Ferguson, Fox News won in the demo at 8pmET, 10pmET, 11pmET and 12amET. CNN won at 7pmET and 9pmET. Fox News won every hour in total viewers.

Morning show and daytime ratings are after the jump; the full scoreboard with total day and primetime numbers is here. Read more

Obama: James Foley Execution ‘Shocks the Conscience of the Entire World’

President Obama took the podium today in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released yesterday. The U.S. this morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die.

“Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace with it a sense of hope and civility,” Obama said. “That’s what Jim Foley stood for. A man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence, all of us mourn his loss.”

George Stephanopolus anchored ABC News’ special report, with Jonathan Karl on Martha’s Vineyard. Cynthia McFadden anchored a special report on NBC, with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard. CBS delivered a special report with Scott Pelley anchoring and Major Garrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report for Fox Broadcast Network.

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of August 11

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of August 11, placing fifth in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,670,000 primetime viewers and and 1,047,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 20th in primetime and 16th in total day, averaging 752,000 viewers and 547,000 viewers, respectively. MSNBC placed 27th in both primetime and total day, delivering 630,000 primetime viewers and 371,000 total day viewers.

Discovery, TNT, USA and the History Channel rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Monday, August 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 302 | MSNBC: 129 | CNN: 356 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 405 | MSNBC: 194 | CNN: 423 | HLN: 150

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

205/251

TheFive:

349

Baier:

312

Greta:

325

O’Reilly:

409

Kelly:

411

Hannity:

394

Shep:

431

Shep:

403

MSNBC
Wagner:

156

EdShow:

128

Sharpton:

106

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

157

Maddow:

219

O’Donnell:

203

Hayes:

211

Maddow:

275

CNN
Tapper:

360

Blitzer:

315

Blitzer:

337

Burnett:

330

Cooper:

357

Cooper:

391

Tonight:

522

Tonight:

545

Tonight:

706

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

39

Files:

50

Jane:

103

Grace:

163

Dr.Drew:

146

Files:

142

Files:

213

Files:

240

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Ratings: CNN Wins Primetime, Total Day Demo

CNN Ferguson coverageCNN won in the A25-54 demographic Monday in both total day and primetime, delivering 356,000 and 423,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News, second in both measurements, had 302,000 total day viewers and 405,000 primetime viewers in the demo. MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, with 1,452,000 total day viewers and 2,136,000 primetime viewers. CNN was second, with 946,000 total day viewers and 1,027,000 primetime viewers. As with the demo viewers, MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

For the primetime hours, the top-rated show in total viewers was “The Kelly File” with 2,378,000 viewers, and the top-rated show in the demo was the 10pmET hour of “CNN Tonight” with 522,000 viewers.

Fox News won the demo in both the 8pmET (with Eric Bolling in for Bill O’Reilly) and 9pmET hours, while CNN won every hour in the demo from 10pm-12amET. Shepard Smith anchored from the Fox News Deck on FNC and Jake Tapper and Don Lemon anchored from Ferguson on CNN.

A few programming notes for tonight’s primetime lineup: as we told you earlier, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon will anchor their respective shows from Ferguson. On Fox News, Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour and Megyn Kelly will anchor the 12amET hour.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

The Scoreboard: Saturday, August 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 175 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 113
  • Primetime: FNC: 134 | MSNBC: 220 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 99

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HQ:

183

Stossel:

171

NewsHQ:

209

Report:

188

Huckabee:

110

Pirro:

144

Kelly:

148

RedEye:

135

Pirro:

144

MSNBC
News:

190

Caught:

177

Caught:

159

Caught:

181

Caught:

189

Lockup:

231

Lockup:

241

Lockup:

307

Lockup:

322

CNN
News/Gupta:

266

Nwsroom:

249

Smerconish:

230

Nwsroom:

194

Nwsroom:

151

Blackfish:

137

Blackfish:

122

Hunt:

132

Hunt:

83

HLN
Files:

81

Files:

95

Files:

102

Files:

129

Files:

92

Files:

89

Files:

115

Files:

169

Files:

182

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