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Following Victory in Court, CBS’ ‘Brooklyn DA’ Generates Mixed Reviews

Tonight CBS News debuts its docu-series “Brooklyn DA,” following the trials and tribulations (and sometimes actual trials) of the staff in the Brooklyn Distract Attorney’s office.

The series generated heat well before it debuted, as one of the officials looking to challenge the Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes in this year’s election argued that the series was essentially giving Hynes free publicity on network TV. Ultimately a judge decided that the show could go on, after CBS News producers testified under oath regarding how the show was produced.

The reviews for the series cover a wide spectrum. Here are some of the highlights.

Neil Genzlinger, NY Times: “Apart from the guessing game over whether it is or isn’t a news program, the most annoying thing about “Brooklyn DA” is the way it flaunts its Brooklyn-ness. Television that ventures into that borough or, for that matter, other boroughs has created a series of clichés, all of which are in evidence here.”

Brian Lowry, Variety: “‘Brooklyn DA’ does provide some behind-the-curtain looks at the legal process (including a superior helping a young attorney massage and strengthen her opening statement for court), but for any regular viewer of TV legal dramas, there’s not a lot here you haven’t seen before, in one form or another.”
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Memorable Moments From This Morning’s Tornado Coverage

When an extraordinary event takes place, there is always some extraordinary television coverage that follows. Here are some of the highlights from this morning’s coverage.

NBC’s “Today” reunited a teacher with one of the students she helped save:


“CBS This Morning” put together a montage featuring the raw sights and sounds form the tornado, including a woman finding her missing dog live on camera:

ABC’s “Good Morning America” interviewed two of the teachers who helped save students at one of the elementary schools:

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In Holiday Cards, Fox Roasts More Than Chestnuts

Once again the Fox News and Fox Business media relations folks have served up some holiday cheer but taking jabs at their competitors in holiday cards. Yes, the war on Christmas the competition is alive and well at Fox. In the Fox Biz card, below, FBN anchors make the nice list, while a few CNBC anchors make the “naughty” list

Meanwhile, Fox News conjures up an image of the network ratings horse race in their card, showing Fox News ahead of the broadcast competition, while one network stumbles and two others remain in the “Grooming Center.” See it after the jump.

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66.8 Million People Watched Election In Primetime, Down From 2008

Nielsen has just released the final primetime ratings tally across all networks. 66.8 million people tuned into coverage leading up to the projection of President Obama’s reelection during the 11 PM hour (from 8-11PM ET). That is down from 2008, when 71.5 million people tuned in during the same time period.

The Nielsen-rated networks covering the election this year were NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Current TV and TV One.

Among the broadcasters, NBC led the way with 12.12 million viewers, followed by ABC with 10.52 million viewers, CBS with 7.92 million and Fox with 4.93 million. The cable news ratings for primetime can be found here. Fox News was second among all networks in prime behind NBC, followed by ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox and MSNBC.

PBS notes that it had a cume audience of six million, more than its 2004 and 2008 ratings combined, though for the evening it averaged around a million viewers each hour, well below the broadcast competition.

The Ticker: McGovern Funeral, Kier NBC, omg!

  • C-SPAN will broadcast the funeral of former Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern Friday afternoon beginning at 2pmET. The service is being held at the Mary Sommervold Theatre in Sioux Falls, SD. McGovern died Sunday at age 90.

  • Keir Simmons joins NBC News as a London correspondent. Simmons will report for “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com. Simmons joins from ITV News where he’s been UK editor for the last five years.

  • CBS and Yahoo! have joined up in a deal that will rename the “The Insider” “omg! Insider.” omg! is Yahoo!’s celebrity gossip blog. The show will continue to be hosted by Kevin Frazier and former HLN anchor Brooke Anderson. Lost Remote has more.

Debate Ratings: 65.6 Million Watch 2nd Presidential Debate

The final numbers are in, and 65.6 million people watched the second presidential debate live on TV last night, according to Nielsen.

Nielsen’s number includes NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News, CNN, Current TV, CNBC and MSNBC.

All told, the second debate was down slightly from the first Presidential debate of the cycle, which drew 67.2 million viewers, and up significantly from last week’s VP debate, which drew 51.4 million. Compared to the second debate of 2008, the ratings are up by a few million viewers.

You can view the breakdown of the cable and broadcast ratings from last night here.

Here’s to the Next 35,000

Excuse us while we take a little time to gloat, and thank you for continuing to spend part of your day checking in to TVNewser.

Today TVNewser published its 35,000th post. It was this post, our latest episode of Cubes on Newsweek & The Daily Beast. (By the way, all of our MediabistroTV shows can be seen on our YouTube channel. Check them out when you have a minute.)

TVNewser also just finished its best month ever with more than 3.2 million page views and 1.7 million unique visitors. Our coverage from the RNC and DNC, stories related to 9/11/12, the tragedy at the embassy in Benghazi and the unfortunate end to a car chase on Fox News last week — our most-read story ever — led to a record month. And we’re on track for a record year.

So thanks to all of you for sticking with us over the years, from when Brian put up that first post on CableNewser almost 9 years ago to today. It’s been a blast watching the site, and Mediabistro, grow — including adding other great media sites to our network like TVSpy and LostRemote.

We hope we’ve kept you informed and entertained with the News about the News and made this a place where you can take part: to discuss, react, complain and opine about the ever-evolving always entertaining TV news business.

-Chris

Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008

More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.

Fox News was the most-watched cable news network during the debate, and will likely be the most-watched network on TV, though final broadcast numbers will not be released until after 4 PM.

Update: Finals are in, and ABC was the top network during the debate, followed by NBC and CBS. Fox News ended up fourth. Finals numbers can be viewed here.

Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Fox and CBS are all up from the same debate in 2008, while CNN and ABC are down. In the adults 25-54 demo, FNC and MSNBC are up compared to 2008, while CNN is down.

The 58 million figure (and the 52.4 million figure) does not include coverage on PBS, Univision, C-SPAN, the cable business networks or online.

The numbers:

From 9-10:30 PM

Cable:
FNC: 10,421,380 total viewers, 2,932,907 adults 25-54
CNN: 6,045,109 total viewers, 2,368,589 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 4,710,511 total viewers, 1,852,629 adults 25-54

Broadcast (based on Nielsen Fast Nationals, which could change in finals):
CBS 10,176,000 total viewers
ABC 10,117,000 total viewers
NBC 9,914,000 total viewers
FOX 6,977,000 total viewers

From 8-11 PM, which includes pre- and post-debate analysis:

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Where to Watch the First Presidential Debate

CBS News Relaunches CBSNews.com

CBS News has quietly relaunched CBSNews.com.

The new look for the site features a lighter background, larger text and bigger photos, making it less cluttered and easier to read. There are fewer stories featured at the top, but readers get more information from them.

The links to the CBS News program sub-sites are a little harder to find, but still at the top of the page. There also appears to be a new ad unit at the top of the page.

Take a look at the old layout to the left, and the new design to the right, below.

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