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Cable Network Ranker: Week of November 25

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It was a slow holiday week for the cable news networks. Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of November 25, placing eighth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,476,000 primetime viewers and 991,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 32nd in both primetime and total day, with 548,000 viewers and 344,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 39th in primetime, with 393,000 viewers, and and 36th in total day, with 316,000 viewers.

ESPN, USA, the Hallmark Channel, AMC and TBS were the top five cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Top Cable News Shows in November Were…

In October, Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top 11 programs in the key A25-54 demographic. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,934,000 total viewers and 476,000 demo viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” was second in both total viewers and demo viewers, averaging 2,495,000 and 430,000, respectively.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” led MSNBC in total viewers, placing 15th overall and averaging 937,000 viewers. “MSNBC Investigates” was the network’s top rated program in the demo, placing 12th overall and averaging 226,000 viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 22nd and 24th, respectively. The show averaged 505,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers for the month of October.

“Weekend Mysteries” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 37th and 26th, respectively. The show averaged 356,000 total viewers and 120,000 demo viewers.

The 3pmET hour of “Closing Bell,” anchored by the Fox Business-bound Maria Bartiromo, led CNBC in total viewers. “The Car Chasers” was the network’s top show in the demo. “Varney & Company” led FBN in total viewers and “Stossel” topped in the demo.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: November 2013

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Fox News placed second in primetime among all ad-supported cable networks for the month of November, averaging 2,011,000 viewers between 8 and 11pmET.  FNC was fourth in total day, with 1,201,000 viewers.

MSNBC placed 31st in primetime, with 645,000 viewers, and 26th in total day, with 401,000 viewers. CNN placed 35th in primetime and 33rd in total day, averaging 481,000 and 335,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, USA, the Hallmark Channel and TBS rounded out the top five cable networks for the month. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

On Cable News Today, Honoring Freedom and Remembering JFK

The cable networks are keeping their cameras trained on Washington DC today.

This morning President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients, including Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Bradlee and former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Then this afternoon at Arlingon National Cemetery the president and First Lady along with the Bill and Hillary Clinton laid at wreath the grave of Pres. Kennedy ahead of Friday’s 50th anniversary of his assassination. Members of the Kennedy family were also on hand. Kennedy’s only surviving child, Caroline, arrived in Japan this week where she takes up the Ambassadorship there.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of November 11

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For the week of November 11, Fox News placed second in primetime among all ad-supported cable networks for the fourth week straight. FNC averaged 2,020,000 viewers from 8 to 11pmET. In total day, Fox News was fourth, averaging 1,231,000 viewers.

MSNBC placed 31st in primetime, with 616,000 viewers, and 29th in total day, with 392,000 viewers. CNN placed 32nd in primetime and 34th in total day, averaging 570,000 and 353,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, the Hallmark Channel, USA and TBS rounded out the top five cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump.  Read more

Network Plans for JFK: 50 Years Later

As the New York Times Alessandra Stanley writes in a column on the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK, “Modern television was born on the day John F. Kennedy died.” As we’ve been sharing the past couple of weeks, the networks have special plans for coverage of the anniversary. We’ve rounded them up for you:

CBS: Starting tonight with a primetime special hosted by Bob Schieffer

NBC: Starting tomorrow on “Meet the Press”

ABC: Starting tomorrow on “This Week”

Fox News: “50 Years of Questions” special airs tonight

MSNBC: A night of special coverage is planned for Friday

CNN: A rebroadcast of CNN Films’ “The Sixties: The Assassination of JFK”

Cable Network Ranker: Week of November 4

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For the third week straight, Fox News placed second in primetime, averaging 2,098,000 viewers, among all ad-supported cable networks for the week of November 4. It was the second-highest week of the year in primetime for the network. In total day, Fox News was fourth, averaging 1,220,000 viewers.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime, with 716,000 viewers, and 26th in total day, with 423,000 viewers. CNN placed 38th in primetime and 37th in total day, averaging 433,000 and 316,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, USA, the Hallmark Channel and TBS rounded out the top five cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump.  Read more

Jim Lehrer Recalls JFK Assassination: ‘I Went Right to Oswald. Did You Kill the President?’

JFKCBSThe Daily Beast talks to a handful of reporters, including Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, about their memories from the day JFK was assassinated. Lehrer, a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald at the time, recalls interacting with the President’s assassin at the police station — and the mistake he almost made covering the story:

Jim Lehrer’s story on the security surrounding the president’s visit had featured a map of the motorcade route and had run on the first page of the Dallas Times-Herald that morning. A copy was later found among Oswald’s effects. Lehrer, then a young reporter, recalled now the informality in the police station, where they were moving Oswald from one office to another, “and I went right to Oswald. ‘Did you kill the president?’ ‘I didn’t kill anybody,’” he replied. “I wrote that down,” Lehrer said. Asked if he believed him, Lehrer said, “Not my job to be judge and jury.”

The police brought Oswald out “so people could see they weren’t beating him up. He had some scars from when they arrested him. They wanted to show there were no new scars,” Lehrer recounted. “I stood next to Jack Ruby. I didn’t even know who he was.” The Dallas Times-Herald was putting out new editions every 60 or 70 minutes, and Lehrer got a tip from an FBI agent that a Secret Service agent had been killed along with Kennedy. He called it in, but the tip turned out to be wrong, a mistake that bothers Lehrer to this day. “In today’s world, that would have gone out like that,” he says. A Rewrite man on his own spiked the story after talking to Parkland. “I saved your ass and your job,” he told Lehrer.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of October 28

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Fueled by a busy news week, Fox News placed second in primetime and third in total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the week of October 27. FNC averaged 1,989,000 viewers in primetime and 1,216,000 viewers in total day.

MSNBC placed 31st in primetime, with 599,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 394,000 viewers. CNN placed 37th in primetime and 32nd in total day, averaging 413,000 and 322,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, TNT, USA and TBS rounded out the top five cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Katie Couric Wants Honey Boo Boo to Be in Her Wedding

Appearing on “The Wendy Williams” show this week, the recently-engaged Katie Couric revealed that she hasn’t set a wedding date or made any major decisions about the big day yet. Williams, who wanted to help Couric pick out a dress, showed a few pictures of how Couric would look in famous wedding dresses, including Honey Boo Boo’s mother’s camo dress.

“That’s the one! That’s the keeper,” Couric said. “And I want Honey Boo Boo as my flower girl.” Watch:

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