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The International Ticker: Engel, Damon, Kay

  • NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his team are reporting from Kiev, Ukraine as protests continue to rage there today. Engel was live from Sochi last night for “NBC Nightly News” and was in Kiev for this morning’s “Today” show.

  • CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been reporting from Addana, Syria this week. Until recently, the town was under the control of the Islamist radical group, ISIS. CNN obtained video from Syrian activists showing the brutal tactics ISIS has been using.

  • The BBC’s Katty Kay is in Brazil to find out how the country is getting ready for two major global sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Kay anchors BBC World News America from Rio tonight and will also report for BBC World News.

What Greta Van Susteren Really Meant About Not Re-Signing at 10pm

greta van susterenGreta Van Susteren is clearing up what she meant after a recent column quoted her as being unsure of whether she would have re-signed with Fox News if still hosting “On the Record” at 10pm.

On her blog, Greta said it’s less about the time slot and more about opportunity for new “adventure.”

The 7pm is better ONLY because it is an adventure and is new to me. I had been at 10pm for 11 1/2 years and the 10pm lost its feeling of adventure.

If I had been at 7pm for 11 1/2 years, I would have felt the same about the 7pm time slot ….and the 10pm would have been a new adventure.

Each time slot is very different …and it is fun to do something new. It is exploring. It may seem odd…but the audience appetite is different at different hours….and even how we arrange the break structure in the show depends on the hour.

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 10

EveningNewsNewA strong week for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” during the first full week of the Sochi Olympic games, and for the evening newscasts overall, with more than 28 million people tuning in, keeping up the momentum from last week’s nine-year high mark.

Broadcasting from Olympic Park in Russia, “Nightly” topped its first week performance compared to the 2010 Vancouver games in viewers, up +5%, but was down -8% vs. week one in the A25-54 demo.

All three broadcasts were up year-over-year with NBC up the most in total viewers (+30%) and demo viewers (+34%) compared to the same week last year.  “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +6% in total viewers and up +8% in the demo. The ABC broadcast also finished the week stronger than during week one in Vancouver. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was up +12% in total viewers and +3% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of February 10, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 11,609,000 8,839,000 7,951,000
• A25-54: 3,180,000 2,390,000 2,122,000

 

CBS News Veteran Joins AP in New Video Role

Hulme_ChristopherChris Hulme, who spent 22 years at CBS News, joins The Associated Press as global video enterprise editor, a newly created position. Hulme, a former senior producer with the “CBS Evening News,” will develop enterprise stories for the AP’s U.S. and international video customers, which include many U.S. TV networks and local stations.

“AP’s customers tell us they want news that is distinctive, which can lead newscasts and make headlines on digital properties. That means we need to break big news and we need to do it in video as well as in text and photos,” said Sandy MacIntyre, vice president and director of global video news. “Chris Hulme has a proven track record of doing just that on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Hulme was a CBS News foreign editor for seven years before becoming senior producer in 2006. Previously he worked as foreign editor and national editor for ITN.

Al Jazeera America Plans Documentaries to ‘Spark Conversation and Draw Attention’

al-jazeera-america-carousel-largeAl Jazeera America has commissioned a series of documentaries “in an effort to raise its profile among news aficionados while stoking demand for the fledgling cable-news outlet,” Variety’s Brian Steinberg reports:

Finding ways to stand out is paramount for Al Jazeera America, which has ambitious plans and more than adequate funding, but needs to bolster the number of homes it reaches. In December, the network began airing on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, a move that brings it into nearly 55 million homes. Al Jazeera launched August 20.

“When you are a new channel among hundreds in the cable world, you want to be gaining traction. You want people to come and sample you,” said High. “Yes, we hope this will basically spark conversation and draw attention.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, February 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 248 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 74 | HLN: 122
  • Primetime: FNC: 309 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 87 | HLN: 122

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

224

TheFive:

382

Baier:

256

Greta:

196

O’Reilly:

343

Megyn:

333

Bush:

249

O’Reilly:

177

Megyn:

144

MSNBC
Wagner:

40

EdShow:

104

Sharpton:

113

Matthews:

139

Hayes:

114

Maddow:

185

Lockup:

154

Lockup.:

245

Lockup:

150

CNN
Tapper:

82

Blitzer:

57

Blitzer:

59

Burnett:

49

Cooper:

66

Morgan:

66

Bourdain:

130

Bourdain:

146

Bourdain:

86

HLN
News:

126

News:

156

Jane:

193

Jane:

177

Grace:

163

Files:

109

Files:

93

Files:

101

Files:

151

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‘Today’ Poised to Win First Week in 18 Months

RokerLauerBased on Nielsen national fast program ratings NBC’s “Today” show has claimed a rare win in both total viewers and the younger demo as the show originated from Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. The last time “Today” won the total viewer measurement was the second week of the London Summer Olympics, the week of August, 6 2012. By the following week, August 13, 2012, ABC’s “Good Morning America” was back on top.

  • Week of Feb. 10, 2014 – Total Viewers / A25-54 demo
  • NBC: 6,221,000 / 2,545,000
    ABC: 6,010,000 / 2,360,000

“Today” topped “GMA” by 211,000 viewers (+4%) and 185,000 in the demo (+8%). The gap during the first week of the Vancouver games saw “Today” leading “GMA” by 1.884 million viewers and 1.011 million in the demo. In February, 2010, “Today” was still the dominant morning broadcast.

As we reported last week, “GMA” came in first last Tuesday, the first time since Nielsen began keeping electronic data records (1991) that a non-Olympics rights holder has won in the morning.

This is preliminary fast national data. Final numbers will be released on Friday.

Geraldo Rivera: ‘Looking to Get Killed In Action for Years’ Because ‘I Don’t Give a Sh*t’

In a conversation with TheBlaze’s Will Cain, Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera candidly revealed why he still enjoys foreign reporting.

“I want to die with my boots on,” Rivera said about not wanting to outlive his fame, adding that one of the reasons he reports in places like Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq is he’s been “looking to get killed in action for years now” because he “doesn’t give a sh*t.”

Rivera didn’t have an answer for whether he’s addicted to fame, but with four ex-wives and five children, he admits he’s addicted to paying the bills.

Melissa Harris-Perry Opens Up About Her ‘Miracle’ Baby

MHPMSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had a very special Valentine’s Day, welcoming her second child into the world on Friday. She opened up this morning on MSNBC.com about the the journey to her “miracle” baby: one born through a surrogate.

Harris-Perry details how after her first “easy” pregnancy, where she delivered her daughter Parker naturally, having a second child became difficult.

I spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids. Finally, in 2008, after fighting back with an arsenal of homeopathic and medical weapons, I decided to have my uterus removed. I wept for the children I would never have and made peace with the idea that one is enough.

She recounts her husband James and her decision to try In Vitro Fertilization, overcoming initial trepidation to eventually find a carrier for her second child. Read more

Greta Van Susteren: ‘Not Sure’ She Would Have Re-Signed With Fox News for 10pm Show

greta van susterenA Cindy Adams column highlights Greta Van Susteren‘s new evening enjoyments now that she is off-air at 8pm, and whether she’d still be at Fox News if hosting “On the Record” at 10pm.

“Not sure I’d have signed another 10 p.m. deal. We stayed Number One but 7 p.m.’s a whole new audience that’s interested in a political schedule. At 10 at night they’re ready for bed. With this deal I got a big raise. Yet for months I was trashed in stories about how I’m being pushed away.

Greta also talks about the important things in life—like family— noting how bad things got during her husband John P. Coale‘s battle with cancer.

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