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Archives: August 2010

August ’10 Ratings: HLN Continues to Grow in the Morning

hlnlogo.jpgThe mornings continue to be good for HLN as “Morning Express” remains a big bright spot for the network.

The August 2010 averages:

Total day (Mon-Sun): 268k total/116K A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 400k total/127K A25-54

Robin Meade‘s morning program (325k total/ 180k demo) is making us start to sound like a broken record. “Morning Express” posted the largest year-to-year growth in cable news — up 25% in total viewership — and is once again #2 in the demo behind FNC’s “Fox & Friends” among the morning shows. Meade also outdrew CNN’s “American Morning” in total viewership for August.

In primetime, HLN is seeing the same decreases the other networks are seeing. Compared to last year, the network is down -14% in total viewers and -25% in the demo.

HLN release after the jump…

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ABC News Staffers Take on New Roles

A couple staffing changes at ABC News.

Dan Arnall
has been promoted to senior producer of business coverage at the network. In a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, ABC News president David Westin calls the six-year ABC News vet “a key member of our award-winning editorial team covering the economy and financial crisis.” And “World News” EP Jon Banner upped staffer Judy Isikow to senior producer of futures and features for the Diane Sawyer broadcast. Isikow joined “World News Tonight” as Peter Jennings‘ assistant.
A couple staffing changes at ABC News.

Dan Arnall
has been promoted to senior producer of business coverage at the network. In a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, ABC News president David Westin calls the six-year ABC News vet “a key member of our award-winning editorial team covering the economy and financial crisis.” And “World News” EP Jon Banner upped staffer Judy Isikow to senior producer of futures and features for the Diane Sawyer broadcast. Isikow joined “World News Tonight” as Peter Jennings‘ assistant.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of August 23

ENLogos_4.13.jpgA less than stellar summer week for the three network evening newscasts. As we mentioned, the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tied an all-time low. The nation’s #1 newscast, “NBC Nightly News” also lost viewers during a week the show sent its star anchor Brian Williams to the Gulf Coast to anchor two days of broadcasts on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “World News with Diane Sawyer” was the only show of the three to increase viewers week-to-week — up 80,000.

And not a good sign from the younger viewer department — none of the shows broke the 2 million viewer average in the A25-54 demo. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. The last time “Nightly News” was under 2 million viewers in the demo was the week of July 2, 2007 when the show averaged 1.91M viewers. That same week “World News with Charles Gibson” drew 2.2 million A25-54 viewers.

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 7,230,000 6,590,000 4,890,000
• A25-54: 1,990,000 1,710,000 1,490,000

Bucky Gunts: Ricky Gervais Was 'Hilarious' at Emmys

As we wrote yesterday, NBC’s Bucky Gunts won at the Emmys Sunday for his direction of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. We also noted that comedian Ricky Gervais had a bit of fun at Gunts’ expense.

Despite the jokes, Gunts has no hard feelings, in fact, he took them in stride, telling the Stamford Advocate:

“He’s hilarious,” Gunts said by telephone from Los Angeles. “I just think the whole thing is so funny.”

Gunts said he spoke with Gervais briefly after the ceremony.

“I just thanked him for being nice, and I let him know that I thought it was funny, and he certainly knew that anyway,” he said.

For any viewers that were curious as to how Gunts got his first name, the Advocate has you covered there as well.

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David Letterman Makes First Guest Appearance on ‘The View’

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As Barbara Walters returns from an extended leave following heart surgery, she’ll welcome David Letterman to “The View” for his first-ever appearance on the show.

The 14th season of “The View” premieres next Tuesday, Sept. 7 on ABC.

NHL Taps NFL Exec Charles Coplin For Top Content Post

The National Hockey League has tapped Charles Coplin to be executive VP of content. Coplin joins the NHL from the National Football League, where he had been VP of programming.

In his new role Coplin will be charged with overseeing all media and content for the league, including NHL.com, NHL Network, managing TV rights and broadcaster relationships and all of the league’s programming and production units.

“Charles Coplin is among the most respected senior executives in sports content, programming and production, and will take our relationship with fans across all platforms and events to the next level,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins in a statement. “Charles is a proven innovator who will drive a very ambitious content development schedule that meets fan demand for news, video, all-access programming and 24/7 NHL on every platform.”

At the NFL Coplin oversaw programming for NFL Network, and also produced the league’s special events programs, such as the Super Bowl halftime shows.

The full release, with more information about Coplin and his new position, is after the jump.

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Cable News Ratings: Saturday Glenn Beck Rally Coverage

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Though none of the cable news networks — save C-SPAN — provided full coverage of Glenn Beck‘s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington on Saturday, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC did provide some coverage to varying degrees. Here’s a look at the data we have:

During the 10am-1pmET block, Fox, which was in business programming from 10am-12pm, had the largest viewership. CNN, which perhaps had the most coverage of the rally, saw the largest increase of the three networks compared to the same time-slot last Saturday. (Since C-SPAN, which carried the rally live in full, is not a commercial television network, it is not rated by Nielsen. So despite the fact that Beck said last night that he “can’t wait to see the numbers” for C-SPAN, we, unfortunately, won’t be getting any.)

Sarah Palin spoke in the 10amET hour and was carried live on CNN. Check out our liveblog of the coverage and the rally, which ended at 1:18pmET. More on Saturday’s numbers here.

  Fox News CNN MSNBC
10am-1pm 1.08M/279k 729k/212k 283k/83k
10am 1.06M/290k 632k/216k 295k/74k
11am 1.06M/278k 737k/230k 300k/72k
12pm 1.13M/270k 818k/189k 255k/103k
1pm 985k/167k 595k/148k 250k/124k

Related: PoliticsDaily’s Matt Lewis wonders if Beck deserves a primetime slot, beyond the one-day gig he might already be owed.

Washington Post Suspends Mike Wise Following Twitter Hoax

Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise says that he has been suspended for one month from the newspaper, following a hoax he pulled on Twitter yesterday.

What happened? Wise decided he would add some new Twitter followers… by making up interesting sports scoops that he had been “told.” Our sister blog FishbowlDC and SBNation have more information on the hoax.

The Upshot’s Michael Calderone has more on Wise’s suspension (which the Post will not confirm):

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Roger Federer's Amazing Shot Brings Joy to Tennis Announcers

Being a tennis broadcaster is not always the easiest job in the world. Just think back to Wimbledon in June, which had the now-legendary match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut which lasted 11 hours over three days.

But when you have a player like Roger Federer in the game, it makes play-by-play that much more interesting. This shot was the talk of day one of the US Open:

For 2nd Straight Week, CBS Evening News Ties Lowest Viewership Ever

Last week, the CBS Evening News averaged 4.89 million Total Viewers, tying the previous week’s viewership, which had tied an all-time low for the broadcast set last summer. The show did tick up a bit in the demo averaging 1.49 million viewers to the previous week’s 1.44M. Last week’s broadcast saw a rotating cast of anchors: Katie Couric on Monday, Harry Smith Tuesday, Jeff Glor on Wednesday and Erica Hill on Thursday and Friday.

A tipster reminds us Katie Couric‘s 4th anniversary as anchor of the CBS Evening News is Sunday.

Full network evening news ratings post coming up shortly…

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