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Posts Tagged ‘Chris Matthews’

The Scoreboard: Monday, April 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 92

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

149

TheFive:

319

Baier:

308

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

465

Megyn:

332

Hannity:

322

Hannity:

287

Megyn:

228

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

167

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

125

Hayes:

62

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

174

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

228

Tapper:

208

Spc.Rpt:

220

Spc.Rpt:

267

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

19

Files:

55

Files:

74

Jane:

90

Grace:

143

DrDrew:

77

Files:

54

Files:

110

Files:

124

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Q1 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Tops CNN, But Sheds Viewers

Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. But like CNN and HLN, MSNBC was down compared to the year-ago quarter in both dayparts.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 683,000 Total Viewers / 217,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 394,000 Total Viewers / 138,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, MSNBC is down -9% in total day and -2% in the A25-54 demographic. In primetime, the network is down -10% and -4%, respectively.

In primetime, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were both down compared to the year-ago quarter: Maddow’s program was down -2% in total viewers and -4% in the A25-54 demographic and O’Donnell’s show was down -7% and -4%, respectively. “All In with Chris Hayes” — which debuted one year ago today — was the only primetime show to show growth in either ratings measurement, up +6% in the demo despite being down -15% in total viewers compared to the 8pmET timeslot last year.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” continues to see strong ratings at 7pmET: the show topped CNN by +448,000 total viewers and +74,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter. Compared to Q1 2013, CNN is up +19% and +16%, respectively.

It was the lowest-rated quarter for “Morning Joe,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “Jansing & Co” since 2010. “Morning Joe” finished second in its time slot, while Mitchell’s program and Chris Jansing‘s program finished third at 1pmET and 10amET, respectively.

More from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Ohio State Students Divided on Chris Matthews Giving Commencement Speech

Matthews-Chris-CREDITMSNBC1Top TV news talent often serve as college commencement speakers, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is receiving a frosty welcome from THE Ohio State University.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

News that Matthews will speak hasn’t been well-received among students, said Taylor Stepp, president of the undergraduate student government. Complaints about Matthews’s liberal views are common, Stepp said, but students are equally upset that the university didn’t draw a bigger name.

“The response from students is simply that we don’t know who this guy is, we don’t care about this guy,” Stepp said. “And the fact that Mr. Matthews obviously has a very liberal leaning and he’s not even a public official was irksome to me.”

OSU’s College Democrats group is defending the pick. They think Matthews will give a strong speech at the May 4 ceremony that leaves politics out of it. President Obama gave last year’s commencement speech at Ohio State.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 304 | MSNBC: 120 | CNN: 261 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 421 | MSNBC: 204 | CNN: 351 | HLN: 102

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

242

TheFive:

405

Baier:

372

Greta:

267

O’Reilly:

426

Megyn:

421

Hannity:

410

O’Reilly:

373

Megyn/Brkng.:

360

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

110

Sharpton:

177

Matthews:

170

Hayes:

171

Maddow:

252

O’Donnell:

183

Hayes:

116

Maddow/Brkng.:

131

CNN
Tapper:

202

Blitzer:

289

Blitzer:

277

Burnett:

248

Cooper:

383

Morgan:

379

SpcReport:

291

Coop./CNNI:

424

Breaking:

446

HLN
News:

60

Files:

42

Files:

63

Jane:

87

Grace:

112

DrDrew:

95

Files:

100

Files:

139

Files:

168

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The Ticker: Gregory, Matthews/O’Reilly, Ramos

  • Mediaite reports Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews were among those inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in New York last night. On his show Matthews joked, “The fact that Bill O’Reilly joined me in receiving it, takes away none of that honor.”

  • The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2014 NAB Show next month in Las Vegas.

Which TV News Host Would Abraham Lincoln Side With?

LincolnThe dust-up over President Obama’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” continued last night, with both of MSNBC’s Chris’ taking on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly over his claim that President Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have appeared on the comedy show.

Chris Matthews responded to O’Reilly on last night’s “Hardball” with a simple jab: “And Abe Lincoln would not have worked for Fox.”

Following Matthews, Chris Hayes dug a little deeper, taking on O’Reilly’s knowledge about the president that was the topic of one his best sellers, “Killing Lincoln.” Hayes aired media clips from various web sites and historians that depicted Lincoln as a lover of jokes and comedy.

“So maybe Abraham Lincoln  would have done something like ‘Between two Ferns’…only it’s possible he would have come off a lot more like Zach Galifianakis than President Obama.”

Both segments after the jump.

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Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

February 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Remains #2 in Primetime, Total Day

MSNBC remained in second place, ahead of CNN, in total day and primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

The ratings for February 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 722,000 Total Viewers / 230,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 408,000 Total Viewers / 144,000 A25-54

Compared to February 2013, MSNBC is down -5% in viewers and up +3% in the demo for total day viewing. In primetime, the network is down -9% in viewers and down -2% in the demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” finishes February as the 6th most-watched cable news show in the demo. Maddow remained flat in total viewers but was up +7% in the demo vs. February 2013, the first full month of Pres. Obama’s second term.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET was up +22% in total viewers +27% in demo viewers, year-over-year (last year, the 7pm was re-airing the live 5pm “Hardball”).  “Morning Joe,” “All In with Chris Hayes” and “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” all came in second in their time periods.

More details in MSNBC’s release, after the jump…

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Bill Maher: ‘I Had Some Extensive Talks With MSNBC’

Bill MaherIn an interview with Forbes.com, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher reveals there was a time when hosting on MSNBC was a possibility.

“A while back I had some extensive talks with MSNBC and ultimately we all looked around the room and we all just knew with advertisers to worry about, we’d never be able to make it work,” Maher said.

Maher has appeared as a guest on shows like “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” over the years, but recently criticized the network for what he called “obsessive” coverage of the New Jersey bridge fiasco.

On whether he’d ever take his brand of outspoken comedy to CNN, Maher was unequivocal: “Never, going to happen.”

Maher’s “Real Time” EP Scott Carter recently spoke to our sister-site Lost Remote about Maher’s #flipadistirct social media campaign to unseat a member of Congress.

Matthews, Maddow Win Demo Last Week

matthews maddow

With the Chris Christie bridge scandal still simmering, two MSNBC shows –”Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” — placed first in A25-54 viewers for the week of February 3.

Matthews’ 7pmET program averaged 285,000 viewers in the demo, narrowly edging out “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which had 282,000 A25-54 viewers. It was the first weekly demo win for MSNBC at 7 p.m. since September 3, 2012, the week of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Maddow’s show delivered 341,000 viewers in the demo, while Megyn Kelly‘s 9pmET Fox News show averaged 335,000 A25-54 viewers. Martha MacCallum subbed for Kelly on Wednesday and Friday’s “Kelly File” was a special. This marks the second week this year that Maddow has delivered a weekly demo win at 9pmET.

Despite the A25-54 wins, Fox News was still far out front of MSNBC in total viewers. We’ll post the full scoreboard shortly.

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