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Archives: December 2010

NHL Winter Classic Moved To 8 p.m. ET

The National Hockey League announced on Friday afternoon that the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will move from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m ET on Saturday night.

The decision to move the game back was based on the latest meteorological reports, which show an approaching front of potentially steady rain expected to fall through the afternoon and taper off by early evening.

As a result of the rain, there are a number of weather-related game procedure contingencies for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Read more

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TVNewser Challenge: Make Your 2011 Predictions

2010 has come and gone, and considering your expert predictions for 2010, we thought we would ask you what to expect in the world of TV news in 2011.

Voting will close January 9, 2011.

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New Year’s Baby for Courtney Friel and Carter Evans?

From the TVNewser tipbox:

CNN’s Carter Evans left the Nasdaq early this morning because wife Courtney Friel is in labor!

Friel, who is an anchor at Fox News Channel, announced her pregnancy on her Facebook page, back in August. Yesterday on her Wall, Friel wrote,

was just at hospital checkup- they confirmed my baby doc’s estimates that he already weighs 9 lbs! Yikes! Please son- evict yourself now!

Update: From Friel: “Well that was quite an experience! *Cash Hudson Evans* was born at 6:08 am on 1-1-11. 9 lbs even (ouch). He’s perfect and healthy and I will post pics when I can. Thanks for the well-wishes! Happy New Year everyone!

Top 10 TVNewser Posts of 2010

Best of ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ 2010

The #1 cable news program of 2010 was “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel.  This year, Bill O’Reilly sat down with guests such as Whoopi Goldberg (after “The View” walk-off), Jon Stewart (before the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear“), and Bill Maher. It has been quite a year for the Fox News host, and here are a few 2010 highlights.

Anderson Cooper-Rachel Maddow: Separated at Birth?

The other night on AC360, Anderson Cooper chatted with Kathy Griffin, to promote tonight’s New Year’s Eve special on CNN. Cooper sported his Rachel Maddow look for the interview. “Ryan Seacrest would not be caught dead with those glasses.”

This Guy Really Likes the Current ‘Early Show’ Team

Today is the last (official) day for the current “Early Show” team of Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price, with a new anchor crew coming on board in January.

Some people are not taking the change well:

There is also a “Save the Current Early Show Team” page on Facebook, but the 822 “likes” probably aren’t enough to force CBS to make any changes.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of December 20

The second to last week in December, which also included the Christmas Eve holiday, was a fairly slow one for the broadcast morning shows.

As usual, NBC’s “Today” led the pack, followed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS’ “Early Show.”

All three programs were down in both total and demo viewers compared to the previous week.

The averages for the week of December 20:

Total Viewers: NBC: 5.36M / ABC: 4.55M / CBS: 2.71M
A25-54 rating: NBC: 2.49M / ABC: 1.70M / CBS: 1.08M

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 280 | MSNBC: 143 | CNN: 118 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 434 | MSNBC: 187 | CNN: 89 | HLN: 127

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
227 321 331 539 418 346 295 276
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
134 145 214 210 216 137 212 245
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: King: Cooper: Cooper: King:
146 146 125 88 72 107 86 69
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz: Behar:
57 45 90 163 124 96 82 97

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Are Fox News and MSNBC Leading To a ‘Less-Informed But More Opinionated Public’?

Former CBS Marketwatch CEO Larry Kramer blogs about MSNBC and Fox News on his blog, C-Scape. In a nutshell, Kramer argues that today’s busy media consumer, lacking the time to dig in to issues themselves, instead relies on cognitive shortcuts to familiarize themselves with what the “correct” opinions are, based on their preexisting ideology.

In Kramer’s opinion, Fox News and MSNBC are at the heart of this problem, which he says is “a bad thing for democracy” and leads to a “less-informed but more opinionated public.”

It is, frankly, easier for someone to turn on either Fox News or MSNBC, listen to the frequent opinion expressed, right or left, and benchmark themselves against that opinion rather than forming their own opinion based on independent thinking.

So if a new Supreme Court Justice was named tomorrow, more people would check out what Fox and MSNBC said about him or her, and then quickly decide whether or not they were in favor or opposed to approving the candidate. “If Fox (or MSNBC) like him, so do I,” a viewer can decide, (or the opposite) based totally on that viewer’s political stance and how it relates to Fox or MSNBC.

Kramer is an incredibly smart and well-respected TV executive, but in this case he seems to miss the mark in at least two ways:

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