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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: ‘We Can’t Wait to Have Nothin’ But a Good Time’

Fox News has a new “insider” video featuring Elisabeth Hasselbeck who debuts Monday on “Fox & Friends” alongside Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. “Joining the Fox News family is the equivalent of growing up as a Boston Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan and then being asked to play for the team,” says Hasselbeck.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Joining ‘Fox & Friends’

Ahead of her Monday debut on “Fox & Friends,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck does a Q+A with TV Guide Magazine. Hasselbeck tells Stephen Battaglio about advice she got before her departure from “The View” and what she’ll bring to her new role at Fox News.

Even viewers who didn’t agree with you politically liked your feistiness on The View. How are we going to get that spark out of you when you’re sitting with a couple of like-minded co-hosts?

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: There is understandably the big misconception that controversy is what people enjoyed about [The View]. But there are numbers and focus groups and viewers who say they enjoyed the conversation. I’m a person who believes that if you are who you say who you are, it doesn’t matter where you are or you’re with — you can be full of spark. I have incredible co-hosts who have already been doing a phenomenal job. It’s the least of my concerns.

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Gretchen Carlson’s Final ‘Fox & Friends’ is Friday

Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has joined Twitter. And her first Tweet was about her last day on “Fox & Friends.” It’s this Friday. She’ll be anchoring a  new show at a later time in a few weeks. Carlson calls the move, “bittersweet but exciting.” Today is also the 25th anniversary of Carlson being crowned Miss America.

Former “The View” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is joining “Fox & Friends” as co-host Monday.  Meanwhile, Jenny McCarthy made her debut on “The View” yesterday.

August 2013 Ratings: Fox News, Far Out Front, Posts Lowest Demo Ratings Since 2001

Fox News remained on top of the cable news leaderboard in August, marking 140 months at #1 in total viewers and drawing more viewers than MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined in both total day and primetime. But the network declined across the board year-over-year and posted its lowest ratings in the A25-54 demographic since August 2001 in both total day and primetime.

The ratings for August 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,543,000 total viewers / 251,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 968,000 total viewers / 192,000 A25-54

Compared to August 2012, Fox News was down -10% in total viewers and -24% in the A25-54 demographic in total day. In primetime, the network was down -15% and -24%, respectively. The network was down in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic in every hour of programming from 9am-11pmET, except for “The Five,” which was flat in total viewers and down -25% in the demo.

In its last full month before Elisabeth Hasselbeck takes over as co-host, “Fox & Friends” was down -3% in total viewers and -23% in the demo. In primetime, which the network also plans to shake up this fall, “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” were down for the month compared to August 2012: Bill O’Reilly‘s program was down -9% in total viewers and -25% in the demo, while Sean Hannity‘s show was down -21% in total viewers and -26% in the demo. “On the Record” was down -20% in both ratings measurements.

Despite the year-over-year losses, Fox News notched the top 13 programs in total viewers and the top 11 programs in the demo in all of cable news this month.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck To Make ‘Fox & Friends’ Debut September 16

Fox News will launch its rebooted “Fox & Friends” morning program on Monday, September 16, the channel says.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade that day, along with a brand new set. Hasselbeck left ABC’s “The View” in July, and announced that she would be joining the Fox News morning show to replace Gretchen Carlson, who will be getting her own news program in the afternoon. Hasselbeck had been with “The View” since 2003.

She joins a morning program that has led its cable competition consistently for almost 12 years straight, although it is not as widely-watched as the network morning programs. Hasselbeck brings network experience and a big brand name to a program that previously relied heavily on in-house talent. Doocy and Kilmeade have been with the show since it launched.

As it happens, “Fox & Friends” will debut its new set just a week after NBC’s “Today” refreshes its own set.

Details, below.
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July 2013 Ratings: Fox News Down Despite Big News Month

Fox News Channel was down in both total viewers and adults 25-54 in primetime in July, and was flat in total viewers and down in the demo in total day. This was despite a very big news month, led by near non-stop coverage of the George Zimmerman trial, the Asiana plane crash, the Royal baby and the military coup in Egypt. FNC remained the top cable news channel in both primetime and total day (139 months at the top), though it did cede some dayside hours to CNN in the demo.

The ratings for July 2013, (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,665,000 Total Viewers / 294,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,065,000 Total Viewers / 215,000 A25-54

Compared to July, 2012, FNC was down -3% in total viewers in primetime and -10% in A25-54. In total day FNC was flat in total viewers, and down -14% in A25-54.

During dayside coverage, which saw a substantial amount of live coverage of the Zimmerman trial, FNC was up slightly in total viewers from 3-6 PM.  Aside from those mid-afternoon gains in total viewers, FNC was down nearly every hour. The biggest drops came at 6 PM in the demo, with “Special Report” down -34% and the 10 AM “America’s Newsroom,” which was down -14% in total viewers.

In primetime, “The O’Reilly Factor” was flat in total viewers, but fell -20% in the demo, while “Hannity” was down  -13% in total viewers and -19% in the demo and “On the Record” was down -16% in total viewers and -19% in the demo.

In the morning, “Fox & Friends” was down -1% in total viewers and -22% in the demo, that show’s lowest demo performance since 2008. “Fox & Friends” is adding former “The View” panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck later this year to shake things up on the morning program, though the program still holds a strong lead in both total and demo viewers compared to its cable news competition.

NY Times: Fox News Has Plans For Aging Audience

It isn’t exactly a secret that cable news viewers skew old, sometimes very old. Fox News Channel happens to have the oldest audience of the “big three” cable news channels. Considering that advertisers typically buy demographics, the older viewers of cable news should be a problem for ad sales… and indeed they are, however, as the New York Times Bill Carter notes, it isn’t necessarily the be all and end all.

 Fox News one of the highest per-subscriber fees in television, 94 cents a month, topped in cable television only by a few networks, most of which have expensive sports rights to pay. (By comparison, CNN gets 57 cents a subscriber, according to SNL Kagan Research.) As Mr. Moffett put it, “There are a handful of networks consumers are deeply passionate about out of all proportion to Nielsen ratings, and distributors know if you don’t have those networks, then woe be to you.”

Further, FNC is planning a major revamp of its schedule later this year, when Megyn Kelly joins the channel’s primetinme lineup, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck joins “Fox & Friends.” They bring a considerably younger worldview to FNC’s lineup, which has remained more or less unchanged for years.

Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host Of ‘The View’

Following the news that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving “The View” to join Fox News, Barbara Walters insisted, “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.”

Well, apparently a week was long enough, as Walters announced today that actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining the program in September. The announcement was made on “The View” today.

“Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” Walters said in a statement. “She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view.”

Co-host Joy Behar will also be leaving the show later this Summer.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye To Her Colleagues At ‘The View’

Today was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on “The View.” Later this year she will join Fox News as the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open this morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters.

“Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. “I was not the first person to sit in this chair, and I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own… now let’s get to work!”

Hasselbeck also spoke briefly about her “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard, as well as EP Bill Geddie.

Walters was also emotional, so much so that she fumbled her words a little bit while praising Hasselbeck.

“I am a little emotional, or as that other Barbra [Streisand] sometimes says, I am a little verklempt, because it was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network,” Walters said. “I want what is best for you, and you know how I feel about you, and, I am happy that you are going… No I am not happy that you are going! I am happy that it is good for you.”

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‘Fox & Friends’ Welcome Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The “Fox & Friends” team opened their program today by announcing to viewers that may have missed the news last night that Gretchen Carlson would be departing the show later this year, and that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be coming aboard.

“Today is going to be her last day over there at the Barbara Walters yakfest,” Steve Doocy said.

“Can you imagine? She is going to get a chance to be on a show where they let her talk,” Brian Kilmeade added.

“She is a hop, skip and a throw from my house in Connecticut, we run into each other at the pool,” Carslon said. “We have similar ages of kids, so looking forward to getting to know her better as she becomes part of our Fox family.”

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