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Archives: June 2006

“That’ll Help Bring The Demos Back Up!”

This is unconfirmed, but according to an e-mailer: “Shep was in rare form on Studio B today. They were going to have a barbecue during the show and when Janice Dean suggested that she and Jane Skinner were going to wear their swimsuits, he said ‘That’ll help bring the demos back up!’

And then during the barbecue, Dagen McDowell showed up, and Smith asked her out of nowhere when “that business channel” was going to be launching. She said ‘I know nothing!’ and then he looked back up at the building and said something like ‘I hope I didn’t make the bosses mad.’ Ha!”

I watched part of the BBQ, and it was a fun show for the end of the week…

> Update: 9:17pm: “That part about the demo remark by Shepard is true!,” an e-mailer says. “During the FoxCast segment in the beginning of the program, there was also a small word (no explanation) about a supposed ‘wardrobe malfunction’ with Janice also…”

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Adam Housley Dating A ‘Sister Sister’ Twin

Friday’s Napa Valley Register includes a feature about FNC correspondent Adam Housley‘s transition from “playing baseball to witnessing hurricanes and a prison execution.”

But there’s a more interesting mention of Housley on page 98 of the latest People Magazine. It’s a profile of Tia and Tamera Mowry, the twin sisters who starred in the ABC sitcom Sister Sister, and it mentions that Tamera is “dating Fox News reportr Adam Housley…”

> Also: They both graduated from Pepperdine University…

At Least Kyra Admits It’s Not Important

“I couldn’t have said it better myself,” an e-mailer says. From this afternoon’s Live From…

Kyra Phillips: “Let me get this straight. We don’t know if or when North Korea might testfire a long-range missile, all hell is breaking loose in Gaza, and there’s a new message from Osama bin Laden. But what is everybody talking about? A cat fight. Daytime diva Star Jones Reynolds shared her viewpoints with CNN’s Larry King…”

Larry & Star Gets Almost 3 Million Viewers

Larry King‘s post-View interview with Star Jones averaged almost 3 million viewers last night, giving CNN a rare win over Fox News in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

From 9 to 10pm, King averaged 935,000 demo viewers and 2,984,000 total viewers, tripling his usual nightly numbers. CNN averaged 530,000 demo and 1,600,000 viewers in primetime last night.

CNN has already scheduled an “encore presentation” of Larry and Star for Monday night. The full numbers are below..

The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 29

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 238 | CNN: 225 | MSNBC: 75 | HLN: 98 | CNBC: 56

Prime: FNC: 386 | CNN: 530 | MSNBC: 118 | HLN: 127 | CNBC: 60

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  188 304 298 423 341 393 250
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  133 141 203 176 935 478 330
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Carlson:
  107 114 70 152 105 96 81
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  60 57 85 212 71 98 147

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Most FNC Viewers Believe In Liberal Bias

Is there a bias in the media? Your answer may depend on what cable news network you’re watching.
This Harris poll asked viewers what channel they “most often turn to when they want news or information related to politics or public affairs.”

20 percent said CNN and 18 percent said FNC. A third of CNN viewers think the media has a liberal bias, and another third think there’s a conservative bias. But more than two thirds of Fox News viewers are convinced of the liberal bias, compared to just 12 percent who say there’s a conservative bias.

Here are some of the other results of the nationwide Harris Poll of 1,179 U.S. adults, via this press release:

> “Among ‘heavy’ media users, FOX News is the leading channel at 39 percent, followed by CNN at 22 percent. Among ‘light’ media users, CNN is at the top (21%) followed by ABC (13%), NBC (11%), CBS (9%) and FOX News (8%).”

> “CNN’s viewers are more likely to be Democrats (42%) or Independents (29%) than Republicans (19%), whereas FOX News viewers are more likely to be Republicans (63%) as compared to Democrats (12%) or Independents (20%).”

Space Shuttle Launch: Plans

Liftoff is anticipated at 3:49pm Saturday…

CNN: Will air a special report, “Shuttle Discovery: Miles O’Brien Reports,” from 3 to 4pm. O’Brien, the best space reporter in the business, will be joined by Eileen Collins, commander of the previous shuttle mission. CNN Pipeline will carry the launch live from multiple angles. O’Brien will host a one-hour launch special from 1 to 2pm, and anchored coverage will continue through the launch…

FNC: Martha MacCallum will anchor a special, “Space Shuttle Discovery: STS-121,” from Cape Canaveral beginning at 3pm, according to ICN. David Lee Miller will report from the Kennedy Space Center and Kim McIntyre will be in Houston. Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones will provide analysis…

MSNBC: Chris Jansing is reporting from the Kennedy Space Center today, and she’ll be covering the launch live tomorrow…

NBC: THR reports: “NBC, which will carry the U.S. Women’s Open Championship on Saturday, finalized a plan Thursday that will have NBC Sports throw a few minutes before the scheduled launch to NBC News weekend anchor John Siegenthaler. Joining him will be Tom Costello, longtime space correspondent Jay Barbree, astronaut Steve Robinson and analyst James Oberg…”

ABC: Will begin live coverage at approximately 3:40pm. Bill Weir will anchor from New York with Ned Potter alongside. “Lisa Stark will report from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with NASA Astronaut Catherine ‘Cady’ Coleman…”

CBS: Will broadcast the launch. “The live coverage will be anchored by Bob Schieffer in New York City. CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr and CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood will be live at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla…”

Who Was That Elvis Impersonator On F&F?

kellyjune30.jpg“Button-downed, high and tight former Marine pilot Greg Kelly gave a terrific imitation of Elvis today on Fox & Friends,” an e-mailer says. “Even the three hosts, E.D., Brian and the Judge, were rendered speechless. It was a great moment!”

Here’s the video of the “Elvis” report.

“Elvis” said Kelly is “a handsome devil.” “This is brilliant,” E.D. said. “You will get the exclusive with the Prime Minister of Japan becaue he loves Elvis!”

CNN Replaying Star’s Interview: “Vile”

TV Squad’s Bob Sassone writes:

“Here it is, 11:18am or so, and what does CNN have on right now? Nope, not breaking news or political coverage or news on the war in Iraq. They are rerunning the Star Jones interview from last night.

This, in a word, is vile. Why is she getting so much press? Why are the news networks treating this like it’s some sort of important news story, instead of a pop culture/celeb thing? It boggles the mind that CNN would interrupt their weekday sked to show this again.

Today on The Situation Room witih Wolf Blitzer: an in-depth remport on whether Kevin Federline is good for Britney Spears.”

MSNBC’s Prime Change: Here’s Why The Press Release Included So Much About Rita

Following up on last night’s TVNewser reporting: “As news execs were deciding to kill” Rita Cosby‘s show, she requested a meeting with NBC News president Steve Capus, Lloyd Grove reports. “Yesterday’s agreement was hammered out in a sometimes tense session of finger-pointing that lasted far longer than expected, as Cosby’s staff sat fuming in ignorance for the better part of the day.”

The nine-hour meeting also included Phil Griffin, Dan Abrams and Cosby’s agent, Larry Kramer. “As for Cosby’s situation, it looked better at the end of the meeting — which lasted until 6 p.m. — than it did at the beginning,” Grove says…

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