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Archives: November 2012

It’s Official: Jeff Zucker Named President Of CNN Worldwide

Time Warner has made it official: former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will be the new president of CNN Worldwide, replacing outgoing president Jim Walton.

Zucker will take the reins in January. We gave the rundown on Zucker’s background earlier this week. The short version: he was a news prodigy at NBC, fumbled when he took over entertainment, but had success with the company’s cable channels as CEO. He left when Comcast acquired NBCU last year, and is most recently the EP of syndicated talker “Katie.”

Zucker will be based in New York, a stark departure for the channel, which has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

In a note to CNN staffers, Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent wrote:

“I picked Jeff because of his extensive experience and track record in broadcast and cable news, his passion for the news business and his strong belief, which I share, that the best days of CNN lie ahead if we create news programming on each of our platforms that delivers on the core values of the CNN brand: accuracy, immediacy and offering all perspectives through great reporting, analysis, explanation and presentation.”

Kent’s memo to staff is after the jump, along with CNN’s official announcement.
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Cable Network Ranker: November, 2012

November was the big one, the month that hundreds of cable news executives have been waiting for. And yet, while the ratings were undeniably strong, the cable news channels didn’t have as strong a month as they had in October, possibly due to viewer drop-off after the election early in the month.

Fox News was the top cable news channel for the month, placing 2nd in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 2.56 million viewers in primetime and 1.47 million viewers in total day. MSNBC placed 11th in primetime and 12th in total day, averaging 1.28 million and 725,000 viewers, respectively. CNN ranked 17th in primetime and 16th in total day, averaging 1.05 million and 652,000 viewers, respectively.

HLN was 46th in primetime and 43rd in total day, averaging 285,000 and 229,000 viewers, respectively. Current TV placed 90th in prime and 92nd in total day, and averaged 39,000 and 33,000 viewers respectively, below Neilsen’s threshold for accurate measurement.

For the business networks: CNBC was 51st in primetime and 53rd in total day, averaging 205,000 and 167,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business was 84th in primetime and 80th in total day, averaging 69,000 and 59,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg TV hasn’t been rated by Nielsen since it launched in 1994.

The full ranker is below.
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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, November 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 292 | MSNBC: 207 | CNN: 108 | HLN: 55
  • Primetime: FNC: 396 | MSNBC: 368 | CNN: 147 | HLN: 76

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
365 368 265 510 394 285 261 207
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
225 232 266 288 416 400 309 290
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
115 112 133 166 174 100 64 94
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
39 18 52 92 75 61 45 44

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TV Jobs: Bloomberg, TV One, Gaiam

This week, Bloomberg is hiring a director, as well as a technical director. Meanwhile, TV One needs a producer, and Gaiam is on the hunt for a news anchor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Book Ban on Fox News? Not Really

Coming on the heals of journalist/author Tom Ricks hurting his chances of getting on Fox News anytime soon, historian/author Bruce Batlett, who worked in the George HW Bush administration and later wrote a scathing book on the presidency of George W. Bush, says he was banned from Fox News following the February, 2006 publication of Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.

In American Conservative on Monday, Bartlett wrote:

Among the interesting reactions to my book is that I was banned from Fox News. My publicist was told that orders had come down from on high that it was to receive no publicity whatsoever, not even attacks. Whoever gave that order was smart; attacks from the right would have sold books. Being ignored was poison for sales.

A few media media blogs did some digging about Bartlett’s allegation and got confirmation from his book publicist at the time, a woman named Nicole Dewey, who said she’d tried extensively to get him booked on Fox to discuss the book, but couldn’t.

But in fact, Bartlett was on “Journal Editorial Report” on Feb 26, 2006, a show that is booked by Fox News staffers (not WSJ staffers, which contradicts what Bartlett told WaPo’s Greg Sargent today).

We reached out to FNC and they say Bartlett wasn’t banned from talking about the book. But it would take another two years for him to get back on Fox. Bartlett was a guest of Sean Hannity in 2008 and he appeared on FBN in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In all, he’d been on Fox News or Fox Business 15 times between 2000 and 2010.

Of course, getting back on now may be a bit of a challenge.

Jeff Bewkes Has No Comment On Zucker, But Says CNN Will Be ‘One Of The Fastest Growing Networks’

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes declined to talk about the rumors of Jeff Zucker taking over CNN during a discussion at the Business insider Ignition conference Wednesday afternoon, only saying “well, we are going to have an announcement soon.”

He did, however, use the rumor as a jumping off point to launch a staunch defense of CNN and its business, and a preview of what may be coming to the network when the new leadership finally takes over.

“I think a very good example of the current strength of CNN is how really superior the coverage was on election night,” Bewkes said. “Our interest and aspiration for CNN is that it does that kind of authoritative, objective, global perspective and deep analysis coverage on everything, we are aiming to do it every night and across all kinds of subjects.

Our aim for CNN is more about that mission, it is not, as so often reported, just about ratings, it is not even primarily about that,” Bewkes added. “Some nights we will win and some nights we won’t do that.”

While CNN’s financial performance is not broken out from the rest of Turner Broadcasting, Bewkes argued that it is one of the company’s most lucrative brands:

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November 2012 Ratings: Fox News Daytime Shows Have Best Months Ever

November makes it 131 straight months — since January 2002 — that Fox News Channel has been the most-watched cable news network in total viewers. Fox news had nine out of the top 10 programs in cable news based on total viewers, and seven out of the top 10 in A25-54 viewers.

The ratings for November 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,556,000 Total Viewers / 574,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,461,000 Total Viewers / 352,000 A25-54

Being an election month, Fox News was up considerably from Nov. 2011, but down from a big showing in October, which included the presidential debates and the run-up to election day.

FNC was #1 across the board during every hour in total viewers and A25-54 viewers in November. In Primetime, FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined during the 8PM, 9PM and 10PM hours.

And several FNC daytime shows had their best months ever. “America Live with Megyn Kelly” and “The Five” had their best months in both Total Viewers and younger viewers. “America’s Newsroom” and “Happening Now” had their best months ever in Total Viewers. “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and “Studio B with Shepard Smith” had their best months since Sept. 2005, when Hurricane Katrina dominated cable news coverage.

November 2012 Ratings: MSNBC Doubles Audience in Past Year

MSNBC rode the wave of Pres. Obama’s re-election doubling the number of younger viewers who watched primetime in Nov. ’11. MSNBC was up +108% in A25-54 viewers in primetime (8-11pm). The network — #2 behind Fox News — dropped a bit from October, but still grew its total day demo viewership experiencing its best month in almost 10 years.

The ratings for November 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,284,000 Total Viewers / 447,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 723,000 Total Viewers / 258,000 A25-54

“Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “PoliticsNation,” “The Ed Show” and “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” had record months. “Martin Bashir” at 4pm and “The Last Word” at 10pm posted the best total viewer delivery in the history of MSNBC in those time periods.

MSNBC finished as the 10th most-watched network on all of cable and had the biggest year-over-year gain among any cable network in the top 30 for the month. Many shows had their best total viewer months since Nov. ’08, including “Morning Joe” — #2 behind “Fox & Friends” — and “The Daily Rundown” which drew the best 9am audience ever among A25-54 and “Jansing and Company” at 10am which had its best A25-54 delivery ever and the best demo performance in the hour since Nov. 2008.

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November 2012 Ratings: CNN Up Double Digits in Primetime, Total Day

CNN got a much-needed boost from the Presidential election and related political coverage in November. The network grew significantly compared to the same month last year, turning in its best monthly performance in Total Day in more than a year.

The ratings for November 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,052,000 Total Viewers / 399,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 650,000 Total Viewers / 241,000 A25-54

In primetime, CNN is up +64% in Total Viewers and +116% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same month last year. In Total Day, the network is up +59% in Total Viewers and +99% in A25-54 viewers.

Among younger viewers, CNN’s weekday primetime programming had its best monthly performance in over a year. “Erin Burnett OutFront,” “Anderson Cooper 360″ and “Piers Morgan Tonight” were all up double digits across the board year-over-year. This growth is without Election Nigh ratings, which are reflected only in the network’s primetime averages.

Burnett’s program was up +52% in Total Viewers and +81% in the A25-54 demographic, its strongest month since launching in October 2011. Both the 8pm and 10pmET hours anchored by Cooper were up double digits across the board. Morgan’s program also posted big increases, +44% in Total Viewers and +73% among younger viewers, the show’s best performance since March 2011.

“Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” had the best month since it launched in January, growing +36% in Total Viewers and +44% in the A25-54 demographic.

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Megyn Kelly Terrified By New Fox News Alert

Fox News revealed a new Fox News Alert animation today, and someone forgot to tell Megyn Kelly. On her show today she got a little freaked out by it:

(h/t ICN)