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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

Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

As for the cable networks: Read more

Coverage Plans for Mandela Memorial Service

Nelson Mandela memorial serviceInternational leaders, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, will honor Nelson Mandela at a public memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tomorrow. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. local time (4amET).

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC News beginning at 4amET Tuesday. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from Pretoria tonight and tomorrow.

CBS News will have coverage of the memorial service during “Up to the Minute,” the early morning newscast, beginning at 4amET. CBSNews.com will have a live stream of the service.

ABC News will air a special report from Times Square beginning at 4amET. George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor from New York, with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts from South Africa.

Fox News will cover the memorial service when it begins at 4amET, with coverage continuing through “Fox & Friends First” and “Fox & Friends.” Greg Palkot and producer Paul Tilsley will contribute to the network’s coverage from the FNB Stadium in South Africa.

CNN has Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Christiane Amanpour reporting from South Africa. Cooper will anchor both editions of “AC360″ live from outside Mandela’s home tonight.

MSNBC will simulcast NBC News’ special report, with the “Morning Joe” team taking over at 6amET. The full memorial service will stream on msnbc.com.

We’ll update this post with further coverage plans from the other networks when we get them.

Norah O’Donnell, Brianna Keilar Moderate Panels at Politico’s ‘Women Rule’ Event

A handful of television anchors and reporters participated this week in Politico’s “Women Rule” summit held in Washington, D.C. Norah O’Donnell and Nancy Cordes of CBS News, Katty Kay of the BBC and Brianna Keilar and S.E. Cupp of CNN all moderated panels at the event.

O’Donnell talked with Tory Burch and Jean Case about philanthropy, while Cordes moderated a panel on male-dominated fields with Carly Fiorina and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Kay’s panel was called “Turning Cliches into Dollars,” Keilar’s was “The New Network” and Cupp’s was “Making it Work: The New Balancing Act.”

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