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The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 268 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 166 | HLN: 88
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | MSNBC: 204 | CNN: 240 | HLN: 118

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

196

TheFive:

273

Baier:

239

Greta:

299

O’Reilly:

440

Kelly:

329

Hannity:

327

O’Reilly:

295

O’Reilly:

304

MSNBC
Wagner:

116

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

189

Hayes:

167

Maddow:

201

O’Donnell:

230

Hayes:

186

Maddow:

180

CNN
Tapper:

154

Blitzer:

162

Blitzer:

295

Burnett:

221

Cooper:

264

Sixties:

247

Tonight:

210

Tonight:

180

Sixties:

124

HLN
Now:

44

Files:

33

Files:

25

Jane:

91

Grace:

139

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

95

Files:

111

Files:

186

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NBCNews.com’s Traffic Declines as MSN Referrals End

NBCAs we reported, the month of July marked the end of NBCNews.com’s referral traffic from MSN, with network executives expecting a sharp drop in traffic as a result.

According to Comscore, from January, which is right before NBCNews.com relaunched, through the end of July, the website’s unique visitors traffic is down -28%. In that timespan, it lost 12,222,000 visitors.

“The loss of the Microsoft referrals was factored into our strategy and business plan when we took full ownership of our digital properties,” Gregory Gittrich, head of NBC News digital’s news and product unit tells TVNewser.

“We are focused on building a highly engaged audience, driving video views, and reaching our users wherever they are — and we’re encouraged by the goals we’ve already exceeded.”

Comparing June, which was the last full month the site received MSN referrals, to July, the site was down -19%. It should be noted, these numbers are for desktop traffic, not mobile traffic, for which MSN referral traffic didn’t apply.

Numbers were positive for Today.com, which also lost its MSN traffic referrals. From January through the end of July, the site was up +2% in unique visitors.

Sunday Show Hosts React to Chuck Todd Hosting ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2Like other news timeslots, the Sunday morning shows are fiercely competitive. But before Chuck Todd takes the reins of “Meet the Press” September 7, his soon-to-be competitors are welcoming him into the fray.

Here’s what a few of them tell TVNewser about Todd’s ascension to “MTP.”

George Stephanopoulos: “Chuck’s been preparing for this his whole career. Great to have him in the Sunday morning mix.”

Chris Wallace: “I welcome Chuck to the Sunday morning wars. Enjoy the last few Saturday nights out you’ll have for a long time. I expect Chuck to be solid competition, which will only make the game more interesting.”

Bob Schieffer: “David and Chuck are both friends of mine so I wish both of them the very best.”

Last night, Todd tweeted his feelings on landing in the coveted “MTP” moderator chair.

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‘NY Med’ Ends Season With 8th Straight Win

NY MEDABC’s “NY Med” delivered 5.5 million viewers, finishing its second season as the most-watched show in its time slot for the eighth consecutive week, according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate data. The show has won every week this season.

Thursday’s episode had a 0.9 rating /3 share in the A18-49 demographic and 1.4/4 in the A25-54 demographic.

The show grew 10% in total viewers and 17% in A25-54 viewers, and was flat in A18-49 viewers, compared to last week. During it’s second season, the show was up 25% on average over its first season two years ago; the season finale was up 34% in total viewers compared to the first season finale.

Thursday’s show capped off an eight-episode second season. Before the season began, TVNewser talked to executive producer Terry Wrong, who told us he aims to tell viewers “a story with strong doctors, nurses or patients and they will absorb the information as it relates to the characters they become invested in.”

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Rise of the Drones,’ Roberts, Turner

  • Next weeek, Fox Business’ Liz Claman will host a weeklong special segment on “Closing Bell” called “Rise of the Drones.” Claman will interview a variety of start-up and established business figures on the growing drone industry.

  • Robin Roberts talks to Variety’s Brian Steinberg about “Good Morning America” being on top. “Never take for granted being number one. Never for a second. We don’t act that way and the sports person in me says that once you do that, you get yourself in trouble.”

  • FishbowlDC reports former Fox News and CNN Capitol Hill producer Trish Turner has been named senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner replaces Jill Jackson, who is joining “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

Al Gore Suing Al Jazeera Over Current TV Sale

GoreBloomberg reports former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera over the $500 million deal to purchase his former network Current TV in 2013.

“Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” David Boies, a lawyer for Gore, said in a statement today. “We are asking the court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.”

“Our outside counsel is reviewing the complaint,” an Al Jazeera spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We think it relates to a commercial dispute between former shareholders of Current Media and Al Jazeera America. We may have further comment once they’ve fully reviewed everything.”

Al Jazeera America marks its one-year anniversary this coming Wednesday.

Ann Compton to Retire After 41 Years at ABC

ann comptonVeteran White House correspondent Ann Compton — who has covered seven presidents during her time at ABC News — will retire this fall, Politico Playbook reports this morning. She will officially retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she started at ABC News.

Allen rounds up some thoughts from Compton’s ABC News colleagues:

BEN SHERWOOD, co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group, calls Ann “the pride of Virginia … pioneer, ceiling shatterer, and radiant soul. Her stats read like Babe Ruth (7 presidents, 50 states, etc.) Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”

ROBIN SPROUL, ABC News Washington bureau chief: ”She is a reporter of boundless energy who brings her A-game every day … She simply loves the beat. … She has a flair for storytelling, for capturing the day’s moments, and she knows as well as any other reporter in town how Washington works. … Ann is also a generous colleague who has helped many a new reporter covering the White House learn the ropes. … We will miss Ann so much. She is simply irreplaceable.”

>Update: Steve Jones, the vice president and general manager for ABC News Radio, sent the following note to the radio division about Compton this afternoon: Read more

Deborah Turness on ‘MTP’ Change: ‘The Time Had Come For This to Happen’

david gregory_304x200In the wake of the host change at “Meet the Press,” which became official yesterday as David Gregory bid goodbye to NBC and Chuck Todd was officially announced as the show’s new moderator, NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York Times‘ Bill Carter:

[Gregory] will leave the network after a two-decade career, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, said in an interview on Thursday. “The time had come for this to happen,” Ms. Turness said. She said she had decided on the change after trying to reshape the show under Mr. Gregory. “The numbers just didn’t move,” Ms. Turness said, referring to ratings for the program.

Carter reports that the production side of “Meet the Press” will not see changes “for the moment at least,” with Rob Yarin staying on as executive producer. Yarin has been the EP of “Meet the Press” since Betsy Fischer Martin left the show in 2013.

As Gregory leaves NBC, his colleague Ann Curry — who was ousted from the “Today” show in 2012 — took to Twitter to send him some support: Read more

Savannah Guthrie: ‘I Feel Like Life Just Started’

Calling in to the “Today” show this morning to describe her first two days of motherhood, Savannah Guthrie said she feels “like life just started.” The “Today” show anchor and her husband named their first child Vale, which means “valley by a stream.”

“‘Today’ viewers had totally convinced me we were having a boy. So I think I really was shocked when they said, ‘it’s a girl.’ We looked at each other, and we had a few names on the girl list, but we had not really settled on it at all,” Guthrie said. “So all afternoon we were just trying to think of names. Vale had always been on our list of the names we liked, so we just kind of went for it.” Watch:

Who Will Replace Chuck Todd on MSNBC?

As Chuck Todd ascends to the coveted moderator chair at “Meet the Press,” his morning anchor chair at MSNBC lies vacant. Over the years, MSNBC has filled many of its vacancies through its bench of contributors. Some guests turned hosts include Chris Hayes, Steve Kornacki, Alex Wagner, Joy Reid, and the cast of “The Cycle.”

Todd’s show served as the leadoff hitter to the network’s daytime lineup; particularly the morning’s hard news shows. We’ve put together some potential replacements for you to vote on. We’ll keep voting open throughout the weekend and post the results next week.

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