In her interview with Fox News’ Howie Kurtz yesterday, Barbara Walters talked about why “The View” has barely covered political news of late. “‘The View’ is a daytime show. A lot of people do get their news from ‘The View,’ but it’s supposed to be entertaining, upbeat,” Walters said. “I didn’t think the shutdown was either entertaining or upbeat.” Watch:
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Walters and Kurtz discussed her upcoming retirement, what she wants her legacy to be and Jenny McCarthy‘s new role on “The View.” They also discussed the current state of “20/20,” the show that Walters anchored until 2004.
“20/20 now is not the news magazine that it was. It’s very popular but it’s much more theme and crime oriented, and so the news magazine per se doesn’t exist,” Walters said. “So that the kinds of interviews I did, I would probably put them on Good Morning America. We don’t have the same programs and we don’t have the same need for those in-depth political interviews that we used to have.”
Walters and Fox News have a historically friendly relationship: in Zev Chafets‘ biography of Roger Ailes, the Fox News CEO detailed his longtime friendship with Walters. He also appeared on “This Week” in 2010 when Walters guest hosted the program.
Howie Kurtz‘s new show on Fox News Channel went head-to-head with his old show on CNN Sunday morning. In its debut, “MediaBuzz” won in total viewers but lost to “Reliable Sources” in the A25-54 demographic.
“MediaBuzz” was the top cable news show in the 11amET hour in total viewers, but came in third — behind CNN and HLN — in the demo. “Reliable Sources,” hosted this week by Frank Sesno, was second in total viewers and first in the A25-54 demographic.
“MediaBuzz” was down -2% in total viewers and -38% in the demo compared to the same day last year, while “Reliable Sources” was up +18% and +27%, respectively. Compared to the 11amET hour last Sunday, Fox News was down -18% in total viewers and -48% in the demo, while CNN was up +2% and down -7%, respectively.
With Kurtz as host, “Reliable Sources” averaged 464,000 total viewers for this year (ending with his last show on June 30), meaning he saw an +83% jump in his total audience with his switch to Fox News.
- Numbers for the 11amET hour Sunday:
Fox News: 852,000 viewers / 133,000 A25-54
CNN: 516,000 viewers / 164,000 A25-54
MSNBC: 271,000 viewers / 76,000 A25-54
HLN: 223,000 viewers / 145,000 A25-54
In addition to changes in primetime and daytime, there will be a new face on Fox News’ weekend programming this Fall. The network has announced a weekly health and wellness show hosted by supermodel and lifestyle expert Carol Alt will debut this week.
“A Healthy You & Carol Alt” will “feature guest professionals and celebrities as well as [Alt's] signature tips for maintaining health and wellness.” The half-hour show will air Saturdays at 4pmET. Like Howie Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz,” which also debuts this wekeend, Alt’s program will incorporate social media into certain segments.
Alt began her modeling career in the 1980s and has appeared on more than 700 magazine covers. She was an early proponent of the raw food movement and has authored several books on the subject.
Alt appeared on “Happening Now” this morning to discuss the new show. Watch after the jump. Read more
During “America Live” this afternoon, Fox News revisited a controversial interview the network’s religion correspondent, Lauren Green, did over the weekend with author and religious scholar Reza Aslan.
The original interview with Aslan, which was part of a FoxNews.com webcast, generated controversy after BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski wondered if it was “the most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done.” In the nearly 10-minute interview, Green repeatedly asked Aslan, who is Muslim, why he would write a book about about the founder of Christianity.
Shannon Bream revisited the topic on “America Live” this afternoon in an interview with conservative writer and founder of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell. (The network’s own media critic, Howie Kurtz, has yet to publicly weigh in on Green’s interview.)
Bozell defended Green’s line of questioning and said she has been the target of unfair criticism because “the media can’t stand you folks at Fox.” He went on to dispute several findings in Aslan’s book, calling it “biased” and “one-sided.”
“I’ve never in my life heard an author say that 1,000 books were his reference to doing a book. And while we’re at it, he also said more than once that he had a history degree in religion,” Bozell said. “In fact, he doesn’t. So there are all sorts of holes you can poke in this man’s very very biased and very very one-sided book.”
Aslan — whose book has skyrocketed to the top of the Amazon bestseller list since his Fox News appearance, as our sister site GalleyCat notes — has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, according to his online bio.
The TV critics are assessing last week’s morning show stunts.
“Television news now feasts on fame, the gaudier the better, with journalistic credentials a mere afterthought,” writes Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Howie Kurtz, who talked to two former “Today” show hosts about last week’s ratings grabbers — including Sarah Palin co-hosting last Tuesday — a response to Katie Couric‘s fill-in on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The star-making machinery has changed. When Today tapped Jane Pauley in 1976, she says, “I was 25 years old, four years out of college. I was extremely unknown.” Today alumnus Bryant Gumbel, who says he was “embarrassed” by the Palin stint, believes hosts “used to be judged not just on their popularity level but the extent to which they were capable of interviewing someone or reporting on a situation, or able to have a degree of gravitas. Now that is secondary to being popular.”
Senior ABC staff members characterized NBC’s stunt bookings as desperate. But those at NBC suggested that ABC’s use of Ms. Couric, who left ‘Today’ in 2006, and the overall win-at-all-costs approach showed desperation. [GMA Senior EP Tom] Cibrowski disputed that and said Ms. Couric could fill in again in the future, perhaps when Mr. Stephanopoulos takes a vacation.
As of Thursday’s ratings, “Today” was holding off the hard-charging “GMA.” We’ll have Friday’s Fast National numbers this afternoon, and final weekly ratings for last week on Thursday.
Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans, raised this question on “Reliable Sources” yesterday about the Rev. Al Sharpton both covering and participating in the Trayvon Martin story.
Is [George Zimmerman] going to feel like he can talk to NBC News or MSNBC and be treated fairly when one of their signature on-air personalities has spent weeks talking about how he should be arrested and he should be in jail?
“When Rev. Sharpton joined MSNBC, it was with the understanding that he would continue to do his advocacy work. We’re fully aware of that work and we have an ongoing dialog. His participation in these events is very public and our audience is completely aware of where he stands on the issues. It’s because of this work and his decades of activism that Rev. Sharpton brings such a unique perspective to our line up.”
“Here I am, the face of the network, it’s a week before the election, and our station is about to put a Republican on live and have nothing from the Democrat,” Smith recalls now. He reacted viscerally at the time, telling viewers: “Wow… My apologies for the lack of balance. If I had control, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Seated in his Sixth Avenue office with an erect posture that matches his caffeinated style, Smith says he was unaware that correspondent Shannon Bream had grabbed Christie on the fly. “I came off looking condescending,” he says. “I handled it poorly.”
While Kurtz — and others — point to Smith as an “outspoken newsman at the network defined by high-decibel conservatives,” Smith acknowledges the massive role that opinion programs have played in the success of his network, saying, “Our newscast is better because our opinion programs are successful.”
Smith does appear to be the “face of the network” of late. In the past few months, he’s popped up in profiles and interviews everywhere from The Boston Globe to Men’s Journal to USA Weekend to “The View” to here at TVNewser.
“I turned on the TV and I said, ‘Oh shit, what did I get myself involved in?’” — Ashley Dupre
We’ll have the ratings for last night’s 20/20 on Monday. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik has some thoughts on the interview (written before it aired, which, we suspect, he didn’t watch.)
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