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Archives: July 2012

Bill O’Reilly Needs To Learn How To Do The Wave

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was at the Yankees game last night with cable news regular and NBC reality show host Donald Trump. building off of a home run by newly-minted Yankee Ichiro Suzuki, the stadium got together and did “The Wave.” Even Trump got into the act. O’Reilly could have showed a bit more enthusiasm, however.

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(h/t HuffPost Media)

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 23 & July Sweeps

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” began broadcasting from London mid-week last week, and it appears the show is getting an Olympics boost. “Nightly” is up +10% in Total Viewers and up +14% in younger viewers vs. the week prior and up vs. the same week last year (+6% in both measurements).

Compared to the week leading up to the Beijing games four years ago, “Nightly” improved +10% in total Viewers and +1% in younger viewers.

And, once again, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is showing the most improvement: +9% in Total Viewers and +8% in A25-54 viewers compared to the same week last year.

“World News with Diane Sawyer,” with substitute host Josh Elliott on Thursday and Friday, was down year-over-year.

“Nightly” also wins the July sweep (numbers after the jump) with a nearly +600,000 viewer lead on “World News” and a 2 million lead on “Evening News.”

  • Numbers for the week of July 23, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 8,525,000 7,248,000 5,994,000
A25-54 2,429,000 1,910,000 1,701,000

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Is Hoda Kotb An Emergency ‘Today’ Olympics Replacement? In A Word: No

The New York Daily News splashed NBC “Today” anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on its front page this morning, featuring a story about the pair prominently on page three. The story claims that NBC was not pleased with Guthrie’s performance last week on “Today,” and is flying in Kotb to help bolster the show as a result. It also claims that the decision to send Kotb was made last Thursday, and that she was supposed to be on vacation this week.

But “they’re just shoehorning her into the show to help bring it alive,” the source added. “They called Hoda on Thursday begging her to go to London because they said it wasn’t working like they thought.”

There is just one little problem with the story: Kotb was always supposed to be contributing to NBC’s Olympics coverage in London. Kotb and her fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford even talked the upcoming trip on “Today” almost two weeks ago. You can watch the video below.

Update: An NBC News spokesperson tells me:

“It is well-known that Hoda was traveling to London to participate in the TODAY show’s Olympic coverage because we announced it on our show three weeks ago. She planned to spend a few days in London covering fun Olympic stories, and she talked about it on the show several times. In fact, we started a well-publicized Facebook campaign on July 9 asking viewers for suggestions on what types of stories she should do at the Games.  Hoda will be in London through this Thursday.”

As references, on July 9, Facebook fans of the fourth hour could vote on what Kotb should do when she goes to the Olympics.

They announced the contest–and the fact that Kotb would be going–on July 10. Video of that is after the jump:

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Robin Roberts to Take Next Few Weeks Off as Chemotherapy Takes Toll

Robin Roberts left “Good Morning America” this morning just as the second hour began, announcing, “I’m not feeling too well.” She’ll be taking off the rest of this week and the next two weeks, part of which was a planned vacation, as she continues grueling chemotherapy procedures ahead of a bone marrow transplant expected in October.

In April, Roberts was diagnosed with MDS, a blood disorder that can occur in patients treated for other cancers. Roberts beat breast cancer in 2007.

Roberts made the announcement at 8:08: “A full disclosure here. I’m not feeling too well. I’m going to leave and let you do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off to get some vaca!”

George Stephanopoulos is off this week, so Josh Elliott has been co-anchoring while Amy Robach has been news reader. It was announced at TCA last week that Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Kelly Ripa would be among Roberts’ fill-ins when she goes on medial leave later this summer.

The Ticker: Conventions, Schiller, CNBC

  • ABC News, Univision and National Journal will be partnering at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions on a pair of events called “Next America.” George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer, Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will moderate a number of panels “engaging leaders on the demographic revolution that is remaking the face of America.”
  • NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller talks to Nieman Journalism Lab. “I’m a big believer in test-and-learn model of innovation. We’re trying stuff. We’re trying lots and lots of stuff and you know going in some of it’s going to work, some of it isn’t going to work. Hey, if things don’t work, as long as you figure out quickly and stop doing them. The whole fail-fast philosophy. We want to try a lot of things.”
  • A lesson in the perils of RSS feeds: yesterday CNBC had a story on its site for a number of hours touting Lou Dobbsratings win over Larry Kudlow. CNBC’s website automatically picks up some press releases off of the wire in certain categories, creating article pages. It has since been taking down.

NBC Sets More Olympics Ratings Records, But Not Without Tape Delayed Controversy

Every single night so far of NBC Olympics coverage has broken previous Olympics ratings records, this despite the controversy over tape delay. Through the weekend NBC averaged 35.8 million viewers in London, five million more than Beijing, and over a million more than the previous record-holder, Atlanta.

That isn’t to say everything else has been without issue. On last night’s primetime broadcast, Bob Costas teased the Women’s 200M freestyle race, which featured swimmer Missy Franklin. Unfortunately, just a few minutes before the race was set to begin, NBC ran a promo for “Today” touting an interview with Franklin, noting that she won gold. A new, spoiler-free promo ran on the west coast, but that wasn’t any solace to those in the east that wanted the results to be a surprise.

Another controversy brewed yesterday, when Twitter suspended a reporter for London’s Independent newspaper who was very critical of NBC’s coverage. The reporter, Guy Adams, was allegedly suspended for tweeting out the name and email of an NBC executive, and encouraging followers to email him to complain about its coverage.

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 237 | MSNBC: 116 | CNN: 101 | HLN: 73
  • Primetime: FNC: 182 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 123 | HLN: 72

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Stossel: Greta: O’Reilly: Stossel:
266 290 216 251 204 90 121 167
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
123 154 115 154 172 120 146 148
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
114 150 104 149 112 107 79 93
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: VelezMitch: Grace: Showbiz: VelezMitch:
24 47 111 77 73 66 59 61

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Nielsen Sued For Allegedly Manipulating Ratings Data (In India)

Every TV network’s favorite ratings company, Nielsen Media Research, is being sued for billions of dollars for allegedly allowing officials to manipulate ratings data. Before you start writing those emails proclaiming that [insert low-rated show here] should he immediately revived, bear in mind that the lawsuit applies to Nielsen’s India operations.

That does not mean that the lawsuit is any less serious, however. The complainant is New Delhi Television Limited, India’s largest TV network, and it sounds as though Nielsen at one point acknowledged the problem.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s THR Esq. column has details:

According to NDTV, rampant manipulation of viewership data has been going on for eight years, and when presented with evidence earlier this year, top executives at Nielsen pledged to make changes. But the Indian news giant says these promises have been false ones.

Dobbs Tops Kudlow In July

Fox Business Network is still far behind CNBC in total day and primetime, but it seems to be finding its groove in at least one key hour: 7 PM, where “Lou Dobbs Tonight” topped CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” in the adults 25-54 demo in July. Dobbs had 43,000 demo viewers to Kudlow’s 39,000. In total viewers, Kudlow was still on top with 158,000 viewers, to Dobbs’ 148,000.

It is the first time any FBN program has topped a CNBC show in the demo for a whole month. Dobbs and Kudlow have been in something of a see-saw ratings battle at 7 PM over the last few months, with one or the other topping the competition in any given week in total or demo viewers.

Outside of 7 PM, FBN still has a long way to go in the ratings, as it averages fewer than half as many viewers as CNBC in both primetime and total day.

T.J. Holmes Tweets Traffic Stop

BET News anchor T.J. Holmes, who is launching a late night news-comedy hybrid for the channel later this year, live-tweeted a traffic stop. Holmes, who used to be an anchor at CNN, tweeted the following this morning:

He followed up with a number of tweets, noting that he was not given a plausible reason for why he was pulled over:

He promises to write about the experience with more detail on his blog.

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