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Americans Don’t Know Their News Anchors Anymore

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Three decades ago, nearly half of America could recognize who then “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather was. Fast-forward to today, and just 27% correctly identified “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, according to a Pew Research Center online survey.

The drop in awareness coincides with a steep decline in viewership. When the Rather in-person survey was done in 1985, an average of 48 million Americans watched one of the evening newscasts. In 2013, that number dwindled down to 24.5 million, according to Nielsen.

Unsurprisingly, it’s older viewers who recognized Williams at the highest rate today: 34% compared to just 15% for ages 18-29 (Williams still leads the pack in terms of eyeballs watching news at night.)

Cable Network Ranker: Week of December 30

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of December 30, placing eighth in primetime and ninth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,422,000 primetime viewers and 998,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 35th in primetime, with 476,000 viewers, and 33rd in total day, with 366,000 viewers. MSNBC placed 36th in both primetime and total day, averaging 462,000 and 335,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN was the number one ad-supported cable network for the week, averaging more than 8 million viewers. USA, the History Channel, TBS and TNT rounded out the top five. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Top Cable News Shows in 2013 Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top nine programs in the key A25-54 demographic in 2013. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,771,000 total viewers and 438,000 demo viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” was second in both total viewers and demo viewers, averaging 2,293,000 and 381,000, respectively. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Hannity” rounded out the top five programs.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” leads MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 860,000 total viewers, placing 15th overall, and 239,000 A25-54 viewers, placing tenth overall.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 19th and 15th, respectively. The show averaged 647,000 total viewers and 201,000 A25-54 viewers for the year.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 29th and 23th, respectively. The show averaged 493,000 total viewers and 168,000 demo viewers.

“Squawk on the Street” was CNBC’s top-rated program in total viewers, and “American Greed” led the network in the demo. On FBN, “Varney & Company” led the network in total viewers and “Stossel” was tops in the A25-54 demo.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: 2013

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Fox News was the top cable news network for 2013, placing sixth in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,761,000 primetime viewers and 1,097,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 29th in primetime, with 640,000 viewers, and 30th in total day, with 394,000 viewers. CNN placed 32nd in primetime and 28th in total day, averaging 568,000 and 413,000 viewers, respectively.

USA Network was the number one ad-supported cable network for the year, with ESPN, the History Channel, TBS and TNT rounding out the top five. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Jerry Springer to Host ‘Tabloid’ for ID

The New Year brings a new series for Jerry Springer. The former mayor and local news anchor turned tabloid talk show host has a new show for Investigation Discovery called, appropriately, “Tabloid.”

The one-hour show peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can’t possibly imagine. “You can’t make this stuff up,” said Springer. “Life invariably outruns imagination when it comes to outrageousness.”

“There’s no one better to guide viewers through the scandalous stories seen in TABLOID than the man who has spent decades unveiling the most outrageous tales,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and Military Channel.

The show debuts two weeks from tomorrow, Thursday, January 16 at 10pmET. For now, check out Jerry Springer’s First Big Break, courtesy of mediabistro.TV:

Larry King Tours The Newseum

On his Ora.TV show Friday, Larry King got a tour of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. King went through exhibits including JFK’s assasination, Tim Russert‘s office and the 9/11 exhibit.  Watch:

Connie Chung Recalls Workplace Sexism During ‘Anchorman’ Era

katie couric anchormanOn a recent episode of “Katie” about “Anchorman 2,” Katie Couric talked with Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung about workplace sexism.

“Ron Burgundy, I have worked with you for 35, 40 years,” Chung said to Will Ferrell. “Every single guy I worked with was just like you — and I have so enjoyed despising you.” Chung described the men as “egotistical” and “self-absorbed.”

When Donaldson pointed out that “Walter Cronkite is turning over his grave,” Chung said Cronkite was different — “and you weren’t, because I didn’t really work directly with you,” she assured Donaldson. Couric said she experienced it, too, although both she and Chung declined to name names.

Huffington Post Media has the video.

News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of December 9

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of December 9, placing seventh in primetime and sixth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,758,000 primetime viewers and 1,130,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 29th in primetime, with 612,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 373,000 viewers. CNN placed 34th in primetime and 33rd in total day, averaging 419,000 and 324,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, USA Network, the Hallmark Channel, A&E and FX were the top five cable networks in primetime. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of December 2

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of December 2, placing fifth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,850,000 primetime viewers and 1,129,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 30th in primetime, with 596,000 viewers, and 26th in total day, with 393,000 viewers. CNN placed 37th in both primetime and total day, with 392,000 viewers and 295,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, ABC Family, USA Network and the History Channel rounded out the top five primetime cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

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