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Archives: February 2012

‘Anderson’ Moving to Less Convenient Studio In Season Two

The syndicated talk show “Anderson,” hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will be moving to a smaller–and slightly less convenient–studio in its second season, according to The program had been originating from the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which despite its name is actually located inside the Time Warner Center, just a few floors down from CNN’s New York newsroom.

In the Fall the program will tape at the CBS Broadcast Center, a few blocks west of Time Warner Center on 57th street. It will take over a studio currently occupied by “The Nate Berkus Show,” which will not be coming back.

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James Murdoch Steps Down as News International Chief

News Corporation executive James Murdoch has relinquished his post as executive chairman of News International, the unit that is at the center of the still expanding hacking scandal in the UK. Murdoch–the son of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch–will remain with the company, focusing on pay-TV and international businesses.

While the hacking scandal hasn’t been in the news as much as it was last Summer, it is still being investigated in the UK, and has expanded to include a broader look at corruption in the tabloids there.

More information in News Corp.’s announcement, below.

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The Top Cable News Programs In February Were…

Among regularly scheduled cable news programs in February, Fox News held the top eight slots, with “The O’Reilly Factor” leading the way in total and demo viewers. The top MSNBC program in both total and demo viewers was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 13th in total viewers, and ninth overall in the demo. For CNN, the 10 PM airing of “AC360″ was the top program, placing 19th in total viewers and 10th in the demo. The top HLN program was “Nancy Grace,” which placed 25th in total viewers and 26th in the demo.

The top CNBC program in both categories was “Squawk on the Street,” while the top FBN program in total viewers was “Imus in the Morning.” In the demo the top FBN program was “The Willis Report.”

February was also a big month for special programming, between a GOP debate and the tributes to Whitney Houston. CNN’s Houston funeral coverage, as well as its GOP debate, drew higher ratings than any regularly scheduled cable news program, and cracked the list of top 50 programs on cable, including sports.

CNN’s Houston coverage placed 24th, 25th and 37th among all cable programs, while the GOP debate placed 38th.

The cable news program ranker and the overall cable program ranker are after the jump.

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The Ticker (CNN Edition): Lah, Whitaker, Brindell…

  • Nearly a year after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake unleashed a tsunami in northeastern Japan, CNN’s Kyung Lah gets rare access to the Fukushima nuclear plant — still considered to be one of the most hazardous places on the planet. CNN is the only U.S. broadcast network to have access to the plant. Here’s her report.
  • CNN is taking a deeper dive into the nationwide gas price hike. Ali Velshi talked about it on “Starting Point.” Managing Editor Mark Whitaker has written this op-ed. And “The Situation Room,” “Out Front” and other CNN shows will devote segments to the issue throughout the week. Also, iReporters are being asked to share what they see in their own towns.
  • Lynn Brindell joins CNN Worldwide as SVP of marketing. Brindell will work across all CNN brands leading off-channel and digital marketing efforts. She will report to Janet Rollé, EVP and CMO of CNN Worldwide. In the past, Brindell has worked on marketing efforts at The Weather Channel, Food Network and Lifetime Television.


Cable Network Ranker: February, 2012

With the GOP primary race still moving along without a clear winner, and the unexpected death of pop legend Whitney Houston, February was a big month for cable news.

As usual, Fox News Channel was the top cable news channel in February, tied with TBS for third overall among ad-supported cable networks with 1.914 million total viewers in primetime. In total day FNC placed fifth with 1.093 million viewers.

MSNBC placed 26th in primetime and 29th in total day with 825,000 and455,000 viewers, respectively. CNN was 28th among ad-supported nets in both primetime and total day with 805,000 and 475,000 viewers, respectively.

CNBC placed 50th in total day and 52nd in primetime, while Fox Business Network–which canceled its entire primetime lineup this month–placed 90th in primetime and 86th in total day.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, February 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 306 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 143 | HLN: 109
  • Primetime: FNC: 433 | MSNBC: 281 | CNN: 185 | HLN: 138

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
333 352 246 601 435 263 292 236
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
203 190 253 274 312 258 163 112
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
202 198 154 155 219 181 109 121
HLN Special: Prime: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
85 71 118 167 133 122 127 101

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February 2012 Ratings: 125 Months at #1 for Shepard Smith

Fox News Channel once again topped cable news competitors CNN and MSNBC combined in Total Viewers in both Primetime and Total Day in February. It also had the top 12 programs in Total Viewers and the top 8 in the A25-54 demo.

The ratings for February, 2012:

  • Primetime: 1.914 million total viewers/ 415,000 A25-54
  • Total Day: 1.093 million total viewers/ 270,000 A25-54

“Fox & Friends” is the only cable news morning program to post year-over-year increases (+9%) while beating CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in Total Viewers. “The Five” had its best month in younger viewers since its launch in July, and “Fox Report with Shepard Smith” marked 125 consecutive months as the #1 show at 7pmET.

Overall, Fox News is down -3% in Total Viewers and down -13% in A25-54 viewers vs. Feb. 2011, where there was extensive coverage of the Arab Spring.

February 2012 Ratings: CNN Grows as New Shows Struggle

While it was a split decision in primetime between CNN and MSNBC, CNN — unlike MSNBC — added primetime viewers vs. February 2011: +11% in the demo and +5% in Total Viewers.

The ratings for February, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 805K Total Viewers / 282K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 475K Total Viewers / 163K A25-54

Primary nights, a GOP debate and the news surrounding the death and funeral for Whitney Houston boosted CNN’s February standing. While the network grew year-over-year — a feat in itself considering Feb. ’11 was a busy news month with the Arab Spring – the news is not all good for CNN. Two of its new shows are struggling. “Starting Point” the 7-9am morning show with Soledad O’Brien is putting up the lowest numbers for the time period since “American Morning” launched 10 years ago. The other new show, “Early Start,” in its second hour, as well as “Starting Point” (6-9am) are down -30% in Total Viewers and -33% in A25-54 vs. “American Morning” in Feb. 2011.

Erin Burnett OutFront” is down -25% in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers vs. “John King USA” which aired in the 7pmET time period last year. King, however, was up +20% last year (with extensive coverage of the Arab Spring) vs. Feb. 2010.

With many nights of Houston coverage, “Piers Morgan Tonight” was up +25% in younger viewers and up +14% in Total Viewers month-over-month. Year-over-year the show is down -19% in Total Viewers and down -10% in the demo.

CNN’s release after the jump…

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February 2012 Ratings: In Primetime, MSNBC Second In Total Viewers, Third in the Demo

It was a split decision for MSNBC in February, with the channel finishing third behind Fox News and CNN in primetime in the key adults 25-54 demo, but topping CNN in total viewers.

The ratings for February, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 825K Total Viewers / 236K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 455K Total Viewers / 144K A25-54

In primetime, both hours of “Hardball with Chris Matthews“were up in total viewers compared to last year, and the program placed second behind Fox News in total and demo viewers.

At 6 PM, “PoliticsNation” saw a ratings boost, gaining +26% in total viewers and +30% in the demo compared to last year.

The news was not all positive however. While “The Ed Show” at 8 PM topped CNN’s “AC360″ in both total and demo viewers, it was down from February 2011, when “The Last Word” held the timeslot. Feb. 2011 was the first full month for “The Last Word” at 8 PM following the departure of Keith Olbermann.

At 9 PM Rachel Maddow placed second behind Fox News, and was up in both total and demo viewers compared to last year.

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February 2012 Ratings: HLN Improves

With the unexpected death of Whitney Houston, HLN substantially improved its ratings from a year ago.

HLN was up +19% in total viewers and +5% in the demo in total day compared to February of last year. In primetime, the channel was up +22% in total viewers and +20% in the demo.

The ratings for February, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 426000 total viewers / 136,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 285,000 total viewers / 106,000 A25-54

Arguably the two biggest winners were the replay of “Nancy Grace” at 10 PM, which was up +11% in total viewers and slightly in the demo compared to last year, when “Joy Behar” was in the slot. At 11 PM, “Showbiz Tonight” was up +29% in total viewers and +20% in the demo.

More information after the jump.
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