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Courtney Friel Hit On During Live Shot

Courtney Friel, the former Fox News reporter, now reporting for KTLA in Los Angeles, was covering a wildfire Wednesday when a shirtless man asked her out: “Wow, you’re super pretty. Do you want to go on a date sometime?” he asked. Friel, who is married to CBS News correspondent Carter Evans, didn’t answer.

Evans made a name for himself on a breaking news story. He was the only reporter on the scene during a shootout in February 2012 that ended the manhunt for the fugitive Christopher Dorner. Working freelance at the time for CBS News, Evans was quickly hired by the network.

Breaking news seems to be a specialty for the reporting couple. Evans and Friel were visiting family in Hawaii in March, 2011 when an earthquake triggered a tsunami warning. At the time Friel, who was working for Fox News Channel, phoned in a report for FNC, while Evans, working for CNN at the time, did the same for that network.

Snoop Dogg Might Be One of Larry King’s ‘Main Men,’ but Donald Sterling Isn’t

larrykingFormer CNN host Larry King‘s response to whether he and rapper Snoop Dogg are engaged in a “bromance” might surprise you.

“Snoop Dogg is one of my main men,” King answered during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. “You don’t have to smoke pot to be in his presence. I love him, he’s bright, he’s fun, he’s a good father, and a good man. Snoop is my man.”

But King also pointed out who isn’t one of his men: scandal-plagued Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

I completely agree with what Adam Silver did today. He was outstanding. I am a Clipper fan, I wasn’t going to let my children go to the game tonight, but now they will go. I know Donald Sterling, I’m embarrassed for him, I like his wife very much and she deserves better. This was a great decision. Great for the league, great for society. This is a historic day. Go Clippers!

The Best/Worst Valentine’s for TV News Ladies

heartsIt’s not often we hear women who work in TV news dish about their love lives on-air, so. for Valentine’s Day, we asked them to do it for us.

“America’s Newsroom” host Martha MacCallum will never forget the look on her husbands face after she provided some liquid humor.

“My new boyfriend (we are now married 20 years!) came over for a drink before we went out for dinner. He asked me for a scotch on the rocks and I poured him a big wine glass full and put two ice cubes in it, because I didn’t have a clue how people drank scotch.”

FNC Correspondent Shannon Bream‘s best V-Day snuck up on her thanks to a setup right before college graduation.

“I accepted a February 13th date with a handsome guy…he cooked me dinner, took me to a concert and held my hand. By the time I woke up on Valentine’s Day, I already knew I was falling in love.” (She was right…he’s now her husband, Sheldon Bream)

MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Abby Huntsman used to have a special breakfast with her mother and sisters on V-Day, but now that she’s married, sweat pants and wine are on the menu.

“My husband and I usually stay home and cook together on V-Day. Avoid the chaos. There’s something so romantic about just being home in sweats cooking dinner with a bottle of red wine.”

CNN “Crossfire’s” S.E. Cupp is also happily married, but had her fair share of Valentine’s blues growing up. Read more

Guess That Baby: TV News Edition

You know you love it when mom or dad whip out the old baby album, so we’re adding to the “aww” count this morning with some photos from some of the most-well known tvnewsers:

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The identities revealed after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of January 6

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the first full week of 2014, placing sixth in primetime and fifth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,720,000 primetime viewers and 1,138,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime, with 724,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 422,000 viewers. CNN placed 41st in primetime and 35th in total day, averaging 399,000 and 317,000 viewers, respectively.

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

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:

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