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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.

MSNBC Tops Fox News in Primetime Demo

MaddowChristieMSNBC drew a victory in primetime last night, beating Fox News in the A25-54 demographic by 37,000 viewers, the network’s first primetime demo win in over a year. MSNBC had 348,000 viewers in the demo compared to Fox News’ 311,000. CNN and HLN followed with 250,000 and 141,000 demo viewers, respectively.

Fox News was still far out front in total viewers for primetime, beating MSNBC by over a million viewers (2,157,000 vs. 1,143,000).

Demo wins for Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell help lifted the network: Maddow’s program beat “The Kelly File” by 53,000 viewers and O’Donnell’s show beat “Hannity” by 61,000 viewers. “All In with Chris Hayes” trailed Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly by just 3,000 A25-54 viewers in the 8pmET timeslot.

Earlier in the day, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s press conference on the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closures gave the three networks a boost: all three were up in both total and demo viewers compared to the same time period the previous day. Fox News won the two-hour block, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in total and demo viewers, with CNN coming in second and MSNBC coming in third.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

Mitt Romney Ignored Adviser’s Plea To Win ‘Media Wars,’ Select Chris Christie As VP

Christie and Romney _480x360On “Morning Joe” today, “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported an interesting nugget about the 2012 Vice Presidential vetting process: after one of his top adviser’s pleaded with him to choose New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his vice presidential running mate—in order to recapture the media wars—Mitt Romney declined, citing “too many red flags.”

According to Halperin, Romney campaign senior adviser, Stuart Stevens, urged the Republican presidential nominee to select Christie as his No. 2, depicting the Romney campaign as being in the midst of a presidential “street fight” where they were “losing the media wars everyday in the news to Barack Obama,” and viewing Christie as the savior “street fighter” who could help them win the media battle.

Even with this impassioned plea, Romney declined, concerned with information Christie wouldn’t provide the Romney team during the vetting process, which included lobbying connections Christie had to disgraced financier Bernie Madoff before he was Governor, and a civil settlement Christie’s brothers had with the SEC.

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Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

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Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

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A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

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Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

Gov. Chris Christie Makes Morning Show Rounds

If you watched one of the network morning shows today — any of them — you probably caught some or all of Gov. Chris Christie. Not playing favorites, the New Jersey Governor went on “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.”

Christie began his morning in Times Square at ABC’s studio where the interview was taped at 6:15am. He then headed to West 57th Street for a sit-down on “CBS This Morning” before returning to midtown and Rockefeller Center for a live interview on “Today.” All three interviews aired at the same time. NBC’s at 7:05am; CBS’s began at 7:06 and ABC’s at 7:07.

A network insider who spoke with the Governor tells TVNewser, Christie got a charge out of the network trifecta. Getting in front of a national audience of about 12 million was a bonus.

Christie talked Hurricane Sandy relief, the do-nothing Congress and his own political ambitions. Christie told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, if he runs for president in 2016, “I will be more ready than I was in 2012 because I will have done my job for longer and hopefully gotten better.” And telling CBS’ Charlie Rose that being Governor suits him just fine: “I think what’s going to happen in the future is that governors, 30 Republican governors out of 50 now, they’re going to be the ones who are going to be dictating what the agenda of our party is because we’re actually getting things done.” As for the gridlock plaguing Washington DC, Christie told NBC’s Matt Lauer, “We’ve now done what the president wanted to do. He wanted to raise taxes on the highest earning Americans and Republicans have now acquiesced to that, now it’s time for the president to stand up and say, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do on spending.’”

Christie is also on the cover of next week’s TIME magazine, revealed on the “Today” show.

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