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Archives: November 2010

Now on WebNewser: ‘The Simpsons’ Mocks Fox News Again, But the Joke Gets Pulled From Hulu

Sen. Joe Lieberman on Imus: ‘Fox Business is my favorite…anything Rupert Murdoch owns’

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was on “Imus in The Morning” today. After giving CNN credit for turning down anonymous WikiLeaks sources, Don Imus chimed in “I hate CNN. I wish you hadn’t brought that up.”

“But of course, really, Fox Business is my favorite,” the senator told Imus, “and Fox generally, anything Rupert Murdoch owns.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, November 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 344 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 123 | HLN: 135
  • Primetime: FNC: 437 | MSNBC: 190 | CNN: 117 | HLN: 110

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
465 453 414 559 415 335 338 212
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: O’Donnell: Olbermann: Maddow:
135 125 143 266 180 123 129 130
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: King: Cooper: Cooper: King:
153 146 102 106 116 129 94 54
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz: Behar:
81 88 134 137 103 97 168 168

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Dan Abrams Re-Ups for Season 2 of ‘Chasing Justice’

Dan Abrams has inked a deal with Investigation Discovery to host a second season of “Chasing Justice.” The 30-minute crime and justice newsmagazine is produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News’ documentary unit. Abrams, who left full-time on-air work at NBC/MSNBC in 2008 to found Abrams Research and the website Mediaite, continues as NBC News legal analyst.

The second season of “Chasing Justice with Dan Abrams” begins in March.

Vin Scully, The Best In The Business, Turns 83 Today

It’s not every day that SportsNewser will give a media person a birthday shout out.

But when you’re the greatest announcer of all-time, we are willing to make an exception.

The voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully, celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

Since 1950, Scully has been the primary play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers, the longest a broadcaster has been with a single club in professional sports history. Read more

Sunday Show Ratings: November 21

The final pre-Thanksgiving editions of the Sunday morning public affairs shows were a mixed bag, with NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” improving from the previous week in both total and demo viewers, and ABC’s “This Week” dipping slightly.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” won the week in both total and demo viewers, and was followed by CBS’ “Face the Nation,” “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” respectively.

When cable replays are factored in, “Meet the Press” added an additional 1.434 million viewers while “Fox News Sunday” added an additional 1.720 million viewers.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.630M 1.190M
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.940M 880K
ABC “This Week” 2.080M 630K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.160M 430K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of November 15

The week before Thanksgiving was a bland one for the morning news programs, with all three essentially flat in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic.

As usual, NBC’s “Today” won the week, and was followed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’ “The Early Show.”

The averages for the week of November 15:

Total Viewers: NBC: 5.56M / ABC: 4.64M / CBS: 2.93M
A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.62M / ABC: 1.80M / CBS: 1.19M

Glenn Beck: Coming Soon to Theaters

Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck is now promoting his new speech “Broke,” which will be simulcast in theaters on December 2 with an encore on December 8.

Beck will be giving a speech live in Pittsburgh, Pa. to promote his new book of the same name, which will be simulcast in 537 theaters, according to The Washington Post.

The preview, which is in theaters now, claims that Beck is “restarting the engine of America.”  Beck, not a stranger to the big screen, did a similar simulcast last year for his comedy tour.

A preview of Beck’s next foray into your local cinema is after the jump…
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Leslie Nielsen Promos Monday Night Football

NFL Today Hosts Can't Handle Victoria's Secret Model

Did anyone catch CBS Sports’ NFL Today pregame show on Sunday? We didn’t but apparently Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge showed up for the predictions portion of the show.

The results? Predictable. From’s Tom Jones:

Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge was the guest on the predictions segment. The boys were better behaved this year until Boomer Esiason drove the segment straight into the gutter with a juvenile and completely inappropriate comment. Aldridge’s analysis on her predictions was fairly knowledgeable, and analyst Dan Marino joked that he was going to peek at her notes. That’s when Esiason thought it was okay to say, “Dan’s looking at the notes. Shannon (Sharpe) is looking at other things.”

As comments go, it’s a relatively innocuous one. But in a season marred by sexting scandals and sideline reporter controversies, maybe stay away from saying things like this? Plus, it’s not like Boomer and the gang handled this segment well last year.