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Archives: April 2014

The Top Cable News Shows in April Were…

Fox News had the top 14 cable news programs in total viewers and the top eight in the key A25-54 demographic for the month of April, 2014. “The O’Reilly Factor” was number one in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,476,000 and 412,000, respectively. “The Kelly File” was second in total and demo viewers, with 1,988,000 and 370,000, respectively. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” rounded out the top five cable news shows’ list for total viewers.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 15th overall in total viewers and eleventh overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 884,000 total viewers and 210,000 demo viewers.

CNBC broke into the top ten among A25-54 viewers with “Shark Tank,” which led the network in both total viewers and the demo for the month. Reruns of the ABC program averaged 498,000 total viewers and 236,000 A25-54 viewers, placing 26th overall among total viewers and ninth overall in the demo.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 19th and 10th, respectively. The show averaged 621,000 total viewers and 221,000 A25-54 viewers in April. New CNN host Michael Smerconish‘s show, “Smerconish,” cracked the top 15 in the demo.

For HLN, “Forensic Files” led in both total and demo viewers with 328,000 and 146,000 viewers, respectively, ranking 40th and 30th overall.

The top-rated show on Fox Business in total viewers was “Imus in the Morning.” “Stossel” led the way in the demo for FBN.

The full rankers, after the jump.
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The Evening Ticker: Lee, Prabhu, Whitaker

  • Fusion CEO and Univision News president ​​Isaac Lee has been named to the board of directors of the AP. ​​The other two new members are Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media Group, and Rob King, senior vice president of ESPN.

  • Vasant Prabhu has been named CFO of NBCUniversal. Prabhu, who starts June 1, will report to CEO Steve Burke, and be a member of Burke’s Executive Committee. Prabhu joins NBCU from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was CFO and Vice Chairman.

  • It’s Bill Whitaker day in Los Angeles. The LA City Council honored the longtime CBS News correspondent with his own day — which is one of his last living in the city. Whitaker will soon be moving east where he’s been named correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 210 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 154 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 281 | MSNBC: 229 | CNN: 187 | HLN: 118

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

165

TheFive:

281

Baier:

247

Greta:

226

O’Reilly:

340

Megyn:

292

Hannity:

212

O’Reilly:

234

Megyn:

156

MSNBC
Wagner:

118

EdShow:

146

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

211

Hayes:

190

Maddow:

294

O’Donnell:

198

Hayes:

83

Maddow:

121

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

185

Blitzer:

229

Burnett:

181

Cooper:

196

Smerconish:

193

Spc.Rpt:

173

Cooper:

193

Smerconish:

128

HLN
News:

39

Detective:

44

Detective:

63

Jane:

100

Grace:

130

DrDrew:

134

Files:

89

Files:

146

Files:

163

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TV Jobs: Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Food Network/Cooking Channel

This week, Bloomberg is hiring a coordinating producer, as well as a freelance master control room operative. Meanwhile, Thomson Reuters needs a product manager for a Reuters video startup, and the Food Network and Cooking Channel are on the hunt for a marketing manager. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Closing Bell Rings Live from CNBC

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In celebration of CNBC’s 25th anniversary, the closing bell of the New York Stock exchange was rung from across the Hudson River at CNBC headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. CNBC President Mark Hoffman, NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and hundreds of CNBC employees were on hand for the bell ringing.

Cable Network Ranker: April 2014

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the month of April, averaging 1,614,000 viewers in primetime and 960,000 viewers in total day. Fox News placed fifth in primetime and sixth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the month.

MSNBC placed 28th in primetime and 30th in total day, averaging 612,000 viewers and 356,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 31st in primetime and 30th in total day, delivering 533,000 primetime viewers and 420,000 total day viewers.

TNT, USA, TBS and the History Channel rounded out the top five primetime networks for the month. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

Fox News Responds to Gawker Shepard Smith Story: ’100% False and a Complete Fabrication’

SmithAilesFox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and anchor Shepard Smith are calling a Gawker story published this morning “100% false and a complete fabrication.” The story titled “How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet,” is based on anonymous sources who claim Smith wanted to reveal his sexuality, but was stopped by Fox News executives, including Bill Shine, who heads up FNC’s opinion programming.

The Gawker story claims Shine “flipped out,” when Smith brought his partner to a July 4, 2013 party at Ailes’ upstate estate, and later called a meeting to discuss what to do. Fox News tells us Shine wasn’t at that party (he was in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with his family) and emphatically denies any such meeting occurred.

Gawker claims the events of the July 4th party led to Smith being “demoted.” But, Ailes and Smith had been discussing a new contract with Smith as early as last spring, and singed in June, leading to the addition of the Fox News Deck and changes to primetime.

“This story is 100% false and a complete fabrication,” write Ailes and Smith in a joint statement. “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”

Smith works for the news side of FOX, which is run by Michael Clemente and Jay Wallace and not Bill Shine, who oversees programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.” Shine released his own statement of support for Smith, which reads in part: “We have never asked Shep to discuss or not discuss his private life, and the notion of us having an issue with anyone’s sexuality is not only insulting, but pure fiction.” Shine’s full statement after the jump:

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Snoop Dogg Might Be One of Larry King’s ‘Main Men,’ but Donald Sterling Isn’t

larrykingFormer CNN host Larry King‘s response to whether he and rapper Snoop Dogg are engaged in a “bromance” might surprise you.

“Snoop Dogg is one of my main men,” King answered during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. “You don’t have to smoke pot to be in his presence. I love him, he’s bright, he’s fun, he’s a good father, and a good man. Snoop is my man.”

But King also pointed out who isn’t one of his men: scandal-plagued Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

I completely agree with what Adam Silver did today. He was outstanding. I am a Clipper fan, I wasn’t going to let my children go to the game tonight, but now they will go. I know Donald Sterling, I’m embarrassed for him, I like his wife very much and she deserves better. This was a great decision. Great for the league, great for society. This is a historic day. Go Clippers!

April 2014 Ratings: Fox News Marks 148 Straight Months At No. 1

Fox News finished its 148th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network. FNC’s hold on total viewers remains particularly strong, with the network beating CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour.

The ratings for April 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,614,000 total viewers / 296,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 960,000 total viewers / 201,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News was down -22% in total viewers and -27% in the A25-54 demographic in total day. In primetime, the network was down -20% and -24%, respectively. The cable news networks — including Fox News, which placed second among all ad-supported cable networks in April 2013 — saw elevated ratings last year due to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Like the rest of programming, the primetime shows were down across the board compared to the same month last year: “The O’Reilly Factor” was down -19% in total viewers and -25% in A25-54 viewers, “The Kelly File” was down -13% in total viewers and -27% in the demo (compared to the 9pmET timeslot last year) and “Hannity” was down -19% and -24%, respectively (compared to the 10pmET timeslot last year).

On the upside, it was a milestone month for “Fox & Friends,” which marks 150 consecutive months as the top-rated cable news morning show.

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