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The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 212 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 340 | MSNBC: 192 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 93

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

195

TheFive:

290

Baier:

222

Greta:

240

O’Reilly:

395

Megyn:

373

Hannity:

244

O’Reilly:

233

Megyn:

224

MSNBC
Wagner:

103

EdShow:

139

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

152

Hayes:

135

Maddow:

239

O’Donnell:

202

Hayes:

101

Maddow:

100

CNN
Tapper:

68

Blitzer:

123

Blitzer:

134

Burnett:

168

Cooper:

186

Tonight:

131

Chicago:

132

SpcRpt:

116

Cooper:

102

HLN
News:

30

Files:

20

Files:

32

Jane:

60

Grace:

98

DrDrew:

94

Files:

87

Files:

162

Files:

207

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Cliven Bundy: ‘I Think Fox and I are Right On’

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who’s been in a dispute withe the Bureau of Land Management for 20 years, only to escalate recently, was back on cable news last night. Bundy who has gotten support for his stand from some corners of Fox News, was on CNN where anchor Bill Weir asked him how it feels to be “abandoned by Fox.”

“I think they misunderstood me a little bit,” Bundy says, “But I think Fox and I, Hannity and I are just right on. I think he does understand me.” Sean Hannity was among the Fox News hosts to disavow Bundy’s comments yesterday to the New York Times. Among other things, Bundy wondered whether African Americans would be better off as slaves. Hannity called his comments “beyond repugnant.”

Juju Chang Named Anchor of ‘Nightline’

abc_juju_chang_090116_mainAs Cynthia McFadden packs for NBC, ABC is wasting no time in announcing her replacement at “Nightline.” ABC lifer Juju Chang has been named co-anchor of the ABC News broadcast effective immediately.

“Juju is the perfect example of someone whose dedication and tenacity to innovative reporting have paved the way for her success,” ABC/Disney co-president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff.

Chang, who has been with ABC News her entire career, starting as a desk assistant, is married to former NBC News boss Neal Shapiro, now president of WNET.

McFadden was one of the original anchors when “Nightline” went to a 3-anchor format in 2005, along with Martin Bashir and Terry Moran. Bashir left for MSNBC in 2010, replaced by Bill Weir. Last year, Dan Abrams replaced Moran who is now a foreign correspondent for ABC News. And when Weir left for CNN in October, Dan Harris took his spot.

In his note, Sherwood thanked McFadden for her 20 years of service. “Cynthia has been an amazing colleague, a loyal mentor to so many of our up and coming producers and I am personally grateful for her profound contributions to ABC News. It is with great fondness that I wish Cynthia the very best in her new adventure.”

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

On FNC, NYT Reporter Holds Breaking News on Malaysia Airlines Until It Hits NYTimes.com

Kelly SchmidtAll three cable news networks reported last night’s New York Times breaking news that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s first turn that diverted the plane’s path was done by a computer system potentially programmed in the plane’s cockpit.

Megyn Kelly had the co-writer of the Times story, Michael Schmidt, on as a guest at the top of her show at 9:01pmET.

But Schmidt sat on his reporting for 23 minutes, until after the piece went live on the NYTimes.com.  “Way to hold it, right until the C block, Michael,” Kelly said sarcastically to Schmidt before he reported the news of the plane deliberately being diverted at  9:24pmET mark of the “Kelly File” (the funny exchange is after the jump).

Filling in on “Piers Morgan Live,” Bill Weir reported the Times story at 9:26pmET, talking to CNN safety analyst David Soucie and CNN aviation analyst Jim Tilmon.

MSNBC first mentioned the NY Times story at the top of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10:02pmET, as guest host Ari Melber turned to a report from NBC’s Tom Costello followed by a segment with former NTSB investigator Greg Feith and former corporate pilot Anthony Roman.

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Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

Jeff Zucker: ’2014 Will Be The Year We Shake Up Primetime’

jeff-zuckerIn an interview with Ad Age, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker promises big changes in 2014.

“It’s safe to say 2014 will be the year we shake up prime time,” Zucker said.

The piece highlights Zucker’s attempt to make dramatic changes to CNN’s lineup without damaging its brand as the place for news.

At stake is the future of one of the news industry’s storied brands. Mr. Zucker is trying to hang on to CNN’s heritage — the go-to for breaking news that still provides the network with its greatest ratings bumps, while expanding into the broad-appeal lifestyle programming that has helped other cable networks break out of their niches. In other words, CNN needs its “Duck Dynasty.”

“We never want to give up on breaking news,” Zucker said. “But the types of programs we do offer will be broader — informational, educational, entertaining. You will see more of that next year, allowing us to broaden the audience and field to advertisers.” Read more

‘Reliable Sources’ Reviews Changes at Fox News, CNN

Reliable SourcesThe shakeups at both Fox News and CNN were analyzed on “Reliable Sources” year-in-review show, with the panel agreeing cable news networks are trying to create new buzz to counter shrinking ratings.

TalkingPointMemo’s Hunter Walker highlighted Fox News moving Megyn Kelly to 9pm.

“She obviously had a huge buzzy moment in the past month, and I think that’s the type of thing that Fox is looking for.”

Host Brian Stelter brought up CNN’s “flat” ratings and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker bringing in new faces like Jake Tapper and Bill Weir.

“We’ve seen Anthony Bourdain come in, which I think is very interesting,” Walker added, suggesting CNN is shifting to general interest entertainment in many areas. Watch:

News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

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