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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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The Scoreboard: Monday, August 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 304 | MSNBC: 85 | CNN: 180 | HLN: 102
  • Primetime: FNC: 460 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 190 | HLN: 126

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

294

TheFive:

325

Baier:

338

Greta:

347

O’Reilly:

578

Kelly:

460

Hannity:

342

O’Reilly:

297

Kelly:

266

MSNBC
Wagner:

59

EdShow:

71

Sharpton:

104

Matthews:

150

Hayes:

131

Maddow:

195

O’Donnell:

130

Hayes:

81

Maddow:

88

CNN
Tapper:

211

Blitzer:

237

Blitzer:

183

Burnett:

183

Cooper:

167

Cooper:

204

Tonight:

200

Tonight:

188

CNNI:

188

HLN
Now:

38

Files:

41

Files:

41

Jane:

94

Grace:

147

Dr.Drew:

121

Files:

112

Files:

199

Files:

219

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, August 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 204 | MSNBC: 105 | CNN: 193 | HLN: 143
  • Primetime: FNC: 184 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 209 | HLN: 153

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

165

AMNHQ:

150

FNSunday:

218

Faulkner:

210

Faulkner:

184

Pirro:

177

Pirro:

191

Huckabee:

120

Pirro:

139

MSNBC
Caught:

100

Caught:

154

Caught:

94

Caught:

40

Caught:

54

Caught:

72

Lockup:

140

Lockup:

208

Lockup:

188

CNN
Nwsroom:

175

Nwsroom:

165

Nwsroom:

143

Nwsroom:

140

TheHunt:

173

TheHunt:

264

TheHunt:

190

TheHunt:

181

TheHunt:

166

HLN
Files:

166

Files:

112

Files:

118

Files:

115

Files:

106

Files:

123

Files:

230

Files:

191

Files:

215

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, August 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 186 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 162 | HLN: 141
  • Primetime: FNC: 152 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 198 | HLN: 122

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HQ:

105

Stossel:

114

NewsHQ:

132

Report:

185

Huckabee:

121

Pirro:

165

Hannity:

171

RedEye:

123

Pirro:

147

MSNBC
Caught:

104

Caught:

150

Caught:

115

Caught:

60

Caught:

55

Lockup:

126

Lockup:

188

Lockup:

251

Lockup:

246

CNN
News/Gupta:

146

Nwsroom:

165

Smerconish:

167

Nwsroom:

165

TheHunt:

167

TheHunt:

155

TheHunt:

272

TheHunt:

177

TheHunt:

193

HLN
Files:

150

Files:

156

Files:

146

Files:

136

Files:

107

Files:

125

Files:

135

Files:

164

Files:

199

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Bill O’Reilly and Howard Kurtz Talk Al Sharpton’s Dual Activist, MSNBC Role

O'Reilly KurtzBill O’Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn last night about Al Sharpton‘s ongoing activism on behalf of Michael Brown while also hosting his MSNBC show.

“This is a travesty,” Kurtz said, citing Sharpton’s “political” eulogy at Brown’s funeral yesterday, meeting with Michael Brown’s family, and what Kurtz says is Sharpton’s “acknowledgment” that he is a conduit for the Obama administration for on-the-ground information on Ferguson.

“This just reeks that MSNBC thinks this acceptable…you can’t be a player and cover the game,” Kurtz added. O’Reilly chimed in he believes Sharpton “almost singlehandedly has corrupted NBC News,” dismissing MSNBC President Phil Griffin‘s defense that the network has been transparent about Sharpton’s dual roles. Yesterday, Sharpton spoke at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis in the afternoon and later hosted “PoliticsNation” from there at 6pmET. He led the show covering the funeral, playing parts of his eulogy off the top.

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Big News Draws Big Crowds to Cable News

FNCquakeNo news slowdown this August. We’ll have the final monthly cable news numbers next Wednesday, but for last week, with coverage of protests in Ferguson, MO, the murder of James Foley and the earthquake in California, Fox News Channel was the second most-watched network in all of cable in primetime, behind only ESPN which had its own big week with the Little League World Series. FNC trailed only Nickelodeon in total day viewing. (We’ll have the network ranker later today). It was the network’s second highest-rated week this year, only behind the week of the State of the Union in January.

Several FNC programs hit new heights, including “Outnumbered” and “Happening Now” which saw all-time highs averaging 1.188 million and 1.223 million viewers, respectively. “The Kelly File” had its highest rated week of the year in the A25-54 demo, and “Hannity” had its most-watched week of the year in both viewers and the demo.

Early in the week, CNN drew a big audience for its coverage from Ferguson. CNN won the A25-54 demo four days running and “New Day” had its highest-ever demo rating on Tuesday.

FNC was the only cable news network to have programs in the top 50 cable telecasts for the week, with 7 in the top 50. The Top 20 after the jump.

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Meredith Vieira on ‘GMA’ to Promote New Show

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Meredith Vieira was a special guest host on “Good Morning America” this morning, promoting her new talk show, and promising to participate in a gravy wrestling match with Lara Spencer. Vieira has also lined up a guest-hosting gig on the “Today” show Sept. 8, which is the same day her new talk show debuts.

Even though “The Meredith Vieira Show” is produced by NBCUNiversal, produced at 30 Rock, and will air on many NBC stations, the program is syndicated and has been picked up by major-market ABC affiliates including those in Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Denver and Tampa, hence the visit this morning to ABC.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 18

EveningNewsNewFrom continuing coverage of the protests in Ferguson, MO to the murder of an American journalist by ISIS militants, all three evening newscasts saw a jump in viewership last week, compared to the same week last year.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were up the most in total viewers, each up +12% while Pelley’s broadcast was also up the most in the demo, +11%. “World News with Diane Sawyer,” in her penultimate week, once again won the week among younger viewers with a +3% lead on “Nightly News,” that’s the 7th win in the last 8 weeks.

“Nightly” continues its winning streak — now nearing five years — as the No. 1 program among total viewers with a +10% lead on “World News.”

Numbers for the week of August 18, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,021,000 7,325,000 6,532,000
• A25-54: 1,860,000 1,918,000 1,635,000


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