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Archives: July 2009

Morning Show Ratings: Week of July 20

Last week, NBC’s Today show continued to hang on to the highest viewer average in both Total Viewers and in the A25-54 demo, though ABC’s Good Morning America closed the gap by 6% and 7% respectively.

Here’s the scoreboard of averages (Total Viewers / A25-54) for last week:

NBC “Today” 4.76M / 1.99M
ABC “Good Morning America” 3.85M / 1.60M
CBS “The Early Show” 2.38M / 980K

Jon Stewart Takes on Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck

Last night, America’s most trusted newscaster, Jon Stewart rolled up the big news-about-the-news stories — birthers and racists.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
So You Think You Can Douche
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Joke of the Day

Countdown to Beer Summit

Okay, the countdown clock craze is getting out of hand. CNN and MSNBC both have countdown clocks to the White House Beer Summit. We’re guessing Glenn Beck will steer clear.



> Update: Obama More Bartender Than Mediator At Beer Summit

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 329 | CNN: 195 | MSNBC: 113 | HLN: 127

Prime: FNC: 601 | CNN: 302 | MSNBC: 246 | HLN: 185

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  524 395 350 805 544 454 502
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  206 224 191 226 329 351 225
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  189 168 190 286 273 179 172
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Issues: Grace: Showbiz:
  121 81 136 253 163 151 144

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

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So, Where Does that Lou Dobbs – Bill O’Reilly Booking Stand?

BOR_7.30.bmpOn Monday night, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly stood up for CNN’s Lou Dobbs who was facing growing criticism and calls by some groups, to be removed from CNN over his coverage of the birther movement.

On Tuesday, publicists who represent United Stations Radio Networks, the producer of Dobbs’ radio show, reached out to The O’Reilly Factor and pitched Dobbs as a guest for O’Reilly’s Wednesday show. Scheduling conflicts reportedly got in the way. But TVNewser has learned there is more to it.

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Roni Selig Joins CNN’s Medical Team

Another health news job move to report.

Roni Selig is joining CNN Worldwide as senior executive producer/director of the health and wellness medical unit. Selig will lead CNN’s medical reporting and investigations across all platforms, working alongside chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

“Roni Selig is the right match for Sanjay’s outstanding medical reporting,” said CNN SVP Nancy Lane. “Roni will help advance CNN’s health coverage pairing the unit’s dynamic breaking news and important health reporting with an increased focus on personal wellness reporting.”

Selig has 30 years of experience in news and program development for both broadcast and cable networks, most recently as SVP of east coast development and programming for Walt Disney Company/ABC Productions. Before that Selig worked at Oxygen Media, Warner Brothers/Telepictures, Lifetime, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Tristar Television.

ABC’s Michael Jackson Special Third in Time Slot

It appears viewers are moving on from the Michael Jackson death investigation. Last night’s “Primetime: Crime” special on ABC was third in its 10pmET/PT time slot, drawing 4.85M Total Viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating. The special was beaten by a “CSI: NY” repeat on CBS (6.52M / 1.5) and NBC’s summer series “The Philanthopist” (4.95M / 1.4)

“Primetime: Crime” reported the latest on the investigation and shined a light on celebrities’ drug use and the doctors who enable them.

And speaking of Jackson, CBS’ The Early Show broke the news had the news (as did “Today” and “GMA” at the top of their shows) that Katherine Jackson would get sole custody of Jackson’s three children, with visitation rights given to Debbie Rowe.

Click continued to see the CBS interview with Mrs. Jackson’s attorney…

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CNN Running “Second 100 Days” Special Thursday

Next Thursday (August 6th), CNN’s primetime schedule will feature a few changes from the usual evening line-up to commemorate the second 100 days of the Obama presidency.

At 8pmET, CNN will air “The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days” followed by Anderson Cooper at 10pmET. The two-hour “Report Card” special will reair at midnight and 4amET and will act as a sequel of sorts to the “First 100 Days” special CNN ran in April.

Viewers can go here to cast votes for the interactive portion of the special.

Nightline Drops Behind Letterman, But Tops Conan

After four weeks at #1, “Nightline” dropped to second place in Total Viewers behind “Late Show with David Letterman” last week. The ABC News program also slipped to third in the A25-54 demo. “The Tonight Show” was first in younger viewers. “Nightline” can lay claim to a title it hasn’t held since 1995 — outperforming “Tonight” five weeks in a row in Total Viewers.

Show Network A25-54 Total Viewers
Late Show CBS 1.33M 3.32M
Nightline ABC 1.18M 3.16M
Tonight Show NBC 1.35M 2.51M

Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow Make Late Night Rounds

Tuesday night it was Katie Couric on the Late Show with David Letterman. Last night Rachel Maddow was on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Corporate synergy at its finest.

While Couric revealed she was once asked out by Michael Jackson, and other stuff, Maddow talked about Pres. Obama’s choice of brew for tonight’s White House beer summit, and other stuff.

Maddow is below and after the jump, Couric’s behind the scenes YouTube video at the Late Show…

Meanwhile, CNN’s Anderson Cooper is filling in for Regis this week (no corporate synergy there) and he’s ruffled some feathers after asking the Bachelorette about her sex life…

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