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Archives: October 2010

Game 2 Of World Series Draws 14.1 Million Viewers

More than 14 million viewers watched Game 2 of the 2010 World Series, earning a 8.5/14 household rating/share.

It was the second consecutive night that Fox won the primetime ratings and the network’s highest-rated and most-watched Thursday night since Game 2 of last year’s World Series between New York and Philadelphia.

Compared to last year’s Game 2 of the World Series, ratings are down 27 percent (11.7.19) and 25 percent in viewership (18.9 million). However, the numbers are up 11 percent in average audience (12.8 million viewers) and rating (8.1) compared to the 2008 World Series, which was the lowest rated in Major League Baseball history. Read more

The Best Blog You're Not Reading… The Shin Guardian

Head over to The Shin Guardian for some of the best soccer news and analysis around. And not just because it’s interview Week.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, October 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 375 | MSNBC: 151 | CNN: 111 | HLN: 123
  • Primetime: FNC: 605 | MSNBC: 249 | CNN: 171 | HLN: 142

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
431 432 425 695 617 504 523 299
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: O’Donnell: Olbermann: Maddow:
161 189 190 244 275 229 179 211
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: King: Cooper: Cooper: King:
109 113 130 170 153 189 212 166
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz: Behar:
58 96 146 173 145 111 102 100

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MSNBC Asks Guests to ‘Lean Forward’ at Launch Party

Last night MSNBC held a launch party for its “Lean Forward” branding campaign at 7 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

Held on the 49th floor of the building, the room had floor to ceiling windows that offered a beautiful unobstructed view of  the midtown skyline and a more sobering one of the construction site at Ground Zero.

While the network’s primetime talent were notably absent (they did have shows to host, after all) a good chunk of the dayside anchors attended.

Among the guests:  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Contessa Brewer, Chris Jansing, Richard Lui, Martin Bashir, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Tamron HallJoe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski as well as NBC’s Lester Holt.

Executives in attendance included NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC News president Steve Capus and MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

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Update: MSNBC 2010 Midterm Election Coverage

MSNBC has updated its election coverage, and will have live, primetime coverage on Sunday night.

The live primetime coverage on Sunday will start with “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 5pm. Then “The Ed Show” will be live from Woodbury, Minn. at a Tarryl Clark event, Michelle Bachman‘s Democratic opponent.  Clark will join Ed Schultz on set.

After a reair of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” will both be live.

MSNBC’s new Sunday schedule is similar to Fox News’ Sunday coverage plans.

The official press release is after the jump…
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CJR Profiles Chuck Todd, The Man Who ‘Might Be the Busiest Politico on Television’

At last night’s MSNBC “Lean Forward” launch party (look for the full write-up later) MSNBC president Phil Griffin told TVNewser that of all the talent lined up for election night, the one with the most challenging evening will be Chuck Todd.

Todd, who anchors “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC and is also political director for NBC News, will be making regular appearances on both the broadcast and cable network throughout the night.

In a lengthy profile, Columbia Journalism Review profield the man who “might be the busiest politico on television.”

The juiciest bits involve Todd’s back-and-forth with columnist Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald has long been a critic of inside the beltway journalists–of which he counts Todd–accusing them of not being adversarial enough to those in power:

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The Daily Line Cancelled After Seven Months

Jenn Sterger suddenly has time to speak to the NFL.

Her Versus nightly sports news show, The Daily Line, was cancelled after just seven months because of poor ratings.

The show was averaging just 53,000 viewers for each live show and drew a dismal 8,000 viewers on Sept. 27, when the show was going head-to-head against the Green Bay-Chicago game on Monday Night Football.

The last episode of The Daily Line will air on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Dennis Kneale Starting at FBN Monday

Former CNBC correspondent Dennis Kneale has officially joined Fox Business Network, reports. TVNewser first reported the move two weeks ago.

Fox Business has confirmed the report to TVNewser, and also says that Kneale will make his FBN debut Monday, during the 12 PM block anchored by Cheryl Casone.

That would put him head-to-head with the CNBC program he used to appear on “Power Lunch.”

Meredith Vieira or Erica Hill: Who Wore Lady Gaga Better?

Meredith Vieira (left) and Erica Hill (right)

CBS “Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” both went for pop culture this year for Halloween. TVNewser asks:

Jason Whitlock Calls For The Firing Of Brian Kelly columnist Jason Whitlock took the first major shot at Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly following the tragic death of 20-year-old videographer Declan Sullivan, asking for the school to fire him.

Sullivan was filming practice on a hydraulic scissor lift that stood 50 feet above ground, when a wind gust knocked over the tower. Wind guests on Wednesday were over 50 mph.

Whitlock puts the blame not on Sullivan or Notre Dame’s video coordinator, but squarely on the shoulders of Kelly:

In recent years, Notre Dame dismissed Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis for failing to win enough games. The school canned George O’Leary for exaggerating on his resume. Read more