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Archives: April 2007

Debates: 2.2 Million Viewers On MSNBC

More than 2.2 million people watch the first 2008 presidential candidate debate on MSNBC Thursday evening.

The Democratic debate attracted an average of 2,261,000 viewers, including 806,000 in the 25-54 demo, between 7 and 8:30pm.

The pre-show from 6 to 7pm had 284,000 viewers with 112,000 in the demo. The post-debate coverage from 8:30 to 9pm delivered 1,816,000 viewers with 636,000 in the demo…

The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 26

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 270 | CNN: 135 | MSNBC: 156 | HLN: 113 | CNBC: 83

Prime: FNC: 423 | CNN: 179 | MSNBC: 472 | HLN: 123 | CNBC: 116

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  172 251 435 489 399 380 469
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  112 169 118 135 195 206 97
MSNBC Hardball: Preshow: Debate (90): Recap (30): Postshow: Postshow: Postshow:
  127 112 806 636 395 267 143
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  78/55 151 96 144 98 127 194

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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“Skirts & Camera Angles” Are Hiding Chetry’s “Passion For News”

Remember Jon Klein‘s comments about Kiran Chetry? “One look at her tells you why she deserves the slot. She’s a fantastic anchor. She lights up the screen. And she’s got a passion for news,” he said.

“Show producers are clearly playing up the looks part with Chetry, who favors short, short skirts that show off her long, long legs,” Richard Huff writes today. “Given the skirts and camera angles, it’s hard to get a real sense of that passion Klein mentioned.”

> Update: 2:40pm: “This is what they’ve said about Katie Couric for years,” a CNN insider says. “Why are we talking about what she’s wearing anyway. She’s a great anchor and reporter. That’s what matters.”

Stewart To “Continue Relationship” With NBC

While MSNBC’s Alison Stewart is heading to NPR as the co-host of a new program for young audiences, she will continue her relationship with NBC News, a tipster says.

Details are being worked out…

ABC’s Blotter Celebrates First Birthday

rossapril27.jpgTo mark the one year anniversary of The Blotter, the ABC News Investigative Unit gathered on Thursday to celebrate with cake and champagne.

“This is an incredibly well-deserved celebration… The Blotter has brought such distinction to ABC,” an exec said.

The Blotter’s birthday message says it has “logged more than 36 million page views, broken dozens of important stories and won several major journalism awards” in its first year…

Another Embarrassment For Fox & Friends?

“On Tuesday, Fox News morning show Fox & Friends aired at least eight segments on a purported ‘news’ story that was actually a parody article written by a publication similar to The Onion,” Think Progress explains.

A local newspaper in Maine says “an obscure online parody of the recent hate incident at the Lewiston Middle School — a parody reported as news on a national Fox broadcast Tuesday — launched an immediate avalanche of angry phone calls and ugly e-mails to the school system…”

> Update: 3:24pm: Lou Dobbs also covered the story on his Tuesday show…

Interviewing Tenet: 60 Minutes, Then Today, Then Larry King

tenetapril26.jpg60 Minutes has the first network television interview with George Tenet. The interview, by Scott Pelley, airs on Sunday.

But there seems to be confusion about who has the first live interview with the ex-CIA director. “Tenet will join Larry King on Monday — his first live interview about his new book,” Kiran Chetry said on American Morning today.

But NBC’s Today Show actually has the first live interview, 14 hours before King. Apparently CNN has the first live primetime interview…

Wallace Wonders: Where’s The Outrage?

Chris Wallace is “surprised that the media’s not outraged by what he describes as presidential candidates playing to the extreme left in their party,” Tim Cuprisin reports.

(He’s referring to some Democrats’ unwillingness to appear in a Fox debate.)

“How would the mainstream media react… if right-wing Republican groups were insisting that Republicans couldn’t… do a debate with The New York Times or MSNBC. They’d view it as selling out to the right-wing nuts,” Wallace says.

> Also: Wallace is holding out hope that the Fox/CBC Detroit debate still happens: “I don’t think that the final chapter on that has been written.”

McGuirk, On H&C, Says Sharpton “Terrorized Some Broadcast Executives”

mcguirkapril27.jpgDon Imus‘ former producer Bernard McGuirk, in his first interview since being fired, told Hannity & Colmes “that the radio exchange that got them both fired was wrong, but that it would be horrible if people could no longer poke fun at each other,” the AP says.

Speaking about Rev. Al Sharpton, McGuirk said: “I mean, I think he terrorized — it seemed like — you know, I viewed it from the media perspective, from watching it on TV and reading the paper, as you guys did. It seemed like he terrorized some broadcast executives, that they were, you know, sort of in a fetal position under their desk, sucking their thumbs on their BlackBerries, trying to coordinate their response to him. And, you know, it just seemed that way. I mean, you know, I don’t know exactly what went on, but it just seems that way.”

Alison Stewart Moving To NPR

MSNBC’s Alison Stewart is joining National Public Radio as a host of the “upcoming 24-hour multimedia news service and morning drive show for Adults 25-44.”

“Alison’s new role at NPR is a radio homecoming for her,” NPR senior vp Jay Kernis told staffers this morning. “While a student at Brown University, she was music director for WBRU Radio, the nation’s largest commercial college radio station, and anchored news for music station WHTZ Radio New York. Alison told us, ‘NPR has been a part of my life – my real life, not work – for years. I am not only thrilled but also really honored to come aboard.’”

She starts May 14…