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Archives: November 2011

The Scoreboard: Saturday, November 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 143 | MSNBC: 171 | CNN: 112 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 122 | MSNBC: 219 | CNN: 139 | HLN: 70

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
Fox News NewsHQ: NewsHQ: Report: Huckabee: Pirro: Stossel: JER/Watch: Pirro:
113 119 145 114 111 140 84 70
MSNBC YoungKids: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
133 214 224 186 203 268 247 345
CNN Newsroom: Blitzer: Newsroom: Presents: Morgan: Newsroom: Presents: Morgan:
115 104 123 113 145 160 76 77
HLN News: SpecialRpt. Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries: Mysteries:
27 34 53 79 60 70 109 134

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Herman Cain Cancels Dinner with Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters and Greta Van Susteren

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain–who is said to be reassessing his campaign–canceled dinner with a bevy of New York media bigwigs scheduled for Sunday, according to NY1.

Among the attendees: Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (Van Susteren’s husband John Coale organized the meeting), NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s Barbara Walters, CBS’ Lesley Stahl and Senator Chuck Schumer.

Eliot Spitzer Returns to Cable News

Eliot Spitzer was a part of Dylan Ratigan‘s MegaPanel on his MSNBC show this afternoon. This was Spitzer’s first second appearance on the cable news channel (he was on “Up with Chris Hayes” Oct. 29) since his own CNN show was canceled in July. Ratigan:

Our specialist today is former New York Governor and Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, who, by the way, was our first guest many years ago and it’s a pleasure to welcome you back.

Before he took the hosting job at CNN, Spitzer often filled in on MSNBC.

> Update: Spitzer was also on with David Asman on Fox Business Network Monday night. Of his time at CNN, Spitzer told Asman, “I had a great time, that nine months we were on the air. I loved every moment of it and I look back with great joy and thank CNN for giving me the opportunity.”

Former ‘CBS Evening News’ Producer Dick Meyer Tapped to lead BBC News, America

The BBC has tapped former CBS news producer and executive Dick Meyer as its executive producer of BBC News, America. Meyer was most recently executive editor of NPR, and before that led He was also a producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

Meyer will be tasked with expanding the BBC’s newsgathering reach stateside, and will oversee “BBC World news America” and the U.S. edition of he begins in February.

“I am honoured and humbled by this new responsibility,” said Meyer in a statement. “The BBC is simply the greatest newsgathering operation in the world today. As American news organizations undergo difficult change, the BBC has an important role in this country and a real opportunity for growth. I am proud to have the chance to help with that important work.”

Mandy Drury on Breaking into Business News and Those Money-Themed Nicknames

“I hate that,” says CNBC’s Mandy Drury of the latest nickname placed upon her: Mandy Candy. In part II of our Media Beat interview, the “Street Signs” co-anchor tells us what she really thinks of those nicknames, plus her take on American politics and how she broke in to business news: “I almost fell into it by accident.”

  • Part III Tomorrow: Mandy Drury on Balancing Moneytalk and Motherhood

Ann Curry to Interview VP Joe Biden in Iraq

NBC “Today” anchor Ann Curry is currently in Iraq, where she will interview Vice President Joe Biden. The Biden interview will air on “Today” this Thursday. In addition Curry will report for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News” from Iraq tomorrow. Curry also called into MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” this afternoon:

Cable Networks Cover Conrad Murray Sentencing

Shortly after 12:3opmET this afternoon, Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.

HLN, which has seen ratings success with its Murray trial coverage, was the first cable network to go to the sentencing, at 12:14pmET.

Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC all went to the trial just before the sentence was read, at 12:30pmET, and stayed with it until just before 1pmET. CNN International also simulcast CNN coverage of the sentencing.

Casey Anthony Trial Most Searched News Story of 2011

Microsoft’ search engine Bing posted a story about the news stories that generated the most searches in 2011. Not surprisingly, there seems to be a correlation between these stories and TV news ratings surrounding them.

The number one news story of 2011 according to Bing? The Casey Anthony Trial. The trial generated boffo ratings for HLN and CNN, and boosted the ratings of MSNBC and Fox News as well.

Rounding out the top 10:

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The Scoreboard: Friday, November 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 198 | MSNBC: 170 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 180 | MSNBC: 295 | CNN: 134 | HLN: 84

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Five: Baier: Report: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
189 292 315 277 148 110 214 97
MSNBC Matthews: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
100 99 144 267 287 331 390 343
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Presents: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Presents: Morgan:
115 80 59 147 118 135 162 90
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
32 60 77 124 90 43 59 103

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, November 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 183| MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 82 | HLN: 53
  • Primetime: FNC: 132 | MSNBC: 136 | CNN: 83 | HLN: 43

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: BaierIowa: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
150 132 133 157 126 113 133 132
MSNBC Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
87 129 127 140 124 140 158 194
CNN Presents: Presents: BlackInAm: Heroes: Presents: Heroes: Presents: Dreams:
83 38 67 86 88 74 95 89
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
19 12 32 57 32 38 31 38

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