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Archives: July 2013

The Al Sharpton/Bill O’Reilly Feud Marches On

On “Politicsnation,” MSNBC host Al Sharpton presented “An open letter to Bill O’Reilly” about race in America. The segment continued the back and forth between the men over the last week or so, a back and forth that also drew in anchors from other channels.

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On “The O’Reilly Factor,” the host dedicated his “talking points” segment to the “grievance industry,” directing most of his ire at Rep. Nancy Pelosi for “propping it up.”

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The Scoreboard: Monday, July 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 221 | MSNBC: 119 | CNN: 121 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 338 | MSNBC: 140 | CNN: 135 | HLN: 87

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

216

TheFive:

290

Baier:

250

Shep:

234

O’Reilly:

495

Hannity:

296

Greta:

224

O’Reilly:

215

Hannity:

165

MSNBC
Bashir:

93

Matthews:

129

Sharpton:

143

Matthews:

167

Hayes:

133

Maddow:

149

O’Donnell:

137

Hayes:

70

Maddow:

133

CNN
Tapper:

107

Blitzer:

106

Blitzer:

93

Burnett:

135

Cooper:

165

Morgan:

123

Cooper:

118

Burnett:

137

Morgan:

120

HLN
America:

93

Express:

81

Express:

80

Jane:

87

Grace:

107

DrDrew:

77

AfterDark:

76

Showbiz:

68

Dr.Drew:

81

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CNBC Reality Host Has Shady Past

The star of an upcoming reality show on CNBC has something of a shady past, Business Insider’s Tony Manfred reports.

The show is “Money Talks,” which follows Las Vegas sports handicapper Steve Stevens, it premieres in September. BI reports that Stevens’ real name is likely Darin Notaro, and that he has served prison time for a number of telemarketing scams. In addition, “Stevens’” claim that he has a 70% win rate is outrageously high, and would put him well above the top tier of handicappers (none of whom had ever heard of him).

Manfred also secures a response from CNBC after pointing out all of these things:

“We are aware of Steve Stevens’ 1999 conviction and while we are very clear in the press release that VIP Sports clients risk big dollars in the hopes that Stevens and his agents have the expertise to consistently deliver winners, viewers should tune in on September 10th at 10pm ET/PT to draw their own conclusions about VIP Sports. We are merely betting that viewers will be interested in the world of touts and handicappers and in no way endorse either Stevens’ picks or his business model.”

The Scoreboard: Sunday, July 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 164 | MSNBC: 175 | CNN: 119 | HLN: 108
  • Primetime: FNC: 154 | MSNBC: 275 | CNN: 136 | HLN: 141

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
NewsHQ:

107

NewsHQ:

143

FNSunday:

130

Report:

147

Huckabee:

146

Hannity:

103

Stossel:

213

Huckabee:

154

Hannity:

145

MSNBC
Finney:

115

EdShow:

121

Caught:

99

Caught:

123

Caught:

262

Slaves:

282

Slaves:

281

Slaves:

281

Slaves:

183

CNN
Nwsroom:

84

Nwsroom:

126

Nwsroom:

80

Bourdain:

118

Crimes:

137

Crimes:

170

Spurlock:

101

Crimes:

99

Crimes:

110

HLN
Mystery:

105

Mystery:

113

Mystery:

155

Mystery:

162

Mystery:

144

Mystery:

124

Mystery:

157

Mystery:

163

Mystery:

95

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, July 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 140 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 116 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 126 | MSNBC: 183 | CNN: 92 | HLN: 71

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

110

TheFive:

90

NewsHQ:

106

Report:

89

Huckabee:

87

Pirro:

143

Geraldo:

147

RedEye:

151

Pirro:

100

MSNBC
Disrupt:

105

EdShow:

120

Caught:

79

Caught:

98

Caught:

105

Lockup:

363

Lockup:

281

Lockup:

320

Lockup:

340

CNN
Newsroom:

88

Newsroom:

103

Newsroom:

87

Bourdain:

113

Spurlock:

93

Morgan:

79

Spurlock:

105

Spurlock:

151

Morgan:

100

HLN
Mystery:

151

Mystery:

153

Mystery:

141

Mystery:

92

Mystery:

61

Mystery:

68

Mystery:

85

Grace:

101

Mystery:

62

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‘Today’ Show Brings on New Director

Rob George has been named director of NBC’s “Today,” TVNewser has learned. For the last three seasons George has been the director of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He replaces Joe Michaels who was upped to Senior Director last month and is currently overseeing a studio revamp set to debut in the Fall.

George got his start in local news at KING TV and later KOMO TV in Seattle. He was a part of the directing team for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; was the director of the syndicated “The Other Half,” an early 2000′s male version of “The View;” and more recently worked on projects for Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Writes “Today” Senior EP Don Nash in a note to staff, “We are fortunate to have such a strong bench of directors on our team and with Rob’s appointment, that bench is even stronger.”

George starts August 12. He will direct to 7-9am hours, while Jim Gaines directs the third and fourth hours.

July 2013 Ratings: Fox News Down Despite Big News Month

Fox News Channel was down in both total viewers and adults 25-54 in primetime in July, and was flat in total viewers and down in the demo in total day. This was despite a very big news month, led by near non-stop coverage of the George Zimmerman trial, the Asiana plane crash, the Royal baby and the military coup in Egypt. FNC remained the top cable news channel in both primetime and total day (139 months at the top), though it did cede some dayside hours to CNN in the demo.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,665,000 Total Viewers / 294,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,065,000 Total Viewers / 215,000 A25-54

Compared to July, 2012, FNC was down -3% in total viewers in primetime and -10% in A25-54. In total day FNC was flat in total viewers, and down -14% in A25-54.

During dayside coverage, which saw a substantial amount of live coverage of the Zimmerman trial, FNC was up slightly in total viewers from 3-6 PM.  Aside from those mid-afternoon gains in total viewers, FNC was down nearly every hour. The biggest drops came at 6 PM in the demo, with “Special Report” down -34% and the 10 AM “America’s Newsroom,” which was down -14% in total viewers.

In primetime, “The O’Reilly Factor” was flat in total viewers, but fell -20% in the demo, while “Hannity” was down  -13% in total viewers and -19% in the demo and “On the Record” was down -16% in total viewers and -19% in the demo.

In the morning, “Fox & Friends” was down -1% in total viewers and -22% in the demo, that show’s lowest demo performance since 2008. “Fox & Friends” is adding former “The View” panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck later this year to shake things up on the morning program, though the program still holds a strong lead in both total and demo viewers compared to its cable news competition.

July 2013 Ratings: CNN #2, Topping MSNBC For Third Straight Month

Bolstered by a busy news month that included the George Zimmerman trial, the Asiana Airlines plane crash and the birth of the Royal Baby, CNN placed second in both Total Day and primetime, topping MSNBC for the third consecutive month. Every hour of the network’s programming was up double digits in both ratings measurements compared to the same month last year.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 672,000 Total Viewers / 254,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 520,000 Total Viewers / 183,000 A25-54

Compared to July 2012, CNN is up double digits across the board. The network was up +47% in Total Viewers and +69% in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day and +38% and +70%, respectively, in primetime.

In its first complete month on the air, “New Day” was third in Total Viewers and fourth in the A25-54 demographic. The show is up double digits — +45% in Total Viewers and +30% in the demo — compared to the same month last year, when the 7am-9amET time slot was home to “Starting Point.”

CNN’s daytime programming (9am-5pmET) — which devoted significant time to the Zimmerman trial during the month of July — was up +49% in Total Viewers and +72% in A25-54 viewers compared to July 2012. The 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pmET hours were number one in their respective timeslots in the A25-54 demographic. Read more

July 2013 Ratings: Zimmerman Trial Propels HLN

When there is a big trial, HLN thrives, and that was true in July as the channel covered the George Zimmerman trial. HLN ratings skyrocketed year to year, with the channel up triple digits in some dayside hours.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 489,000 Total Viewers / 196,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 386,000 Total Viewers / 159,000 A25-54

Compared to July 2012, HLN was up +54% in primetime among total viewers and +70 % in the A25-54 demo. In total day HLN was up +58% in total viewers and +57% in the demo. HLN topped MSNBC in both categories in total day, but placed fourth behind MSNBC in primetime.

HLN’s biggest growth came during the day when it had courtroom coverage. From 2-3PM it was up +173% in total viewers and +218% in the demo, and at 5-6PM it was up +210% in total viewers and +202% in the demo. Other dayside hours saw similar triple-digit growth.

In primetime, every show was up double digits compared to 2012, with “Dr Drew” at 9 PM showing the most growth by gaining +76% in total viewers and +104% in the demo. “Nancy Grace” was up +34% in total viewers and +65% in the demo, while “HLN After Dark” was up +63% in total viewers and +89% in the demo.

The HLN show with the least growth was “Morning Express,” which was only up +15% in the demo and +30% in total viewers.

Of course, July 2012 was not a great month for HLN, so the growth is not that surprising. Since the Casey Anthony trial the channel has done well when there is a trial to cover, and has struggled when the trial ends.

HLN’s July ratings release:

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July 2013 Ratings: MSNBC Fourth in Total Day, Third in Primetime

MSNBC continued to struggle in July, placing fourth among the cable news networks in Total Day and third in primetime. The network experienced across-the-board declines in both Total Day and primetime compared to the same month last year.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 583,000 Total Viewers / 202,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 380,000 Total Viewers / 137,000 A25-54

Compared to July 2012, MSNBC was down -12% in Total Viewers and -4% in the A25-54 demographic in Total Day and -18% and -9%, respectively, in primetime.

“Morning Joe” was down -4% in Total Viewers and -8% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same month last year. Coverage of the George Zimmerman trial failed to move the needle for the network’s daytime programming (9am-5pmET), which declined -13% in Total Viewers but grew +2% in the A25-54 demographic.

Despite declines in Total Viewers, the network’s early evening programming gained viewers in the A25-54 demographic. Compared to July 2012, “The Cycle” was up +32% at 3pmET, “Martin Bashir” was up +32% at 4pmET and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” was up +7% at 5pmET.

In primetime, “All In with Chris Hayes” was down -27% in Total Viewers and -15% in A25-54 viewers compared to July 2012, when “The Ed Show” aired at 8pmET. “The Rachel Maddow Show” was down -19% in Total Viewers and -20% in the A25-54 demographic, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -29% and -27%, respectively.

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