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Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Gets First Demo Win

brian stelterFor the first time since Brian Stelter took over as the anchor of “Reliable Sources,” the CNN program has topped Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” in the A25-54 demographic.

“Reliable” averaged 193,000 A25-54 viewers at 11amET Sunday, topping Howard Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” by +21,000 viewers. In total viewers, “MediaBuzz” remains far out front, averaging 881,000 to “Reliable”‘s 384,000. Kurtz’s program has won every week in total viewers since its debut.

Although Stelter’s numbers were likely helped by the extensive coverage of Ukraine on CNN this weekend, “Reliable” did not cover the conflict at all. The program improved +15% on its lead-in audience in the A25-54 demo for the third week straight — “Reliable” grew +30% from its lead-in on February 23 and +11% on February 16.

Why’s Everybody Picking On Piers Morgan?

From news reports and criticisms from American media, to jokes at his expense coming from the UK, Piers Morgan has been on the receiving end of a lot of unfriendly fire since news of his show’s cancellation broke.

The New York Daily News reports Morgan’s own staff is happy to see him go, with his makeup artists leading the parade.

“He was always such an a—— to people working for him,” one insider says of the bombastic Brit. Morgan’s last show is likely to be this week, but no specific date has been set. We hear it was low ratings and a bad attitude that killed it, and the decision was made by network boss Jeff Zucker. “The makeup girls suffered the worst — he was rude and belligerent,” says our source. “The general feeling is Morgan didn’t show any respect to anyone working under him — the people who were trying to make him look good.”

On that front, Morgan went after the Daily News on Twitter this morning.

Morgan’s British cavalry also came to lend support: his former warm up act from “Britain’s Got Talent,” Ian Royce, blogged in Piers’ defense.

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, January 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 134 | MSNBC: 143 | CNN: 82 | HLN: 125
  • Primetime: FNC: 111 | MSNBC: 198 | CNN: 103 | HLN: 65

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt:/Health:

61

Kurtz:

64

FNSunday:

72

Faulkner:

81

Huckabee:

70

Megyn:

121

Stossel:

141

Huckabee:

94

Kelly:

94

MSNBC
Finney:

37

Caught:

59

Caught:

134

Caught:

99

Caught:

199

Caught:

206

Caught:

187

Lockup:

259

Lockup:

259

CNN
Nwsroom:

103

Nwsroom:

59

Nwsroom:

41

Nwsroom:

39

Bourdain:

107

Survivor:

118

Survivor:

84

Survivor:

64

Survivor:

64

HLN
Files:

188

Files:

169

Files:

146

Cook-Off:

23

Cook-Off:

27

Penguins:

77

Penguins

91

Files:

125

Files:

125

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‘Reliable Sources’ Draws Second Lowest Demo Number in Nearly Four Years

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debut_304x200“Reliable Sources” drew its second lowest A25-54 demo number in close to four years on Sunday, as host Brian Stelter interviewed “The Loudest Voice in the Room” author Gabriel Sherman for the show’s first 25 minutes.

341,000 total viewers and 61,000 demo viewers tuned in at 11am, those numbers dropping 20,000 total viewers and 31,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

The opposite trend occurred on Fox’s media-counterpart “MediaBuzz” with Howard Kurtz: the show, which didn’t cover Sherman’s book on CEO Roger Ailes, was up 5,000 total viewers and 37,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Americas News Headquarters.”

The performance for “Reliable Sources” was down compared to Stelter’s debut over a month ago: down -15% in total viewers and -48% in demo viewers.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, January 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 150 | MSNBC: 95 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 126
  • Primetime: FNC: 144 | MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 198 | HLN: 108

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt:/Health:

60

Kurtz:

79

FNSunday:

87

Faulkner:

100

Huckabee:

164

Megyn:

133

Stossel:

137

Huckabee:

118

Kelly:

193

MSNBC
Finney:

78

Caught:

57

Caught:

59

Caught:

153

Caught:

156

Heist:

97

Heist:

93

Heist:

120

Lockup:

193

CNN
Nwsroom:

99

Nwsroom:

123

Nwsroom:

64

Nwsroom:

91

Bourdain:

272

Penguins:

173

Penguins:

148

Penguins:

55

Penguins:

37

HLN
Files:

127

WWYD:

76

WWYD:

96

Cook-Off:

65

Cook-Off:

77

WWYD:

118

WWYD:

130

Files:

120

Files:

184

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Howard Kurtz Asks If MSNBC Developing ‘Culture’ of ‘Harsh Personal Attacks’

KurtzFoxnewsIn a column for Foxnews.com, “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz delves into MSNBC’s recent string of “rude and crude”comments made by Melissa Harris-Perry and former hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin.

Prefacing his column as not just a Fox attack on MSNBC—citing friendly relations with several at the network—Kurtz asks if the network has developed a culture where “harsh personal attacks” are encouraged.

If there is a theme to these episodes, it is a view of Republicans and conservatives as so mean-spirited, hard-hearted and clueless that just about any rhetoric against them can be justified.

What was striking to me was that MSNBC did nothing but issue a tepid statement until Bashir resigned under pressure nearly three weeks later. But he had a telling line in his apology, saying that “the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be and a miserable person to become.”

Now comes Melissa Harris-Perry and her MSNBC panel, mocking a Mitt Romney family photo because, amid a sea of white faces, Romney’s adopted black grandson was on his knee. This falls more in the category of racially insensitive jokes than personal attacks, but why shouldn’t the family be praised rather than ridiculed for the adoption? Instead a defenseless baby was made into a symbol of the GOP’s lack of diversity.

Harris-Perry apologized to the Romney family on Twitter and on MSNBC.com.

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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‘Reliable Sources’ Shows Growth in Brian Stelter’s Second Week

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debutOn Brian Stelter‘s second show as host, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” averaged 469,000 total viewers and 127,000 A25-54 viewers, improving on the week one audience by +17% and +8%, respectively.

“Reliable” came in second, behind only Fox News’ “MediaBuzz,” in the 11amET timeslot. Compared to the same day last year, the program  is down in total viewers the A25-54 demo. (The year-ago Sunday was two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.)

By comparison, Howard Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” on Fox News averaged 954,000 total viewers and 158,000 A25-54 viewers. Kurtz’s program was down in both ratings measurements compared to last week. Compared to the year-ago Sunday — before Kurtz joined Fox News — the program was flat in total viewers and down in the demo.

Mike Huckabee on 2016 Run: ‘I’m Looking at It’

HuckabeeIn a Foxnews.com article, Howard Kurtz details what Fox host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is thinking when it comes to a 2016 presidential run: he’s “looking at it.”

“I didn’t want any misinformation that I’ve told people I’m running—that’s not the case,” Huckabee told me yesterday. “I wanted to be honest and say, sure I’m looking at it.”

The article reveals the “Huckabee” host has already begun holding meetings with potential donors and supporters.

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Jana Winter: ‘There Are No Take Backs’

WinterOn “MediaBuzz” Sunday, Fox News reporter Jana Winter reiterated she was never going to reveal sources from her Aurora, CO shooting story

“If I make a promise to say I will not publish this information unless I keep your name out of it, I’m not going to change my mind,” Winter told Howard Kurtz. “There are no take backs. I said I’d keep my sources secret, and that’s it…end of story.”

Winter said she felt her ordeal was completely “bizarre” and unfair.

Over on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter closed the show agreeing with Roger Ailes that protecting Winter’s confidential sources was necessary to protect journalism and democracy.

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