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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 6

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 74 | CNN: 100 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 93 | CNN: 123 | HLN: 114

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

156

TheFive:

215

Baier:

249

Greta:

220

O’Reilly:

385

Kelly:

335

Hannity:

238

O’Reilly:

248

Kelly:

225

MSNBC
Wagner:

74

EdShow:

96

Sharpton:

101

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

71

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

84

Hayes:

42

Maddow:

51

CNN
Tapper:

74

Blitzer:

79

Blitzer:

153

Burnett:

134

Cooper:

110

Bourdain:

152

Tonight:

107

Cooper:

115

CNNI:

94

HLN
Now:

58

Files:

43

Files:

59

Jane:

85

Grace:

100

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

122

Files:

165

Files:

270

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The Morning Ticker: Playing Peter, Signing Erin, Hiring Fusion

  • Erin Burnett has signed a contract extension with CNN which will keep her “OutFront” at 7pmET. She’ll also develop a program for CNN International, debuting later this year.

  • Cheri Ehrlich Eisen is joining Fusion as Senior Director of Human Resources. The Disney/ABC alum will lead the network’s efforts to hire, keep, and develop talent.

Erin Burnett Fact-Checks Israeli Official’s Allegations that CNN Coverage is Biased

DermerCNNOn her show last night, Erin Burnett followed up on a segment from Thursday’s “OutFront,” where Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer called out CNN for biased coverage of the war in Gaza. Burnett invited Dermer to come for Friday’s show to, in part to disprove some of his assertions, but he couldn’t come on. So Burnett fact-checked his comments.

At one point, Dermer says, ”I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. I have seen split screens, horrible pictures that any decent human being would be horrified by. I think that that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments.”

Burnett then played a clip from part of that prior two hours during which Wolf Blitzer did report on how the U.N. demanded that Hamas stop endangering civilians “by placing weapons in U.N. schools.”

The fact-checking continued…

Fox News Most-Watched During Coverage of Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight

MegynKelly304FNC was the most-watched cable news channel in both Total Day and Primetime for yesterday’s breaking news stories of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Israel’s ground war into Gaza.

In primetime, FNC averaged 3.08 million total viewers and 570,000 in the A25-54 demo. 2It was FNC’s second-best Total Day and primetime this year, following the night of State of the Union on January 28. Fox News’s “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” had all-time highs in viewers.

CNN was second in all averages and day parts. Several CNN hours outdrew Fox News in the demo including soon after the news from Ukraine broke. From 1pm to 5pMET and again at 7pmET, for “Erin Burnett Outfront,” CNN was No. 1 in the demo.

White, Male Guests Dominate Cable News

A new survey by Fair finds cable news guests are overwhelmingly white and male in the evening hours. Fair surveyed six cable news shows — “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” on Fox News, “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and “OutFront with Erin Burnett” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ on CNN — over five weeks for the study.

Of the 1,015 guests that appeared across the shows in the survey period, 84 percent were white and 72 percent were male. The most diverse show in terms of ethnicity was “All In,” while “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most diverse in terms of gender.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Released from Federal Custody in Texas

Vargas304Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary “Documented,” was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening. Vargas, who is an undocumented immigrant having been brought to the U.S. as a child, was detained for much of the day in McAllen, Texas. DHS released Vargas because he had no prior immigration or criminal record.

Vargas’ detention was news on both “NBC Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” as part of the larger reporting on the crisis at the border.

CNN and MSNBC also covered Vargas’ detention throughout the day.  Last night on her show, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Vargas if he was “daring” authorities to arrest and deport him. Vargas said, “When I outed myself three years ago, my goal was to say, ‘I’m one of the 11 million people.’ I’m not asking for special treatment.”

Last month, in an interview with MediabistroTV, we asked Vargas if being an advocate meant he was no longer a journalist.

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Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Megyn Kelly to Dinesh D’Souza: ‘I Think We May Have Fallen Off the Deep End’

KellyWhile interviewing conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza last night, Megyn Kelly couldn’t stop laughing in response to a comparison her guest made.

“So America is the child molester in this scenario,” Kelly said while laughing. “I’m just trying to follow Dinesh…I think we may have jumped off the deep end.”

D’Souza had compared still loving one’s serial killer father while simultaneously trying to stop him from doing evil to President Obama thinking he’s doing the world and America a favor by “controlling this rogue elephant that is the United States.”

Earlier in the night, Erin Burnett pushed back against a guest in a slightly more serious tone. Speaking with former American Envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer, Burnett asked him about his credibility on the Iraq issue. “A lot of people are watching you right now and they’re hearing you give your ideas of what to do. And they’re saying, ‘but aren’t you the guy who got us in this mess?’”

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Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

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