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Archives: August 2013

March On Washington Anniversary Speech A Mild Cable News Ratings Draw


Yesterday afternoon, thousands of people descended on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Coverage of the event began at 2 PM (except for MSNBC, which was broadcasting live on the mall beginning at 11 AM). CNN replayed King’s 1953 speech in the 1 PM hour, with MSNBC replaying it at 8 PM. You can see the full ratings scoreboard here.

Presiden Obama spoke in the 3pm hour, around the time the broadcast networks also began coverage on TV. Here is how that hour stacked up on the cable news channels:

  • MSNBC: 928,000 total viewers / 231,000 A25-54
  • CNN: 770,000 total viewers / 246,000 A25-54
  • Fox News: 713,000 total viewers / 150,000 A25-54

For the 2 PM hour, when the festivities and coverage began on all three channels:
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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 244 | MSNBC: 167 | CNN: 156 | HLN: 62
  • Primetime: FNC: 403 | MSNBC: 301 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 85

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

213

TheFive:

252

Baier:

343

Shep:

351

O’Reilly:

509

Hannity:

390

Greta:

309

O’Reilly:

290

Hannity:

228

MSNBC
Bashir:

168

EdShow:

148

Sharpton:

175

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

323

Maddow:

317

O’Donnell:

263

Hayes:

189

Maddow:

133

CNN
Tapper:

160

Blitzer:

136

Blitzer:

155

Burnett:

153

Cooper:

193

Morgan:

167

Cooper:

176

Burnett:

194

Morgan:

169

HLN
America:

36

Express:

41

Express:

57

Jane:

49

Grace:

78

DrDrew:

96

AfterDark:

81

Showbiz:

73

DrDrew:

69

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Sunday Show Ratings: August 25

For the first time in nearly a year, ABC’s “This Week” took home the top spot among the Sunday public affairs shows August 25, winning in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. CBS’ “Face the Nation,” which remains unavailable to Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets was second, and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was third.

ABC posted its largest demo advantage over “Meet the Press” in more than two years. “This Week” has beaten “MTP” among younger viewers four out of the last five weeks.

“This Week” and “Al Punto” were the only shows to improve compared to the same week last year: ABC is up +14% in total viewers and +10% in the A25-54 demographic, and Univision is up +16% and +12%, respectively. “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” were down double digits in both ratings measurements.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,723,000 Total Viewers and 381,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 890,000 Total Viewers and 374,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 51% of the country.

The numbers for August 25:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.49M 749K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.35M 688K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.27M 648K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 1.09M 414K
Univision “Al Punto” 741K 346K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 19

“Good Morning America” begins its second year as the No. 1 morning show, with another win — its longest winning streak since the 1991-92 season. But it’s No. 3 “CBS This Morning” showing the most growth.

Compared to the same week last year CBS is up +17% in Total Viewers, while GMA is up +5% and “Today” is up +2%. In the younger demo, ABC showed the most growth up +7%, CBS was up +1% and NBC was down -1%.

Among Total Viewers, “GMA” increased its lead over “Today” by +40% compared to the same week last year. But over the past two weeks, “Today” has narrowed GMA’s Total Viewer gap by 25% (239,000) and its A25-54 demo gap by 41% (93,000).

The averages for the week of August 19:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.141M / NBC: 4.415M / CBS: 2.638M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.897M / NBC: 1.765M / CBS: 909K

Al Jazeera Journalists Detained In Egypt, Ban Considered

A total of four journalists for Al Jazeera have been detained in Egypt by authorities there in recent days, including Al Jazeera English Bangkok-based correspondent Wayne Hay. The other Al Jazeera staffers being detained are camera operator Adil Bradlow and producers Russ Finn and Baher Mohammed.

“Al Jazeera calls for the Egyptian authorities to release all our staff unconditionally along with their belongings and equipment,” the channel says in a statement.

All four were detained while covering the ongoing crisis in Egypt, following the military coup. The AP reports that the Egyptian government is considering a ban on Al Jazeera’s local affiliate for “rumors and claims which are harmful to Egyptian national security and threaten the country’s unity.”

HuffPost Live Shutters LA Studio, Lays Off Staff

The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live online video network, is betting big on international growth, part of an effort to become a global video news channel, rather than a U.S. one.

As part of that strategy shift, it has decided to shutter its Los Angeles office and studio, with around 20 staff being laid off or given an opportunity to quickly move to its New York City headquarters. HuffPost Live has around 100 full-time staffers. The news was first reported by VideoInk’s Sahil Patel, with The Verge’s Ben Popper adding more details.

Update: We have a statement from Roy Sekoff, the president of HuffPost Live:

“This isn’t about layoffs; it’s about reallocating resources,” Sekoff says. “We’ve offered more than two-thirds of our full-time production team in L.A. the same, or better, positions in New York.”

HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC, and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

It is also another example of an ambitious, web-first competitor to traditional TV news facing serious growing pains. HuffPost Live is available on cable via a daily programming block on AXS TV, but it has mostly avoided the traditional TV model. Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze, by comparison, has been trying to gain distribution as a traditional cable channel.

The AM Ticker: Coatney, Nigeria, Olbermann/Morgan

  • Al Jazeera America has hired Tumblr’s former media director Mark Coatney as senior VP of digital media. Coatney served as Tumblr’s liaison to media companies, and was one of its earliest employees. More after the jump.

  • A Nigerian man who pretended to be a CNN correspondent to secure money from officials seeking press coverage has been arrested. Reuters has more (via J$P).

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Fusion Opens Florida ‘Newsport’

Florida Governor Rick Scott was among the dignitaries at the opening yesterday of the newsroom and studio for Fusion, the ABC News-Univision channel launching in two months. The Newsport, as it’s called, took over a former office and warehouse in Doral, FL, just west of Miami. It will also be the new home for Univision Network News.

TVNewser took a tour of Newsport in May, as construction was in high gear. It includes five control rooms and five studios — including large side-by-side studios: one for Fusion, the other for Univision. Fifteen robotic cameras and 950 miles of cable will transmit multiple programs, on multiple channels, 24 hours a day, if need be. There is more than 1000 Terabytes of online storage — racks, and racks and racks of storage — equivalent to 1,450 years of play time. And, being in the hurricane zone, engineers have installed two 2.25 megawatt generators.

Fusion launches October 28. Unvision’s newscasts will originate from here even sooner. Fusion anchor Derrick Ashong gives a tour:

Funeral Held For Sky News Camera Operator and ‘true warrior of television news’ Mick Deane

A funeral service for Sky News camera operator Mick Deane was held yesterday at the London Film Museum. Deane was shot and killed in Cairo, Egypt earlier this month, while covering the violence there between the security forces and Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Sky News has more on the services.

Sky News presenter Jeremy Thompson described Mr Deane as “one of the warmest, kindest, bravest and funniest of all men.

He added: “Mick died as he lived – doing his level best. Doing his best to open the eyes of the world to injustice. Doing his best for his mates. Doing his best to get that story on air, whatever the pressures.

“He was, I think, a true warrior of television news.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 248 | MSNBC: 130 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 102
  • Primetime: FNC: 385 | MSNBC: 212 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 114

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

145

TheFive:

282

Baier:

255

Shep:

287

O’Reilly:

472

Hannity:

387

Greta:

295

O’Reilly:

340

Hannity:

214

MSNBC
Bashir:

81

EdShow:

109

Sharpton:

141

Matthews:

208

Hayes:

232

Maddow:

205

O’Donnell:

199

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

108

CNN
Tapper:

106

Blitzer:

114

Blitzer:

107

Burnett:

146

Cooper:

226

Morgan:

169

Cooper:

143

Burnett:

133

Morgan:

116

HLN
America:

53

Express:

35

Express:

50

Jane:

90

Grace:

123

DrDrew:

133

AfterDark:

85

Showbiz:

124

DrDrew:

117

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