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TVNewsers Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

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In January 2004, a college student named Brian Stelter started CableNewser, a blog that covered the ins and outs of cable TV news. It quickly grabbed the attention of the people who work in all ranks of TV news: from top news executives, to ground floor production assistants; from anchors and  agents, to producers and directors. In May, 2004 Stelter’s CableNewser was featured in the New York Times. A couple months after that, Mediabistro acquired the site and renamed in TVNewser, to reflect expanded coverage of the broadcast networks. Some of the earliest supporters of the site are still reading today. We reached out to the networks and asked for their thoughts, 10 years on:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News: “I think if TVNewser goes back in history, they will learn that I was the first one on the national scene to give the site a shout-out. At the time, Brian Stelter was a college student blogging in a dorm room at Towson University. He sent me a nice note thanking me. It was fun for me to help him out and give him the shout-out. Now fast forward and lots has changed and people have moved on in the news business and so has TVNewser. What was once just a college blog has now morphed into a great website. Congrats on 10 years!

Chris Cuomo, CNN: “We need someone to watch the watchmen. Here is to 10 years and a job well done.”

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News: “Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thanks for all the valuable information. The stuff we hate to love and love to hate.”

Chris Wallace, Fox News: “It is remarkable to think TVNewser didn’t exist a decade ago. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I miss checking the site to get my fix about the industry.”

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Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

Erin Burnett: Miles O’Brien is ‘Inspirational’

MilesErinCNNErin Burnett recently choked up while interviewing new CNN colleague Miles O’Brien; moved by his account of bouncing back mentally after losing part of his arm during a freak accident reporting in the Philippines.

“I think Miles is inspirational,” Burnett told TVNewser earlier this week at CNN’s upfront presentation.

“And you really can’t imagine how you would be able, after a few weeks, to be up, and out, and positive, and motivated,” she continued, adding that she was touched O’Brien cited his work as the inspiration to stay positive, even while dealing with pain.

“He’s been doing it despite the physical pain he’s in. Miles still feels pain in his arm where he doesn’t have arm, and he’s working until midnight every night…it’s incredible that he’s able to do that. It puts life in perspective.”

After being signed as an aviation expert by CNN after the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 story broke, O’Brien, who is a licensed pilot, and spent 16 years with CNN, has been contributing on a daily basis during the network’s near nonstop coverage of the missing airliner.

CNN Anchors Defend Missing Malaysia Airlines Coverage

Some of CNN’s top anchors are defending the network’s decision to produce near non-stop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the last month.

“I know it’s received a fair amount of criticism from some folks, and I understand that… it’s a lot of coverage,” Anderson Cooper told TVNewser after the network’s upfront presentation yesterday. At the same time, he said, the story is resonating with viewers because it’s a very “human” story. “We’re talking about 239 souls on board, and their families.”

Wolf Blitzer agrees. “Look, 239 people are missing, they’ve been missing now for several weeks,” Blitzer told us, adding that a $250 million, American-made Boeing 777 simply vanishing is an intriguing mystery. “We don’t know if it’s because of criminal activity, or mechanical failure.” Blitzer has produced strong ratings anchoring a full-hour of “The Situation Room” at 6pmET pre-empting “Crossfire.”

Erin Burnett acknowledged the network has had internal discussions about the amount of coverage. “I’m not going to deny we haven’t,” she said, adding that ultimately, this story is a mystery that brings to light other issues in the post-9/11 era.

“You can’t lose an iPhone, but you can lose a plane,” she wondered. “It’s a security story. It’s a safety story. It’s a personal story, and it’s a mystery.”

CNN Doubles Down on a Mix of Live News, Original Series and Films

photoCNN wants viewers to “go there.” And for CNN, “there” is everywhere.

The network announced today it is going to continue pushing the boundaries of traditional cable news by launching more exploratory programs weeknights at 9pmET hosted by proven TV talent: Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling, among them.

“What we did over the course of the last year was test that out,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser in an interview after his upfront presentation. He touted shows hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, paired with documentaries like “Blackfish,” and “Chicagoland,” which complemented CNN’s breaking news coverage. “We were able to test out our ability to do both at the same time and that’s how we feel that it all works together,” Zucker says.

“As you see, none of this is about prison lockups,” Zucker joked, taking a jab at MSNBC’s popular “Lockup” franchise.

“Nobody should ever be confused about our commitment to live breaking news when it happens, as witnessed by the last six weeks,” Zucker said, refering to the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Zucker acknowledged a drop in live ratings when coverage of a breaking story stops, and a documentary begins. “Frankly, at the end of the day, we get paid on the DVR playback,” he says. Still, he vowed to pre-empt the new 9pm block when big news breaks.

We asked several CNN anchors what they thought of the new primetime lineup, “I think it’s cool,” Anderson Cooper told us. “There’s a lot of different ways to tell a story. To me, the storytelling makes sense the way it’s going to work.”

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CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst

MilesOBrienCNNCNN is beefing up its lineup of aviation experts signing former morning anchor Miles O’Brien as an analyst, a CNN spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. O’Brien, who is a licensed pilot, spent 16 years at CNN, lastly as chief technology and environment correspondent, also covering the space program.

O’Brien has become the story in recent weeks following a freak accident that resulted in the amputation of his left arm.

Appearing on “Outfront with Erin Burnett” Wednesday, O’Brien acknowledged he momentarily fell into a “dark place” after the accident.

“To me there’s two choices: you can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

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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Miles O’Brien: ‘I Didn’t Like the Dark Place When I Went Down That Road’

MilesErinCNNFormer CNN anchor Miles O’Brien was back on the network tonight talking with Erin Burnett. about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. O’Brien, who is also a pilot, said he’d like to hear the “full air traffic control recordings from takeoff to the point where they say ‘good night.’” He thinks that would shed light on what might have happened.

Burnett also asked O’Brien how his getting along since losing his left arm in a freak accident while on assignment in the Philippines last month.

“I talk with my hands and I have lost half my vocabulary,’” O’Brien joked, before getting serious about the depression he felt in the immediate aftermath. “What happens in these cases, Erin, and until you’re presented with this kind of thing you don’t know what you’re going to do.

To me there’s two choices: you can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

O’Brien says getting a specially-fitted prosthetic arm that will allow him to pilot a plane and shoot video, are his priorities at the moment.

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Ratings: Fox News Primetime Back on Top, CNN Continues to See MH370 Boost

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Cable news viewers continue to be captivated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now entering day 13.

A few ratings notes from yesterday: Fox News is back on top in primetime, but CNN continues to see demo wins in certain daytime hours, particularly the late afternoon.

After four weeknights of CNN winning at least one primetime hour in the A25-54 demo, Fox News’ primetime lineup — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — were back on top last night, winning in both total viewers and the demo.

Outside of primetime, CNN continues to see a boost with its wall-to-wall coverage. Last night, “Erin Burnett OutFront” topped “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” in the demo for the fourth straight night. CNN also won in the demo from 2-4pmET and tied at 6pmET. Fox News remains far out front in total viewers during those hours.

Compared to the same day last year, Fox is up +1 in total viewers and +5% in the A25-54 demographic and CNN is up +57% and +122%, respectively.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

CNN’s New Ratings Heights with Malaysia Airlines Mystery

WhitfieldPlaneCNN’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continued to pay off in the form of ratings wins throughout the weekend. Since the beginning of the coverage (March 8) through Sunday night, CNN has grown +68% in total viewers and +79% in A25-54 viewers in Total Day, and +72% in total viewers and +91% in A25-54 viewers in primetime. On Saturday, Fox News won the day in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo, as it always does. But CNN was No. 1 in both measurements — a very rare feat — between 3-6pmET.

3pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 970,000 / 291,000
FNC: 964,000 / 282,000
MSNBC: 315,000 / 69,000

4pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 1.062M / 288,000
FNC: 728,000 / 194,000
MSNBC: 290,000 / 70,000

5pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 1.121M / 313,000
FNC: 702,000 / 148,000
MSNBC: 201,000 / 77,000

On Sunday, CNN pulled out a win in the demo for both total day and primetime viewing, and was again No. 1 among total viewers between 4-6pmET. The last time CNN came in first in the demo on a Sunday was August 11, 2013, which was the conclusion of Hannah Anderson kidnapping.

4pm, Sunday, 3/16
CNN: 999,000 / 290,000
FNC: 939,000 / 154,000
MSNBC: 278,000 / 79,000

5pm, Sunday, 3/16
CNN: 1.189M / 380,000
FNC: 828,000 / 120,000
MSNBC: 220,000 / 80,000

Last week’s intense coverage of MH370 also made ratings history on CNN.

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