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Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

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TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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James Carville Joins Fox News as a Contributor

JamesCarvilleThe Ragin’ Cajun is bringing his heat to Fox News Channel. James Carville is joining the network as a political analyst.

Carville will appear across various FNC programs offering political commentary on the news of the day.

Bill Shine, EVP of Programming for the network, says Carville’s “successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to FOX News. We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.”

Until last January, Carville and his wife, Republican political analyst Mary Matalin, had been CNN contributors for the better part of 20 years. Carville had co-hosted “Crossfire”
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Carville hit the national scene as the lead strategist in Bill Clinton‘s 1992 presidential campaign. Carville continued to serve as a senior political adviser to Pres. Clinton.

‘Loudest Voice in the Room’ to Debut at #9 on NYT Best-Sellers List

Ailes bookGabriel Sherman‘s unauthorized biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes will debut at #9 on the New York Times Nonfiction Best-Sellers list for the week of February 2. “The Loudest Voice in the Room” went on sale last Tuesday, earlier than planned.

On “USA Today’s” best seller list this week, which collects sales data from the previous Monday through Sunday of all books, not just nonfiction titles, the Ailes bio debuts at #122.

Three other nonfiction titles from Fox News talent remain on the New York Times list: Charles Krauthammer‘s “Things That Matter”, Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Jesus” and Brian Kilmeade‘s “George Washington’s Secret Six.”

(h/t Playbook)

Bill O’Reilly Apologizes For Erroneous ‘March On Washington’ Comment

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dedicated his “tip of the day” segment last night to, well, himself. O’Reilly used the opportunity to apologize for saying that Republicans were not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary celebration for the March on Washington.”

“Last night during my discussion with James Carville on the Martin Luther King commemoration, I said that there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong, it was wrong,” O’Reilly said, noting that some Republicans were invited, but declined to attend. “So here’s the tip of the day, always check the facts when you make a definitive statement, and when you make a mistake, admit it.”

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‘Crossfire’ Hosts Eager For a Comeback

As TVNewser first reported on Friday, CNN is mulling a return of “Crossfire,” the long-running political debate show that was canceled in 2005. It isn’t entirely clear when (or if) CNN will give the official go-ahead, and who would be involved in the new program, although we hear CNN’s current political contributor lineup would likely fill the roles.

That said, The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone spoke to a number of former “Crossfire” hosts, and all agreed that bringing the show back is a good idea. They also took issue with the comments made by Jon Stewart on the program, when he said it was “Hurting America.”

“In a city that’s run with interest groups and lobbyists and gerrymandering, and money and everything else, the idea that somehow or another the whole thing was brought down from 4 to 4:30 Eastern on CNN is completely asinine,” said James Carville, a Democratic strategist and former “Crossfire” co-host who recently left the network.

“There are a lot of things that contribute to the problems in this country,” Carville added. “’Crossfire’ wasn’t one of them.”

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CNN Looking To Revive ‘Crossfire’

CNN is looking to bring back “Crossfire,” TVNewser hears. The long-running political debate show was canceled in 2005.

It isn’t entirely clear what time the program would air, though we hear it would likely be a 30-minute format. During its original run from 1982-2005, “Crossfire” aired in both the afternoons and primetime, in addition to weekend editions. Aside from a brief 60-minute experiment, it was always 30 minutes. CNN declined to comment.

If it moves forward, CNN would rely on its stable of political contributors to fill the “left,” “right” and occasionally “center” roles. The channel recently parted ways with contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin, who were regulars on the original iteration of the show. Paul Begala–also a regular on the show when it was canceled–is still with the channel.

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Roland Martin Out At CNN

CNN’s new president Jeff Zucker continues to shake things up at the channel, particularly when it comes to the network’s political contributors. The latest news is that longtime contributor Roland Martin will be leaving the channel when his contract expires in early April.

Martin has been a regular on CNN since 2007, and also hosts “Washington Watch” on African American network TV One. FishbowlDC first reported that Martin’s tenure at the channel might be short lived back in January. He follows Erick Erickson, Mary Matalin and James Carville out the door at the channel.

The Afternoon Ticker: Ford, FBN, Carville

  • Legendary actor Harrison Ford has signed on to play a legendary news anchor in “Anchorman 2.” According to THR, Ford will play a Tom Brokaw-esque character. he also played a news anchor in 2010′s “Morning Glory.”

  • FBN is launching a week-long look at cyber-security today. Following the New York Times report on hackers breaking into government and company systems, the special programming dubbed “The Cyber Threat,” will feature guests who will talk about what we can do about it.

Cain and Carville On The ‘Factor’

Now that James Carville and wife Mary Matalin are no longer CNN contributors, they are free to appear on other networks. During Super Bowl week they both appeared on “CBS This Morning,” and last night Carville appear on CNN competitor Fox News on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Bill O’Reilly spoke to Carville in front of the familiar bookshelf in the couple’s Louisiana home.

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Also on the “Factor” last night, new FNC contributor Herman Cain made his debut on the network’s highest-rated program.

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