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President Obama Announces New Sanctions on Russia’s Economy

Obama UkraineThis afternoon, ABC News and NBC News provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on new sanctions toward Russia. CBS News did not.

The president announced new sanctions on Russia’s economy in the energy, arms, and financial sectors in response to Russia continuing to support the separatists linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

NBC News cut in at 3:36pmET with Brian Williams anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 3:36pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

July 2014 Ratings: Fox News Marks 151 Straight Months At #1

Fox News finished its 151st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network. FNC’s position among total viewers remains strong, with the network beating CNN and MSNBC combined. FNC finished third among all ad-supported cable networks in primetime.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,799,000 total viewers / 299,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,024 total viewers / 203,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News was the only cable news network up in primetime: up +8% in total viewers and up +2% in A25-54 viewers. For total day, the network was down -3% in total viewers and -5% in the demo.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was up +8% in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers. “The Kelly File” was up +35% in total viewers and up +16% in the demo (compared to the 9pmET timeslot last year) and “Hannity” was up +20% and +23%, respectively (compared to the 10pmET timeslot last year).

And “The Five” at 5pmET saw continued success among all of cable, marking three straight straight months as the number one show among total viewers in the timeslot.

July 2014 Ratings: CNN #2 in Total Day, Primetime Demo

Fueled by a busy news month, CNN was the #2 cable news network in total day, behind only Fox News, in July. In primetime, CNN was third in total viewers and second in the A25-54 demographic.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 514,000 Total Viewers / 164,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 402,000 Total Viewers / 124,000 A25-54

Despite posting a strong month within the cable news landscape, CNN was down across the board compared to the same month last year:  the network is down -23% in total viewers and -32% in A25-54 viewers in total day and -24% and -35%, respectively, in primetime.

Every hour of CNN programming from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. is down year-over-year. In primetime, “Anderson Cooper 360″ was down -14% in total viewers and -26% in A25-54 viewers, while “CNN Tonight” was down -29% and -37%, respectively, compared to July 2013. Cooper was #2 in the 8pmET timeslot in both total viewers and the demo.

Several CNN programs were #2 in their respective timeslots for the month, including the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. hours of “CNN Newsroom,” “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” “Smerconish,” “Inside Politics with John King,” “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” and “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter.”

The network continues to see success with its original series: “The Hunt with John Walsh,” which debuted this month, has averaged 917,000 total viewers and 298,000 A25-54 viewers for its first three episodes, making it the top-rated show in its timeslot in both ratings measurements. “The Sixties,” which is seven episodes into its 10-episode run, is averaging 1,073,000 total viewers and 291,000 A25-54 viewers, ranking #2 among cable news in its timeslot.

CNN’s release, after the jump. Read more

July 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Has Lowest Primetime Demo in Eight Years

MSNBC placed third in viewers and fourth in A25-54 demo viewers in total day this month. In primetime, the network finished second in viewers and third in the demo; the latter was the network’s lowest in eight years–since July 2006.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 550,000 Total Viewers / 152,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 318,000 Total Viewers / 92,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was down -16% in total viewers and -33% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was down -6% and -25%, respectively.

MSNBC’s daytime programming struggled in July. Marking six months at 4pmET, “Now with Alex Wagner” is down -28% in total viewers and -57% in the demo compared to last year when Martin Bashir hosted the hour; the demo is the lowest at 4pmET since 2005. “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd” is down -21% in viewers and -47% in the demo; the latter is the lowest since 2004.

In primetime, all three MSNBC’s shows were up in total viewers but down double digits in the demo. “All In with Chris Hayes” was up +6% in total viewers and down -20% in the demo, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was up +2% in total viewers and down -20% in the demo, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was up +8% and down -17%, respectively.

July 2014 Ratings: HLN Down Double Digits

hln logo_304x200A year after the George Zimmerman trial propelled HLN to double- and triple-digit audience growth, the channel is down across the board year-over-year. For the month of July, HLN was fourth in total viewers and third in the demo for total day and fourth in both ratings measurements in primetime.

The ratings for July 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 376,000 total viewers / 128,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 268,000 total viewers / 108,000 A25-54

Compared to July 2013, HLN is down -30% in total viewers and -32% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network is down down -23% in total viewers and -35% in the demo.

Nancy Grace” was the top-rated show on HLN for the month, averaging 371,000 total viewers and 129,000 A25-54 viewers.

The Digital Ticker: CNBC/Apple TV, CNNPolitics.com, ’30 in 30′

  • Lost Remote reports on CNBC’s Apple TV launch. The network’s new Apple TV app features both real-time streaming and on-demand clips from business day and primetime programs.

  • CNN has hired Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of politics for CNN Digital. Smolkin comes from POLITICO, where was managing editor. She’ll take the reins of CNNPolitics.com at the end of August.

  • Next week, MSNBC.com launches a monthlong “30 in 30″ series to spotlight 30 women running for office in America. Throughout August, the site will feature candidate Q & A’s and more.

TV Newsers Land on DC’s Most Beautiful List

50 most beautifulFishbowlDC reports on The Hill’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” people on Capitol Hill list. And this year’s list includes some faces from TV news.

Those making the cut include Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, NBC News’ Kristen Welker, and Al Jazeera America associate producer Simone Perez.

Read the full list of DC’s fresh faces here.

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 21

EveningNewsNewFor the fourth consecutive week, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” delivered a win in the A25-54 demographic, the longest streak for the show in more than six years. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was on top as usual in total viewers, with a +406,000-viewer lead on ABC’s broadcast.

Compared to the same week last year, NBC was up +3% and ABC and CBS were flat in total viewers. All three broadcasts were down in the A25-54 demographic — NBC was down -7%, ABC was down -4% and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -4%.

Numbers for the week of July 21, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,758,000 7,352,000 5,982,000
• A25-54: 1,745,000 1,846,000 1,441,000

 

NBC Promotes Madeleine Haeringer to EP of International News

madeleine haeringerMadeleine Haeringer has been promoted to executive producer of international news at NBC News, SVP of newsgathering David Verdi announced today.

“In this expanded role, Madeleine will manage the overall editorial agenda for the network’s foreign news coverage, and identify and develop our long-range international story planning. She will also continue to lead Richard Engel’s production unit as well as maintain oversight of our Olympics news coverage,” Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Haeringer has been the executive producer of Engel’s production unit since it was created last year. Before that, she was the senior producer of NBC worldwide newsgathering.

Verdi’s full note, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Karl Penhaul Ducks for Cover as Blasts Go Off During Gaza Live Shots

Penhaul Gaza

Close calls for CNN’s Karl Penhaul in the last 24 hours as missile strikes struck close to his Gaza live shots.

This morning, five seconds into his “Early Start” live shot, a blast went off, causing Penhaul to duck and move off camera. He continued to report off camera, reporting the blast was caused by a missile that struck a building about 200 yards away. Last night on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Penhaul ducked another blast, jumping up seconds later to continue reporting about the missile strikes happening around him. Cooper reported the missile hit the Gaza Ministry of Finance.

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