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The Morning Ticker: Wagner Wedding, Turner Move, Rivers’ Health

  • Politico reports President Obama will attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner to the Obama family chef Sam Kass on Saturday. The couple will marry at at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. Kass is also the executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

  • Broadcasting & Cable reports Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and TCM, is leaving Turner. Wright has been with the company since joining TNT in 2002. The move comes as Turner offers buyouts to hundreds of employees.

  • Joan Rivers remains in a medically induced coma at a New York Hospital following complications of an endoscopy Thursday morning. The three network morning shows all updated Rivers’s condition in the first 10 minutes of their shows this morning.

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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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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.

July 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Has Lowest Primetime Demo in Eight Years

MSNBC placed third in viewers and fourth in A25-54 demo viewers in total day this month. In primetime, the network finished second in viewers and third in the demo; the latter was the network’s lowest in eight years–since July 2006.

The ratings for July 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 550,000 Total Viewers / 152,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 318,000 Total Viewers / 92,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was down -16% in total viewers and -33% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was down -6% and -25%, respectively.

MSNBC’s daytime programming struggled in July. Marking six months at 4pmET, “Now with Alex Wagner” is down -28% in total viewers and -57% in the demo compared to last year when Martin Bashir hosted the hour; the demo is the lowest at 4pmET since 2005. “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd” is down -21% in viewers and -47% in the demo; the latter is the lowest since 2004.

In primetime, all three MSNBC’s shows were up in total viewers but down double digits in the demo. “All In with Chris Hayes” was up +6% in total viewers and down -20% in the demo, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was up +2% in total viewers and down -20% in the demo, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was up +8% and down -17%, respectively.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, July 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 341 | MSNBC: 91 | CNN: 276 | HLN: 113
  • Primetime: FNC: 570 | MSNBC: 184 | CNN: 488 | HLN: 131

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

298

Shepard:

415

Baier:

487

Greta:

377

O’Reilly:

561

Kelly:

534

Hannity:

615

Kelly:

548

Kelly:

406

MSNBC
Wagner:

78

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

118

Matthews:

125

Hayes:

171

Maddow:

212

O’Donnell:

168

Hayes:

156

Maddow:

117

CNN
Tapper:

383

Blitzer:

383

Blitzer

351

Burnett:

412

Cooper:

486

Cooper:

487

Tonight:

490

Tonight:

362

CNNI:

335

HLN
Now:

137

Files:

81

Files:

77

Jane:

84

Grace:

112

Dr.Drew:

105

Files:

176

Files:

180

Files:

203

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Networks Pivot From Ukraine to Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Offensive

Shortly before 4pmET, cable and broadcast networks turned from Ukraine — where they have spent most of the day reporting on Malyasia Airlines flight 17, which was shot down near the Russian border this morning — to Gaza, where Israel has just launched a ground offensive after several days of violence there.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only broadcast anchor still on the air when news of the ground invasion broke. “We’re just getting reports now from our Hamish MacDonald that Israeli military confirms to ABC news that the ground phase of the war in Gaza has indeed begun,” Stephanopoulos said. “Another huge crisis escalating at the same time as we’re getting all of these reports of the downed airliner.”

On cable, Shepard Smith continues to anchor from the Fox News Deck, joined by John Huddy from Gaza. Jake Tapper is anchoring on CNN, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem. CNN’s Ben Wedeman and Karl Penhaul also reported from Gaza during the 4pmET hour. Alex Wagner is anchoring on MSNBC.

MSNBC and CNN have mostly focused on the plane during the 4pmET hour, while Fox News has stayed with the Gaza story.

>Update: As an out of breath John Huddy voiced a running eyewitness account on Fox News, describing what he sees and hears, Smith said, “John Huddy is giving us a view like you won’t see on any channel in this world. I’m watching all of them. And nobody has this view, and nobody has this eye on this, except John Huddy.” Watch here.

The AM Ticker: Wagner, O’Brien, Univision

  • Soledad O’Brien‘s new CNN documentary, “The War Comes Home,” will debut August 12 at 9pmET. The show follows veterans Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs as they struggle with post-war PTS.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, June 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 202 | MSNBC: 60 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 306 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 163 | HLN: 157

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

121

TheFive:

199

Baier:

229

Greta:

170

O’Reilly:

299

Megyn:

327

Hannity:

290

O’Reilly:

182

Megyn:

151

MSNBC
Wagner:

36

EdShow:

53

Sharpton:

79

Matthews:

89

Hayes:

89

Maddow:

104

O’Donnell:

109

Hayes:

51

Maddow:

42

CNN
Tapper:

32

Blitzer:

63

Blitz/Cross:

71/65

Burnett:

68

Cooper:

96

Sixties:

196

Sixties:

Cooper:

151

Sixties:

75

HLN
News:

18

Files:

25

Files:

55

Jane:

68

Grace:

153

DrDrew:

173

Files:

147

Files:

158

Files:

142

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The NBC Ticker: Jansing, Vieira, Wagner

  • FishbowlDC reports on Chris Jansing‘s first day as NBC’s new Senior White House Correspondent. Jansing covered the Summit on Working Families. The former MSNBC anchor’s DC start comes on Josh Earnest‘s first day as White House Press Secretary.

  • This Friday, NBC’s Meredith Vieira hosts the 2-hour primetime special “A Leap of Faith,” which takes viewers inside an emerging medical break-through that is both experimental and controversial — but has the potential to save billions of lives.

  • “NOW with Alex Wagner” on MSNBC is airing special reports this week on immigration in the U.S. For the series called  “The Invisible Us” Wagner reports from the U.S./Mexico border.

Lawrence O’Donnell on Crash Recovery: ‘It’s Been a Real Clearing of the Head’

ODonnellWagnerMSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell went on Alex Wagner‘s show this afternoon to talk about his recovery from a taxi crash while on vacation in April.

“It’s been two months, there’s been some difficult parts of it. But the truth of it is, it’s been a pretty great two months,” O’Donnell said. “I am not a workaholic. I am not the first one in the building in the morning. It’s been a real clearing of the head,” O’Donnell told Wagner.

Still no word on when he’ll be back hosting his 10pmET show. Wagner closed by saying, “We look forward to seeing you in the very near future.”

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