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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.

NBC

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.

CBS

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.

FBN

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.

Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating’ Boosts ABC

The ABC News primetime special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2012″ helped boost ABC’s ratings last night.

The special drew 7.66 million viewers, according to preliminary national ratings from Nielsen. It also drew a 2.7 rating/6 share in the adults 25-54 demo. The program placed ahead of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” during the 10 PM hour in both total viewers and the demo, though CBS juggernaut “CSI:” held on to the top spot in both categories.

Among the people that made the list this year were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor/director Ben Affleck and Olympian Gabby Douglas. The “Most Fascinating” person was former General David Petraeus.

Chris Christie on SNL to Reporters: ‘We don’t need you to tell us there’s a hurricane. We have windows!’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — the real one, not a parody of him — was on SNL’s “Weekend Update” tonight. In a scripted bit with Seth Meyers he thanked many people, including his wife Mary Pat who’s been “putting up with a husband who has smelled like a wet fleece for the past three weeks.” And he also took time to not thank several others, including:

“I also do not want to thank the reporters that put themselves in danger by walking into the middle of a hurricane with their cameras. We don’t need you to tell us there’s a hurricane. We have windows!”

> More: Also on the show, fake Wolf Blitzer in the fake “Situation Room” on the David Petraeus affair. “Joining us from Tampa is our never-used Tampa correspondent Victor Randall.” Watch:

Chris Christie Chats with Jersey Guy Brian Williams

In a news conference this evening, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waxed nostalgic about how much the Jersey Shore — the place, not the MTV show — means to him. Christie flew over the the shore this afternoon to survey the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy. “I was talking to Brian Williams about this tonight,” said Christie. “Brian is a Jersey guy and he grew up on the Jersey Shore and we’ve talked many times about our experience and whether you’re talking to people in Seattle, Washington or Kansas City or Texas, there seems to be all these people you run into have some memory of the Jersey Shore. They have some experience at some time in their lives and they talk about the same type of iconic images. So it will be disorienting for a lot of folks and disappointing to see a lot of those go away.”

In Sandy’s Wake, NBC Expands ‘Today,’ Plans Primetime Special

The “Today” show’s four hours are dedicated to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm continues to move inland. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are reporting from studio 1A while Al Roker, Natalie Morales and more than a dozen NBC, CNBC, and Weather Channel correspondents contribute. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a guest on “Today” and the other network morning shows. During a news conference yesterday, Christie criticized the mayor of Atlantic City for telling his residents to hunker down, rather than evacuate. “Today” also talked with the mayor who called Christie’s comments “reprehensible.”

NBC News will produce a primetime special anchored by Brian Williams at 10pmET/PT with the latest on the power situation and what’s left of the superstorm.

A Diverse Crowd For ‘Morning Joe’ In Tampa

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” originates this week from Howl at the Moon, a bar just outside the convention center in Tampa that has been dubbed “Morning Joe Elephant Bar” for the duration of the Republican National Convention.

This morning, people arrived as early as 4:45 a.m. — just a few hours after last call at the bar, which is remaining open at night this week — to watch the show.

During commercial breaks, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interacted with the crowd, asking for a show of hands on political affiliation (split down the middle, with a handful of independents) and home state (overwhelmingly Florida, although there are a few stragglers from as far as Maine and Arizona). After he finished his segments, former RNC chairman Michael Steele mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and taking pictures.

“I love the energy. We live for these shows,” Willie Geist tells TVNewser. “Four years ago during the primaries we started doing them in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we totally got the bug.”

In addition to Chuck Todd and David Gregory, Scarborough and Brzezinski’s guests today included Grover Norquist, Eugene Robinson and Mike Murphy.

“So many of these politicians and strategists we talk to on remote sometimes,” Geist said. “It’s nice to have them on, in place, sort of passing through like they’re walking into a coffee shop, and you can sit down and talk with them.”

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Can’t an Anchorman Get a Break?

Brian Williams was supposed to be on vacation this week, but Monday’s news out of Libya and Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia rocked him right back to…30 Rock. On Tuesday’s “Nightly News” he said:

I was on my second attempt at a summer vacation at my native Jersey Shore and the kitchen moved and since we didn’t see any cast members from the “Jersey Shore” we surmised it was a quake.

So, Williams went back on vacation yesterday only to see — on the New York local news today — that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking anyone along the Jersey Shore to voluntarily evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irene.

TVNewser has learned Williams — a weather nerd anyway — will be back on the air tonight for Irene coverage. That’s Williams (above) covering Hurricane Isabel as it stormed ashore on the North Carolina coast in Oct. 2003.

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