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Archives: August 2012

The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 608 | MSNBC: 253 | CNN: 215 | HLN: 96
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.629 | MSNBC: 467 | CNN: 581 | HLN: 247

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: RNC: RNC/Greta: Greta:
369 395 433 1.002 1.310 2.575 2.118 975
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC:
186 251 260 303 465 626 742 493
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: Morgan:
86 128 225 394 444 904 723 249
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
29 39 44 161 96 104 144 98

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Collegial Campaign Carl Cameron

Campaign Carl Cameron, who’s been on the political beat for Fox News, even before there was a Fox News, counts some of his colleagues among his fans. In a profile in the New York Times, Jeremy Peters writes,

At a network that prizes the telegenic appeal of its on-air talent — men square-jawed with perfectly coifed hair, women blond and sealed in a heavy coat of makeup — Mr. Cameron’s less polished appearance stands out.

“It’s nice to see that there are other guys in TV who didn’t get there for their looks,” said Chuck Todd, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, who considers himself a big “Campaign Carl” fan.

And CNN newbie John Berman has Campaign Carl to thank for staying hydrated covering the RNC.

Despite the fierce competitiveness of his network, his rivals describe him as collegial. John Berman of CNN recalled an interaction with him this week in which Mr. Cameron committed a mortal sin: aiding the enemy.

Mr. Berman said he needed a Coke, but his network’s cooler was empty. Mr. Cameron offered him one of Fox’s.

“It didn’t matter what letters were on my microphone,” Mr. Berman said. “What mattered is that I was thirsty. That’s more than fair and balanced. That’s awesome.”

(Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Melissa Francis Visits The Strait Of Hormuz

While most TV news journalists are in Tampa, Charlotte, Louisiana or Mississippi this week, FBN’s Melissa Francis opted to go somewhere a bit more… exotic. Francis is in Bahrain on the Strait of Hormuz, where she will anchor her FBN program today at 5 PM.

Not surprisingly, given the Strait’s strategic importance, Francis will be spending time on her show talking about key issues relating to the region, including defending the Strait and the implications on the oil markets if the Strait gets shut down.

More pictures, after the jump.

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A Different Side of the Conventions for Dana Perino

Dana Perino has been to many political contentions in her life, but her trip to Tampa this week was a first: her inaugural convention as a member of the press. Perino, who signed on as co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” after two years as George W. Bush‘s press secretary, talks about the experience with GQ:

She loves doing the show, she said repeatedly, perched at a café table in the museum where Fox has set up camp. But returning to the biggest party in Republican politics has been anticlimactic.

“If you’re gonna keep up with politics,” she said, sipping at a small bottle of water, “you’re doing it all day long every day anyway. So by the time you get to Thursday night, it’s gonna take a lot to wow you.”

RNC Ratings Night Three: Romney Results In Ratings Rise, Only FNC Retains Viewership Compared to 2008

Night three of the Republican National Committee culminated in a speech from GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and the ratings rose accordingly.

As was the case during the first two nights of the RNC, Fox News Channel was the most watched TV news outlet, besting the broadcast networks from 10-11PM. Last night, however, the gap between FNC and its competitors was even wider, as it topped the next two networks, NBC and ABC, combined in total viewers. Every outlet except NBC improved on its Tuesday night ratings in both total viewers and the adults 25-54 demo.

Compared to the final night of the 2008 RNC it was a different story however. Fox News was just about flat compared to 2008, losing around -2% of its viewership, while NBC (-56%), ABC (-26%), CBS (-30%), CNN (-52%)and MSNBC (-25%) were down mid double digits.

From 10-until around 11:20PM, when all of the networks were televising the RNC, Fox News averaged 9.06 million total viewers, including 2.56 million adults 25-54. ABC News overtook NBC for the number two slot, averaging 4.44 million viewers including 1.61 million adults 25-54. NBC was next with 3.85 million viewers, including 1.46 million adults 25-54, followed by CBS with 3.73 million viewers, including 1.51 million adults 25-54. CNN drew 2.33 million total viewers and 903,838 adults 25-54, with MSNBC bringing in 1.88 million viewers, including 625,712 adults 25-54.

From 8-11 PM, FNC averaged 6.61 million total viewers, including 1.63 million adults 25-54. CNN averaged 1.66 million viewers, including 580,648 adults 25-54, and MSNBC brought in 1.57 million total viewers and 464,809 adults 25-54.

The Afternoon Ticker: Williams, Nightline, Regan

  • “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams left Tampa late last night for New Orleans where he’ll anchor “Nightly” from Plaquemines Parish. This is Williams’ 17th reporting trip from New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck 7 years ago.

  • ABC’s “Nightline” won the late night ratings race last week, with its best performance in 4 weeks. The show drew 100,000 more viewers than Jay Leno and 1,000,000 more than David Letterman. The show moves back an hour in January when “Jimmy Kimmel Live” goes head to head with Leno and Letterman.

  • On Bloomberg’s “Street Smart” from Tampa, Trish Regan presented former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a tailored green jacket, honoring Rice’s recent admittance into the Augusta National Golf Club after a public outcry against the club’s male-only membership policy.

The MSNBC/NBC News Divide: ‘Like piano players in a brothel, they don’t go upstairs’

As MSNBC continues to Lean Forward to ratings success — for the first time ever during a political convention, the network beat CNN in total viewers Wednesday night in every hour from 7pm-1am — the pretense of being informed without bias from NBC News, is being tested.

The NYT’s Alessandra Stanley analyzes the network during coverage of the RNC.

MSNBC offers counterprogramming, not coverage. All that arch sarcasm and partisan brio may rev up the cable channel’s fans, but it constrains — and stains — NBC News, its corporate sibling, which is still the country’s No. 1 source in the evening…

NBC’s chief anchor, Brian Williams, has conspicuously avoided the most fractious MSNBC discussion panels. Those anchors who do make dutiful appearances, like David Gregory and Tom Brokaw, are badly needed but don’t stay long or join the fray — like piano players in a brothel, they don’t go upstairs.

Was Sarah Palin Facebook Post a Negotiating Ploy?

On Wednesday Fox news contributor Sarah Palin lamented in a Facebook post that all of her scheduled appearances on the network were canceled that day. Fox News said that “plans changed” after the RNC condensed the speeches to three nights, and made sure to have her on the next day.

That said, the always well-sourced Gabe Sherman writes in New York that Palin’s post may have been part of a negotiating ploy.

Palin’s contract is up in January, and according to sources, Fox News executives are now weighing what kind of deal they would sign, if they sign one at all…

Palin earns roughly $1 million per year from Fox, making her the highest paid contributor at the network. Fox executives have been disappointed with her ratings; Palin has been disappointed by Fox’s decision to not give her top billing on bookings.

Which Cable News Channel Did Mitt Romney Watch Last Night?

Last night Mitt Romney addressed the Republican National Convention. In the hours leading up to his speech however, he was backstage, watching TV news coverage. Which network was Romney watching?

Take a look via Garrett Jackson, aka Mitt’s Body Man (click to embiggen):

Yes, Romney watched the RNC not on Fox News, CNN or PBS, but rather that old standby C-SPAN.

The fact is, if you wanted to only watch the speeches, and didn’t want to have commercials and bloviating political analysts constantly interrupting the action, C-SPAN was pretty much the only choice.

Robin Roberts’ Mother Passes Away At 88

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts lost her mother yesterday. Lucimarian Roberts passed away in Mississippi at the age of 88. Roberts–who left “GMA” after yesterday’s show to be with her family–was by her side when she died.

“It is with deep regret and heavy prayer and reflection tonight that I write to tell you of the passing of Robin’s beautiful and inspiring mother, Lucimarian,” “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to ABC staff this morning. “Robin arrived home with her sister Sally-Ann, forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved Mother in time to see her.”

On “GMA” this morning, Diane Sawyer joined the program to help remember Lucimarian.

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Next week, Roberts returns to New York to begin preparations for a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS.

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