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The Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 122 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 86 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 122 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 96 | HLN: 75

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

60

Kurtz:

104

FNSunday:

126

Report:

128

Huckabee:

131

Kelly:

143

Stossel:

93

Huckabee:

49

Kelly:

70

CNN
Nwsroom:

85

Nwsroom:

62

Nwsroom:

91

Nwsroom:

141

Viral:

177

Dino:

118

Dino:

168

Dino:

99

Dino:

100

MSNBC
Caught:

65

Caught:

78

Caught:

121

Caught:

128

PotBarons:

104

PotBarons:

49

PotBarons:

136

Lockup:

132

Lockup:

150

HLN
Files:

51

Files:

41

Files:

60

Files:

142

Files:

95

GrowingAm.:

53

Files:

77

Files:

190

Files:

248

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Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade Profile ‘Extraordinary People’

peopleCNNCNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people tomorrow night at 9 pm ET on CNN.

“Extraordinary People” will touch on the folks behind 2014′s most talked about events. The hour-long special will also feature Don Lemon and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who sit-down with the profiled.

Canada’s sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, veteran helicopter pilot Gary Dahlen, NBA player Kevin Durant and nursing student Fatu Kekula will be featured as part of the special report.

Check out a preview, after the jump… Read more

HLN Extends Protest-Focused ‘Naked Justice’

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HLN executives were pleased with Monday night’s special report, “Naked Justice: A Matter of Trust”, and have decided to extend the show for at least another week. The show was created quickly as a response to protests that have spread across the country in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, and the rise of hashtags like #ICantBreathe.

The 7 p.m. ET hour, hosted by CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson, dealt with race, the justice system, and the role of social media. “The protests have been orchestrated and sustained through social media,” Hostin told TVNewser. “From my Twitter feed and Instagram accounts, it is so clear to me that social media has provided access to real time reactions and emotions from people at the heart of the stories and those it touches.”
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HLN Holds All-Staff Meeting, Zucker Says Network ‘Not For Sale’

HLN held an all staff meeting Wednesday in Atlanta where the future of the network — once on the verge of being shuttered — was discussed. HLN general manager Albie Hecht led the meeting at the W Hotel in Atlanta with CNN  Worldwide president Jeff Zucker also on hand.

HLN economy and business reporter Jennifer Westhoven tweeted one of the headlines of the meeting to us:

The tweet was in response to a discussion of this summer’s negotiations — now dead — that would have turned HLN into the VICE channel. Earlier this week VICE founder Shane Smith called HLN “a distressed media asset.” Zucker had a response to that, according to CNNCommentary:

Zucker acknowledged the Vice and Shane Smith controversy with HLN, by saying, “he” (Shane Smith) was an “asshole.” Our source tells us Zucker then said, “leak that!” or “you can leak that!”

Vice’s Shane Smith Hints at HLN Acquisition: ‘We Believe We Could Do a Better Job’

minihero_shane-smithIs Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith pondering an acquisition of HLN? He sure hinted as much in a conversation with Jeff Jarvis at the Paley Media Council Tuesday. “There’s a lot of distressed media assets out there, some of them in TV, that we can go after” Smith said. “HLN is a distressed media asset. It’s a great opportunity because they’re doing a very bad job and we believe we could do a better job.”

HLN, which was born as CNN Headline News, has had a tumultuous year. In February, newly installed HLN boss Albie Hecht canceled the long-running “Showbiz Tonight”, and announced a rebranding of the network, which would become “the first TV network for the social media generation.” The network, the thinking went, would attract millennials with a new look, new hosts, and a focus on “what’s trending, going viral, and being shared”.

And yet, by summer, Time Warner appeared ready to hit the HLN reboot button yet again–turning to Vice as a potential partner. Time Warner was reported to be considering a major investment in Vice Media, with Smith’s company taking over the programming of HLN. The proposed deal was estimated to be in excess of $2 billion. But by August, it was dead. “Negotiations with Vice have ended,” Hecht wrote in a note to employees.
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Innocent ‘Selfie Stalker’ Sues Nancy Grace

Grace_10.6HLN’s Nancy Grace is being sued by a Boulder, CO man after she continued to show his picture even after he’s despite being cleared of stalking charges.

Benjamin Seibert was accused of stalking a woman after she found his photo on her phone. The woman assumed the picture was a “selfie” taken by an intruder and called police.

It turns out Seibert’s image got onto the women’s phone when a mutual friend sent it by mistake. Denver police cleared Seibert of all charges, but he says Grace kept the story alive on her social media accounts and continued to publish his photo.

Grace once described the photo as a “textbook serial killer’s calling card.” Seibert is seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

HLN’s Robin Meade Set to Perform in Vegas

RobinMeade304x200HLN’s Robin Meade hosts “Morning Express,” but is also a successful musician. The HLN anchor will join “Human Nature” for a Motown-style Christmas review at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Meade will be appearing in the lively holiday celebration from Dec. 12-24.

Meade collaborated with Human Nature on the holiday classic “Sleigh Bells” on The Christmas Album, which is available on iTunes.

Robin previously discussed her music with Mediabistro, check it out after the jump.  Read more

Ty Pennington Coming to HLN

PenningtonWell, move that bus, Ty Pennington is joining HLN in a limited-run series that is a partnership with Holiday Inn hotels.

“Growing America: A Journey to Success” follows teams of MBA students from the MBAs Across America program, who are given one week to use their expertise to transform businesses and positively affect communities in cities across the U.S. The 6-episode program, debuting Sunday, November 16 at 9pmET, is an entry into the sponsored content arena for HLN.

“This collaboration speaks to the strength of both brands and how we connect with millions of Americans on a daily basis,” says Katrina Cukaj, EVP of CNN/HLN Ad Sales. “This partnership also represents an important step forward for both HLN and the Holiday Inn brand in the way in which we now connect with our audiences – in person, on television and through digital channels.”

Mike Brooks Cut at HLN

MikeBrooksMike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week at Turner Broadcasting.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, bookers, assignment editors, photo journalists, attorneys, Judges….YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE,” Brooks wrote on Facebook. “And some of you are also departing HLN/CNN. And I can’t forget CNN Hair & Makeup…You made a guy who has a GREAT face for radio look good in front of the camera. (At least you didn’t have to do my hair).”

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