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Archives: December 2007

Nightly / World News Neck and Neck For ’07

Williams_Gibson_1231.jpgHuffPo’s Rachel Sklar writes about the neck and neck race that is the network evening news ratings battle: “Factoring in the numbers through December 23, 2007 takes ABC’s lead down to approximately 97,000 total viewers. Presumably the week of Christmas will not be enough of a lead to bring that down to zero (and both Gibson and Williams have been on vacation besides), but if trends remain constant it’s safe to assume that NBC and ABC will finish the year with less than 100 thousand viewers between them — a mere 1%.”

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Some More Top 10 — Courtesy of J$


To add to the top 10 list barrage at the end of 2007, Johnny Dollar has the top 10 videos from his site this year. Johnny Dollar focuses almost exclusively on Fox News Channel content, thus the list plays out like a Top 10 most memorable moments on FNC.

Some notable clips include Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly‘s blowup, Laura Ingle getting mugged on the air and Charles Grodin calling out Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes (which also made our top 10 list).

The number one video was Shepard Smith sarcastically reporting on the breaking news of Paris Hilton‘s trip back to jail.

Deborah Tang, Formerly Of BET News, Dies

Tang.jpg Richard Prince writes in his Journal-isms column of the passing of Deborah Tang, “who created Black Entertainment Television’s news division and as vice president of news, entertainment and sports programming hired news anchor Ed Gordon, talk-show host Tavis Smiley and others…”

Tang, 60, died of cancer on December 25 in Washington, D.C.

(Photo/Floydetta McAfee)

Dylan Ratigan Hangs with the Masses in Times Square

ratigants_12-31.jpgDespite the rumored million people expected in Times Square by tonight for New Years, CNBC host Dylan Ratigan is stationed out in the crowd for much of afternoon and early evening. This morning, Ratigan co-anchored The Call at 11amET, and conducted many “man on the street” interviews from outside.

At 3pmET, Ratigan will co-anchor Closing Bell, and he will host Fast Money at 5pmET, all from the Times Square street level studio.

Ratigan’s will have no problem finding interview subjects on the crowded block. But the New Years Eve mass seems just as excited by the horns being sold down on the street by Ratigan, which are sure to add to the multitude of noisemakers present around the balldrop tonight.

TVNewser’s Great ’08 Expectations

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Happy New Year.jpgWith 2008 just hours away, we present “TVNewser’s Great ’08 Expectations”: the hopes and expectations of ten television journalists for themselves — personal, professional, or both — in 2008.

So, in alphabetical order by last name, our respondents complete the sentence, “In 2008, I expect…”:

• ABC’s Jim Avila: “To right wrongs, speak truth to power and cut down on the chocolate.”

Today Executive Producer Jim Bell: “Today to go back to ‘The Ends of the Earth’, with a twist.”

• MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson: “To spend more time in sub-zero primary states, and to wear more makeup. I’ve got a pretty good shot at achieving both.”

• Fox Business Network’s Cheryl Casone: “To create more personal time, and get back to my long runs in Central Park.”

• NBC’s Lester Holt: “To eat fewer sweets, and more fruits and vegetables (which I guess means less time ‘on the road’).”

• CNN’s Don Lemon: “To continue to harness my no-nonsense, aggressive reporting style; viewers tell me it’s refreshing and they appreciate it. I also would like to help as many children as possible to get a decent education in New Orleans, as knowledge is the power that will eventually lead them out of their current morass.”

• CBS’ Charles Osgood: “To lose my extra weight. But if I don’t, that will be fine, I’ll just have to lose it in 2009.”

• CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan: “To be Faster, Accurater, Actionabler and Unbiaseder.”

• CNN Headline News’ Linda Stouffer: “To spend more time reading novels and less time getting stressed out.”

• FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: “That On The Record stays #1 and maintains its dominance at 10 pm! The competition has spent lots of money on marketing…and has almost six times our staff…yet can’t beat us!!”

TVNews in 2008: Howie Wants You To Decide


There have been a lot of media predictions made over the last few weeks, so rather than follow that trend, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wants you to decide. Kurtz’ column today offers a multiple choice prediction quiz for 2008, and leaves the actual predicting to you!

Questions range from the future of Katie Couric, Campbell Brown and the Fox Business Network, to speculation of Karl Rove‘s future press work (in addition to his Newsweek column). Kurtz’ thoughts will not be revealed, as he writes, “My picks are being kept in a secure, undisclosed location. Unlike (William) Safire, I hate public humiliation.”

TVNewser will not be making predictions this year either (although we answered with four A’s, two B’s, a C and a D — in no particular order — in the Kurtz quiz). But you can make some predictions of your own in a TVNewser 2008 poll…stay tuned for that tomorrow.

Related: HuffPo’s Eat the Press takes a look back at the media winners of 2007.

(image courtesy: JupiterImagesUnlimited)

CNN’s Political Bowl

CNN rings in the new year with politics. Tomorrow beginning at 9amET, CNN airs seven hours of political coverage called the “Ballot Bowl.” The coverage will be anchored by CNN reporters in the field in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Tomorrow’s programming sets the stage for Wednesday’s one-day-out coverage of the Iowa caucuses, which includes a prime time special at 8pmET anchored by Wolf Blitzer along with Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs, and Soledad O’Brien.

TVNewser’s Top 10 of 2007

bushresigns_12-31.jpgFrom Imus to Paris, Charles Grodin going Jon Stewart-on-Crossfire on H&C to the Chyron Screwup Read ‘Round the World, these are the top ten stories — by page view — on during 2007 (since we started using Google Analytics in April).

A special thanks goes out to Drudge Report, Huffington Post and that guy Brian Stelter (you may have heard of him) and all the other sites who linked to TVNewser helping make these stories the most viewed of 2007.

1. CNN International Chyron: “Bush Resigns” — May 11 (401,333 page views)

2. Nancy Grace Hospitalized — November 13 (91,321)

3. FNC’s NH GOP Debate Highest Rated Yet — September 6 (58,180)

4. ABC Regrets Not Taking Bush News Conference — September 20 (57,892)

5. AFL-CIO Forum Ratings: Lowest Yet — August 8 (56,814)

6. Grodin to Hannity: “I Didn’t Say You Were a Nazi. I Said Your Co-Host Was a Nazi.” — December 17 (52,018)

7. Amanda Congdon Gone From — September 21 (47,121)

8. Paris: Barbara Walters Has Exclusive Talk With Hilton; Details On The View — June 11 (36,433)

9. Debates: DNC Announces Six; Two On CNN, Two On NBC/MSNBC — May 16 (35,982)

10. Imus Slur: Williams Announces Suspension — April 9 (35,688)

Charles Gibson On Saturday’s Debates: “Sort Of A High-Wire Act”

Gibson.jpg “This is sort of a high-wire act,” Charlie Gibson tells the Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz, referring to this Saturday’s back-to-back GOP/Democratic Presidential candidates’ debates on ABC. “I could fail miserably with this.”

The Republicans will debate first, with approximately 15 minutes before the Democratic forum begins. Gibson says he’d like candidates from both parties to shake hands during that interim break.

As far as how he sees his own moderating style, Gibson explains, “I’m going to put a question on the table, and to the extent that I can, I’m going to disappear. It’s not about me. It’s not about showing I can ask a clever question. It’s about them.”

CourtTV Adjourns

CourtTVc_1231.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder writes, “…with the new year, Court TV (1991-2007) adjourns.” Tomorrow the channel “that burst into public consciousness with the O.J. Simpson trial and other big-name courtroom dramas in the 1990s becomes part of television history.”

CourtTVd_1231.jpgThe network, which is being renamed truTV, will maintain six hours of “legal-oriented material during the day” to be called “In Session.” Bauder writes that network execs consulted outside experts to find a new name, even holding an in-house contest for ideas. Some 5,000 suggestions came in.

Frank TV (now a sketch show on TBS) was one popular suggestion as was True Nation, “but truTV tested better with focus groups,” Bauder writes.