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Japan Photos, Video Set March Marks for MSNBC Digital Network

Much like rival CNN.com, the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan produced records for the MSNBC Digital Network in March, with photo slideshows and the PhotoBlog on msnbc.com performing exceptionally.

A total of 670 million slideshows were viewed via the MSNBC Digital Network during the month, setting a new mark and topping the previous record-holder — January 2010, when Haiti suffered an earthquake — by 63 percent.

Interactive panoramic images from MSN Japan helped to boost PhotoBlog to a strong March.

Other strong March performances were turned in by the sites for: Today, which set a new monthly site record with 67.9 million video streams, 7 percent above its previous record, reached in January; NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, which bested its previous site record for monthly video streams by 30 percent, tallying 37.7 million; The Rachel Maddow Show, which saw its 10.7 million video streams top its previous mark by 53 percent; and Dateline, which served 8.1 million video streams in March, 40 percent more than its prior best.

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Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Coverage Boosts CNN.com

Coverage of the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan March 11 helped CNN.com to set several traffic marks.

Saturday, March 12, the day after the quake struck, the website totaled 67 million global page views, according to Omniture SiteCatalyst, marking the highest weekend day in CNN.com history. The site also served 60 million global video starts on the day of the earthquake, an all-time high, topping the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the previous record-holder.

CNN.com averaged 75 million page views per day from March 11-20, up 66 percent compared with the same period in 2010, and 60 million page views per day for the entire month of March, up 25 percent compared with February and 34 percent versus March 2010.

News blog This Just In averaged 1.1 million page views per day through March 27, up 27 percent versus February and 213 percent compared with the year-ago period.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of March 14

A busy news week sent Americans to their TVs for the network evening newscasts, but the beginning of Daylight Saving Time has taken a hit on TV watching. The 6:30p-7p Households using television (HUT) level was down -7% week-to-week, while the People Using Television (PUT) levels among A25-54 viewers was down -9% and Total Viewers down -8%.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won the week with 9.1 million total viewers, a +1.2 million lead over #2 ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” who anchored her broadcast from Japan Monday and Tuesday. “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric“, which had low coverage on Thursday and Friday due to the NCAA basketball tournament, and was up the most of all three newscasts, +15% in total viewers verses the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of March 14:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,140,000 7,950,000 5,990,000
• A25-54: 2,810,000 2,240,000 1,890,000

The other international news

While much of the cable and broadcast news time is being spent in Japan, the networks are also keeping their eyes on the situation in North Africa and the Middle East. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, CBS News’ Wyatt Andrews and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell each got sit-downs with Secy. Hillary Clinton today as she travels through the region. Clinton told Blitzer she will not likely serve in Pres. Obama’s cabinet if he’s re-elected next year.

Earlier in the day, as you can see in this screengrab from MSNBC, Mitchell and Blitzer were alongside Clinton during a surprise trip she made to Tahrir square in Cairo. Blitzer will be anchoring “The Situation Room” from Tunis, Tunisia tonight (5pmET/10pm CET). Meanwhile, CNN’s Piers Morgan is anchoring his show from Israel (9pmET/2am IST) and Anderson Cooper remains in Japan where he’ll anchor AC360 (10pmET/11am JST). All three shows are live and will simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

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CNN reporter hears from grandmother after several tense days

CNN Newsource reporter Sandra Endo talked with anchor Ali Velshi today about how her family in northern Japan is coping in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. Endo’s father was born in Fukushima. Her grandmother, aunt and cousins lived through the quake, but many neighbors did not.

Endo is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource — the affiliate news service of CNN — based in Washington, D.C.

Glenn Beck earthquake comments get people talking

The commentariat is reacting to Glenn Beck‘s latest controversial comments — this time about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. On his radio show yesterday Beck said: “I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes — well I’m not not saying that either!

“What God does is God’s business, I have no idea. But I’ll tell you this — whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’”

The comments got the ladies of “The View” going this morning. Whoopi Goldberg: “If this is because we’re misbehaving and God is pissed. I would check the mirror Glenn.” Also, HLN host Joy Behar was confused about whether Pat Robertson is still alive. He is.

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 7

By this time next week, we’ll know which evening newscasts most Americans chose for coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. As for last week, which included Friday — the day of the quake, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” had a commanding lead.

The broadcast averaged 9.6 million total viewers, +1.3 million more than #2 “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Sawyer had a +2.1 million lead over #3 “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Week-to-Week NBC and CBS were up in total viewers and younger viewers while ABC was down in both categories. ABC News is the only network to have sent its anchor to Japan.

Numbers for the week of March 7:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,620,000 8,320,000 6,210,000
• A25-54: 2,970,000 2,290,000 1,850,000

Streaming PGATour.com Helps Millions Avoid Work

SportsGrid requested we keep an eye on streaming video at PGATour.com and who are we to deny?

The site averaged 844,000 daily unique for the four-day period and showed 77 percent growth in live streams during the weekend’s tournament. Friday saw 1.1. million unique visitors come to PGATour.com, meaning a lot of people were not working.

The PGA will continue its streaming experiment for the next three weeks at Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 3-6), BMW Championship (Sept. 9-12), and THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola (Sept. 23-26)

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