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Archives: May 2008

Morning Show Ratings: Week of May 19

Week-to-week, only ABC’s Good Morning America grew in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. NBC’s Today show still had a 900K+ lead over GMA, staying in first place. Third place CBS’s The Early Show was up year-to-year: up 7% in Total Viewers and up 11% in A25-54.

For the week of May 19:

Total Viewers: NBC: 5,597,000 / ABC: 4,667,000 / CBS: 2,645,000

Households: NBC: 4.3/15 / ABC: 3.6/13 / CBS: 2.0/7

A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.1/15 / ABC: 1.7/12 / CBS: 1.0/7

The Ticker: McClellan, Lasso, Haddad…

> The NYTimes’ Brian Stelter writes about the Scott McClellan fallout (so far) when it comes to press pressure during the run-up to the Iraq war. (See: Couric, Yellin)

> B&C’s Alex Weprin reports that despite a cease and desist from big media companies, Internet search and clip video service RedLasso will continue to operate (we’ve already Lasso’d one clip this morning.) The company is also bringing on former CBS Exec Michael Jordan as a senior adviser.

> Former MSNBC DC VP Tammy Haddad will be hosting National Journal On Air today on XM’s POTUS channel. The program had been hosted by Linda Douglass who joined the Obama campaign earlier this month. The topic: Scott McClellan. The Guest: Joe Wilson.

Attention NBC/MSNBC Employees: Bill O’Reilly Would Like You To Quit Your Jobs


Bill O’Reilly almost had a “We’ll Do It Live!” moment last night on The Factor. With guests Bernie Goldberg and Jane Hall, O’Reilly was discussing Scott McClellan‘s appearances on NBC, first on the Today show and later on Countdown. But O’Reilly took the opportunity to go after NBC management and Tim Russert, on whose show McClellan will be appearing this Sunday.

Toward the end of the segment O’Reilly had a near-vein popping tirade against NBC. “I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t work…for any organization like NBC, which is in the tank, dishonest, has been dishonest and doesn’t deserve any credibility. If you’re working for them, you’re part of it, you’re part of it,” yelled O’Reilly. To which Goldberg asked, “What do you want? You want everybody to quit?” “Yea,” said O’Reilly.

The clip is after the jump…

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Cablers Cover Second NYC Crane Collapse




The cable networks are covering breaking news from New York City: the second crane collapse in as many months at a construction site in the city. The cable channels began coverage at 8:26amET.

McClellan: “I Passed Along False Information”

OlbermannMcClellan_5.29.jpgIn his first cable news interview about his new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan sat down with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann tonight. McClellan talked about his experience as the President’s spokesman during the early months of the Iraq war, and during the Valerie Plame investigation: “I passed along false information,” McClellan says of the Plame leak. Olbermann also took the time to talk about one of his favorite subjects…

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May Ratings: Rankers

FNC had eight of the top 10 cable programs in total viewers during the month of May, and five of the top 10 programs in the A25-54 demo. The O’Reilly Factor, once again, was the top cable news program in both categories. The top CNN program, CNN Election Center (which includes election nights) finished 7th in total viewers and 3rd in the demo. The top MSNBC program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, finished 19th in total viewers and 8th in the demo.

Click here to see the full program ranker.

The cable ranker, as described yesterday, saw FNC as the first place cable network (6th overall in prime time, 7th in total day).

Click here to see the full May cable ranker.

Gracies Graced With Many TVNewsers


CBS’ Lara Logan accepts her Gracie award.

Last night’s 33rd annual Gracie Allen Awards were graced with TVNewsers from start to finish, from every major network. From the beginning, TV news was on the mind of the host of the evening, Giuliana Rancic. Rancic joked about her “entertainment reporter” title. “Fox News has been fair and balanced, giving Obama equal coverage to McCain,” she said. “We are too. We give just as much coverage to Nicole Richie as Paris Hilton.”

One of the first awards was presented by CNBC president Mark Hoffman, who introduced anchor Suze Orman (who won for Best Talk Show). “When it comes to personal finance, there’s Suze and there’s everyone else,” he said.

Orman had her own saying. “Behind every great woman, there are four five other great women,” she said, thanking many of the women who work on her show.

Maya Angelou accepted her award for best radio show early in the night, after the only unanimous standing ovation of the evening. Not TVNewser related per se, but hearing Angelou begin her speech with, “My thanks must first go to Oprah and Friends and then to XM,” just…didn’t sound right.

Outstanding Hard News Feature went to Lara Logan for a story initially, “crushed by the United States military commanders and the Iraqi government.” She dedicated the award to the Iraqi children and military personnel profiled in the piece.

NBC’s Today show was represented, as Al Roker and Hoda Kotb got some of the biggest laughs of the night.

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Gracie Winner Amanpour on Hillary: I Feel Your Pain

While last night’s looong award ceremony at the Gracie’s allowed for some male perspective on stage from presenters like Brian Williams, Jeff Zucker and Jon Klein, sisterhood ruled the red carpet where honorees CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and truTV’s Ashleigh Banfield mixed and mingled with a cross section of starlets (Ali Larter) and TV vets (Jill Hennessy). TVNewser got the broadcasters’ take on Hillary’s claims of sexism at the hands of the media. Says Amanpour: “All I’ll say is that I’m really surprised that it is still okay to diss a woman and there’s no accountability. If somebody did that to me I’d be horrified. That’s what’s been so upsetting to watch.”

Banfield weighed in with this: “I’ve been remarkably offended at some of the comments by heretofore respectable broadcasters. Somebody had to bear the brunt because somebody had to be the first female candidate. I think that the fact that we’re talking about this is great because it means it won’t likely happen as much again or at all.”

But Mrs. Brady aka Florence Henderson who also took home a statuette thinks otherwise: “I think she’s been treated quite fairly in my estimation. They’ve been pretty rough on Barack Obama, too.”

McClellan Makes the Rounds

This morning he was on Today, tonight he’s on Countdown, but in between Scott McClellan gives his first evening newscast interview to Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News.

TVNewser also hears that Fox News Channel may be working up an interview with McClellan that would also include Fox News analyst, and former Bush administration colleague, Karl Rove.

> Update: Martha Raddatz also interviewed McClellan for tonight’s World News.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 28

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 219 | CNN: 162 | MSNBC: 161 | HLN: 104

Prime: FNC: 420 | CNN: 222 | MSNBC: 289 | HLN: 189

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep.: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  206 314 312 577 407 275 239
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  183 143 176 168 228 271 243
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Countdo.: Gregory:
  197 199 289 415 246 206 100
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  87 65 111 210 146 216 193

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

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