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Archives: November 2011

Mandy Drury’s Dream Job

In the just released November 2011 ratings, CNBC’s Business Day programming (9am-5pm) is up +31% in A25-54 viewers. The network’s midday show, “Street Signs” up +29% in younger viewers. Last November the show was anchored by Erin Burnett, now with CNN. This year, it’s an ensemble of Mandy Drury, Brian Sullivan, Herb Greenberg and the occasional drop-in by Jim Cramer.

Drury calls what she’s doing now her dream job. “It was my dream to come to New York,” says the Australian native Drury in part III of our Media Beat interview. “As a business journalist, there’s probably only a few cities in the world where you can get as much of a stimulating challenge as I have now.” WATCH:

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, November 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 341 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 152 | HLN: 114
  • Primetime: FNC: 504 | MSNBC: 220 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 115

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
424 346 475 639 548 319 378 285
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
164 140 147 166 276 217 120 117
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
97 154 171 207 237 212 150 156
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
69 80 119 146 116 85 101 105

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Kardashians, Katy Perry and Donald Trump Among Barbara Walters’ ’10 Most Fascinating’ People of 2011

ABC has announced the list of people to make Barbara Walters‘ 2011 “10 Most Fascinating People.” The number one “most fascinating person will be revealed on the special Wednesday, December 14, but the remainder of the list has been made public.

Among those that made the cut: reality show stalwarts the Kardashian Family, singer Katy Perry, TV star/businessman Donald Trump, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, reality judge Simon Cowell, royal sister Pippa Middleton and (synergy alert!) “Modern Family” actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.

(Photo credit: ABC/Donna Svennevik)

Diane Sawyer Reports on ‘Generation Meds’

Following a year-long investigation ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi report on foster children who are being prescribed mind-altering drugs at alarming rates — up to 13 times higher than that of other children. The first report called “Generation Meds” airs tonight on “World News” and will conclude with a “20/20” special this Friday.

This is the third series of reports from Sawyer on the foster care system. Sawyer’s first report, “For the Sake of the Children,” aired on “Primetime” in 2002. The second “Primetime” report, “Calling All Angels,” aired in 2006 and was recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Does Calling Your Viewers ‘Bastards’ Directly Affect Your Ratings?

Don Imus‘s morning show has never been on more radio stations than it is today — more than 80.

But the cowboy boot-wearing jock is having a hard time finding his footing on TV. In the just finished November ratings period, “Imus in the Morning” was the least watched FBN program in A25-54 viewers, averaging 6,000 from 6-9am. An improvement from the 5,000 who watched last month, but down -50% from the 12,000 average in Nov. 2010, when the mid-term elections were the big story.

By comparison, CNBC which is available in 40 million more homes, had more than 10x the A25-54 viewers with 70,000 watching “Squawk Box”. The gap narrows in total viewers as Imus drew 92,000 to CNBC’s 175,000: and both shows grew their Total Viewer numbers year-over-year.

Since May, (5/5/11 – 11/25/11) when Connell McShane took over for Charles McCord, the show has seen an -18% drop in A25-54 viewers. And despite crowing about an occasional win against “Squawk Box”, Imus has not logged a win in the 6-9am block this year, in either Total Viewers or the demo.

Earlier this month, Imus went after his “bastard” viewers for watching one day and not the next, which led Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto to go on the show and declare it wasn’t the viewers’ fault “that your show is awful.”

Imus launched on FBN October 5, 2009 and with another year left on his deal, Fox Business may be looking for what’s next. So might Imus. His deal with FBN comes to an end around the same time as The Wall Street Journal‘s partnership with CNBC expires. Though both are owned by News Corp., an FBN-WSJ team-up is not a sure thing.

The TV version of “Imus in the Morning” aired on MSNBC from 1996-2007 and on RFD-TV from 2007-2009.

  • Cable news morning ratings (Nov. 2011)

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Most-Watched on Cable News: Fox News Has Top 13

In the just completed November ratings month, Fox News Channel has the top 13 shows in cable news among Total Viewers and 9 of the top 10 in younger viewers.

Top Cable News Shows – A25-54 Viewers (Nov. 2011)

  • After the jump, the top shows in Total Viewers.

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Armen Keteyian Investigates Gangs in Sports

CBS News Chief Investigative Correspondent Armen Keteyian, who spent many years with CBS Sports, is working on a series on the pervasiveness of gangs in college athletics. “Gangs in Sports” will air tonight on the CBS Evening News and tomorrow morning on “The Early Show.”

The series is in conjunction with Sports Illustrated, where Keteyain was a reporter early in his career in the 1980s.

Keteyian and SI contributing writer Jeff Benedict traveled to Compton, CA to get a look at the intersection of gangs in sports at three local high schools. Keteyian and Benedict rode along with a supervisor in the LA Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Unit. He’ll also profile several high school stars fighting to avoid the violence in the streets as they try to break into top college football programs.

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Ratings Fizzle In Debut, Despite O’Reilly Cameo

  • On Monday night Fox news host Bill O’Reilly played himself on the mid-season premiere of TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles.” Unfortunately for TNT, O’Reilly’s cameo didn’t seem to help the show’s (still respectable) ratings. The program drew 4.78 million viewers, a solid number for a cable drama, but down more than 1.5 million viewers from the season premiere in July, and down almost 900,000 from the mid-season finale in September.

Update: It is worth noting that “Rizzoli” went head-to-head with NBC’s “Rock Center” in most markets, and topped the news program by around 400,000 total viewers. It is an apples to oranges comparison, but at least O’Reilly can say he beat Brian Williams for one night.

Should Greta Van Susteren Disclose Husband’s Friendship with Herman Cain?

As we told you yesterday, John Coale, Greta Van Susteren‘s husband helped arrange a dinner with Herman Cain and several media bigwigs, including Van Susteren, in New York this weekend. But due to Cain’s personal issues, that dinner has been canceled. Reports then began to surface that Coale is advising Cain. (As for the dinner, Coale says Cain had called him up and asked him to phone his friend, New York gossip queen Cindy Adams who invited the guests.)

So, is it fair to say John Coale is a Cain adviser? And should Van Susteren mention this on her show, especially when she’s discussing the Cain campaign, as she did last night during a conversation with Brit Hume?

On the first question, both Coale and Greta say “no.” On GretaWire she writes that her husband has a lot of friends in Washington:

As friends, he gives them advice, and they give him advice….he tells them things and they tell him things. It is all part of living in Washington. Many in the media have spouses – unlike my husband – who actually WORK for politicians and or in government. Let me repeat, my husband does NOT WORK for any of them and NEVER HAS.

As for the second question, we asked Fox News and Bill Shine, who oversees primetime shows, including Van Susteren’s says Greta’s blog post is enough of a disclosure. Shine refused to answer why she didn’t mention the friendship, or advice-giving, or dinner-arranging, or whatever you call it, on air.

You’ll recall, Van Susteren got the first interview with Cain and his wife earlier this month following the sexual harassment allegations.

What do you think? Comments are open…

’60 Minutes’ #5 Show of the Week

Almost 17 million people watched “60 Minutes” on Sunday, good enough for the show to be the fifth most-watched primetime program of the week.

A moving Scott Pelley report on homeless families in Central Florida, and Bob Simon‘s profile of Angelina Jolie, as well as the Denver-San Diego overtime game, gave “60″ a +17% jump from the previous Sunday’s show.

During the East Coast broadcast, #60Minutes was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, as viewers discussed the show’s stories.

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