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Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 64 | CNN: 143 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 388 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 235 | HLN: 162

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

156

TheFive:

225

Baier:

252

Greta:

233

O’Reilly:

403

Kelly/Obama:

432

Hannity:

327

O’Reilly:

302

O’Reilly:

194

MSNBC
Wagner:

34

EdShow:

59

Sharpton:

90

Matthews:

109

Hayes:

104

Maddow:

156

O’Donnell:

116

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

66

CNN
Tapper:

120

Blitzer:

110

Blitzer:

104

Burnett:

114

Cooper:

208

Sixties/Cooper:

256

Tonight:

235

Tonight:

230

CNNI:

170

HLN
Now:

60

Files:

58

Files:

49

Jane:

94

Grace:

174

Dr.Drew:

167

Files:

146

Files:

122

Files:

168

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Pres. Obama Holds News Conference From U.S./Africa Leaders Summit

ObamaPresident Obama held a news conference this evening as the three-day U.S./Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC drew to a close. The president spoke about progress being made in both the economies and governance of many African nations.

The press event was delayed more than an hour. As the start times of the live editions of the evening newscasts approached, all three broadcast networks streamed the President’s remarks online rather than carrying them on air.

On cable news Fox News preempted “The Five” for an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” which aired from 5-7pmET. CNN and MSNBC covered the newser in its normal programming, anchored by Wolf Blitzer and Ed Schultz, respectively.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace, followed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, then Margaret Talev of Bloomberg; NBC’s Chris JansingDavid Ohito of The Standard, a Kenyan publication; and the last question went to Jerome Cartillier of Agence France-Presse. The president concluded the nearly :45 minute press briefing at 6:54pmET.

The Top Cable News Shows in July Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top nine programs in the key A25-54 demographic in July 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,832,000 total viewers and 446,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second with 2,386,000 total viewers and 386,000 demo viewers. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Hannity” rounded out the top five.

CNN was the only network other than Fox News to have a show in the top ten among the A25-54 demo: “Anderson Cooper 360,” which averaged 189,000 demo viewers, placed tenth overall. CNN’s highest-rated show in total viewers was “The Sixties,” which averaged 613,000 viewers and placed 19th overall.

“Shark Tank” led the way for CNBC, placing 32nd overall in total viewers and 12th overall in the demo. The program averaged 406,000 and 182,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 15th overall in total viewers and 16th overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 795,000 total viewers and 175,000 demo viewers.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 34th in total viewers and 27th in the demo with 371,000 and 129,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Imus in the Morning,” which ranked 75th overall. “Stossel” led the way in the demo, ranking 76th.

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TV Newsers Land on DC’s Most Beautiful List

50 most beautifulFishbowlDC reports on The Hill’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” people on Capitol Hill list. And this year’s list includes some faces from TV news.

Those making the cut include Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, NBC News’ Kristen Welker, and Al Jazeera America associate producer Simone Perez.

Read the full list of DC’s fresh faces here.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 215 | MSNBC: 75 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 283 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 100 | HLN: 118

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

145

TheFive:

295

Baier:

231

Greta:

254

O’Reilly:

353

Kelly:

253

Hannity:

243

O’Reilly:

220

Kelly:

184

MSNBC
Wagner:

19

EdShow:

54

Sharpton:

98

Matthews:

152

Hayes:

152

Maddow:

162

O’Donnell:

135

Hayes:

89

Maddow:

67

CNN
Tapper:

147

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer/Cross:

131/91

Burnett:

112

Cooper:

98

SpcRpt:

111

Tonight:

90

Cooper:

73

SpcRpt:

78

HLN
Now:

19

Files:

26

Files:

75

Jane:

72

Grace:

108

Dr.Drew:

89

Files:

159

Files:

178

Files:

236

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John Oliver’s New Take on the News-Comedy Genre

John OliverVariety examines how HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” fits into the news-comedy landscape, concluding that Oliver’s show is “shaking up the genre anew, providing a sort of investigative journalism that is not seen in any of the other comedy-news hybrids on the air”:

In recent weeks, Oliver has presented a segment lasting than 13 minutes on the “net neutrality” debate and one of more than 16 minutes about the troubles of dietary supplements pitched by luminaries such as Dr. Oz. He eviscerated FIFA, the governing body behind the World Cup, in a bit lasting 13 minutes and 14 seconds, according to a video posting from HBO on YouTube.

How different are Oliver’s content pieces? The typical segment on the often hard-hitting “60 Minutes” typically comes in between 11 minutes and 13 minutes, according to a spokesman for the CBS newsmagazine. Producers at “Last Week Tonight,” declined through an HBO spokeswoman to comment.

“I see Oliver as the next logical extension of the genre,” said Dannagal Young, an assistant professor at the University of Delaware who studies the use of political satire. Oliver, she said, “is going beyond traditional satire to give audience members specific directives that allow them to take action on the issues he deconstructs on the show.”

At the TVNewser Show in April, Fox News’ Bret Baier praised Oliver for his coverage of the elections in India: “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage.’ And it’s something that people, I think, need to know about, just for the betterment of us,” he said.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 1

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 229 | MSNBC: 77 | CNN: 79 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 156 | CNN: 131 | HLN: 105

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

92

TheFive:

161

Baier:

167

Greta:

240

O’Reilly:

402

Kelly:

399

Hannity:

316

O’Reilly:

208

Kelly:

290

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

57

Sharpton:

97

Matthews:

122

Hayes:

148

Maddow:

160

O’Donnell:

157

Hayes:

68

Maddow:

62

CNN
Tapper:

27

Blitzer:

29

Blitzer:

59

Burnett:

96

Cooper:

116

SpcRpt:

181

Tonight:

97

Cooper:

98

SpcRpt:

173

HLN
Now:

54

Files:

31

Files:

25

Jane:

61

Grace:

99

Dr.Drew:

78

Files:

139

Files:

172

Files:

245

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Bret Baier: ‘Rachel Maddow Makes Some Good Points Sometimes’

Bret BaierIn an interview with The Daily Caller, Bret Baier had some kind words for one of his competitors at MSNBC.

“I think Rachel Maddow makes some good points sometimes, and I watch some of those commentaries she makes,” Baier said. “I do look at it, not as a news product, but as an editorial, commentary show,” he noted.

Baier added that although he has several friends who work at NBC and MSNBC, he doesn’t think about “how they do their cable channel.” “I think about 6-7 [pmET] and have the blinders on as much as I can.”

Baier isn’t the only one at Fox News who’s heaped praise at Maddow. In 2012, network Chairman Roger Ailes wrote a blurb for Maddow’s book “Drift.”

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