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5 Questions for… Michael Smerconish

Smerconish304CNN’s Michael Smerconish prides himself on not following party lines. He’s liberal on certain issues, conservative on others and often polarizing nonetheless. A diverse career has included substituting for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Yes, he’s filled in for both O’Reilly and Matthews.

While many people know him from radio, Smerconish has written numerous books and currently hosts “Smerconish” Saturdays on CNN.

TVNewser: The most recent Pew Research poll focused on political polarization and media habits. Where does CNN fit in today’s world of media polarization?

Smerconish: The Pew data is a total confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years – the 80% of us who are not guided by a doctrinaire ideology have ceded the debate to the 20% who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal, and it has taken the country in a hyper-partisan direction We need to take it back. Real political power in this country rests in the middle, not in the extremes, but right now, “rests” is the operative word. CNN is perfectly situated to be the go-to source for this segment of society, and indeed, in Pew’s category of those with “mixed” political views, CNN is their main source for news which is why the network is a perfect fit for me.

TVNewser: Why do some partisan political shows have a hard time making it in this landscape?

Smerconish: Hard time? I’d argue the partisan political shows that push a singular point of view have too easy of a time making it in this landscape. The rote, paint by numbers form of broadcasting gets rewarded by cultivating support from very loyal, not necessarily very numerous, supporters. Passion takes precedence. That’s the same problem we have with the electorate.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 283 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 384 | CNN: 171 | MSNBC: 162 | HLN: 82

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

208

TheFive:

251

Baier:

267

Greta:

235

O’Reilly:

453

Kelly:

391

Hannity:

307

O’Reilly:

260

Kelly:

296

CNN
Tapper:

133

Blitzer:

163

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

240

Cooper:

203

Rowe:

184

Tonight.:

125

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

129

MSNBC
Wagner:

82

EdShow:

155

Sharpton:

179

Matthews:

236

Hayes:

204

Maddow:

166

O’Donnell:

118

Hayes:

84

Maddow:

55

HLN
Now:

33

WWYD?:

57

WWYD?:

95

Grace:

77

Grace:

54

Dr.Drew:

59

Files:

134

Files:

175

Files:

26

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 294 | CNN: 198 | MSNBC: 80 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 464 | CNN: 303 | MSNBC: 116 | HLN: 88

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

153

TheFive:

348

Baier:

405

Greta:

320

O’Reilly:

502

Kelly:

470

Hannity:

414

O’Reilly:

348

Kelly:

310

CNN
Tapper:

181

Blitzer:

248

Blitzer:

242

Burnett:

232

Cooper:

295

Rowe:

339

Tonight:

275

Cooper:

258

Rowe:

114

MSNBC
Wagner:

97

EdShow:

88

Sharpton:

106

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

87

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

116

Hayes:

93

Maddow:

101

HLN
Now:

51

WWYD?:

60

WWYD?:

26

Secret:

51

Grace:

95

Dr.Drew:

76

Files:

93

Files:

86

Files:

203

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, October 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 305 | CNN: 131 | MSNBC: 68 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 444 | CNN: 136 | MSNBC: 124 | HLN: 64

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

235

TheFive:

302

Baier:

289

Greta:

311

O’Reilly:

513

Kelly:

500

Hannity:

310

O’Reilly:

379

Kelly:

393

CNN
Tapper:

113

Blitzer:

144

Blitzer:

184

Burnett:

152

Cooper:

163

Special:

134

Tonight:

111

Cooper:

111

Special:

147

MSNBC
Wagner:

41

EdShow:

57

Sharpton:

85

Matthews:

131

Hayes:

79

Maddow:

155

O’Donnell:

138

Hayes:

55

Maddow:

49

HLN
Now:

36

WWYD?:

40

WWYD?:

56

Secret:

61

Grace:

54

Dr.Drew:

63

Files:

74

Files:

181

Files:

210

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Jane Velez Mitchell Show Canceled

JaneDon2Breaking: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN today. Velez Mitchell will be leaving the network, as will the staff of the show. In all about 15 HLN employees, we’ve learned.

Velez Mitchell was a contributor to the network even before she got her own show which launched 6 years ago this week. Velez Mitchell was thrust onto the HLN schedule Oct. 17, 2008, when Glenn Beck abruptly departed for Fox News Channel.

As it turns out, Velez Mitchell’s final episode last night finished as the No. 1 HLN primetime show in the demo, even beating Chris Matthews on MSNBC. “Forensic Files” will air at 7pmET tonight.

Ratings Note: ‘New Day’

CuomoBolduanThe first hour of CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning drew a higher A25-54 demo number than any hour on MSNBC for the entire day. “New Day” at 6amET drew 140,000 demo viewers, with MSNBC’s highest demo being “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET. “Hardball” drew 128,000 demo viewers. “The Rachael Maddow Show” next with 124,000 demo viewers.

The full Wednesday scoreboard is here.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 401 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 73

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

148

TheFive:

273

Baier:

302

Greta:

258

O’Reilly:

447

Kelly:

415

Hannity:

339

O’Reilly:

293

Kelly:

199

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

71

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

92

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

110

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

145

Blitzer:

128

Blitzer:

142

Burnett:

147

Cooper:

171

Cooper:

167

Tonight:

140

Cooper:

152

CNNI:

87

HLN
Now:

40

Files:

16

Files:

40

Jane:

54

Grace:

63

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

97

Files:

163

Files:

260

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 254 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 231 | HLN: 86

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

173

TheFive:

303

Baier:

349

Greta:

309

O’Reilly:

339

Kelly:

388

Hannity:

257

O’Reilly:

258

Kelly:

245

MSNBC
Wagner:

32

EdShow:

50

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

133

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

103

Hayes:

60

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

80

Blitzer:

129

Blitzer:

136

Burnett:

194

Cooper:

229

Cooper:

288

Tonight:

178

Cooper:

132

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

38

Files:

22

Files:

80

Jane:

75

Grace:

98

Dr.Drew:

80

Files:

81

Files:

148

Files:

208

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Pres. Obama’s ISIS Speech Ratings: FNC #1

ObamaISIS304During President Obama’s speech last night, which lasted just shy of 15 minutes, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and tied them combined in the A25-54 demo.

Megyn Kelly anchored with Bret Baier appearing before the speech. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper co-anchored. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow anchored with a panel featuring Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and Andrea Mitchell.

Here are the numbers. FNC and MSNBC’s are from 9-9:15pmET; CNN’s from 9:02-9:16pmET

Network Anchor Total Viewers A25-54
Fox
Megyn Kelly 4,447,000M 994K
MSNBC
Rachel Maddow 1,890,000M 361K
CNN Wolf Blitzer/Cooper 1,827,000M 633K

And our full scoreboard is here.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

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