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Lawrence O’Donnell Will Be Off MSNBC for Several Weeks After Car Accident

lawrence-odonnellLawrence O’Donnell will be off the air for several weeks after being involved in a car accident over the weekend while vacationing.

Here’s MSNBC’s statement:

“Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O’Donnell family and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon.”

No word yet on the extent of the O’Donnell brothers’ injuries, but MSNBC tells us both are in good spirits.

Alex Wagner will fill in on “The Last Word” tonight and tomorrow night, with Ari Melber filling in on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Morning Ticker: Ingraham & ABC, MSNBC Tour, ‘Dateline’ Ratings

  • MSNBC kicks off the Growing Hope College Tour next Friday as Alex Wagner visits Texas Southern University. Wagner will host her show from University Plaza next Friday. The following Wednesday, the tour takes Rev. Al Sharpton to Morehouse College.

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” continues to score for NBC. Drawing 4.8 million viewers, the 2-hour show was the No. 1 non-sports show on the Big 4 networks in its Saturday night timeslot among viewers and the two younger demos.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 271 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 200 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 446 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 430 | HLN: 85

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

130

TheFive:

302

Baier:

272

Greta:

395

Shep.:

460

Megyn:

496

Hannity:

383

Hannity:

316

Megyn:

216

MSNBC
Wagner:

67

EdShow:

103

Sharpton:

146

Matthews:

191

Hayes:

169

Maddow:

175

O’Donnell:

153

Hayes:

124

Maddow:

114

CNN
Tapper:

116

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer:

243

Burnett:

326

Cooper:

381

Cooper:

401

Spc.Rpt:

509

Spc.Rpt:

345

Spc.Rpt:

224

HLN
News:

11

Files:

17

Files:

52

Jane:

77

Grace:

115

DrDrew:

113

Files:

174

Files:

185

Files:

142

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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Developing…

At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

Q1 2014 Ratings: Despite Strong March, CNN Third For the Quarter

CNN had its third-lowest overall quarter in primetime total viewers in 23 years (since 1991), ranking behind only the second quarter of 2012 and the final quarter of last year.

The ratings for Q1, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 498K Total Viewers / 169K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 383K Total Viewers / 122K A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, CNN lost ground in both total day and primetime viewers. In total day, the network was down -5% in total viewers and flat in A25-54 viewers. For primetime, the net was down -16% in total viewers and down -3% in A25-54 viewers. Last year’s first quarter was CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker‘s first at the helm, as Jake Tapper premiered as host of “The Lead,” and the network drew strong ratings for its Carnival Cruise incident coverage.

Although CNN was down overall for Q1, the month of March produced strong ratings thanks to nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The strong month propelled CNN past MSNBC into second place in the total day and primetime demo category. For the month, CNN averaged 655,000 total viewers and 231,000 A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network averaged 498,000 total viewers and 164,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to March 2013, the network was up +42% in total viewers and up +53% demo viewers for total day. In primetime, the net was up +37% in total viewers and up +65% in the demo year-over-year. Tapper’s “The Lead,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ all moved up to the #2 spot in both total and demo viewers, passing their MSNBC counterparts, Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz, and Chris Hayes, respectively.

CNN’s full press release after the jump.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 284 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 229 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 360 | MSNBC: 213 | CNN: 309 | HLN: 93

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

300

TheFive:

396

Baier:

352

Greta:

344

O’Reilly:

386

Megyn:

326

Hannity:

368

O’Reilly:

282

Megyn:

226

MSNBC
Wagner:

141

EdShow:

166

Sharpton:

186

Matthews:

218

Hayes:

158

Maddow:

282

O’Donnell:

198

Hayes:

48

Maddow:

51

CNN
Tapper:

305

Blitzer:

310

Blitzer:

286

Burnett:

289

Cooper:

431

Morgan:

297

DeathRow:

200

Burnett:

223

Morgan:

204

HLN
News:

76

Files:

71

Files:

50

Jane:

68

Grace:

114

DrDrew:

108

Minute:

57

Files:

138

Files:

216

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TVNewsers Head to South by Southwest

SXSWSouth by Southwest Interactive starts today (the music portion starts Monday) and various tvnewsers will be there.

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner will be a on a panel today. “Way Too Early” host Thomas Robertsand MSNBC.com executive editor Richard Wolffe sit on a panel Tuesday. (A TVNewser tipster spotted Wolfe on an Austin-bound JetBlue flight this morning enjoying his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.) JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business, will be on a panel of business reporters and editors on Tuesday as well.

CNN will have correspondent Laurie Segall and editorial folks on the ground at the conference, but no public-facing presence this year. During 2012′s SXSW, an Austin restaurant became “CNN Grill.”

Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang is moderating a fireside chat with AOL co-founder Steve Case on Saturday.

Fox News will also be sending a correspondent to the conference. HLN, which recently rebranded itself as the “TV home of social media,” won’t have a presence at SXSW this year. ABC News won’t be sending a correspondent this year.

Kara Swisher of Re/code, which is backed by the NBCU News Group, will be on a technology journalism panel on Monday.

Mediabistro’s Angela Washeck will also be at the conference. Look for her reports on our sister sites SocialTimes and 10,000 Words and on Twitter.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, February 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 235 | MSNBC: 112 | CNN: 75 | HLN: 62
  • Primetime: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 165 | CNN: 87 | HLN: 71

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

179

TheFive:

368

Baier:

316

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

417

Megyn:

266

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

148

MSNBC
Wagner:

113

EdShow:

161

Sharpton:

174

Matthews:

255

Hayes:

210

Maddow:

172

O’Donnell:

111

Hayes:

63

Maddow:

76

CNN
Tapper:

58

Blitzer:

64

Blitzer/Cross:

72/67

Burnett:

74

Cooper:

70

Morgan:

84

Cooper:

107

Burnett:

89

Morgan:

62

HLN
News:

40

WWYD:

16

WWYD:

67

Jane:

84

Grace:

107

DrDrew:

61

Minute:

43

Files:

61

Files:

116

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Joy Reid: ‘Fascinated’ by Conservative POV, ‘Cable Should Be a Debate’

Joy_Reid-304From her early career working in radio and TV in Miami, to running the African-American site TheGrio.com, to most recently serving as one of MSNBC’s go-to guests and fill-in hosts, Joy Reid says she’s ready for “The Reid Report.” And she has some MSNBCers to thank.

“When I first started off, my ultimate goal was to get on ‘Hardball, ‘” Reid told us during an interview at 30 Rock Thursday. “I love Chris Matthews. We sort of have a mutual admiration thing going on,” Reid says. She is also proud to be one of a handful of African-American hosts in cable news and praises MSNBC for having the most diverse audience. “Providing that is not niche marketing, it’s just smart business,” she says.

Taking a page from most other cable news shows, Reid says “The Reid Report,” debuting at 2pmET on Feb. 24, will play to a specific audience that wants more than headlines.

“The cable landscape is difficult. You have a polarized audience. You have an audience that is looking for alternatives to television and cable, including the internet and social.”

CNN is still trying to do “voice of God news,” while Fox News has carved out ownership of a “very Republican” audience, Reid says.

MSNBC’s tilt to the left, which began in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, doesn’t mean her show will be all liberal, all the time. As Reid tells us in the video portion of our interview, she’s looking forward to bringing on conservative voices: Read more

Chris Hayes on O’Reilly Super Bowl Interview: ‘What Are You Doing, Why Is This Happening?’

Chris Hayes took his 8pm counterpart Bill O’Reilly to task last night on “All In” for O’Reilly’s Super Bowl interview with President Obama.

“The interview itself…what are you doing, why is this happening?” Hayes said. “Who sits there across from the president of the United States and says, ‘you’re a nanny state guy, this is the kind of guy I am.’”

Hayes and his panel featuring Alex Wagner and the NAACP’s Dedrick Muhammad pointed out that O’Reilly’s claim of being “self-made” isn’t fully true since the Long Island town he grew up in was built on government funds.

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