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Archives: June 2005

Wednesday Ratings: Greta Back On Top; CNBC Beats MSNBC In Total Day

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 1,105,000 / CNN: 389,000 / HLN: 186,000 / MSNBC: 154,000 / CNBC: 168,000

Primetime: FNC: 2,585,000 / CNN: 678,000 / HLN: 397,000 / MSNBC: 339,000 / CNBC: 249,000

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 348,000 / CNN: 120,000 / HLN: 85,000 / MSNBC: 55,000 / CNBC: 67,000

Primetime: FNC: 638,000 / CNN: 199,000 / HLN: 159,000 / MSNBC: 139,000 / CNBC: 143,000

The hourlies:

7pm: Shep: 1,458,000 / Cooper: 536,000 / Showbiz: 127,000 / Hardball: 349,000 / Conan: 133,000

8pm: O’Reilly: 2,582,000 / Zahn: 590,000 / Grace: 526,000 / Countdown: 362,000

9pm: H&C: 2,292,000 / King: 853,000 / Situation: 236,000 / Mad Money repeat (9:30-10pm): 167,000

10pm: Greta: 2,882,000 / NewsNight: 591,000 / Grace repeat: 365,000 / Scarborough: 417,000 / Deutsch: 128,000

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“Let The Damn Show Find Its Voice”

Finally, a defense of “The Situation with Tucker Carlson.” “Come on, people, it’s been two weeks. Let the damn show find its voice,” FishBowlNY says. “The format is new, and definitely needs to be tinkered with but there’s no reason why it can’t work.” She adds: “So no one’s watching; who cares, that gives you even more freedom to tinker. Make it good, then people will come back.”

Rumors of CNN Layoffs In Atlanta…Are Greatly Exaggerated

“You can count them on one hand, maybe going to two.” That’s how many people have been axed, according to a CNNer, who said the e-mails about layoffs at CNN are greatly exaggerated. “You don’t need to use your toes to count them, let’s put it that way.” As a result, I’ve updated the original post to remove the e-mail that compared it to the 2001 layoffs, when 400 workers were shown the door…

The Ticker: CNNI, Greta, 2012 Olympics…

> CNN press release: The latest PAX media survey findings “confirm CNN International is the number-one pan-regional channel for business decision makers, top management and high income earners.” Also: CNNI demonstrates “the highest year-on-year growth across all demographic groups with an increase of almost one million monthly viewers.”

> Via the the mediabistro Morning Newsfeed, Tina Brown says: “If you look hard enough, there’s a celebrity for every issue that someone needs three minutes of talking-headery about…”

> Greta Van Susteren blogs: “Our show seems nomadic lately. First, beginning in May, we started jumping all over the continent — D.C., New York, Santa Maria, Redwood City, Little Rock, etc. And now, while we are in a foreign country — Aruba — even our nightly set location changes…”

> NBC announces multiplatform coverage of the 2012 Olympic host city announcement…

CNBC Sees 130% Increase For ‘eBay’

David Faber‘s last special, “The Age Of Wal-Mart,” was the most watched documentary in CNBC’s history. “Every time it runs, it gets record ratings, so they keep running it,” Faber said last week. So it’s no surprise that Wednesday night’s premiere of “the eBay Effect” averaged 356,000 total viewers, an increase of 130% above the network’s 2005 time period average. The 11pm reair averaged 325,000 viewers, an increase of 144%. CNBC promoted the premiere pretty heavily…

Rumors Of CNN Layoffs In Atlanta…

> Update: 5:15pm: From a CNN producer in NY: “Jon Klein’s taking a lot of heat for the layoffs but Jim Walton is the man in charge and lays out budgets and headcount. Sure Klein and others have input on those decisions and who goes but ultimately Walton is the CEO and manager of the budget. Layoffs like these don’t come from Klein.”

I’m hearing a variety of reports of layoffs at CNN in Atlanta. Here are the e-mails and anonymous tips:

> “CNN is getting rid of a chunk of employees in Atlanta…Jonathan Klein continues to destroy that network, employee by employee.”

> “Two more Atlanta EP’s fired at CNN today,” an e-mailer said on Tuesday. “Klein continues to cut staff in Atlanta, and destroy what little programming we had originating here, but the ratings continue to drop in his big push to NY and DC.”

> An e-mailer tells WHAC: “…Producers, directors, and copy editors being shown the door due to staffing cuts…Union-forming rumors are beginning as Atlanta staff tries to combat management’s horrible handling of the latest round of Atlanta downsizing.”

Consolidating MSNBC & CNBC’s Operation: Under Which Roof?

Following up on today’s NY Post story: An NBC employee, who requested anonymity, tells TVNewser that some sort of MSNBC/CNBC merger would be in line with GE’s strategy to consolidate its production facilities. NBC’s news division is apparently way over budget — and cuts are probably coming as a result. Consolidating the networks would help streamline the operation.

An MSNBC insider writes to TVNewser: “Very little in the Post’s piece is new or very meaningful. Much of NBC News operations — technical, newsgathering — is already in Secaucus. Although ‘merge operations’ is used, the inference that they’d be making one channel out of it is clearly wrong. The NBC News Channel stuff is the most widely known secret in the business. In short, this is about putting operations under one roof. The question is, which roof, and whose commute gets lengthened.”

> Reuters: “The Post reported that NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ show and the ‘Today’ show would remain in New York City under the plan.”

> Inside Cable: “…MSNBC could use a new building. On the other hand, CNBC just moved in to a brand new building only last year. It is state of the art. To now uproot CNBC at this point would be a pretty large financial hit to take…”

> Update: 3:16pm: “The rumors of CNBC and MSNBC going under one roof is old news,” a tipster says. “With CNBC building their new headquarters in New Jersey two years ago, there is still one building that is unoccupied. The NOC, or Network Operations Center, has been built at CNBC headquarters, so all technology and master control are already located there…”

NBC Spokesperson Discounts Post Story

An NBC spokesperson tells TVNewser that today’s NY Post report is unsourced and way off, and had this comment: “There are no changes to announce at NBC News or with its structure, and Neal Shapiro remains the president. As part of the normal course of business, we are always looking at ways to do things more efficiently.”

NBC Considers Merging MSNBC & CNBC

“NBC is weighing a plan to put its network news division and its cable channels CNBC and MSNBC under one roof and base the operation in New Jersey,” the New York Post reports this morning.

“NBC is searching for an executive to run the combined operation, who would report to Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Universal Television Group, sources said…MSNBC chief Rick Kaplan reports to Shapiro, but CNBC President Mark Hoffman reports to Zucker.”

> Update: 11:40am: “Those in the know have been batting around forms of this story for a while at NBC,” an insider says…

Bride-To-Be Dunk Tank Outside FNC

FishBowlNY was watching a little too much “Fox & Friends,” and this is the result: “Fox News has a segment right now on ‘How not to be a Bridezilla,’ with some helpful tips from a rep like ‘remember that this is a happy thing’ and ‘use the internet.’ While these helpful tips are being dispensed, brides in full regalia are being taught a lesson, dammit, by dunking each other in a dunk tank on 6th Avenue.” More…