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For Meredith Vieira – If It’s Monday, It’s Washington

Last week, the Today show’s Meredith Viera was in Los Angeles sitting down with Susan Boyle (airing Wednesday), today Vieira was in Washington sitting down with Pres. Obama (airing tomorrow) and by next Monday she’ll be sitting in a canoe in Lake George, NY as part of “Today Takes a Vacation.”

But wait. There’s more. Vieira also talked with Ryan O’Neal this morning for his first interview since the death of Farrah Fawcett. That interview also airs tomorrow.

As for the vacation series, the “Today” anchors are heading to four destinations across the country.

• On Monday, Vieira and Ann Curry will be at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George.
• Tuesday, Matt Lauer and Al Roker head to the southernmost point in the United States, Key West.
• Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will be live in San Antonio.
• On Friday Natalie Morales and Amy Robach broadcast live from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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Friday Ratings – Michael Jackson Specials

NBC and ABC devoted much of their Friday night schedules to both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. And unlike Thursday night, on Friday NBC came out on top.


NBC – “Farrah’s Story” — 3.88M Total Viewers


NBC – “Farrah’s Story” — 5.37M

ABC – “Michael Jackson: The Man and His Music” — 3.74M


NBC – “Michael Jackson: The King of Pop” — 6.64M

ABC – “20/20″ — 6.03M

NBC won primetime averaging 5.30M Total Viewers; CBS was second with drama reruns (4.67M); ABC was third with sitcoms at 8ET and the news programs at 9 and 10 (4.0M).

21 Million Tune in for Networks’ Michael Jackson & Farrah Fawcett Specials

Walter_6.26.jpgFive hours of last night’s primetime schedules on the big 3 were produced by the news divisions, with ABC, CBS and NBC crashing multi-hour reports on Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. But it was ABC’s Fawcett special at 10pm that was the night’s #1 show, averaging 8.2M Total Viewers.

9-10pm — “20/20″ Jackson – 5.7M
10-11pm — “20/20″ Fawcett – 8.2M

10-11pm — “CBS Special” Jackson (with one Fawcett piece) – 7.6M

9-11pm — “Dateline” Jackson/Fawcett – 5.8M

• At 9pm ABC and NBC tied for second place with a 1.7 rating in A18-49. (Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” led the hour with a 2.5 rating.)

• At 10pm 21.6 million Total Viewers tuned in to ABC, CBS and NBC for their news specials.

Earlier: The Big 3 Live at 10

Later: We’ll get ratings around 4pmET to determine what the Jackson/Fawcett stories meant for the cable news channels.

Michael Jackson 1958-2009: TV News Notes

• ABC News will present a special “20/20″ tonight at 9pmET/PT. “The Life and Death of Michael Jackson” will be anchored by Barbara Walters and Martin Bashir. Walters will then anchor the 10pm special on the life of Farrah Fawcett.

• NBC has announced it is producing a 2-hour “Dateline” to “mark today’s tragic deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.” NBC News’ Ann Curry and Meredith Vieira will anchor the tribute beginning at 9pmET/PT.

• CBS News is preparing a Jackson special called “The Life and Death of Michael Jackson” to air at 10pmET/PT. Harry Smith anchors with “The Insider’s” Lara Spencer.

Keith Olbermann will pick up MSNBC’s coverage at 7pmET. David Shuster will pick up at 9pmET, in for Rachel Maddow.

• Fox News Channel’s plan:

-Now – Shepard Smith
-9pmET – Geraldo Rivera
-10pmET – Greta Van Susteren
-12pmET – Shepard Smith *Live*
-1amET – Greta Van Susteren *Live*
-2amET – (Midnight repeat)
-3amET – (1am repeat)
-4amET – (Midnight repeat)
-5amET – Fox & Friends *Live*

• HLN’s Showbiz Tonight live at 11pmET. Anchor AJ Hammer remains an anchor of CNN’s coverage until then.

Cablers Scramble to Cover Michael Jackson News

Jackson_6.25.jpegThe cable news networks have been covering the news that Michael Jackson was rushed to UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. At 5:20pmET reported Jackson had died after paramedics were unable to revive him. As of 6:20pmET, the cable and broadcast news outlets have not confirmed that.

• Fox News first reported the news at 4:48pmET, and stayed with Glenn Beck for most of the 5pm hour, with some reporting from Shepard Smith. Greta Van Susteren joined Bret Baier during an hour normally occupied by “Special Report.” Smith is anchoring most of the hour along with reporting from Geraldo Rivera.

• CNN first reported the news at 5:28pm during the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and have been in rolling coverage since with Showbiz Tonight’s A.J. Hammer and other guests and correspondents from Los Angeles.

• MSNBC reported the news during Hardball at 5:35pm and are currently in continuing coverage anchored by David Shuster. During a Q&A, In Touch Weekly‘s Tom O’Neill mentioned that had been reporting Jackson’s death which led to a discussion about the reliability of the report.

Depending on how this story develops, we hear at least one broadcast network is making plans to air a special on Michael Jackson‘s life that would precede their Farrah Fawcett special at 10pmET/PT.

> Update: Jackson pronounced dead at 6:15pmET. MSNBC sources news to LATimes at 6:22; CNN at 6:26. Fox News, more cautious, before sourcing AP at 6:29.

> Update (2): CBS’s Katie Couric anchored a special report at 6:22pmET. ABC’s Charlie Gibson at 6:24pmET.

> Update (3): CNN coverage includes long pauses to listen to/watch Jackson videos.

> Update (4): At 7pmET, CNN is still not confirming Jackson’s death, attributing the reports to other sources. NBC News (MSNBC) and Fox News confirmed it a half hour earlier.

> Update (5): CNN finally confirms Jackson’s death at 7:25pmET sourcing the news to the LA coroner.

Oxman_6.25.jpg > More: A 7pmET CNN interview with Jackson family friend Brian Oxman, who called in from UCLA Medical Center, may be very telling about what led to Jackson’s death:

“This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael Jackson. The people who have surrounded him have been enabling him. If you think that the case of Anna Nicole Smith was an abuse, it is nothing in comparison to what we have seen taking place in Michael Jackson’s life.

This is something which I feared and it is something which I warned about. I don’t know the cause of all this, so I can’t tell you what the ultimate result of it’s going to be, but I can tell you for sure, when you warn people that this is what’s going to happen and then it happens, where there is smoke, there is fire.”

Terry Moran Explains “Stupid” Comments About Farrah Fawcett

Moran_6.26.jpgComments made by ABC News “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran have drawn the outrage of some of his co-workers. In the hours after the death of Farrah Fawcett, Moran added his thoughts to an email thread that was making its way around ABC News — a common practice when a big news story breaks. Here’s what he wrote:

One final, and perhaps very sad, note:

According to the American Cancer Society, the leading cause of anal cancer (the kind that killed Farrah Fawcett) is the human papilloma virus (HPV), the same virus that is thought to cause most cervical cancers. Twenty million Americans are currently infected with HPV, with more than six million new infections every year.

It is fair to say (and sad to say) that Farrah Fawcett, an American pin-up icon and sex symbol of the first post-sexual revolution generation, most likely died as a result of a acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.

“What I did was put out some ideas about a disease that is on the rise and I did it in a way that drew a lot of response,” Moran explained to TVNewser. “Some people were very angry. Some people were very insightful. Some were both.”

“I wanted to raise some issues about a disease and I did it in a very stupid way,” he says.

ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider adds, “Terry is one of the smartest guys in the whole building. But even he can misfire occasionally. Just because someone occasionally misfires doesn’t mean we don’t want or expect a really intense discussion of whatever issue is out there.”

Moran says what he wrote today won’t keep him from interjecting in the future: “They say engineers learn far more from their mistakes than they do from their successes,” he says.

NBC Rushes Farrah Fawcett Special To Air; Will Run Against ABC’s Barbara Walters Special


After the news of her death, NBC scheduled a “Dateline NBC” special on Farrah Fawcett, called “The Life and Death of an Angel.”

The hour-long tribute at 10pmET/PT will share recent interviews with Ryan O’Neal, Alana Stewart, her dad, sister, fellow “Charlie’s Angel” Kate Jackson, and never before aired parts of a 1997 interview with Stone Phillips.

Tomorrow night at 9pmET/PT NBC News will re-broadcast “Farrah’s Story,” the two-hour documentary about Fawcett’s battle with cancer which first aired in May.

> Earlier: ABC Rushes Barbara Walters Farrah Fawcett Special to Air

ABC Rushes Barbara Walters Special On Farrah Fawcett

Farrah_6.25.jpgA special edition of “20/20″ will air tonight on ABC at 10pmET.

The hour will be a Barbara Walters special called “Farrah’s Journey.” Sources close Farrah Fawcett tell Walters these could be her final hours.

Fawcett’s 2-and-a-half year battle with cancer was documented in an NBC News special last month.

This morning on GMA, Walters said, “I’m not sure if she’s going to make it through the day. She’s had her last rites.”

> Update: At 12:51pmET, the cable news networks are reporting Farrah Fawcett has died.

“Farrah’s Story” Gives NBC Its Best Friday in More Than a Year

More than 8.9 million viewers tuned in to watch “Farrah’s Story” last night from 9-11pm on NBC – giving NBC its best Friday in Total Viewers and A18-49 viewers [excluding Olympics] since March 28, 2008. This is according to preliminary live+same day fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

The documentary won its time period last night in the two younger demos: A18-49 and A25-54.

“Farrah’s Story” chronicled Farrah Fawcett‘s two and a half year battle with cancer shot with her own video camera. The special included intimate footage of Farrah and her family, her treatments in the U.S. and Germany and her battles with the National Enquirer.

“Farrah’s Story” Gets Hollywood Premiere

Farrah_5.14.jpgThe NBC News production “Farrah’s Story” had a Hollywood premiere last night at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. In attendance, Alana Stewart and Ryan O’Neal (pictured), Melanie Griffith, Jacqueline Bissett, Farrah’s team of doctors, several close friends and family. NBC SVP of specials Doug Vaughan introduced Fawcett’s friend Alana Stewart who then introduced the film.

“Farrah’s Story” which airs tomorrow night on NBC at 9pmET/PT, is a personal look at Fawcett’s two and a half year battle with cancer which was shot with her own home video camera.

More on the special here…