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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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Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

Ratings: CNN Wins Primetime, Total Day Demo

CNN Ferguson coverageCNN won in the A25-54 demographic Monday in both total day and primetime, delivering 356,000 and 423,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News, second in both measurements, had 302,000 total day viewers and 405,000 primetime viewers in the demo. MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, with 1,452,000 total day viewers and 2,136,000 primetime viewers. CNN was second, with 946,000 total day viewers and 1,027,000 primetime viewers. As with the demo viewers, MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

For the primetime hours, the top-rated show in total viewers was “The Kelly File” with 2,378,000 viewers, and the top-rated show in the demo was the 10pmET hour of “CNN Tonight” with 522,000 viewers.

Fox News won the demo in both the 8pmET (with Eric Bolling in for Bill O’Reilly) and 9pmET hours, while CNN won every hour in the demo from 10pm-12amET. Shepard Smith anchored from the Fox News Deck on FNC and Jake Tapper and Don Lemon anchored from Ferguson on CNN.

A few programming notes for tonight’s primetime lineup: as we told you earlier, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon will anchor their respective shows from Ferguson. On Fox News, Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour and Megyn Kelly will anchor the 12amET hour.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

Bill O’Reilly ‘Not Real Annoyed’ Networks are ‘Overdoing’ Robin Williams’ Death Coverage

Last night, Bill O’Reilly and guest Bernie Goldberg discussed the media’s coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

“This story I think is legitimate; I’m not real annoyed that the people are overdoing it,” O’Reilly said, adding that wall-to-wall media coverage of high-profile figure deaths began with the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999. “Robin Williams deserves the adulation he’s getting, he deserves the attention he’s getting, and hopefully the depression thing will become forefront.”


The Ratings Ticker: Williams, Bolling, Univision

  • FNC’s “Cashin’ In” was the No. 1 cable news program in the A25-54 demo last weekend. The Eric Bolling-hosted show drew 320,000 A25-54 viewers. This is the first time the finance show has been No. 1 for a weekend since Bolling took over as host in January, 2013.

  • Univision finished as the No.1 broadcast network last week in both the A18-49 and A18-34 demos, ahead of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. It’s the third consecutive week that Univision finished No.1 in the target A18-34 demo.

Bill O’Reilly Gets a Mention in Sherri Shepherd’s ‘The View’ Farewell

Sherri ShepherdOn her final day co-hosting “The View,” Sherri Shepherd gave an emotional farewell speech that included the mention of a cable news star.

Bill O’Reilly said I was a pinhead,” Shepherd said during her farewell episode today (taped last week). “I remember one time another talk show host said, ‘a potato sack could replace Sherri Shepherd,’ and I started crying, and they must have told Whoopi [Goldberg] because Whoopi came in and she was like ‘look at me, look at me…if Barbara [Walters] didn’t think you could do this, she wouldn’t have asked you to be here.”

As we reported, the favorites to replace Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy might be coming from the cable news ranks.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 67 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 330 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 161 | HLN: 166

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

197

TheFive:

338

Baier:

282

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

393

Kelly:

316

Hannity:

282

O’Reilly:

218

Kelly:

169

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

83

Sharpton:

92

Matthews:

100

Hayes:

101

Maddow:

152

O’Donnell:

101

Hayes:

85

Maddow:

62

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

129

Blitzer:

117

Burnett:

152

Cooper:

141

Cooper:

177

Tonight:

165

Cooper:

107

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

53

Files:

85

Jane:

124

Grace:

155

Dr.Drew:

146

Files:

198

Files:

211

Files:

246

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The Scoreboard: Friday, August 1

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 216 | MSNBC: 105 | CNN: 129 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 301 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 108

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

187

TheFive:

253

Baier:

216

Greta:

163

O’Reilly:

305

Kelly:

346

Hannity:

253

O’Reilly:

240

Kelly:

190

MSNBC
Wagner:

84

EdShow:

90

Sharpton:

89

Matthews:

137

Hayes:

117

Maddow:

120

Lockup:

212

Lockup:

256

Lockup:

231

CNN
Tapper:

144

Blitzer:

146

Blitzer:

137

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

107

Sixties:

119

Tonight:

157

Hunt:

111

Hunt:

114

HLN
Now:

18

Files:

41

Files:

87

Files:

86

Files:

109

Files:

86

Files:

130

Files:

166

Files:

170

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The Saturday Ticker: Beck, Meade, Williams

  • Glenn Beck will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow. The CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, and former Fox News host, will talk about where he plans to take his media empire next.

  • HLN’s Robin Meade gets guest co-hosts from the sports world for “Morning Express” next week. Former LA Laker Rick Fox will guest co-host Monday and Tuesday, while NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is in on Wednesday.

  • NBC’s Brian Williams has been named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame class of 2014. “I accept with gratitude and humility,” Williams tells the Star-Ledger. “It is home for me. I was born at Exit 165 and raised at Exit 114. This is just a tremendous honor for me and my family.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 271 | MSNBC: 82 | CNN: 135 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 417 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 174 | HLN: 113

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

206

TheFive:

276

Baier:

294

Greta:

328

O’Reilly:

470

Kelly:

400

Hannity:

381

O’Reilly:

327

Kelly:

329

MSNBC
Wagner:

40

EdShow:

54

Sharpton:

100

Matthews:

153

Hayes:

118

Maddow:

203

O’Donnell:

137

Hayes:

74

Maddow:

66

CNN
Tapper:

139

Blitzer:

186

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

190

Cooper:

164

Cooper:

160

Tonight:

197

Tonight:

133

CNNI:

86

HLN
Now:

45

Files:

56

Files:

57

Jane:

58

Grace:

120

Dr.Drew:

117

Files:

102

Files:

130

Files:

248

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