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Archives: June 2009

The Scoreboard: Saturday, June 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 295 | CNN: 360 | MSNBC: 154 | HLN: 139

Prime: FNC: 377 | CNN: 505 | MSNBC: 203 | HLN: 182

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ: NewsHQ: Report: Huckabee: Greta: Geraldo: Huckabee:
  299 286 332 312 359 461 283
CNN Newsroom: SitRoom: Newsroom: Presents: King: Newsroom: Presents:
  307 293 347 535 568 413 632
MSNBC Reports: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special: Special:
  140 98 233 170 143 296 381
HLN HLN: Prime: Issues: Grace: Issues: Grace: Showbiz:
  103 188 213 212 205 157 176


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

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 22

A week after two evening newscasts set all-time lows, the big three broadcasters bounced back during a big news week that included Iran, the Mark Sanford affair and the death of Michael Jackson. NBC Nightly News won the week averaging 8.4 million Total Viewers and topping 10 million on Thursday night with the Jackson news. ABC World News was just shy of 7 million, and the CBS Evening News brought in 5.6 million. All three shows gained 500k+ viewers from the week prior. World News was preempted on KABC in Los Angeles last Thursday due to the Jackson story. Nightly and Evening News did air in LA that night. Los Angeles represents about 4.94% of the national audience.

Total Viewers: NBC: 8,379,000 / ABC: 6,994,000 / CBS: 5,566,000

25-54 rating: NBC: 2.1 / ABC: 1.6 / CBS: 1.3

Breaking News Monday

In addition to the Madoff sentencing, the high speed pursuit in Dallas, which was fully Shepardized, and developments in the Michael Jackson story, there were several other breaking stories throughout the day. Here’s when the cablers reported them:

New Haven 20 SCOTUS Decision:

FNC – 10:02:23
CNN – 10:02:53
MSNBC – 10:03:09

Billy Mays Autopsy Report:

FNC – 12:01:34
CNN – 12:03:53
MSNBC – 12:26:23 (During “Dr. Nancy” debut)

I’m still wondering why it took CNN 2-and-a-half hours to mention Mays’ death yesterday.

Atlanta Garage Collapse:

FNC – 12:58:16
CNN – 13:47:43
MSNBC – 14:10:09

The Scoreboard: Friday, June 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 415 | CNN: 511 | MSNBC: 183 | HLN: 211

Prime: FNC: 477 | CNN: 736 | MSNBC: 299 | HLN: 272

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  651 503 486 568 400 457 551
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  722 827 549 603 788 816 683
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: H&L: Olbermann: Maddow:
  202 219 228 404 230 262 182
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  266 282 288 368 200 270 306


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

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CNN Carries Michael Jackson Momentum Into Friday Night

In a rare ratings win for CNN, the cable news network’s Friday night primetime lineup (8-11pmET) finished first in the A25-54 demo. Also, Campbell Brown at 8, Larry King at 9 and Anderson Cooper at 10 each won their time periods in the ad-friendly demo with extensive Michael Jackson coverage. CNN edged FNC in Total Viewers as well in prime (1.79M vs. 1.78M).

Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo (Numbers Updated)

CNN
Brown – 1.50M / 603K
King – 2.03M / 788
Cooper – 1.85M / 816

FNC
O’Reilly (Ingraham filling in) – 2.40M / 568K
Hannity – 1.55M / 400K
Greta – 1.40M / 457K

MSNBC
Olbermann – 1.12K / 404K
H&L – 720K / 230K
Olbermann – 575K / 262K

HLN
Grace – 809K / 368
Dobbs – 458K / 200
Grace – 521K / 270

Glenn Beck Tops Two Best Seller Lists; Hits Trifecta of NY Times Lists

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Glenn Beck’s Common Sense has hit the #1 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling list and will hit #1 on the July 5th New York Times Best Sellers list, making Beck one of just a few authors in history to hit #1 on the New York Times fiction, non-fiction and paperback original bestseller lists.

Beck’s Common Sense is joined on the NYT paperback non-fiction bestseller list by An Inconvenient Book at #4, giving him two books in the top 5.

And Beck’s not slowing down. His next book, the hardcover non-fiction Arguing With Idiots, will be published by Threshold Editions later this year.

“Nightline” Beats “Letterman” and “O’Brien” For Third Straight Night

“Nightline,” which devoted their Friday show to Michael Jackson, outperformed both CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” according to Nielsen fast affiliate time period data. Friday marked the third night in a row Nightline came in first in Total Viewers.

Nightline – 4.193M Total Viewers

Tonight Show – 3.718M

Late Show – 3.089M

Fox News, MSNBC Share Chopper During Dallas Chase

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Spike strips, train gates, a near-ditch and several u-turns did not slow down a suspect who’d taken Dallas police on a high speed pursuit this afternoon.

But a red pick-up truck did, when the driver of the pick-up unknowingly broadsided the suspect as he tried to make his way through an intersection. The chase began just before 1pmCT and came to a crashing end at 2:29pmCT.

MSNBC1_6.29.jpgFNC, MSNBC and HLN carried the chase live.

For much of the pursuit, Fox News Channel and MSNBC used the same live picture from Fox O&O KDFW. Since January, the Fox and NBC Owned and Operated stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, and other large markets, have been taking part in a news sharing agreement involving their helicopters.

H1_6.29.jpgHLN which was in and out of live coverage was using the choppers of CBS station KTVT and ABC affiliate WFAA.

KRLD Radio is reporting on Fox News that the pick-up driver suffered only minor injuries while the jaws of life were brought out to extricate the suspect.

Here’s the end of the chase anchored by FNC’s Shepard Smith:

NBC News Picks up Five Murrow Awards

NBCNews_6.29.jpgNBC News has earned five national Edward R. Murrow awards, announced today by the RTNDA. In addition to Overall Excellence, NBC News wins for Breaking News for their Hurricane Gustav coverage and for Richard Engel‘s Tip of the Spear reporting.

CBS News’ 60 Minutes was honored in three categories: Hard News Feature, Feature Reporting and Investigative Reporting and, mentioned earlier on TVNewser, the CBS Evening News wins Best Newscast.

CBS Evening News Wins Murrow for Best Newscast

KC_6.29.jpgFor the second year in a row, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric has won the Edward R. Murrow award for best evening newscast. CBS News submitted the broadcast of Nov. 12, 2008 to the RTNDA judges. The program led with the economic bailout coverage from correspondents Anthony Mason and Sharyl Attkisson. Other reports came from Armen Keteyian, Seth Doane, Mark Strassmann, and Steve Hartman.

Rick Kaplan is the EP of the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric is the managing editor.

CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus says the broadcast, “simply is the best daily news program on television,” adding, “once again, the industry experts are giving CBS Evening News the critical acclaim it deserves.”

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