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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.

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Barbara Walters Names Her Most Fascinating Person of 2012

ABC’s Barbara Walters named General David Petraeus her “Most Fascinating” person of 2012. It is a repeat performance for Petraeus, who held the top spot in 2010. This year, however, he is there for very different reasons.

“We argued for months about who should be our most fascinating person, and then a Washington scandal solidified our choice,” Walters said. “But General David Petraeus was not chosen this year for his war record or his exemplary service to his country. This is about military honor colliding with sex and lies in the digital age.”

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Jon Stewart on Petraeus Conspiracy Theories and Being ‘the Worst Journalist in the World’

Jon Stewart calls himself “the worst journalist in the world.” In January, Stewart interviewed Paula Broadwell, at the height of her affair with CIA director David Petraeus which has made him former CIA director David Petraeus. Stewart says he was “staring at how defined her arms are” and didn’t pick up on the innuendo staring back at him.

Stewart also had a round up some of the media conspiracy theories that emanated from the Petraeus affair.

Martha Raddatz Reports from Afghanistan

ABC’s Martha Raddatz will be reporting from Afghanistan this week. Tomorrow she interviews the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, who replaced Gen. David Petraeus in July. Raddatz has made more than two dozen trips to the region, most recently to Afghanistan in May after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Throughout the past decade she has also reported extensively for ABC News from Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen. Last week, CBS announced Scott Pelley would also be reporting from Afghanistan this week.

Camera Captures Gen. David Petraeus joking with Secy. Robert Gates about Libya

As he arrived in Afghanistan today, Secy. of Defense Robert Gates was greeted by Gen. David Petraeus with a joke about “attacks on Libya.” Listen:

Barbara Walters on Something She Has ‘Never Done Before’

While your TVNewsers were at the CBS holiday party — more on that later — the network’s primetime slate was winning the ratings — in Households (7.6 rating), Total Viewers (12.4 million), and the A18-49 demo (2.9 rating).

CBS dramas “CSI” and “The Mentalist” were up against two Barbara Walters specials on ABC: “Oprah, The Next Chapter” at 9pmET and Walters’ annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special at 10pmET.

ABC took second for the night in Households (7.0 rating), Total Viewers (10.8M) and A18-49 demo (2.7 rating).

So how did Walters’ specials perform?

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Church’s Planned Koran Burning is Hot Topic on TV News

HLN_9.8.jpg“Nightline” led with the story last night, and today NBC’s Brian Williams got reaction from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO Commander in Afghanistan about the Gainesville, Florida church which plans to burn Korans this Saturday — the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Nightline’s Terry Moran traveled to Gainesville yesterday to interview Pastor Terry Jones who is behind the “Burn a Koran Day.” And today, Williams talked with Gen. Petraeus who said, “such an act would jeopardize the safety of our soldiers and our civilians,” adding “We’re concerned that the images from the burning of a Koran would be used in the same way that extremists used images from Abu Ghraib, that they would in a sense be indelible. They would be in cyberspace forever.”

A rough search on TVEyes shows the story has become a leading topic on the cable news channels. It’s been mentioned 117 times in the last 24 hours (since 4pmET Tuesday) — the most mentions on HLN followed closely by MSNBC, with the least amount of coverage on Fox News.

The question now is, how will the TV news networks cover the planned burning and how much, if any, will they show? We’re asking…

After the jump, Moran’s story from Nightline…

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Katie Couric Catches up with Gen. Petraeus in Afghanistan

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While the combat troop withdrawal from Iraq dominated much of the War news this week, Katie Couric has been in Afghanistan reporting on the progress there. Today, Couric spoke with Gen. David Petraeus about whether negotiating with the Taliban is a real option.

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Weekend Coverage: Gen Petraeus on FNC, Michael Hastings on CNN

In addition to Gen. David Petraeus appearing on “Geraldo at Large” tonight on Fox News Channel, the Rolling Stone freelance reporter who wrote the story that led to Gen. Stanley McChrystal losing his job will appear on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow morning. In addition, CBS News’ Lara Logan will be on with Howard Kurtz to talk about the fallout from the McChrystal profile.

As we reported yesterday, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein will also be on Reliable Sources discussing the network’s new 8pmET show.

The Cable News Channel Gen. McChrystal ‘Disdained’

A few hours after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was relieved of his duties, The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, who is also chief political consultant to CBS News, wrote about the day’s events in his Night Beat column, which included this:

Even more about McChrystal: now it can be told. The story about him voting for Obama is not contrived. He is a political liberal. He is a social liberal. He banned Fox News from the television sets in his headquarters. Yes, really. This puts to rest another false rumor: that McChrystal deliberately precipitated his firing because he wants to run for President.

Then yesterday, in another post, Ambinder added:

McChrystal was a hard core operator, aggressive as hell, a JSOC ninja — but he was also a social liberal who tolerated, nay, welcomed gay people into his inner circle, who disdained Fox News, and who grew increasingly frustrated with his reputation as Dick Cheney’s hired assassin.

Earlier: Geraldo Rivera on Rolling Stone Writer: “This is a Terrible, Terrible Thing that this Reporter Has Done”

Related: Geraldo Rivera to speak with McChrystal’s successor Gen. David Petraeus this weekend.

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