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Archives: August 2005

Katrina Ratings: More Tuesday Hourlies

6am: FNC: 1,104,000 / CNN: 896,000
7am: FNC: 1,609,000 / CNN: 1,288,000
8am: FNC: 1,926,000 / CNN: 1,490,000
9am: FNC: 2,298,000 / CNN: 1,475,000
10am: FNC: 2,858,000 / CNN: 1,476,000
11am: FNC: 2,723,000 / CNN: 1,608,000
12pm: FNC: 2,400,000 / CNN: 1,533,000
1pm: FNC: 2,268,000 / CNN: 1,560,000
2pm: FNC: 2,927,000 / CNN: 1,669,000
3pm: FNC: 3,194,000 / CNN: 2,140,000

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Katrina: “This May Be One Of The Saddest Spectacles I Have Ever Seen”

shepaugust312.jpgToday on Studio B, Shep Smith reported from the I-10 bridge, where thousands of refugees were located. “He specifically asked one of the officials from the police to come to the specific spot where there news trucks were, because no one is paying attention to the people on the bridge,” an e-mailer says.

“Good afternoon…there is a desperate, desperate race to try to save those who made it through the storm, but may not survive the aftermath,” Shep said. “…This may be one of the saddest spectacles I have ever seen.”

CNN Creates Victims & Relief Desk

CNN has created a “Victims & Relief Desk” in an effort to help the stranded and missing from the hurricane’s aftermath.

“The segment, which airs regularly on CNN/U.S. with anchor Carol Lin, also highlights hurricane relief efforts,” this press release says.

“The creation of the desk helps CNN sort through hundreds of calls and e-mails to the network seeking help in connecting stranded and missing people with their loved ones. While the network cannot conduct full-scale searches itself, CNN crews in all of the hurricane-torn areas will shoot video of refugees, letting them state their name and location so that families and friends will know their condition.” More…

Katrina Ratings: FNC’s Highest-Rated Programs Of The Year

FNC’s three primetime shows broke records and delivered their highest audiences of the year on Tuesday.

The O’Reilly Factor earned 4,136,000 viewers; Hannity & Colmes earned 4,195,000 viewers; and On The Record earned 4,392,000 viewers. (That’s the 10pm #; the combined average for Greta’s two-hour broadcast from 10pm to midnight was 3,588,000.)

Since hurricane coverage commenced on Sunday, FNC has averaged 2,560,000 viewers in total day, compared to CNN’s 1,690,000 and MSNBC’s 653,000. In primetime FNC has averaged 3,904,000 to CNN’s 2,895,000 and MSNBC’s 1,154,000.

Katrina Ratings: Tuesday Hourlies

CNN beat FNC every hour between 4pm and 2am in the 25-54 demo, except for Larry King’s hour. CNN also beat FNC in total viewers from 4 to 8pm and midnight to 3am. Here are the hourlies:
Total viewers:
4pm: FNC: 2,580,000 / CNN: 2,629,000
5pm: FNC: 2,371,000 / CNN: 3,254,000
6pm: FNC: 2,310,000 / CNN: 2,717,000
7pm: FNC: 3,175,000 / CNN: 3,433,000
8pm: FNC: 4,136,000 / CNN: 3,795,000
9pm: FNC: 4,195,000 / CNN: 3,804,000
10pm: FNC: 4,392,000 / CNN: 3,708,000
11pm: FNC: 2,784,000 / CNN: 2,682,000
12am: FNC: 1,482,000 / CNN: 1,630,000
1am: FNC: 937,000 / CNN: 1,240,000
2am: FNC: 612,000 / CNN: 905,000
25-54 demographic:
4pm: FNC: 714,000 / CNN: 959,000
5pm: FNC: 587,000 / CNN: 1,243,000
6pm: FNC: 546,000 / CNN: 1,145,000
7pm: FNC: 957,000 / CNN: 1,600,000
8pm: FNC: 1,359,000 / CNN: 1,703,000
9pm: FNC: 1,577,000 / CNN: 1,537,000
10pm: FNC: 1,776,000 / CNN: 1,804,000
11pm: FNC: 1,191,000 / CNN: 1,388,000
12am: FNC: 568,000 / CNN: 783,000
1am: FNC: 346,000 / CNN: 558,000
2am: FNC: 293,000 / CNN: 480,000

Katrina Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 30: 4.2 Mil. For FNC Prime; CNN Wins In Demo

Ratings were up across the board on Tuesday due to continuing hurricane coverage. FNC averaged almost 2.5 million viewers in total day, while CNN averaged over 2.1 million. FNC had 4.2 million viewers in primetime, while CNN had 3.7 million. In the 25-54 demo, CNN beat FNC. The numbers:

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 2,490,000 / CNN: 2,140,000 / MSNBC: 793,000

Primetime: FNC: 4,241,000 / CNN: 3,769,000 / MSNBC: 1,565,000

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 847,000 / CNN: 897,000 / MSNBC: 409,000

Primetime: FNC: 1,517,000 / CNN: 1,681,000 / MSNBC: 881,000

Katrina: Diane Sawyer Has Exclusive Interview with President Bush on GMA

From an ABC P.R.: “In a live and exclusive interview tomorrow morning, President George W. Bush will speak with Diane Sawyer during ABC News’ Good Morning America regarding Hurricane Katrina and the disaster on the Gulf Coast. He will address the emergency response and what Americans can do to help in a one-on-one interview only on GMA.

> When was the last time Bush granted a live interview?…

Katrina: CNN Convoy Leaves New Orleans

“We are part of a convoy of CNN personnel who are — who left the city,” CNN’s John Zarrella said from the outskirts of New Orleans Wednesday afternoon. “We evacuated the hotel this morning. And as part of the evacuation, we helped evacuate people from the hotel, brought them over to” Canal Street. The convoy drove on the sidewalks “to stay high enough out of the water so the cars would not bog down.”

> The network is keeping a small team behind to report from the city; they are changing people out to bring in fresh crews…

Katrina: NBC Plans “A Concert For Hurricane Relief” On Friday Night

NBC is preparing “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” for Friday night.

“I don’t know anything about it, I don’t know where its originating from, I don’t know who is performing,” an e-mailer says, but we know it’s on the schedule for MSNBC at 8pm…

> January 14: NBCU sponsored a tsunami telethon

> Update: 3:56pm: Here’s the press release. It will air on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. Matt Lauer will host it…

Katrina: Special Reports On NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, TWC Tonight

NBC News will present a special edition of “Dateline” at 9pm tonight. Brian Williams will anchor from New Orleans. “The special will include reports on the latest developments along the Gulf Coast, and take an in-depth look at the long road to recovery from one of America’s most destructive storms,” the press release says.

ABC News will present “In The Path of Katrina” at 10pm tonight. Elizabeth Vargas will anchor from Gulfport It will “feature reports from ABC News correspondents positioned throughout the battered Gulf Coast region.”

CNBC will present a live one-hour business special “Hurricane Katrina: Road to Recovery” at 7pm tonight. Conan will move to 8pm, the P.R. says.

> Update: 2:15pm: CBS News will present a 48 Hours special, “Katrina’s Fury,” from 8 to 8:30 p.m. “The program will be anchored from New Orleans by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, who has been covering the story there since Sunday.”

> Update: 2:20pm: “The Weather Channel is having a special presentation as well at 9p headed by Jim Cantore.”