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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 264 | MSNBC: 87 | CNN: 163 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 411 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 242 | HLN: 95

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

168

TheFive:

339

Baier:

323

Greta:

270

O’Reilly:

450

Kelly:

398

Hannity:

386

O’Reilly:

303

Kelly:

311

MSNBC
Wagner:

50

EdShow:

94

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

134

Maddow:

193

O’Donnell:

144

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

81

CNN
Tapper:

160

Blitzer:

145

Blitzer:

204

Burnett:

283

Cooper:

289

Cooper:

255

Tonight:

182

Tonight:

178

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

39

Files:

26

Files:

38

Jane:

113

Grace:

90

Dr.Drew:

69

Files:

126

Files:

189

Files:

218

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In ‘The News Sorority,’ Couric is ‘Brash,’ Sawyer ‘Machiavellian,’ Amanpour’s ‘Moral Superiority’

The News SororityThe Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove pored through journalist Sheila Weller’s upcoming TV news tell-all “The News Sorority.” And according to Grove, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Christiane Amanpour should expect some non-fiction hazing.

On Couric, Grove excerpts one of the juicier tidbits.

When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: “I wonder who she blew this time to get it.” In Weller’s narrative—which, as the subtitle indicates, aspires to document “the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News”–Couric comes off as brash, striving, self-absorbed, and occasionally insensitive to the realities faced by her less well-compensated coworkers, yet steeled by personal tragedy (the cancer-related deaths of her husband and her sister) and capable of big-hearted generosity.

Sawyer, who anchors her final “World News” tonight, is a Type-A personality trading charm for results.

Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic who uses her seductive charm and good looks to professional advantage and torments news producers with her relentless perfectionism and insecurity—an apparent consequence of a fraught relationship with her judgmental, formidable mother (who once sent the adult Sawyer into a self-flagellating death spiral, Weller writes, when she criticized how her TV star daughter had made her bed).

And “reigning queen of the warzone” Amanpour might need to check her ego Read more

The Afternoon Ticker: Stern, 60 Sports, Todd

  • Fusion has hired Jonathan Stern as VP of Business Development. “Fusion needs to be everywhere our audience is and Jonathan will play a key strategic role in helping us achieve that,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. Stern joins from Red Bull Media.

  • Showtime is moving “60 Minutes Sports” from Wednesday to Tuesday starting next week.  The new season kicks off with Jack Ford’s story featuring Peyton Manning and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, who Manning credits with saving his career.

  • Chuck Todd got some advice from the man who’s guested the most on “Meet the Press. On Todd’s MSNBC show this morning, Sen. John McCain told him, “[D]o what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country.”

C-SPAN Gearing Up for Midterm Elections

CSPANIt’s never too early to talk about campaign coverage, right? This afternoon, C-SPAN is out with its plans for the 2014 midterms.

The network will televise over 100 Senate, House, and governor debates leading up to this year’s midterm elections. Many will be simulcasted on local stations across the country.

“With the balance of power at stake in Congress, especially in the closely watched U.S. Senate races, C-SPAN will be the one place where you can see all the debates in the most competitive races,” Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s Sr. EP and political editor, said in a release. “Our partnerships with the local broadcast stations and cable companies across the country who televise these debates locally make our comprehensive coverage possible.”

The first debate in the lineup takes place September 3 at 7pmET on C-SPAN, C-SPAN radio, and C-Span.org, featuring the candidates for one of North Carolina’s Senate seats.

Was Alleged Audio of Michael Brown Shooting on CNN a Hoax?

LemonBlumenthalMediaite writes about CNN’s morning show questioning the reporting of one of CNN’s evening shows.

Monday night, “CNN Tonight” aired an audiotape purported to capture the shooting of Michael Brown. The tape was brought to CNN by St. Louis attorney Lopa Blumenthal, (at right with anchor Don Lemon) who says a former client gave it to her. Lemon repeatedly said that CNN could not verify the authenticity of the tape.

TVNewser has learned CBS News received the same audio earlier this week from Blumenthal, but chose not to run it because it could not be verified.

This morning on “New Day,” two guests on CNN doubted the veracity of it.

“I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is something one of Howard Stern’s punk people had been doing. I look at this and my first inclination is someone is trying to punk CNN,” said former LAPD officer David Klinger. CNN analyst Tom Fuentes also doubted its authenticity: “When I heard this yesterday, I thought the exact same thing: it’s a hoax.”

WaPo’s Erik Wemple reported yesterday on how CNN got its hands on the audiotape. When asked about its authenticity, a CNN spokesperson told Wemple, “[W]e interviewed the caller’s attorney off camera and she answered key questions that gave us confidence to put her on the air live with Don. And we did confirm the caller lived close enough to the shooting to have heard the shots.”

Now it appears, there are doubts inside CNN.

Fox News to Premiere ’13 Hours at Benghazi’

Baier304Days before the two-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Fox News will air a special documentary.

“13 Hours At Benghazi,” hosted by Bret Baier, will premiere September 5 at 6pmET. Baier will exclusively interview the American security operatives who fought on the ground.

“The men will share what really happened during the fighting at a U.S. diplomatic compound and at a secret CIA annex nearby, which they were assigned to protect,” FNC previews. This special will reveal their identities for the first time.

The documentary is based on the upcoming book, “13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff. Repeats of the documentary will air Friday, September 5 at 10pmET, Saturday, September 6 at 5pmET and 9pmET, and Sunday, September 7 at 12amET, 8pmET, and 11pmET.

Freed Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Asks For Space From Media Covering His Story

TheoFreed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who was imprisoned for nearly two years in Syria, spoke for the first time since his release this morning..

“I had no idea when I was in prison so much effort was being expended on my behalf, and now having found out, I am just overwhelmed by emotion,” Curtis said outside his family’s home in Massachusetts.

Curtis also had an honest message for the media.

“I’m so grateful you are expressing all this interest in me, at the same time I have to bond with my mother and my family now, and I can’t give you an interview and I can’t give you talk back and forth, and that’s all I can say to you. In the future, I promise I will respond to your emails…and help you do your job. I’m one of you, and I know what you guys are going through, so I want to help you guys, and I will be there, and I will respond, but I can’t do it now.”

Curtis took no questions. Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN all took his statement.

How ‘Right This Minute’ is Making Viral Video the Star of Its Show

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Viral has become a buzzword for TV news networks trying to produce content that can draw in a greater audience online.

One show is reversing the order, taking the Internet’s best and putting it on TV. “Right now statistics say people are uploading about 100 hours of video per minute online,” Beth Troutman, host of the syndicated viral video talk show “Right This Minute,” airing on 161 stations across the U.S. including HLN, tells us. From a three-year-old crying upon learning of the idea of death to a lumberjack expertly cutting down a tree caught in the middle of houses and power lines, everyday people creating compelling video is the star of this show.

Where Are They Now? Ken Kashiwahara

KKashiwaharaToday, TVNewser begins a multi-week series where we’ll catch up with some tvnewsers of yesterday to learn about their lives now, and their perspectives on the industry.  We start with former ABC newsman Ken Kashiwahara.  Next week: former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista.

Ken Kashiwahara most certainly has used up some of his nine lives.

Take his harrowing escape from South Vietnam while on assignment for ABC News in 1975. “It was anarchy, chaos,” he tells TVNewser about the fall of Saigon.

Kashiwahara was trapped in a mob of humanity trying to flee the country via helicopter at the U.S. Embassy.  He knew he had to scale the compound’s wall to safety.

“U.S. Marines were on top of the wall, pulling people up,” he recalls.  Kashiwahara was one of the lucky ones literally lifted up and over.

The story is just one of many experienced during a quarter-century with the network.  Another moment had Kashiwahara showered with shrapnel while covering the Lebanese Civil War.

“In the very beginning,” he says about his 25-year tenure with ABC, spent as a correspondent and as a Hong Kong and San Francisco bureau chief, “it was very exciting, the travel and not knowing where you were going to be from one day to the next.

“But after a while it got a little tiring. You could never plan your life.”

And so in 1998, at the age of 58, Kashiwahara retired.

It all began in 1969 when, after a stint in the Air Force, Kashiwahara got his big break in journalism in his native Hawaii, at Honolulu’s KHVH radio.  The station’s news director “took a chance on me.  I mean, I was terrible!”

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Cable Network Ranker: FNC #2 in Primetime for Week of August 18

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of August 18, placing second in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,944,000 primetime viewers and and 1,157,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 18th in primetime and 12th in total day, averaging 821,000 viewers and 653,000 viewers, respectively. MSNBC placed 27th in primetime and 28th in total day, delivering 597,000 primetime viewers and 371,000 total day viewers.

ESPN, USA, TNT, and TBS rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump.

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