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Archives: October 2007

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 30

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 211 | CNN: 161 | MSNBC: 173 | HLN: 94

Prime: FNC: 355 | CNN: 232 | MSNBC: 635 | HLN: 161

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC BigStory: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  144 217 274 548 276 241 274
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: OutOpen: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  169 259 193 144 285 267 211
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Debate: Cont.: Matthews:
  124 104 177 391 760 484
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  57 86 118 183 146 165 214

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

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Mending Moguls: Murdoch & Turner Patch Things Up

Nikki Finke reports that Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner have patched up their decades-old differences. And it wasn’t at the Four Seasons, but rather the New York location of Turner’s restaurant chain, Ted’s Montana Grill.

Dems in Philly: 6th Most-Watched So Far

Here’s the updated debate ranker with last night’s Democratic debate on MSNBC. (live only data)

Debate Network Total Viewers A25-54
Sept. 5 GOP FNC 3,141,000 854,000
Aug. 19 Dems ABC 2,799,000 1,046,000
June 3 Dems CNN 2,714,000 1,050,000
July 23 Dems CNN 2,552,000 831,000
May 15 GOP FNC 2,445,000 664,000
Oct. 30 Dems MSNBC 2,399,000 738,000
Oct. 21 GOP FNC 2,367,000 697,000
Sept. 9 Dems Univision 2,194,000 1,166,000
April 26 Dems MSNBC 2,164,000 736,000
Aug. 5 GOP ABC 2,106,000 709,000
June 5 GOP CNN 1,974,000 689,000
May 3 GOP MSNBC 1,705,000 523,000
Sept. 26 Dems MSNBC 1,449,000 539,000
Oct. 9 GOP* MSNBC 1,081,000 342,000
Oct. 9 GOP* CNBC 1,014,000 223,000
Aug. 7 Dems MSNBC 893,000 297,000

*Nielsen allows NBC to combine the totals of these two airings (same debate) which would make 2,095,000 total viewers and 565,000 in the A25-54 demo.

Dem Debate Scores For MSNBC

The Brian Williams-moderated Democratic debate on MSNBC last night (9pmET-11pmET) brought in 2.465M total viewers (live +SD) making it the most-watched debate for MSNBC.

The post-debate coverage from 11pmET-Midnight, anchored by Chris Matthews, averaged 1.279M total viewers and 484,000 in A25-54.

FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor at 8pmET was still the top rated show in primetime bringing in 2.542M total viewers (live +SD).

MSNBC’s Digital Moves

TVBarn‘s Aaron Barnhart has more on how MSNBC seems to be disappearing from a lower tier of channels and ending up in the higher, digital realm in many markets served by Comcast (Oregon, Washington, Connecticut and Colorado, among them). Barnhart’s summary, blame NBCU not Comcast:

Odd, isn’t it, that NBC Universal can figure out how to embed a light-bulb contract into its negotiations for the Beijing Games TV rights with the NFL, but it can’t figure out how to keep its 24-hour news channel from going dark in hundreds of thousands of homes served by one of the free world’s largest cable companies?

>More: And Pittsburgh, too.

>More, More: And Houston, too. According to a TVNewser emailer.

Business & Financial Emmy Noms: CNBC Leads The Pack

Nominations have been announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 5th Annual Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting. CNBC leads the way with 8 nominations. CBS follows with 7 (3 of those for reports by 60 MinutesSteve Kroft), PBS earns 6, CNN receives 3, NBC has 2, and Bloomberg gets 1.

This year’s entries “focused on a wide range of important economic stories, including the subprime mortgage meltdown, the plight of uninsured and underinsured Americans, and the looming fiscal crisis resulting from unsustainable levels of federal spending,” said Academy President Peter Price in a press release.

Winners will be announced December 4. Click on continued to read the release, which has a complete list of nominees.

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The Ticker: Ober, Russert, Noose…

> Former CBS News president Eric Ober is moving to as Senior VP of television and video. Ober will join his former CBS colleague Erik Sorenson who is CEO of

> Drudgereport has an item related to last night’s debate on MSNBC. With the headline, “Clinton inner-circle blame ‘unfair’ moderator Tim Russert.” Clinton’s advisers claim Russert “bordered on the unprofessional” in his questioning of Sen. Clinton.

> The CNN Special Investigations Unit production of The Noose — An American Nightmare will now air tomorrow night at 8pmET. CNN’s Kyra Phillips “investigates the shocking history of the noose” and its recent re-emergence. The special was scheduled to air last week, but was pre-empted due to coverage of the California wildfires.

The “Small Network” With Big Gains

Jautz_Beck_1031.JPGKen Jautz wishes every year would be like 2007. Jautz, who runs CNN Headline News tells TVNewser the 25-year-old network “has more viewers now, than it’s had in its history, even when we didn’t have competition.”

Jautz is coming off a strong October. Glenn Beck, which has been a part of Headline’s primetime since May, 2006 had its best month ever. Jautz says the show is “up 50% in viewers year-to-date, after being up 80% in the timeslot in the first year.” “He was a proven success in another medium,” Jautz says of Beck. “I expected him to resonate with the audience in TV just as he had in radio.”

Beck has a new competitor, starting Monday, when the mother ship moves Lou Dobbs to 7pmET. Jautz isn’t concerned. “Lou and Glenn are different people. Lou is a mix of news and commentary, one of the most experienced journalists around.” Beck, who makes clear on his show he’s not a journalist tends toward covering “pop culture, lighter topics,” says Jautz.

Photo: CNN Worldwide EVP Ken Jautz and Headline News host Glenn Beck.

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“Don’t Tase Me Bro” Guy on Today Tomorrow

Andrew Meyer, the University of Florida student who was tasered during a forum with Sen. John Kerry in September is now talking about his experience. Meyer will be on the Today show tomorrow. He has already answered some pre-interview questions which are on Asked if his arrest was planned, Meyer said, “My arrest was absolutely not planned. You would have to be a fool to intentionally get arrested and incur the cost of cleaning up this mess legally (ask my lawyer, it wasn’t cheap).”

CNN’s New Bureau, In Another Life

FishbowlLA‘s Kate Coe writes about CNN’s new bureau on Second Life, a story first reported by Mediaweek on Monday.

“…user generated content may be supplemented with advice from CNN personalities such as Larry King, who looks like an avatar in meatspace.”