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Archives: December 2009

More Holiday Engagements at the News Nets

On Christmas eve, we told you about the two CNNers who got engaged across the street from CNN’s New York HQ. Then Monday, ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga got engaged to Peter Orszag, the OMB director.

Well, they weren’t the only TV news employees to get engaged over the holiday. Justin Orlando, one of the “Good Morning America” production associates, got engaged on Christmas eve to his girlfriend, Meredith Afflixio. Over the weekend, CNN technical production manager Brooke Turnbull proposed to another NYC CNNer, Amanda Townsend. And on Sunday night, the Weather Channel’s Kim Perez was the recipient of a surprise on-air proposal that…just needs to be seen.

Congrats everybody.

December Cable News Ratings: FNC Far Out Front; HLN Growing; MSNBC 2nd in Primetime, 5th in Daytime; CNN 4th in Prime, 2nd Overall

Here is the cable news ratings breakdown for the month of December 2009, which ended Sunday, Dec. 27:

Fox News finished out 2009 on top in every category. “Glenn Beck” was the program with the biggest year-to-year gain, up 79% in Total Viewers (138% in the A25-54 demo) compared to “America’s News HQ” which occupied the time slot in Dec. ’08. In total day and primetime, Fox was the only network to show year-to-year growth compared to last December. The three other networks were down roughly 40% in the primetime demo.
Only two non-FNC programs were up compared to the same time slots last December, and they are both on HLN: “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and “Joy Behar.” The network was number two in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo for total day.
In December, MSNBC was again number two in the primetime demo and tied for second with CNN in Total Viewers. Hardball (7pm) and Countdown (8pm) were both number two in their time slots in both categories. “Rachel Maddow” was second in the demo and third, behind “Larry King Live” in Total Viewers. MSNBC’s dayside was in fifth place in the demo (behind CNBC) every hour between 9am-4pm.
CNN made it 3 months in 4th place for the primetime demo, but was second in Total Viewers. “CNN Tonight,” the temporary replacement for Lou Dobbs until John King‘s program debuts next year, averaged 535k Total Viewers (131k demo). Rick Sanchez, whose show will be expanding soon, averaged 601k total viewers (124k demo) between 3-4pm.
The averages for the month, after the jump:

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Ann Curry on Her 19 Years at NBC News: ‘I Aspire to be Valuable’

Curry_12.30.jpgMediabistro.com contributor Diane Clehane chats up the Today show’s Ann Curry for today’s So What Do You Do? interview:

Did you want Katie Couric‘s job when she left?

I did think about that job. The one great thing about that job is you have the opportunity to interview newsmakers and have access to major stories. I would have been a fool to not want that job, but the thing about life is that sometimes not getting what you think you want has a silver lining. Had I gotten that job, I might never have been able to go to Darfur four times. I might never have gotten to do what some have said was a transformation hour on Iran and the interview with Ahmadinejad or gone to Congo and brought attention to the crimes against women there. That’s just the short list.

I think people are often disappointed by not getting exactly what they want. I think the secret is [to] keep your eyes open and not to blink, because you need to see that what is possible is something you may not be paying attention to.

So What Do You Do, Ann Curry, News Anchor, The Today Show?

ABC Scores with Real Story Behind ‘The Blind Side’

A special edition of “20/20″ last night which featured the real story behind the movie “The Blind Side” drew 7.9 million Total Viewers — ABC’s biggest audience in five weeks. The hour, hosted by ABC’s Deborah Roberts, saw its audience grow by nearly 1 million viewers (7.5m to 8.4m) from the first half-hour to the second. The show came in second in Total Viewers at 10pm to CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors (9.21m).

The 10pm hour was Tuesday’s #1 program in two ad-friendly demos: Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.

2009 TVNewser Poll Results: Chris Matthews Stays Put

HardballPoll_12.29.bmpOur final 2009 TVNewser poll question was: This Time Next Year, Chris Matthews Will Be… 55% guesed it right that he’d still be hosting MSNBC’s “Hardball.” 22% of you thought he’d be running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, but on Jan. 7, Matthews told his staff he’d be staying with show, and not running for office — something he’d been considering for a better part of 2008.

Tomorrow: The 2010 TVNewser Polls…

NASDAQ Evacuated as Cablers Cover Van Scare in Times Square

The cable news and business networks have several Times Square cameras trained on a white van that is parked across from the NASDAQ Marketsite, not far from the “Good Morning America” studios.

The NYPD is investigating. The area around the van has been evacuated.

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> Update: 1pmET – All clear given. “Nothing of danger” inside suspicious van, says NYPD.

The Top 25 Cable News Programs of 2009 (By Viewers)

Here are 2009′s top 25 cable news programs by average total viewers:

  1. The O’Reilly Factor – 3.34M
  2. Hannity – 2.51M
  3. Glenn Beck – 2.32M
  4. Special Report – 2.04M
  5. On The Record – 1.97M
  6. The Fox Report – 1.88M
  7. O’Reilly Factor (11pm Rpt) – 1.51M
  8. Your World – 1.48M
  9. Americas Newsroom – 1.43M
  10. Studio B – 1.21M
  11. Countdown – 1.16M
  12. Happening Now – 1.15M
  13. The Live Desk – 1.10M
  1. Larry King Live – 1.10M
  2. Fox & Friends – 1.03M
  3. Rachel Maddow – 1.02M
  4. AC360 – 978k
  5. Nancy Grace – 943k
  6. Campbell Brown – 831k
  7. Situation Room – 831k
  8. Lou Dobbs Tonight – 759k
  9. Countdown (10pm Rpt) – 695k
  10. Anderson Cooper 360 – 656k
  11. CNN Newsroom – 646k
  12. Hardball – 633k

The Huffington Post has the full cable news program ranker and cable network ranker for 2009.

TIME Readers Have 10 Questions for Brian Williams

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How do you expect TV journalism to change in the next five years?
- Debra Turner, New York City

I’ve seen a lot of death notices come and go about what I do for a living. Not only are we still standing; I’m proud to report that NBC Nightly News viewers have increased over last year. I think with media rapidly multiplying, the choices we have, have perhaps become so dizzying that there is a kind of “Come home, America” aspect to our increased audience.

Do you actually wear pants while doing the news?
- Curtis Ohl, Escondido, Calif.

I choose to. I know colleagues — and I’m not going to use any coy initials here, Al Roker — I know people in the industry who don’t: Garrison Keillor. I don’t celebrate that. I think it’s a tawdry trick, Matt Lauer.

Here are the other eight.

Has The Economic Crisis Changed Financial News ?

MediaFin_12.30.jpgThis week C-SPAN is airing a panel discussion about the role of financial media during the economic crisis. Among the participants, Bloomberg TV’s Margaret Brennan and Alan Murray, deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Brennan and Murray are CNBC alum.

Former CNN correspondent Bob Franken moderated the discussion which was put together by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

The panel examined whether the current economic crisis has changed the nature of financial news.

10 Year Chart of Cable News Ratings: Total Day

As 2009 comes to a close, we’re giving you a look at how the cable news networks grew during the first decade of the 21st Century. In the case of Fox News, stratospheric growth of nearly 570% over 10 years. The charts track each network’s Nielsen ratings average for each of the last 10 years, from Dec. 27, 1999 – Dec. 23, 2009. First, the total day ratings averages for Monday-Sunday. And after the jump, the A25-54 demo. (Click for larger versions).

We’ll post the primetime charts tomorrow.

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