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The Ticker: Cooper, Alexander, Plouffe

  • Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will be back for their annual CNN New Year’s Eve special. Cooper and Griffin will ring in 2015 live from Times Square, Wednesday, Dec. 31. This will be the 8th year in a row Cooper and Griffin have hosted CNN’s New Year’s special.

  • “Inside Edition’s” Megan Alexander has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Alexander will continue to report for the syndicated newsmagazine.  Previously, she was an anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio and a feature reporter for WZTV-TV in Nashville.

  • Politico reports Obama adviser David Plouffe is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy. Plouffe will be in charge of global branding, communications and policy at the App-based car-for-hire company.

Today’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

Networks remain on-scene in Ferguson today after a violent night produced tear gas, gunshots, and more clashes between police and protesters (and some violence toward journalists). As a grand jury might start hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as soon as tomorrow,  here’s an update on who’s in Ferguson today and tonight.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 11

EveningNewsNewAnother split week for the evening newscasts: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams wins its 257th straight week among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” wins its 6th of the last 7 weeks among younger viewers.

All three newscasts were up in both measurements from last week, and from last year, as breaking news from the Midwest and the Middle East factored in to increasing viewership.

ABC and NBC were up +11% in viewers vs. the same week last year, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +8%. In the A25-54 demographic, NBC was up +2%, ABC was up +11% and CBS was up +6%.

Numbers for the week of August 11, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,987,000 7,675,000 6,213,000
• A25-54: 1,906,000 1,978,000 1,465,000

Nora Zimmett Named SVP of Programming at The Weather Channel

The-Weather-ChannelNora Zimmett has been named senior vice president of live programming at The Weather Channel. Zimmett joins the network from CNN, where she was most recently the co-creator and executive producer of the weekend edition of “New Day” and “Smerconish.”

“Nora’s vast experience covering important issues makes her the ideal leader for a team with an editorial mission focused on safety and preparedness as well as science,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement. “She is an amazing journalist and brings with her an understanding of storytelling and how important it is to our network.”

Prior to working at CNN, Zimmett worked at Bloomberg TV and Fox News. In her new role, she will be based in Atlanta.

The release, after the jump. Read more

Rocks Thrown at Chris Hayes During Ferguson Coverage

During a live 11pmET edition of “All In” from Ferguson, MO last night, protestors threw rocks at Chris Hayes. Two rocks were hurled at Hayes, one deflected by Craig Melvin who was reporting alongside his MSNBC colleague. “Tell the true story,” one protestor shouted. “You know, we are telling the true story,” Melvin shot back. “People are angry,” Hayes added.

Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

The Scoreboard: Friday, August 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 121 | CNN: 189 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 165 | CNN: 253 | HLN: 85

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

271

TheFive:

321

Baier:

228

Greta:

200

TheFive:

294

KellySpcl:

150

Hannity:

227

TheFive:

203

Kelly:

192

MSNBC
Wagner:

130

EdShow:

142

Sharpton:

162

Matthews:

176

Hayes:

141

Maddow:

177

Lockup:

178

Lockup:

229

Lockup:

166

CNN
Tapper:

238

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

268

Burnett:

203

Cooper:

268

Cooper:

288

Spot/Flight:

239/168

Sixties:

90

Sixties:

100

HLN
Now:

46

Files:

29

Files:

68

Files:

91

Files:

82

Files:

69

Files:

104

Files:

151

Files:

171

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Tonight’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

As the National Guard arrives in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks have set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there. Here’s an update on who will be in Ferguson tonight:

As we told you earlier, Shepard Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour on Fox News tonight. We’ll continue to update as plans are set.

The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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