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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: ‘There’s an Agenda at The Network Level at MSNBC’

fleece9n-6-webNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells The New York Times Magazine about his once hot, now quite cold relationship with MSNBC, and in particular, with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of “Morning Joe,” where Christie was once a regular.

In the profile by Mark Leibovich that appears in print Sunday, but published online Thursday, Christie says the chummy relationship he had at MSNBC dried up as Bridge-gate exploded:

“There’s an agenda at the network level at MSNBC,” Christie told me. “All these folks have to march in line in order to keep their jobs.” I asked Christie if he thought Scarborough and Brzezinski were taking orders from corporate bosses. “I don’t know,” he said. “But it seems to me there is a completely different approach to me than they were approaching me in the past.” (When I asked Scarborough if this was true, he said: “We saw him at the Vanity Fair-Bloomberg party last spring, and he stormed right past us. Mika and I just looked at each other and laughed. It’s a question of temperament with him.”) Yet Christie did not seem entirely displeased with this turn of events, either. Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said, “A lot of people who vote in our primaries think that if MSNBC attacks you for a month, you must be better than I thought you were.”

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‘If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a Baby its Name Would be Brian Douglas Williams’

Brian Williams has been immortalized in the Garden State.

At an event in Asbury Park last night, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, by none other than the state’s most famous resident (not Chris Christie) Bruce Springsteen.

“He first worked in broadcasting at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas… didn’t know that existed,” said Springsteen. “Then Washington, Philadelphia and finally New York City.”

“To paraphrase a friend of mine,” said Springsteen, “if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby, and due to the ongoing controversy over same sex-marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams.”

“I wouldn’t trade growing up where I did, how I did, with anyone, anywhere,” said Williams. WATCH:

The Evening Ticker: Lauer, Suratt, Kelly

  • The “Today” show kicked off its second annual No-Shave “Today.” Matt Lauer, Al RokerWillie Geist and Carson Daly will once again grow beards this month to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.

  • Samuel T. Suratt, the Archivist for CBS News for more than 20 years from 1969 to 1991, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in New York City. He was 81.

  • In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly got the “Saturday Night Live” treatment over the weekend. Cecily Strong played the FNC anchor for SNL’s cold open, which focused on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s defense of Ebola quarantines. WATCH:

Quarantined Nurse Gives First TV Interview to CNN: ‘I’m Perfectly Fine’

Kari Hickox, the nurse sent into mandatory Ebola quarantine in New Jersey, spoke by phone this afternoon with CNN’s Candy Crowley–an interview the network billed as exclusive and the media-savvy nurse’s “first TV interview.”

Hickox, an epidemiologist who’d just returned from Sierra Leone, where she helped treat Ebola patients, has tested negative twice for Ebola and does not have symptoms, she said. “I’m perfectly fine.”

“I know there are reports of me having a fever in the airport, but I truly believe it was an instrument error. They were using a forehead scanner, and I was obviously distressed and a bit upset.” She went on to blame New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for justifying her forcible quarantine by insisting Hickox is “obviously ill”:

“I heard from my mother last night, who called me concerned. ‘Governor Christie just said in an interview that you were ‘obviously ill’”. And this is so frustrating to me. First of all, I don’t think he’s a doctor, and secondly, he’s never laid eyes on me. And thirdly, I have been asymptomatic since I’ve been here. I feel physically completely strong and emotionally completely exhausted.”

Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of March 24 and Q1 2014

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week and the just-completed first quarter of 2014.

Compared to the same week last year all three newscasts saw significant growth. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in viewers: +19%, also up +14% in the demo. “Nightly News” was also up +14% in the demo and up +15% in viewers. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +8% in viewers and up +13% in the demo.

For the second straight week, “Nightly” topped “World News” by over 1 million viewers, meanwhile, “Evening News” closed the viewer deficit with “World News” by more than half a million viewers, compared to the same week last year. And with Sawyer’s interview with Gov. Chris Christie, “World News” was No. 1 in the demo Thursday, leading “Nightly” by +47,000 viewers.

Due to live coverage of NCAA basketball, CBS’s ratings are based on a three-day average (Mon-Wed). ABC and NBC are based on five days.

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For the first quarter of 2014, with a boost from the Sochi Olympics, “Nightly News” saw the most total viewer growth: up +12% vs. Q1 2013. “World News” had the most demo viewer growth, up +10%. “Nightly” was also up in the demo +6% while “World News” was up the same amount in viewers. “World News” had its best performance in total viewers in six years and in the A25-54 Demo in three years in the quarter. “Evening News” was up +9% in viewers vs. Q1 2013 and flat in the demo.

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Christie Press Conference Ratings: Fox News Wins in Total Viewers, CNN Tops in Demo

Christie CNNAlthough the Chris Christie Bridgegate story has previously been beneficial to MSNBC‘s ratings, it was Fox News and CNN that notched ratings wins during the Governor’s hour-long news conference Friday. From 2:30 to 3:30pmET, Fox News won in total viewers and CNN won in the A25-54 demographic.

During the newser, Fox News delivered 1,020,000 total viewers and 185,000 A25-54 viewers. CNN, which cut out after about a half hour, had 700,000 total viewers and 192,000 A25-54 viewers, while MSNBC had 700,000 and 89,000, respectively. Coverage of the news conference continued into primetime, with Fox News in first, CNN in second and MSNBC in third from 8-11pmET (the scoreboard with the full primetime numbers will be up shortly).

In other ratings notes from Friday, Piers Morgan ended his CNN show on an up note, tying Fox News’ “The Kelly File” in the demo — both shows averaged 244,000 A25-54 viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s program won in total viewers, averaging 1,647,000 to Morgan’s 649,000.

In case you missed it, here’s Morgan’s sign-off.

Megyn Kelly Interviews Chris Christie

megyn kelly kelly file 2Megyn Kelly gets the cable exclusive with the embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Kelly will interview Gov. Christie at his office in Trenton tomorrow. Kelly plans to run the interview in two parts: tomorrow night and Monday night.

Earlier today, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed Christie and asked if he felt “clueless” about not knowing about the George Washington Bridge closures.

“Not clueless, but it certainly makes me feel taken advantage of, and also, more importantly, I feel like I let people down by not knowing,” Christie said. “Sometimes, people do inexplicably stupid things.”

Diane Sawyer Interviews Gov. Christie, Scott Pelley Interview Pres. Obama

Two of the big three network anchors have big gets lined up.

diane sawyer_304x200ABC’s Diane Sawyer sits down with Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat today at their home in New Jersey. It’s Christie’s first television interview since his January news conference on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. The interview will address the Governor’s internal review which will be released today. The interview airs tonight on “World News,” and all ABC News platforms.

Pelley State of the UnionCBS’s Scott Pelley is going one-on-one with President Barack Obama tomorrow in Rome. Pelley will also anchor the “CBS Evening News” live from Rome tomorrow night, with coverage of the President’s trip to Europe and his first meeting this morning with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

CNN Has Lowest Rated Week in the Demo in 20 Months

cnnlogoThis afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker held a town hall meeting marking his first year on the job. This comes as ratings from the final week of his first year show CNN experienced new lows since he took over. CNN averaged 78,000 A25-54 Total Day viewers, its lowest rated week since the week of May 14, 2012, and 99,000 demo primetime viewers, the least since the week of July 30, 2012.

CNN could not capitalize on political scandals surrounding New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Instead, news viewers are increasingly finding safe harbor in the networks that embrace their own political views. With extensive Christie coverage MSNBC finished last week winning the hours between 7pm-Midnight in the demo. The week prior Rachel Maddow‘s MSNBC show finished first among younger viewers. MSNBC was up +12% in the primetime demo compared to the same week last year, while Fox News was down -8%, and CNN was down -39%.

At his town hall meeting, Zucker talked about the accomplishments of the past year, which include moving past MSNBC as the #2 cable news network, the growth of HLN, CNN.com’s best year in history and the most-honored year ever for CNN International. As the domestic network continues to experiment with daytime programming, and plans changes in primetime too, the network may see more weeks like last week until Zucker finds a few shows that consistently bring in viewers, without compromising its news bona fides.

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