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Archives: August 2012

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 494 | MSNBC: 186 | CNN: 192 | HLN: 88
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.175 | MSNBC: 338 | CNN: 369 | HLN: 126

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Five/RNC: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: RNC: RNC/Greta: Greta:
427 555 545 818 1.025 1.680 946 397
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC:
125 173 232 300 301 412 410 206
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: Morgan:
140 158 198 321 372 413 371 314
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
65 62 107 160 144 73 60 56

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Ratings Notes: FBN Tops Day One Of RNC

The cable business channels had some RNC coverage as well last night. CNBC went with limited coverage, only going live from 10-11PM with Larry Kudlow and John Harwood anchoring. Fox Business was a bit more intensive, going live from 8-11:15 with Neil Cavuto anchoring. Bloomberg TV also had live coverage from 9-11, but is not rated by Nielsen.

Bear in mind that both of these networks were competing against their politics-centric corporate siblings, so the ratings expectations were not set too high.

From 10-11PM–the only hour FBN and CNBC were head to head–FBN averaged 388,000 viewers, including 161,000 adults 25-54. CNBC averaged 163,000 viewers, including 76,000 A25-54.

From 8-9, FBN averaged  246,000 total viewers, and 93,000 A25-54. From 9-10, it drew 307,000 total viewers and 111,000 A25-54.

No Satellite, No Problem For Univision As It Covers Hurricane Isaac

Among the many challenges of covering a hurricane like Isaac for TV news organizations: You can’t just set up your satellite truck as you would for normal shoots. Indeed, as Univision’s Ricardo Arambarri explains below (via Univision’s English-language blog), reporters have to rely on unusual–and more compact–technology.

Paul Ryan Planning Round Robin Interviews With TV Nets Thursday

Update: One of my sources now says Ryan’s camp just canceled the interviews. So, false alarm, I guess.

GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan will be sitting down with a handful of TV news outlets for a series of round robin interviews to air on Thursday, two people familiar with the matter tell TVNewser. Ryan is expected to speak with the network morning shows, and possibly a few other programs, they said.

Ryan has given a handful of interviews since being selected to be Mitt Romney‘s running mate earlier his month. Thursday is the final day of the RNC however, and will culminate with Romney’s speech. The interviews allow the day to begin with Ryan, and end with Romney. Appearing on the network morning shows guarantees the largest possible audience for the interviews.

A Look at the RNC Floor From ‘Convention Cam’

As we’ve noted before, HLN is dedicating its convention coverage this year to covering delegates and voters rather than politicians. Here in Tampa, one way this is accomplished is with the “Convention Cam,” a small camera perched on the hat of HLN’s  Ed Hornick. Here’s a glimpse of what the convention floor looks like from his perspective:

During Night One Of RNC, Fox News Draws More Viewers Than Any Other Network

On night one of the Republican National Convention, Fox News Channel was the clear ratings winner on TV, drawing substantially more viewers than any other TV network, including NBC, CBS and ABC. NBC was tops in the key adults 25-54 demo.

More than 20 million Americans were watching during the 10 PM hour last night, not counting coverage on C-SPAN, PBS and online.

According to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research (final numbers could change, but probably not by much), FNC averaged 5.15 million viewers from 8-11 PM last night. MSNBC averaged 1.3 million, with CNN averaging 1.2 million.

From 10-11PM when the broadcasters had live coverage, FNC averaged 6.89 million viewers, NBC averaged 4.77 million viewers, CBS averaged 3.12M and ABC 2.86M viewers. CNN and MSNBC tied at 10pm with 1.47 million viewers each.

In the A25-54 demo, FNC placed second to NBC, which drew 1.73 million viewers, compared to 1.68 million for FNC from 10-11PM, and 1.17 million from 8-11 PM. ABC drew 920,346 and CBS 938,237 and on cable CNN averaged 413,467, while MSNBC averaged 411,738 in the 10pm hour.

The hourly cable ratings will be up later today.

> Update:  Compared to night one of the RNC in 2008, Fox News, NBC and CBS were up slightly, while ABC, CNN and MSNBC were down. Fox News also topped the broadcasters for the first night of coverage four years ago. Overall viewership appears to be about the same as 2008.

ABC/Yahoo! Host David Chalian Terminated For ‘Black People Drowning’ Comment

We have noted already that many of the TV news outlets have web-only video shows originating from the RNC. They share the usual format of TV, with an anchor or two talking to the same political analysts and correspondents. However, many other media outlets, from websites to newspapers, are also getting in the video game.

Web shows, which can be more free-wheeling than the TV counterparts, also carry risks, as ABC and Yahoo! learned.

During the intro to Tuesday’s show, Yahoo! News DC bureau chief David Chalian can be heard on a hot mic saying “they are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” in an apparent reference to the Republican party, while staffers laughed.

Newsbusters caught the statement and posted the video, and confirmed with ABC that it was Chalian, who is the former political director at ABC News. (Here’s Chalian in an interview with TVNewser at the 2008 DNC.)

Politico confirms that Yahoo! has “terminated” its relationship with Chalian as a result of the incident.

Speaking of Politico, it, along with The New York Times, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and others have live web programs from the RNC, with similar plans for the DNC. As The Times notes, it is more of an experiment than a game-changer:

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Hurricane Isaac Destroys Home Of MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry

A New Orleans home recently purchased by MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry has been destroyed by Hurricane Isaac.

Harris-Perry tweeted a picture of the house, which is almost completely destroyed save for the front facade. The house was originally devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and Harris-Perry and her husband were hoping to fix it up and make it livable again.

Harris-Perry is a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans during the week, commuting to New York on the weekend for her MSNBC program. Her efforts to restore the home were featured on MSNBC just three days earlier.


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Jorge Ramos on the Univision-ABC News Channel: ‘Either we do it, or somebody else is going to do it’

Univision and ABC News flexed the combined muscle of their newly-minted partnership at a breakfast panel at the University Club in Tampa this morning. The event, which examined the surging Hispanic population and its place in American politics, was moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Univision’s Jorge Ramos and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein.

Before talk turned to politics, however, Sawyer and Ramos took a few minutes to discuss the upcoming launch of ABC and Univision’s joint venture, an English-language cable channel targeting a Hispanic audience.

“Everybody at ABC News is beyond excited. In fact, a producer said last night, ‘I was watching Jorge, and I don’t speak Spanish yet, but he was so fascinating I watched the ten-minute interview,’” Sawyer said, drawing laughter from the crowd of about 100. “It’s going to be a great journey of discovery as we all examine what’s happening.”

The pair talked about the goal of tapping into a rapidly-growing demographic of English-speaking people of Hispanic descent.

“We’re doing great in Spanish, but then we realize about one in four Latinos feel much more comfortable in English than in Spanish,” Ramos said. “Either we do it, or somebody else is going to do it. That’s the future of Latinos.”

It’s a demographic that Ramos, the father of two, is very familiar with personally.

“We’re doing all this simply so my kids can watch me,” Ramos joked. “They don’t watch me. So we asked ABC to help us.”

Fox News Reporter Steve Harrigan is Chest-High in Floodwater in Someone’s Backyard

Steve Harrigan is going to need a change of clothes. The Fox News correspondent decided he wanted to show just how deep the floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac have gotten along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. So during his NoonET liveshot he dove — or rather waded — right in.

“We are in the backyard of the Waylan family who has been kind enough to invite us in,” said Harrigan. “Our cameraman is on the roof. And what we wanted to do was just give you perspective on what this storm is doing, the surge.”

Point taken. Now someone get that guy a towel.