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Archives: July 2007

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 23

World News with Charles Gibson was back in a familiar spot last week: #1. This is the 13th time in 14 weeks that “World News” has finished first in total viewers & the 25-54 demo.

Total viewers: ABC: 7,530,000 / NBC: 7,170,000 / CBS: 5,930,000

25-54 demo: ABC: 2,200,000 / NBC: 2,070,000 / CBS: 1,680,000

25-54 rating: ABC: 1.8/8 / NBC: 1.7/8 / CBS: 1.4/6

The FNC ‘Counter-Boycott’

FNC_7.31.jpgThe American Family Association (AFA), a group standing for “traditional family values”, has announced it will fight a boycott of FNC advertisers. Groups including Brave New Films and MoveOn are leading an effort to boycott Fox News Channel advertisers. Now, the AFA is organizing a counter-attack. “Every advertiser the liberals want to target for a boycott, we will target to promote,” says AFA chairman Donald E. Wildmon.

Liberal groups are also trying to convince Home Depot to cease advertising on the network. A Home Depot spokesperson says the company will not pull its ads because it is “not in the business of censoring media” and needs “to reach (its) customer base through all mediums available.”

Another Sales Prime Win For MSNBC

MSNBC has now beaten CNN four weeks straight in the 25-54 sales prime demo. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser “this is the first time MSNBC has beaten CNN for the month in six years (August 2001).” For the month, MSNBC had 195,000 viewers in sales prime, CNN had 189,000.

In the prime demo (25-54), which runs from 8pm – 11pm ET, CNN beat MSNBC by 15,000 viewers: CNN had 216,000, MSNBC had 201,000.

Sales prime runs from (7pm – 2am ET). It represents the seven hours cable news networks sell their time at prime rates. Sales prime represents primetime throughout the four primary (lower 48) U.S. time zones.

CNBC: Murdoch Wins Bid For Dow Jones

Murdoch_7.27.jpgNearly three months after CNBC’s David Faber broke the news that Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. was making an offer to buy the Dow Jones Company, Faber reports this morning that it’s a done deal, and an “agreement is expected tonight.”

Apparently, enough members of the family which controls 64% of the voting shares, have agreed to sell. A little more than 3 months from now, Murdoch launches his business news companion to the #1 cable news network, the Fox Business Network.

Many analysts, and Murdoch himself, expect the Dow sale to be a game changer for FBN; bringing the heft of The Wall Street Journal to 24-hour TV. “We just want to have a business channel that lives up to the quality and traditions of The Wall Street Journal,” Murdoch told FNC’s Neil Cavuto on the day the offer was announced. “We think that we can do that and we will do very well.”

One hurdle: The Wall Street Journal has a television deal with CNBC until 2012. On that issue Murdoch said, “we think there is plenty of room for us all to work together.”

ABC’s Roberts: “I Have Breast Cancer”

roberts_7.31.jpgAn emotional Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts has just announced that she has breast cancer. Roberts told viewers she “will have surgery on Friday” and then continue treatment. It was the death of Joel Siegel that prompted Roberts to perform a breast self-exam.

“The day we had the tribute to Joel Siegel, that very night I found a lump, normally I would not have done anything, but Joel was resonating in my heart,” said Roberts.

“It’s surreal” said Roberts about the experience. With Diane Sawyer at her side, who Roberts called “my Thelma,” Roberts said she will continue to “get up, I will say ‘Good Morning America’, (so) be nice to me on the message board…”

“There is a wonderful community out there, that wants to share, once you are diagnosed you are a survivor.”

>Here is the video from this morning…

>Click continued to read the note from GMA Senior EP Jim Murphy

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Merry, Merry, Quite Contrary, Says ABC


About a million more people know Merry Miller this Tuesday morning, than knew her last Tuesday. Miller is the producer/booker whose live interview on ABCNewsNow with actress Holly Hunter last week, has been viewed more than a million times on sites including YouTube.

Miller is said to be “a little concerned about her reputation” following the segment. TVNewser got the back story on what happened:

According to Jessica Stedman-Guff, Executive Producer of ABCNewsNow, Miller was asked to “come in and train.” She read through the teleprompter, took some tapes home, then the Holly Hunter interview came along. Stedman-Guff says it “was painful” from the beginning. “The IFB malfunctioned” but since it was live, Miller “kept going, gamely.” (ABC reshot the ending of the interview where Miller gave out the wrong date for the premiere of Hunter’s show, and said NBC News, instead of ABC News.)

Siegel_7.30.jpgNamed one of Crain’s 40 under 40 for 2007, Merry Miller worked as the late Joel Siegel‘s booker. Stedman-Guff says one of Siegel’s wishes was for ABC to give Miller a shot, on air. Miller does not work for the network, she’s “never taken a dime from ABC News,” but Siegel “felt she’d be good on camera.”

Will she be on air again? Stedman-Guff, who has only been on the job for a month, says, perhaps, if it’s done on tape, but not live. “I was brought on to make a name for our little, fledgling, broadband cable network.” “It’s a little sad that we’ve gotten so much publicity (for something) that is not our best work.”

Snyder: “Original, Provocative, Innovative”

Three weeks into a new job, a young producer suggested to the show’s iconic host that he interview Charles Manson. The host bristled, “recalling how the events of 1969 had terrorized his own family who lived in the area.” The producer persisted, announcing “Manson was quietly up for parole.”

snyder_7_30_.jpgThat was enough for the producer, Shelley Ross, to convince her new boss, Tom Snyder to get “on the next plane” to interview the mass murderer, 13 years after the crime. Shelley Ross, who went on to producer stardom at ABC News, emailed TVNewser today to share her thoughts about her mentor, who died Sunday after complications with leukemia.

“No one was more original. No one was more provocative or innovative. No one was more positive long after a show’s cancellation,” said Ross of the Tomorrow show host. “‘I had a great run,’ he always said of those eight years, which wasn’t long enough for the rest of us.”

Ross is herself back in the news these days. After leaving ABC earlier this year, she is being talked about to take on another broadcast assignment, this time at CBS News.

On Snyder, Ross tells TVNewser, “this man was so unbelievable, I’ve worked with a lot of people, Tom is a class act.”

Williams & Brown, Snow & Clinton

NBC’s Brian Williams has landed the first American TV interview with new British P.M. Gordon Brown. The interview will air tomorrow night on Nightly News, with excerpts airing on MSNBC.

Also tomorrow, ABC’s Kate Snow wraps up her reporting from Africa with an in-depth story on Nightline. Snow has been traveling with former Pres. Bill Clinton, “reporting on many of the Clinton Foundation’s projects in and throughout Africa.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 27

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 236 | CNN: 126 | MSNBC: 133 | HLN: 101 | CNBC: 83

Prime: FNC: 267 | CNN: 144 | MSNBC: 288 | HLN: 198 | CNBC: 75

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  234 181 257 277 283 241 152
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Martin: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  83 138 147 121 149 163 154
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Investig.: Investig.: Special:
  73 78 97 220 322 323 412
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  35 49 150 216 193 185 210

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

NBC/NYT Team Up For 2008

NBC News and The New York Times are teaming up to cover the 2008 Presidential Election. As part of the collaboration, NBC News will “have first access to breaking news” reported by the Times, and vice versa. In a release, NBC says the deal is “drawing on both news organizations’ strengths in political journalism.”

“This collaboration gives our organizations the ability to cover all the bases, with a powerhouse combination of top-quality journalism and top-flight technology delivering the story to viewers and readers wherever, and whenever, they want it,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, vice president of Digital Media for NBC News.

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