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Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 8

morningshowanchors2014“CBS This Morning” may be in third place, but it’s the only morning show to see year-over-year growth. Last week, “CTM” was the only breakfast program to grow in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “CTM” was up +5% in viewers and up +2% in the demo, closing the gap with NBC’s “Today” by 120,000 viewers.

“Good Morning America” still leads the pack, and was up +2% in the demo, but down -2% in total viewers. “Today” was flat among viewers and down -9% in the demo. “Today” had its best week in viewers since the week of May 19. Meanwhile, “GMA” is posting its largest season margins over “Today” in both total viewers and the demo in more than 22 years.

The averages for the week of Sept. 8, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.454M / NBC: 4.672M / CBS: 2.943M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.062M / NBC: 1.813M / CBS: 949,000

‘The Newsroom’ Returns With Storyline Ripped from MSNBC

The-Newsroom-HBO-The-112th-Congress-Episode-3-4-550x366Aaron Sorkin‘s “The Newsroom” returns to HBO November 9. The 6-episode final season will include whistleblowers, a wedding, and a minor storyline ripped from a real newsroom. As Sorkin explains to EW about the characters of Jim and Hallie, played by John Gallagher Jr. and Grace Gummer:

Jim is still dating Hallie, but there’s tension in that relationship. Hallie is actually now working for ACN Digital at the beginning of the season. And mirroring something that happened at MSNBC a while back when someone tweeted a quip that was offensive to Republicans. It was a big deal—MSNBC had to apologize. They had to fire the producer who sent the tweet and everything. So something very similar happens to Hallie. She in the middle of the night, really tired, tweets something from ACN’s account, sort of immediately realizes what she’s done, deletes it but it’s too late. That begins a story that lasts the whole season.

More Plagiarism Allegations Against Fareed Zakaria

ZakariaClaimsCNN’s Fareed Zakaria is facing a growing list of plagiarism accusations with several recent examples coming from his CNN show.

On Tuesday, the site OurBad Media, which has released previous examples of alleged plagiarism by Zakaria, released more than 20 new examples. We’ve reached out to CNN multiple times about the new claims, but have not received an on-the-record comment. A spokesperson referred us to previous comments given during earlier claims of plagiarism.

The most recent example is a video compilation showing a clip from a 2011 episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” matched with a 2010 documentary called “Justice for Sergei.” The “GPS” segment uses footage from the 2010 documentary, with an upper left courtesy, but Zakaria’s narration is lifted, nearly word-for-word, from the documentary.

In another 2011 segment, Zakaria tracks a package on the lack of an operating government in Belgium. Parts of the wording in that story are identical to sections of a TIME article on the same subject. OurBad Media sites several other examples of Zakaria using similar wording or statistics without attribution.

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Rupert Murdoch Won’t Go After Time Warner ‘In A Hostile Way’

Rupert Murdoch was a guest during FBN’s special coverage of the vote in Scotland this morning.

The Chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox phoned in to Neil Cavuto where he was asked about today’s independence vote in Scotland, the 2016 U.S. elections, the global terror threat on the markets and his withdrawn offer for Time Warner.

Murdoch said he hasn’t had any discussions since withdrawing the Time Warner bid in early August, and won’t go after a deal “in a hostile way.”


Riccie Johnson, Making ’60 Minutes’ Look Good Since 1968

“I’m Mike Wallace. I’m Morley Safer. I’m Ed Bradley. I’m Lesley Stahl. I’m Scott Pelley. Those stories and… Riccie Johnson, tonight on ’60 Minutes Overtime.’”

You may not know her name, but you do know her work. Johnson has been with “60 Minutes” since the beginning, as make-up artist for the correspondents and some high-profile guests, President’s Johnson, Ford and Clinton among them. Riccie Johnson’s most famous subjects: The Beatles, when they made their American TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago.

The Morning Ticker: Dallas, Alibaba, ISIS

  • CNBC has the full court press on Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company prepares for its IPO tomorrow. CNBC has found that, even though it’s on track to be the largest IPO in history, 88% of Americans don’t know what Alibaba is.

  • Al Jazeera America takes an in-depth look at ISIS and its impact on the region as John Seigenthaler hosts “Flashpoint: Fighting ISIL,” tomorrow at 8pmET/PT. The special examines the U.S. attempts to lead a coalition to combat the group.

David Gregory: ‘Laziness in the Media’ Helps Perpetuate Political Gridlock Storyline

NoLabelsGregoryAt the No Labels National Ideas Meeting in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory talked about the media’s role in the polarized state of politics.

“Sometimes it is an over-simplification to talk about the speed of the news cycle — that is part of the problem. What it is is the attachment to narrative,” said Gregory. “In Washington political journalism the narrative gets set early and then its built on. Things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, often because of laziness in the media.

The media has gotten very attached to the idea that Washington is so dysfunctional and the country is so frustrated with it. There is a self fulfilling part of that that goes along with the fact that some of these issues just don’t have consensus.”

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Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’ Now Available Monday, on Your Mobile Device

60_minutes_carousel_370x278“60 Minutes” begins its 47th season Sunday night. And for the first time, you’ll be able to see Sunday’s stories on your mobile device the following week, without having to purchase the $4.99 app.

Last season,”60 Minutes” averaged 12.2 million viewers each Sunday, finishing most weeks in the Top 10. But the program suffered a black eye in November when correspondent Lara Logan was forced to apologize for her report on the 9/11/12 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. A CBS News internal review found the story “deficient in several respects.” Logan and producer Max McClellan took extended leaves of absence from the network. Logan returned earlier this year, and made her first appearance on air on “Face the Nation” in June.

This week’s premiere episode includes a 2-part report from Scott Pelley who traveled to Iraq earlier this month reporting on the terror group ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story on criminals who use stolen social security numbers to get fraudulent tax refunds, to the tune of billions of dollars.

While new stories will be free the week following the broadcast, the “60 Minutes” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has expanded its archive to more than 300 stories, including the first episode in 1968.

The new season also includes some new faces: Bill Whitaker is now a correspondent for the show and former “CBS Evening News” EP Patricia Shevlin is a producer.

TV Jobs: MSNBC, SNY, Syfy

This week, MSNBC is hiring a booking producer for Melissa Harris-Perry, while SNY needs a director of studio production. Syfy is seeking a social media marketing manager, and NBC Sports is on the hunt for a vice president of programming research. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 254 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 231 | HLN: 86

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

173

TheFive:

303

Baier:

349

Greta:

309

O’Reilly:

339

Kelly:

388

Hannity:

257

O’Reilly:

258

Kelly:

245

MSNBC
Wagner:

32

EdShow:

50

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

133

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

103

Hayes:

60

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

80

Blitzer:

129

Blitzer:

136

Burnett:

194

Cooper:

229

Cooper:

288

Tonight:

178

Cooper:

132

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

38

Files:

22

Files:

80

Jane:

75

Grace:

98

Dr.Drew:

80

Files:

81

Files:

148

Files:

208

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