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Archives: March 2014

The Scoreboard: Friday, March 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 135 | CNN: 184 | HLN: 96
  • Primetime: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 182 | CNN: 225 | HLN: 141

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

208

TheFive:

363

Baier:

276

Greta:

272

O’Reilly:

329

Megyn:

244

FNCReport:

204

O’Reilly:

224

Megyn:

171

MSNBC
Wagner:

104

EdShow:

124

Sharpton:

148

Matthews:

191

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

183

Lockup:

192

Lockup:

269

Lockup:

161

CNN
Tapper:

118

Blitzer:

192

Blitzer:

223

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

242

Morgan:

244

SpecialRpt:

188

Cooper:

248

Cooper:

228

HLN
News:

74

Files:

25

Files:

57

Jane:

74

Grace:

83

Files:

154

Files:

185

Files:

189

Files:

147

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Christie Press Conference Ratings: Fox News Wins in Total Viewers, CNN Tops in Demo

Christie CNNAlthough the Chris Christie Bridgegate story has previously been beneficial to MSNBC‘s ratings, it was Fox News and CNN that notched ratings wins during the Governor’s hour-long news conference Friday. From 2:30 to 3:30pmET, Fox News won in total viewers and CNN won in the A25-54 demographic.

During the newser, Fox News delivered 1,020,000 total viewers and 185,000 A25-54 viewers. CNN, which cut out after about a half hour, had 700,000 total viewers and 192,000 A25-54 viewers, while MSNBC had 700,000 and 89,000, respectively. Coverage of the news conference continued into primetime, with Fox News in first, CNN in second and MSNBC in third from 8-11pmET (the scoreboard with the full primetime numbers will be up shortly).

In other ratings notes from Friday, Piers Morgan ended his CNN show on an up note, tying Fox News’ “The Kelly File” in the demo — both shows averaged 244,000 A25-54 viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s program won in total viewers, averaging 1,647,000 to Morgan’s 649,000.

In case you missed it, here’s Morgan’s sign-off.

The Ticker: ‘World News’, ‘Dateline,’ ’60′

  • The ABC “World News” series “Coming Home: America’s Promise” returns tonight. Diane Sawyer profiles military caregivers across the country fighting financial and emotional battles in able to provide assistance for more than 1 million wounded warriors.
  • NBC’s “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” was the No. 1 show of the night averaging 4.8 million viewers from 8-10pmET, and topping CBS’s “48 Hours” and ABC’s “20/20″ head-to-head at 9pm. It tied for No.1 for the night in the A18-49 demo with a 0.8 rating.
  • CBS’s “60 Minutes” averaged more than 13.2 million viewers last night. With a thrilling NCAA Tournament game as its lead-in, the show will end up being the most-watched show of the night when final Nielsen numbers are released tomorrow.

Ronan Farrow Reports Death of Former Texas Legislator, Airs Wrong Photo

More growing pains for new MSNBC host Ronan Farrow this afternoon.

While reporting on the death of former Texas state legislator, Ray Hutchison, who was the husband of former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, “Ronan Farrow Daily” showed a photo of Bailey Hutchison with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Fifteen minutes later, Farrow aired the correct photo: “A moment ago, we did show you a picture of the senator with Secretary Ray LaHood when we were talking about her husband. We wanted to show you the correct photo of Ray Hutchison, who we remember today, with the senator.”

Mix upCorrect Photo

As for LaHood, he was quick to declare himself still with us.

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Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists Ask Judge for Release

al jazeera jailed journalistsThe three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt since the end of last year directly asked the judge to release them today, the Associated Press reports.

The journalists, Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, and Baher Mohammed, strongly denied any ties to terrorism during a plea to the judge.

“The idea that I could have an association with the Muslim Brotherhood is frankly preposterous,” Greste told the judge, Mohammed Nagi Shehata. He added that he was an award-winning journalist with years of experience.

“I ask for acquittal,” demanded Fahmy, denying accusations that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He told the judge he was an alcohol-drinking liberal who lived abroad for a long time, and added: “Have you ever heard of a (Muslim) terrorist that drinks alcohol?”

The judge did not accept their plea, adjourning the case until April 10.

At ‘GMA’ ‘the Estrogen is Flowing!’

GMARobach

Amy Robach took her seat at the news desk this morning as the show bid farewell to Josh Elliott.

“Josh, it has been great run with you, here on ‘GMA,’” said George Stephanopoulos to Elliott, who was not on the show today. “He’s our buddy and we love him very much,” added Lara Spencer, sitting in for Robin Roberts who’s in Los Angeles where she’ll be a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” tonight. Spencer inked her own new deal with ABC just last week.

Elliott is joining NBC Sports where he will contribute to the vast portfolio of sporting events to which NBC has the rights, including Sunday Night Football, the Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing.

“George, the estrogen is flowing!” Spencer added to the lone man on the set, Stephanopoulos, who was surrounded by Robach, meteorologist Ginger Zee and Sara Haines, all three of whom were hired by ABC from NBC in the last three years: Robach and Haines from the “Today” show, and Zee from NBC’s Chicago station WMAQ.

“I want to thank everyone here,” said Robach. “You have made me feel like family from the first day I walked in. The second phone call I got last night was from Josh, congratulating me. I congratulated him. We’ve all become such dear friends.”

The Ticker: Slide Special, HLN @ Night, Unconscious & Uncoupled

  • The Weather Channel will air a primetime special on the deadly mudslide in Washington State. “A Town Mourns: The Washington Mudslide” airs tomorrow at 8pmET.

  • HLN has shot a pilot for a new late night talk show. Titled “Weekly Mashup,” the show would be hosted by KIIS-FM D.J. Chuey Martinez, according to Capital New York.

Sam Champion: ‘NBC Sports is a Great Opportunity for Josh’s Heart’

ChampionElliottOn his Weather Channel show this morning, Sam Champion commented on Josh Elliott‘s departure from “Good Morning America.”

“He’s a great guy and a very good friend,” said Champion of his former ABC News colleague. “What folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart.”

As we reported last night, Elliott, who has been with “GMA” for three years, will be leaving the network this week and joining NBC Sports. Champion left “GMA” for the Weather Channel in December.

“I know that fans of ‘GMA’ are not loving it. But it’s a happy day for Josh. And folks will follow him no matter where he goes.”

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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Deirdre Bolton on FBN Debut: ‘There is Not Another Show Like This Anywhere on TV’

deirdre boltonWhen the curtain rises on Deirdre Bolton’s Fox Business show at 1pmET this afternoon, it will be new territory for the network. “Risk and Reward” will explore alternative investment strategies, a clear break from business news’ traditional focus on equities.

“There is not another show like this anywhere on TV, so I’m very excited about that,” Bolton tells TVNewser. “It’s the only one on.”

Like Maria Bartiromo’s new FBN show, “Risk and Reward” will feature longer interviews with industry leaders, usually at the top of the show. The second half will “move a little quicker,” Bolton says. One segment she is particularly excited about is “Elevator Pitch,” which will put a real-life entrepreneur in front of a panel of judges who are potential investors.

In addition to being a unique component of FBN’s recently revamped lineup, Bolton’s show has the additional challenge of covering alternative investment strategies while not ignoring the news of the day.

“There are going to be some headlines that we have to cover because we’re on during market hours, but for the most part, I’m going to be in my wheelhouse,” she says. “That is the goal and that is a challenge. I think [my producers are] up to it and I’m certainly up to it. Every single story out there has an alternative asset angle.” Read more

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