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Archives: February 2013

Rep. Keith Ellison, Sean Hannity Spar In Heated Debate On ‘Hannity’

Rep. Keith Ellison and Fox News host Sean Hannity got into one of the most heated debates in recent memory on cable news.

Ellison, seemingly unaware that Hannity is not a journalist but a partisan commentator, called him “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen” who has broken “every journalistic ethic I have ever heard of.”

Ellison blasted Hannity and defended the President for three minutes, before Hannity broke in to argue with him.

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ABC News Wins Five Gracie Awards

The winners of the 2013 Gracie Awards have been announced.  ABC News leads the way with five Gracies, including for outstanding reporter/correspondent Martha Raddatz, outstanding anchor Robin Roberts and outstanding news/non-fiction producer Keturah Gray. Brian Ross‘ investigation on Medicare fraud also won for outstanding investigative feature.

CBS News notched three awards, for reporting on “CBS This Morning,” “CBS Evening News” and CBS News Radio. NBC wins one, for Natalie Morales‘ “My Kid Would Never Do That” series on “Dateline.”

CNN won two awards, including for outstanding breaking news coverage for its coverage of the Gaza-Israel conflict.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski won for outstanding host and Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas was named outstanding anchor.

The winners (view the full list here) will be honored at the Gracies Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 21.

February 2013 Ratings: Fox News On Top Despite Year-Over-Year Declines

Fox News remains the top cable news network, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in both Total Day and primetime for the month of February. Despite being up for the month, Fox News — like the other cable news networks — was down year-over-year.

The ratings for February, 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,790,000 Total Viewers / 296,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,094,000 Total Viewers / 227,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News was flat in Total Viewers and down -16% in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day. (Note: percentages are based on a blend of Live +7 and Live +3 data.) In primetime, the network is down -7% and -29%, respectively. It should be noted that February 2012 was a big month for political news, with the GOP primaries in full swing, and also saw extensive coverage of Whitney Houston‘s death, which was a ratings boost for all of the cable news networks.

For the month, Fox News had the top 13 programs in cable news in Total Viewers, and the top nine programs among younger viewers.

“Special Report with Bret Baier,” which marks 50 months at number one in its timeslot this month, was up +7 in Total Viewers and down -15% in the A25-54 demographic compared to February 2012.

In primetime, “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” were all down year-over-year. O’Reilly’s program was down -3% in Total Viewers and -26% in A25-54 viewers. Hannity’s program was down -11% in Total Viewers and 35% in the demo, and Van Susteren’s show was down -21% and -32%, respectively.

Fox News improved on its January ratings across the board: in primetime, FNC is up +11% in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers, and in Total Day the network is up +7% and +9%, respectively.

February 2013 Ratings: Dayside Strong For MSNBC, But Primetime Slips

February 2013 wasn’t bad for MSNBC, especially considering all the political news a year ago. The cable channel generally saw declines (as its competition did), but was the only channel to be flat in the adults 25-54 demo in primetime, and remained number two behind FNC.

The ratings for February, 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 800K Total Viewers / 238K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 433K Total Viewers / 141K A25-54

Compared to February 2012, MSNBC was down -3% in total viewers and flat in the demo in primetime (Note: percentages are based on a blend of Live +7 and Live +3 data). In total day the channel was down -5% in total viewers and -3% in the demo compared to last year. Given that February of last year was a big news month, with Republican primaries, debates and the death of Whitney Houston, the mild declines aren’t that bad for MSNBC.

In fact, a handful of MSNBC programs saw growth.

4PM’s “Martin Bashir” was up in both total (+21%) and demo (+31%) viewers, as was 12 PM’s “Now” which was up +8% in total viewers and +35% in the demo. “Andrea Mitchell Reports” was also up double digits in both categories. “Hardball” was up +17% and “PoliticsNation” was up +6% in the demo at 5 and 6 PM, respectively.

In primetime, “The Ed Show” was down -14% and -10% in total and demo viewers compared to last year, while “Rachel Maddow” was down -6% and -5% in those categories, respectively. At 10 PM “The Last Word” was down -7% in total viewers and -12% in the demo.

“Morning Joe” was down -5% in total viewers and -3% in the demo.

The full release from MSNBC is after the jump.

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February 2013 Ratings: Positive Signs For CNN, Despite Declines

New CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s first full month in charge shows some promising signs for the cable channel, even as inflated ratings from 2012 meant that most of the network’s programs (and most of cable news in general) were down compared to February of 2012.

The ratings for February 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 659,000 Total Viewers / 193,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 424,000 Total Viewers / 130,000 A25-54

Compared to February 2012, CNN was down -19% in total viewers in primetime and -32% in the demo, it was also down -11% in total viewers and -20% in the demo in total day (Note: percentages are based on a blend of Nielsen Live + 7 and Live + 3 data). That said, because February 2012 was so anomalous  with major Republican primaries, debates and the coverage of Whitney Houston‘s death, the numbers were almost certainly inflated last year. That said, CNN is extremely close to MSNBC for second place in a number of categories, including total viewers in total day.

The good news for CNN is that a number of program managed to grow their ratings dramatically, despite the (relatively) slow news month.

7PM’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” was up +15% in total viewers and +11% in the demo compared to last year, while 8 PM’s “AC360″ was up +42% and +27% in those categories, respectively. “Starting Point,” which will soon be canceled to make room for a new morning show, was up +27% and +21% in total and demo viewers, respectively. The 5 and 6 PM hours of “The Situation Room” were also up in both categories.

At 9 PM, “Piers Morgan Tonight” was down -3% in total viewers and -25% in the demo compared to last year, while the 10 PM re-air of “AC360″ was down -21% and -34% in those categories. Morgan can say, however, that his program saw the smallest drop-off of any of the cable channels at 9 PM.

CNN’s February ratings release is below.
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February 2013 Ratings: HLN Flat in Total Day, Mixed in Primetime

It was a mixed bag for HLN during the month of February. The network was flat in Total Day compared to the same month last year. In primetime, HLN declined among Total Viewers but improved among younger viewers.

The ratings for February, 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 389,000 Total Viewers / 140,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 281,000 Total Viewers / 106,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, HLN was down -1% in Total Viewers and flat in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day. (Note: percentages are based on a blend of Live +7 and Live +3 data.) In primetime, HLN was down -8% in Total Viewers and up +3% in the demo. It should be noted that HLN had strong ratings for coverage of Whitney Houston‘s death in February 2012.

HLN’s late afternoon hours showed significant year-over-year growth: “Making it in America” at 4pmET was up +111% in Total Viewers and +115% in the A25-54 demographic, while “Evening Express” was up +88% and +123% at 5pmET and +55% and +78% at 6pmET, respectively.

The network had ups and downs in primetime: Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s 7pmET program was up +12% in Total Viewers and +25% among younger viewers, while Nancy Grace‘s 8pmET program was down across the board, -16% in Total Viewers and -14% in the A25-54 demographic. The 9pmET hour, which is home to Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s show and ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” is down -7% in Total Viewers but up +15% in the demographic.

HLN was up the most of the four cable news networks compared to last month: the network grew +26% in Total Viewers and +15% in the demographic in Total Day, and +24% and +18%, respectively, in primetime.

The Scoreboard: Monday, February 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 265 | MSNBC: 120 | CNN: 145 | HLN: 138
  • Primetime: FNC: 365 | MSNBC: 202 | CNN: 194 | HLN: 188

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

360

Baier:

402

Shep:

349

O’Reilly:

505

Hannity:

362

Greta:

228

O’Reilly:

281

Hannity:

205

MSNBC
Matthews:

143

Sharpton:

193

Matthews:

156

EdShow:

158

Maddow:

229

O’Donnell:

220

EdShow:

127

Maddow:

118

CNN
Blitzer:

128

Blitzer:

116

Burnett:

137

Cooper:

255

Morgan:

165

Cooper:

164

Burnett:

145

Morgan:

113

HLN
Express:

172

Express:

217

Jane:

211

Grace:

227

DrDrew:

218

Grace:

119

Showbiz:

95

DrDrew:

92

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Pope Benedict Coverage: ABC News

With Pope Benedict XVI set to resign on Thursday, U.S. networks are beginning to plan for coverage of the unprecedented (at least in modern times) event.

George Stephanopoulos and Terry Moran will lead the network’s coverage of the Pope’s departure, anchoring “Good Morning America” from the Vatican on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as two special reports Thursday morning. Moran will anchor “Nightline” from Rome on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as contribute to the network’s coverage. David Wright, Ron Claiborne, Cokie Roberts and Christiane Amanpour will also report from the Vatican.

Wright covered the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict, while Roberts’ mother, Lindy Boggs, was the Ambassador to the Holy See from 1997-2001.

Diane Sawyer will lead the network’s coverage of the Conclave in March.
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The Scoreboard: Sunday, February 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 167 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 98 | HLN: 114
  • Primetime: FNC: 183 | MSNBC: 204 | CNN: 67 | HLN: 125

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
NewsHQ:

164

FNSunday:

219

Report:

210

Huckabee:

193

Hannity:

184

Stossel:

170

Huckabee:

120

Hannity:

90

MSNBC
Caught:

172

Caught:

236

Caught:

192

Caught:

188

Slaves:

219

Slaves:

204

Lockup:

192

Lockup:

171

CNN
Newsroom:

109

Oscars:

124

Oscars:

112

Presents:

74

AC360:

50

Presents:

76

Presents:

68

Oscars:

113

HLN
Mysteries:

99

Mysteries:

79

Mysteries:

98

Mysteries:

40

Mysteries:

126

Mysteries:

208

Mysteries:

106

Mysteries:

178

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, February 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 186 | MSNBC: 141 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 122
  • Primetime: FNC: 133 | MSNBC: 148 | CNN: 155 | HLN: 190

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

137

NewsHQ:

135

Report:

174

Huckabee:

161

Pirro:

112

Geraldo:

126

RedEye:

106

Pirro:

87

MSNBC
Caught:

139

Caught:

221

Caught:

161

Lockup:

121

Lockup:

154

Lockup:

169

Lockup:

259

Lockup:

297

CNN
Newsroom:

132

Blizer:

124

Newsroom:

152

Presents:

153

Morgan:

161

Newsroom::

149

Presents:

170

Morgan:

130

HLN
Mysteries:

97

Mysteries:

69

Mysteries:

118

Mysteries:

150

Mysteries:

211

Mysteries:

209

Mysteries:

191

Mysteries:

148

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