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What Do Prince George and Chris Cuomo Have in Common?

As you may have noticed in his christening photos, His Royal Highness Prince George wore a lace and satin Communion gown for his big day, an exact replica of the one worn by a royal predecessor in 1841.  For Brits, it’s a sign of tradition.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, though, had more of a meh reaction.  “Its a boy,” said Cuomo on morning program ‘New Day’ today, “and he’s in a dress.”

Takes one to know one, though, according to one expert: Cuomo’s mom. Chris called up his mother, Matilda Cuomo, who confirmed that baby Christopher also wore a traditional gown for that special event.

“Why did you put me in a dress?” Cuomo asked his mother. WATCH:

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CNN Secures First Post-Child Interview With Prince William

CNN has secured the first U.S. TV interview with the UK’s Prince William since the birth of his baby boy, Prince George Alexander.

Correspondent Max Foster sat down with William, and asked about being a new parent, and his passion for Africa. The interview is technically part of a documentary, “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope,” which was produced by production company Spun Gold TV, in partnership with CNN.

Portions of the interview will air on “New Day” Monday, August 19, with the full special airing on CNN Sunday, September 15 at 10 PM. ITV in the UK also picked up the documentary, and will air it in September.

As has become standard practice for British Royal interviews, journalists are able to ask about the subject of interest to them (babies, weddings, etc) on the condition that it also air programming of importance to the Royals.
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Ratings: Royal Baby Reveal Sees Brief Spike In Cable News, Tepid Network Primetime Specials

On Monday, a future monarch was born. Yesterday, the Royal baby made his public debut outside the hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared outside the hospital shortly after 2 PM ET yesterday, and CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all covered the brief appearance live.

The ratings bear a striking similarity to the actual birth Monday, with only modest interest from viewers. Fox News led the way in total viewers at 2 PM, with CNN leading the way in the adults 25-54 demo.

Fox News: 1.424M total viewers/ 227K A25-54

CNN: 1.093M total viewers/ 318K A25-54

MSNBC: 439K total viewers/ 143K A25-54

There was no primetime ratings bump for any of the channels, with Fox News remaining number one, and CNN dipping to third in total and demo viewers behind MSNBC. In total day CNN placed second. Given the resources spent to cover the royal baby, it is likely the networks expected stronger ratings. For CNN, the slip to third continues to highlight the channel’s biggest problem: getting people to tune in on slow news days. Even a royal baby didn’t drive viewers to the channel in primetime.

In primetime, the royal baby specials on NBC Monday and ABC Tuesday drew downright tepid ratings.

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Ratings: Cable Channels Only See Slight Royal Baby Ratings Bump

The Royal Baby’s birth yesterday was the big story on cable news, although the ratings suggest there was only modest interest among viewers.

News of the birth came down during the 3 PM hour, with the formal announcement on the Palace placard coming during the 4PM hour. Fox News led the way both hours in total viewers, with CNN edging FNC in the demo during the 3 PM hour. MSNBC and Fox News were up slightly from their yearly averages in total viewers in both hours, while CNN effectively doubled its yearly average. In other words, there was viewer interest in the birth, but the ratings were far lower than other recent events, like the Zimmerman trial and the Asiana crash.

FNC: 1,643,000 total viewers 225,000 adults 25-54
CNN: 875,000 total viewers, 304,000 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 426,000 total viewers, 109,000 adults 25-54

FNC: 1,812,000 total viewers, 326,0000 adults 25-54
CNN: 1,001,000 total viewers, 316,000 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 467,000 total viewers, 105,000 adults 25-54

The Duchess of Cambridge went into labor in the middle of the night, so yesterday’s morning programs all led with the impending birth. None of the morning cable programs saw any sort of Royal baby ratings bump. As usual, “Fox & Friends” was first in both total and demo viewers, followed by “Morning Joe” and “New Day.”

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More Royal Baby Specials Planned

Royal baby mania has not subsided, simply because the future monarch has been born.

A number of specials about the birth are still set to air today and through the week.

Tonight ABC News will air a special “20/20″ at 10 PM, with Barbara Walters anchoring. “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” will also feature Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and London correspondent Lama Hasan.

The BBC is planning stateside coverage as well. BBC World News, the 24-hour cable news channel operated by the BBC, will air a documentary called “Born To Be King” a number of times today, anchored by Sophie Raworth. The BBC special will air at 8:30, 14:30 and 20:30 (Greenwich mean Time). There is also special coverage on

Last night NBC aired a special hour-long  ”Dateline,” anchored by Natalie Morales.

It is worth noting that so far CBS News has avoided any special baby coverage, instead choosing to cover it as part of its normal news programming.

BBC Royal Baby Correspondent: ‘God help us if this ends up being a long labor’

A slew of American TV news correspondents have descended upon the hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge is going into labor. The impending royal birth led all the morning shows today, and correspondents have been doing liveshots outside the hospital throughout the day on cable news.

Yet, the BBC’s own correspondent on the scene, Simon McCoy, does not seem nearly as interested in the baby as his American counterparts.

“God help us if this ends up being a long labor,” McCoy quipped, reading from a text message on-air. “Until [the birth], we are going to be speculating about this royal birth, with no facts,” he added dryly.


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American Journalists Play Royal Baby Waiting Game

There still isn’t a royal baby! American networks sent correspondents to London late last week with the hope of getting some live coverage this week, but so far Kate Middleton is a no-show at the hospital where she is expected give birth.

Those covering the scene have resorted to extreme measures.

NBC “Today” co-anchor Natalie Morales has been knitting baby booties, and, as this Instagram video indicates, is slowly going native.

CNN’s Max Foster cut a video with a clock ticking, as journalists awaiting the baby’s arrival go slowly mad. Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum expressed her displeasure on Twitter:
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A Royal Baby Gets a Less Than Royal Reception On Cable News

It was only a year and a half ago that 23 million people flocked to TV news coverage of the Royal Wedding. Every news division sent teams of people to London to cover the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

This morning, news broke via press release that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a child. The Royals opted to send out a release because Middleton was admitted to the hospital for an extreme version of morning sickness, it caught most of the media off-guard.

And yet, the despite the over-the-top efforts that went into covering the wedding, the news was not covered very much on cable news today.

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Brooke Baldwin Taken to Hospital During Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is taking a few days off after co-anchoring coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee alongside Piers Morgan.

Anchoring Sunday’s coverage of the four-day celebrations in a driving rain proved to be too much for Baldwin who was taken to the hospital.

Morgan, appearing on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, discussing how the cold weather factored in to the celebrations told Robin Roberts, “My poor co-anchor Brooke, she was taken to the hospital for hypothermia.”

CNN tells us Baldwin was taken to a London hospital Sunday, was treated and released a few hours later. She recovered Monday and was back on air yesterday for coverage of the Jubilee parade. She’ll be back anchoring from Atlanta next week, we’re told.

Luke Russert Questions Piers Morgan’s Jubilee Tweet

Four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations culminate this morning with a parade through London. CNN is the only U.S. network carrying the procession in its entirety, with Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin anchoring a special running until 11amET. ABC News will produce a special report around 10:25 when Queen Elizabeth is expected to appear at the Buckingham Palace balcony to wave to her subjects. Yesterday’s Jubilee concert broadcast live on the BBC peaked at 17 million viewers. The concert is being edited for an American broadcast airing ABC tonight in a special hosted by Katie Couric airing at 9ET/8CT.

As he has been this morning, multitasker Morgan Tweeted during the concert. One Tweet in particular drew the attention of proud Irish-American NBC’s Luke Russert: