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Archives: July 2008

July Ratings: Program Ranker

Fox News Channel had nine of the top 10 programs during July in Total Viewers (Live+SD). The top rated program was again The O’Reilly Factor at 8pmET(2,252,000 viewer average).

For MSNBC, the top program was Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET in 9th place (959,000) and for CNN it was Larry King Live tied for 10th (940,000).

In the A25-54 demo, FNC had six of the top 10 programs, with Bill O’Reilly‘s 8pmET show again #1 (444,000). MSNBC’s top show was Countdown in 3rd place (347,000) and CNN’s top program was the 11pmET Anderson Cooper 360 in 6th place (274,000).

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 30

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 236 | CNN: 157 | MSNBC: 137 | HLN: 138

Prime: FNC: 452 | CNN: 220 | MSNBC: 236 | HLN: 217

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep.: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  248 352 266 487 467 403 309
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  131 133 193 208 210 240 120
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Abrams: Countdown: Investig.:
  179 134 144 318 178 213 168
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  150 134 154 338 109 207 168

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

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The Ticker (p.m. edition): Abrams,, Purple…

> MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams will be switching networks and appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. Abrams is anchoring Verdict from Los Angeles all week.

> announced Nielsen named it the “No. 1 news gateway” for June. It is the 19th straight month is on top.

> FishbowlNY picked up on the New York Times’ observation of the purple-tie coincidence phenomenon, in which anchors are wearing purple to appear unbiased. Brian Williams, Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly are some of the anchors tied (ha) to the trend.

Vogel: “People Enjoy Working There and it Shows”

vogel_7-31.JPGFox News correspondent Anita Vogel is profiled in The Armenian Reporter, and reveals a few things about her life — for one, that she’s an Armenian reporter.

She describes her most recent big “get,” when she caught up with President Bill Clinton for an impromptu interview in Las Vegas. “I don’t know whether I’ll ever encounter as exciting an interview,” she says. “My Blackberry was exploding for ten minutes afterwards!”

Vogel made her first trip to Armenia this month, but says, while growing up in California, she, “was raised Armenian.”

Of Fox News: “It’s the best place to work. A perfect job for me. I get to live in L.A., where I grew up, and report on network level stories.”

What’s With That Dot On MSNBC?

MSNBCDot_7.31.jpgOkay. It’s small, really small, barely noticeable. But our eagle eyed Chicago contributor Alissa Krinsky spotted it. A very small white dot next to the NBC peacock in the MSNBC lower third logo.

An MSNBC spokesperson helps us get to the bottom of it.

Turns out the dot is a signal for cable operators letting them know they are getting the proper Olympics feed. Olympics programming begins on MSNBC on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony. We’re told testing with the cable networks is nearly complete and the dot should be gone by tomorrow.

Gutfeld Guest Hosting F&F Weekend

gutfeld_7-31.JPGRed Eye host Greg Gutfeld announced last night he will be guest co-hosting Fox & Friends on Saturday.

“Yeah, they’re having me co-host,” he said at the end of last night’s program. “They are nuts. They’re out of their minds.”

It will be the first time Gutfeld is co-hosting the program, although he has appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend in the past. Saturday show will be co-hosted by Gutfeld, and regulars Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris.

Earlier:’s “So What Do You Do?” Q&A with Gutfeld.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of July 21

NBC’s Today show was the top rated network morning show last week, topping the competition in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Week-to-week, NBC and ABC’s Good Morning America were up in Total Viewers, while just NBC saw gains in the demo.

For the week of July 21:

Total Viewers: NBC: 4,660,000 / ABC: 4,051,000 / CBS: 2,309,000

A25-54 Viewers: NBC: 2,038,000 / ABC: 1,764,000 / CBS: 936,000

How NBC News Will Get Around China’s Internet Censorship

NBCChina_7.31.jpgNBC News insiders now in Beijing covering the lead up to the Olympics tell TVNewser they have a way of getting around the Chinese government’s decision to censor some Internet sites.

NBC News is not working out of the Main Press Center or the International Broadcast Center where most global journalists set up shop. Instead they are working out of the Beijing International Convention Center. And so far, NBC News personnel have not encountered any problems. One was even able to get on the Amnesty International site yesterday, which was reportedly one of the sites that was blocked. However, if staffers use a wireless network at the convention center or work from their hotels, the government filters might prevent unfettered Web access.

Our insider tells us many locals have found channels where they can get around the filters, but for journos working out of the MPC and IBC the filters will likely exist unless the IOC pleads the media’s case.

NBC/MSNBC Announce Convention Plans

nbcnews_7-31.JPGNBC News, and its cable properties, announced plans for the 2008 conventions today.

Some notes from the release:

Brian Williams “leads” coverage, anchoring each night on NBC for an hour at 10pm in addition to his Nightly News duties.

• As reported earlier, Luke Russert joins NBC News as a correspondent, covering youth issues from the convention.

Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann lead prime time coverage on MSNBC, anchoring each night beginning at 7pmET, with coverage continuing until 2amET. The broadcast originates from outdoor sets with “fans, visitors and supporters,” encouraged to visit.

Norah O’Donnell returns from maternity leave to lead the MSNBC analyst panel.

David Gregory anchors “Race for the White House,” at 6pmET, and reports from the convention floor for NBC and MSNBC.

John Harwood reports from the convention for CNBC.

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Luke Russert to Report For NBC News at Conventions

Luke Russert, son of the late NBC News DC Bureau chief Tim Russert, will be working as an NBC News correspondent focusing on youth issues during the upcoming DNC and RNC conventions.

The press release is expected shortly…

> More: Tom Brokaw weighs in on the Luke Russert hiring.