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Archives: October 2008

What Happens to Cable News Post-Election?

The Hollywood Reporter’s Steven Zeitchik and Paul J. Gough look to the near-future about what will happen to cable news after Nov. 4.

“An election that lifts either the left or right to power will provide a boost to the network imbued with the ideology of the other side,” they write. “Given Obama’s lead at the polls, an MSNBC comeback — Olbermann’s ratings continue to be strong and Maddow’s upstart show is an unlikely second-place challenger to CNN’s Larry King — could stall if the Illinois senator ascends to the Oval Office.”

But CNN pundit and Hunter College professor Karen Hunter thinks the effect will come to all cablers. “A lot of people are going to suffer from withdrawal after the election,” she said. “What are people going to talk about after there’s no more campaigning?”

The article continues to discuss the affect of the election on Hollywood and comedy.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Oct. 20

NBC’s Today Show was the top network morning show last week, posting its highest Total Viewer delivery since the week of September 15. It was also Today‘s biggest advantage over second place Good Morning America since September 1.

NBC has increased its advantage over both GMA and The Early Show in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for two consecutive weeks.

For the week of Oct. 20:

Total Viewers: NBC: 5,300,000 / ABC: 4,200,000 / CBS: 2,600,000

A25-54 demo ratings/share: NBC: 2.0 / ABC: 1.5 / CBS: .9

The Ticker: FNC, ABC, FBN…

> Mike Huckabee interviews SNL EP Lorne Michaels and Bill Maher on his FNC program at 8pmET on Saturday. Also as guests — celebrities from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Richard Dreyfuss and Kelsey Grammer.

> ABC’s Charles Gibson interviews Sen. John McCain tomorrow in Ohio. Portions of the interview air on Friday’s World News, on the Friday Webcast and across ABC News’ platforms. Earlier this week Gibson interviewed Sen. Barack Obama in North Carolina.

> Neil Cavuto on a presidential candidate during his “The Deal” commentary segment on his FBN program last night: “On economic matters, you have no convictions, period.” Who was he describing? John McCain. Click continued to see the clip…

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Are You Sure He’s Not Running for Office in Pennsylvania?


The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Oct. 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 490 | CNN: 429 | MSNBC: 449 | HLN: 151

Prime: FNC: 1126 | CNN: 857 | MSNBC: 1265 | HLN: 287

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  365 567 657 1211 1170 995 810
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  395 548 492 621 854 1095 1053
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Obama/Ctdn.: Maddow: Countdown: Madd./Live:
  316 353 680 1380/1739 1272 962 695/917
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  96 84 183 400 132 346 161

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

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Olbermann Builds On Obama Half Hour

Hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched the Barack Obama commercial on one of the broadcast networks switched to MSNBC at 8:30. Obama pulled in 3.5 million Total Viewers on MSNBC, the only cable news network to air the infomercial. An abbreviated Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8:30pmET brought in an additional 688,000 Total Viewers. FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor still won the 8pmET hour in Total Viewers, while Obama/Olbermann came in first in the demo.

33.6 million people watched the Obama ad across seven networks, most on NBC (9.8 million). CBS was next with 8.6 million and FOX drew 7.1 million.

Back on cable, MSNBC came in first in the A25-54 demo at 9pmET with The Rachel Maddow Show beating Hannity & Colmes and Larry King Live (with guest Sen. John McCain). FNC also won that hour in Total Viewers.

Fox News Channel wins prime time (8-11pmET) in Total Viewers (3.66 million), MSNBC wins in the demo (1.27 million).

What Just Happened on CNBC?

CNBC_10.29.jpgThat’s what one, of several, emailers asked us after watching a bizarre exchange on CNBC’s Closing Bell just before 3:30pmET. We’ll post the video when we get it (hint, hint). But for now enjoy the transcript as Melissa Lee and Dylan Ratigan tried to bring into the conversation Charlie Gasparino.

Lee: I was thinking that we were going to go to Charlie Gasparino.

Ratigan: We’ll go to charlie first. What have you got?

Gasparino: What do I got? What do you want? What do you want?

Ratigan: I want your best stuff, Charles. I only want the good stuff.

Gasparino: “What do you got?” Now that is such a… that is almost zen-like. What do I got?

Ratigan: That’s where we are…

Gasparino: I have many things…

Ratigan: I know…

Gasparino: I have many things…I have many things in my arsenal. But what I got is not what I have. I don’t have what I got.

Ratigan: All right. What have you got?

Gasparino: I don’t have what I got. I don’t have what I got.

Lee: Oh gosh (laughs)

Ratigan: Are we done?

Gasparino: We’re done. I don’t have what I got.

Ratigan: All right

Lee: Let’s talk Merrill Lynch, Charles. What do you have on Merrill Lynch.

Gasparino: The Merril Lynch…oh, just on Merrill Lynch? Or the Merrill Lynch-Bank of America merger?

Ratigan (and Gasparino talking over eachother): Charles, I got a short amount of time and a capitalist system doing a lot of stuff. You can use the airtime to tell me some information or I’m moving on brother…You got two choices: information or I’m leaving.

Gasparino: No. You know what you got. That’s right.. you have… you have… You have one choice: shoot to the capitalist system. ‘Cause that’s what you’ve got.

Ratigan: Do what?

Gasparino: No. That’s what you got. That’s what you got.

Lee: Okay.

Ratigan: Shoot the capitalist system?

Gasparino: Shoot to the capitalist system. That’s what you got.

Lee: Okay. Thanks Charles.

Ratigan: All right. Thank you Charles. I’m not quite sure what just happened, quite honestly.

Lee: (laughs) Me neither.

>Update: The clip is after the jump (searching for better quality)…

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CNN’s Election Night Plans

cnnlogo_10-30.jpgCNN’s Election Night in America coverage kicks off at 6pmET on Tuesday, with Wolf Blitzer leading the BPTOT and Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper anchoring as well.

John King will work the “Magic Wall,” throughout the night, while Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider handle exit-polling data (on “two 103-inch interactive plasma screens”).

Lou Dobbs contributes throughout the night, as well as hosting a live Lou Dobbs Tonight at 9pmET on Headline News. American Morning starts at 3amET on Wednesday morning.

Also back — the CNN Grill, which was a popular spot for bloggers at the conventions.

Click continued to see all of CNN’s Election Night plans…

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Election Hangovers Spread Nationwide

hangover_10-30.gifThe 2008 presidential election is winding down, which means it’s almost time to celebrate the conclusion with TVNewser and!

In addition to New York and San Francisco, we’re adding two more TVNewser Hangover Parties — in Chicago and Portland, OR.

Chris and I (and other bloggers) will be at the New York Party. Alissa will represent in Chicago. And we’ve already received RSVPs from TVNewsers at ABC, CNN, FOX, NBC and more.

• RSVP to the New York party (on November 6).

• RSVP to the San Francisco party (on November 5).

• RSVP to the Chicago party (on November 13).

• RSVP to the Portland party (on November 18).

And coming tomorrow — TVNewser’s plans for Election Day & Night.

All Three Nets Expand Shows on Election Eve

3anchors_10.29.jpgABC is about to announce that it will expand “World News with Charles Gibson” to an hour Monday night. Last week CBS and NBC announced expanded Evening News and Nightly News broadcasts on the night before the election.

For ABC, Charlie Gibson will anchor Monday’s broadcast from the Times Square studios, where ABC’s election night will also originate.