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Archives: October 2013

Sebelius Hearing Boosts Cable News Ratings

fox news sebelius hearingHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius‘ testimony in front of Congress provided a boost to cable news ratings yesterday. Fox News was far out front from 9am to 1pmET, beating MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined in both total viewers and the demo.

All three networks were up compared to the same time period the previous day: Fox News was up +27% in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, while CNN was up +15% in total viewers and +18% in A25-54 viewers. MSNBC was up +30% and +5%, respectively. Compared to their Q3 2013 averages, Fox was up across the board and CNN was down across the board. MSNBC was up in total viewers but down in the demo.

Although coverage of the hearing spilled over into primetime, CNN their lowest demo rating this year, delivering just 67,000 A25-54 viewers. On Fox News, Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” topped cable news in the demo last night, averaging 445,000 A25-54 viewers.

Averages from 9am-1pmET:

Fox News: 1,651,000 total viewers / 319,000 A25-54

CNN: 408,000 total viewers / 97,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 380,000 total viewers / 84,000 A25-54

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 312 | MSNBC: 106 | CNN: 75 | HLN: 86
  • Primetime: FNC: 396 | MSNBC: 127 | CNN: 67 | HLN: 93

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11/11:30p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

199

TheFive:

353

Baier:

352

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

433

Megyn:

445

Hannity:

305

O’Reilly:

381

Megyn:

340

MSNBC
Bashir:

94

EdShow:

129

Sharpton:

142

Matthews:

163

Hayes:

107

Maddow:

136

O’Donnell:

139

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

69

Blitzer:

61

Blitz/Cross:

75/96

Burnett:

82

Cooper:

66

Morgan:

83

Cooper:

52

Blitz/Cross:

47/50

Morgan:

49

HLN
News:

63

Express:

58

Express:

63

Jane:

60

Grace:

94

DrDrew:

88

AfterDark:

96

Showbiz:

104

DrDrew:

126

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Sharon Hoffman Upped to EP of ‘CBS Evening News’ Weekend

SharonHoffmanSharon Hoffman has been named Executive Producer for weekend news at CBS News. Hoffman will oversee the Saturday and Sunday editions of the “CBS Evening News.”

Most recently, Hoffman was a senior producer for “CBS This Morning,” where she supervised the 7AM hour and all dayside news coverage for the broadcast. Before joining CBS News in 2011, Hoffman was a senior producer at ABC’s “Good Morning America” and executive producer of “The Bryant Park Project,” a daily, two-hour morning news program hosted by Alison Stewart on NPR.

Hoffman spent most of her television news career at NBC News. She was a senior producer for NBC News Productions, the senior domestic producer for “NBC Nightly News,” and she spent eight years as a producer for “Dateline NBC,” where she won two Emmy Awards.

Is NBC Entering Into ‘Potentially Dicey Ethical Territory?’

HannahAndersonNBCThe Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether NBC is wading “into potentially dicey ethical territory” with a deal to produce a documentary about a sensational murder and kidnapping story that played out over the summer.

Hannah Anderson, the California teen kidnapped by a man who had murdered her mother and brother, is reportedly in negotiations for a documentary produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions.

Anderson has only done interviews with NBC News, which, the network says, it did not pay for. “NBC News never pays for interviews,” an NBC News spokeswoman tells Farhi.

If the deal goes ahead, Peacock Productions would compensate the Anderson family to license footage and personal materials for the documentary. ABC News stopped paying license fees for interviews in 2011. At the time ABC News president Ben Sherwood said the practice was something of a black eye on the news division.

“No matter how they couch it, they’re offering money in exchange for an exclusive story,” says Kevin Z. Smith, the chairman of the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The networks have figured out new and different approaches” to paying sources, he says.

It’s not clear when or where the doc will air. Peacock Productions often sells programs to non-NBCU networks.

Meahwhile, a new book on the tragedy is critical of Hannah Anderson’s story. The author, criminal profiler Chelsea Hoffman, says there are inconsistencies in Hannah’s NBC interviews and how the crimes occurred.

The Ticker: Inside Iran, Fusion/Lauer, Romney

  • ABC News is presenting a series of “Inside Iran” reports on air and online this week. In his first reporting trip to Iran, Muhammad Lila is talking to people throughout the country about religious, cultural and political influences shaping their day-to-day lives. The reports will include a live blog and a Google Hangout from inside an Iranian classroom.

  • Mitt Romney, who has granted only a handful of interviews since the 2012 Presidential election, will appear on “Meet the Press” this week to talk about the Obamacare rollout.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 27

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers for the third week straight on October 27. ABC’s “This Week” was second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second in the demo.

Only Univision’s “Al Punto,” which beat “Fox News Sunday” in the demo this week, is posting year-over-year growth in both ratings measurements, up +8% in total viewers and +11% in the demo. “This Week” is flat in total viewers and down -16% in the demo, while CBS (-6% / -23%), NBC (-17% / -35%) and Fox (-14% / -30%) were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,785,000 total viewers and 256,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 889,000 total viewers and 368,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for October 27:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.55M 838K
ABC
“This Week” 2.84M 733K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.80M 750K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 1.27M 408K
Univision “Al Punto” 848K 461K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of October 21

AMShowAnchors“Good Morning America” wins another week and does it by the widest margin over No. 2 “Today” so far this season. Compared to the same week last year all three newscasts increased their viewership.

No. 3 “CBS This Morning” saw the biggest increase, up +16%. “GMA” grew +14% in viewers and the “Today” show grew by +7%, year-over-year.

The NBC show saw the biggest jump in younger viewers, up +12%. “GMA” was up 8% in the demo, while “CTM” was down -1%.

The averages for the week of October 21, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.603M / NBC: 4.707M / CBS: 3.021M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.086M / NBC: 2.008M / CBS: 988K

Meet Our New TVNewser Editor

JordanCharitonSay hello to Jordan Chariton, our new editor of TVNewser & Lost Remote. Jordan has been a media reporter and commentator, writing for Mediaite and Salon for the last year. He’s also a digital producer, nominated for a Webby award this year for his production work at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

Before that, Jordan was in the trenches working for three years at Fox News/Fox Business as a researcher and booker. After Fox, Jordan worked for a year at MSNBC as a booking producer.

You’ll be seeing Jordan’s byline in the coming days on TVNewser and Lost Remote after he gets up to speed.

CNN Reporter Files EEOC Complaint Against Time Warner

JoshLevsCNN reporter Josh Levs has filed an EEOC complaint against Time Warner over their family leave policy which he claims is biased. Levs and his wife just had their third child. He claims that under Time Warner rules, all parents of new children have the option of 10 paid weeks off — except biological fathers.

Under Time Warner rules, I have only two choices: stay out for 10 weeks without pay, or return to work and hire someone to come to our home each day. Neither is financially tenable, and the fact that only biological dads face this choice at this point in a newborn’s life is ludicrous.

Levs says he will return to work next week, “unfairly forced to choose between the two untenable options.”

“Trust me — it’s the last thing I want to be doing right now,” Levs writes, adding, “I’m not giving up without a fight.”

We’ve reached out to CNN for comment, and they’re not responding.

What do you think about the complaint?

Morning Shows Dress Up as TV Icons For Halloween

After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).

On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.

“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.

As for “CBS This Morning” … Read more

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