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Archives: April 2011

The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 290 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 182 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 392 | MSNBC: 256 | CNN: 223 | HLN: 96

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
341 272 319 558 335 284 439 198
MSNBC Matthews: Cenk: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: Special: Special: Special:
210 198 203 225 302 239 182 162
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: IntheArena: Morgan: Cooper: Cooper: Morgan:
181 181 198 178 220 267 241 154
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
27 41 80 93 67 128 114 91

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Surprise: NFL Draft Ratings Down From 2010

Coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft on ESPN and the NFL Network combined for a 5.1 rating and 7 million viewers. Those numbers were down 22 percent and 16 percent respectively from 2010.

Despite the ratings slide, it’s still the second-most watched first round behind last year’s 8.3 million.

While you could make the claim that the NFL Draft faced stiff competition between the NBA Playoffs and NBC’s The Office, it’s the first sign that fans are tired of the back-and-forth between the NFL and the players.

Just ask Roger Goodell, who was greeted Thursday night with a round of boos from the crowd.


It’s Official: Erin Burnett Joining CNN

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett will join CNN as an anchor and “chief business and economics correspondent” in June, CNN has confirmed.

Burnett will anchor a weekday general news program, though no timeslot has been announced.

Burnett’s move was first reported yesterday by the NY TimesBrian Stelter.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the world’s preeminent news organization,” said Burnett in a statement. “I cannot wait to launch our new show: tackling serious issues and telling great stories.   The experience I gained at CNBC and NBC News will be invaluable as I expand my focus.  I began my journalism career at CNN, so this is like coming home for me.”

The jump gives Burnett a higher profile, and a chance to cut her news chops on non-financial subjects. Burnett has been with CNBC  since 2005, and before that was at Bloomberg TV. She worked at CNN as a writer and booker in 2000-2001.

More information, after the jump.

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HBO Sports Documentary On McEnroe/Borg Rivalry Airs June 11

HBO Sports has started production on McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice, a documentary on tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

The two tennis stars have a legendary rivalry during the ’70s and ’80s. The documentary debuts June 11 on HBO.

“Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe are tennis royalty,” said Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. “Their rivalry was brief yet historic, and their individual life stories are fascinating and compelling. We hope to tell the full story of their rivalry and enduring friendship.”

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice will look back at their tennis careers and spotlight how both men went their separate ways in their post-tennis careers. Read more

The BBC Celebrates the Royal Wedding in New York

Did you hear? There was some sort of wedding today.

British expats, Anglophiles, ad agency types and reporters crammed into the BBC’s New York City offices bright and early this morning to watch the Royal Wedding.

Starting at 6 AM, the offices were transformed into a giant party, with televisions at every corner tuned into BBC One’s coverage of the Royal nuptials. Your TVNewser editor spotted actor Stephen Baldwin sitting at a diner booth in the office kitchen chatting with a group of young women, while nearby guests poured cups of tea and coffee.

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Video: Alabama’s Ingram cries after getting email from imprisoned dad at NFL Draft

Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was selected 28th overall by the New Orleans Saints last night – the same draft slot his father, Mark Sr., went to the Giants as a wide receiver out of Michigan State back in 1987. The father is currently serving seven years in prison for money laundering and bank fraud, but last night he sent an email to ESPN’s Suzy Kolber, congratulating his son on being drafted. Kolber read the email to his son right after the younger Ingram was drafted.

Yeah, it’s about to get a little dusty where you are, provided you have a soul.


Kirk Herbstreit Deletes His Twitter Account

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit deleted his Twitter account on Thursday, thanks to the same Ohio State fans that forced him to move out of Columbus.

“The day I moved from Columbus I decided to pick up twitter and get involved,” Herbstreit said. “Then, when things broke down on Monday … I haven’t been on for two or three days … for me to have to sit and defend if I love Ohio State is the most asinine thing … I’m going to stop engaging with a lot of the fans for awhile.”

Man up, Kirk. That’s why Twitter offers a block option. Try using it.

Endeavour Shuttle Launch Scrubbed

The other big scheduled news event on Friday was the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was slated to happen shortly before 4 PM ET this afternoon.

Unfortunately, NASA scrubbed the launch, delaying it for at least 72 hours while engineers check the shuttle’s heating vents.

The networks all had staff on site at Cape Canaveral, as President Obama and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were expected to attend the launch of Endevour, which is to by led by Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband.

Video: Hawks' Josh Smith tells Orlando columnist "In your face!"

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel didn’t think too highly of the Atlanta Hawks’ chances against the Orlando Magic before Game 6 last night.

No matter how much talent they have, the Hawks are still the Hawks. They are still Team Dummy. They will always do stupid things and take stupid shots. They will always lose their focus and their composure.

Because sooner or later, without fail, you just know the Atlanta Hawks will turn back into the Atlanta Birdbrains.

Well, Team Dummy took care of business, beat the Magic and closed out the series. Whoops.

After the game another member of the media asked Josh Smith of the Hawks what he had to say to Bianchi now. Here’s the priceless clip:

(H/T to Tom Ziller at SB Nation)

Report: Meredith Vieira leaving ‘Today’; Ann Curry, Natalie Morales to be Upped

This morning Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira were side-by-side for what might turn out to be their final big event co-anchoring together. Sources tell “The Hollywood Reporter” Vieira is indeed planning to leave the show in June, a few months ahead of the expiration of her contract and that Ann Curry will be elevated to co-anchor and Natalie Morales will be elevated from national correspondent to news anchor.

THR got a “no comment” from the show.

The entire “Today” team was in London this morning. In addition to Lauer and Vieira on set near Buckingham Palace, Curry was at Westminster Abbey, Morales was in Trafalgar Square and Al Roker was in the crowds outside Buckingham Palace.

The news of Vieira’s departure comes the same week as her predecessor at “Today” Katie Couric, also in London anchoring CBS’s coverage, said that she would be leaving the anchor chair at CBS Evening News.

Curry has been with the show since 1997, as newsreader and, more recently, also reporting from foreign hot spots. Morales joined “Today” from MSNBC in 2006.

This morning, just as the Wedding ceremony of Prince William and Princess Catherine concluded, Curry interviewed Anna Pukas, whose publication the Daily Express (UK), was granted a ticket to the ceremony and whose editor selected her to attend, even though the Royals are not her beat.

“I imagine some of your colleagues were jealous you were picked for this assignment?” Curry asked Pukas. “They were certainly excited for me. Everyone I told just fell about saying, ‘What? You’re going to the royal wedding?’ I hope they’re not jealous.”