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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Ratings

ObamaSebeliusCNN cleaned up in the ratings Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but viewership was down on the network from the same night last year. CNN won the hours of 10pm and 11pm in both total viewers and the younger demo. The network, which provided more than three hours of live coverage beginning at 8pmET anchored by Don Lemon, also won from 7-10pmET in the demo. MSNBC began coverage at 9pmET anchored by Craig Melvin. Fox News stuck with regular programming at 8pm and 9pm and ran a special on the Benghazi investigation at 10pmET. President Obama began his remarks at 10:20pm and Joel McHale followed around 10:40.

9pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 197,000 / 752,000
FNC: 137,000 / 1.314M
MSNBC: 152,000 / 444,000

10pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 336,000 / 1.088M
FNC: 87,000 / 922,000
MSNBC: 261,000 / 846,000

11pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 183,000 / 618,000
FNC: 96,000 / 469,000
MSNBC: 173,000 / 453,000

Compared to last year’s event, at 9pmET, CNN was up in the demo, but down in total viewers. At 10pm, CNN was down in both the demo and in total viewers. As for MSNBC, the network improved over last year in both the demo and total viewers at both 9 and 10pmET. Fox, which carried the president’s remarks last year, was down in the 10pm hour, in both the demo and total viewers. C-SPAN also carried coverage Saturday, but the network is not publicly rated.

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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

Obama’s Cable News One-Liners from the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner

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President Obama began his remarks at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner around 10:20pmET. C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNN carried live coverage.

“I am a little jet-lagged for my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days. I think they are still searching for their tables.”

“MSNBC is here. They are a little overwhelmed. They have never seen an audience this big before.”

“Look, everyone is trying to keep up with this incredibly fast-changing media landscape. For example, I got a lot of grief on cable news for promoting Obamacare to young people on ‘Between two Ferns.’ To be fair, I am not the first person on television between two potted plants.” (Shows image above of the “Fox & Friends” anchors)

“Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”

Later, “Community” star and “The Soup” host Joel McHale, the entertainment for the night, got in a few one-liners about cable news as well.

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‘It’s Not a Seminar, It’s Not a College Course, It’s Not a Press Conference … It’s Dinner’

The annual “Nerd Prom” weekend — when media executives, television personalities and Hollywood celebrities descend on Washington, D.C. for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner — is upon us. Joel McHale will host the event at the Washington Hilton tonight.

The dinner is the subject of a new two-hour documentary produced by Patrick Gavin. In “Nerd Prom: Washington’s Wildest Week,” Gavin interviews a handful of people about the dinner, which brings everyone together, as one interviewee says, “probably for no greater reason than the fun of it.” Gavin, formerly of Politico and FishbowlDC, shared the trailer with us:

I’m headed down to D.C. for the dinner, so check back over the weekend for updates and follow along @TVNewser.

Brian Williams Gets Catty With Joel McHale On ‘The Soup’

Regular viewers of the E! clip show “The Soup” are probably familiar with the (almost) weekly segment “Rayr with Brian Williams.” Th segment features clips of Williams from “Rock Center” and other programs getting catty with people and things in the news.

Well “The Soup” was in New York this week, and Williams showed up in person to take host Joel McHale and “The Soup” team to task.

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Toss Brian Williams’ Catty McDonald’s Commentary Into ‘The Soup’

ICYMI, Joel McHale debuted a new segment on “The Soup” last week, called (insert cat sound effect here) …with Brian Williams.

McHale played a clip from a recent episode of “Rock Center” during which Williams called out McDonald’s after the fast food restaurant released a video of its executive chef mixing up the restaurant’s “special sauce.” Williams cattily remarks, “He goes on to make a Big Mac at home and by hand, just like the kind you buy at McDonald’s except for the way it looks and tastes.”

Not to be out-clawed, Williams’ ICYMI last week on “Rock Center” included his own cat sound effect when Williams called out London’s mayor for seeming to diss New York. Watch after the jump…

NBC and E! are both Comcast networks.

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Jane Velez-Mitchell Talks Lindsay Lohan on ‘The Soup’: ‘I look hot McHale’

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell will do anything to hawk her book: first this, then that and, over the weekend, dressing up like Lindsay Lohan and strutting on to “Talk Soup.” Velez-Mitchell told host Joel McHale that she’s “going everywhere” to promote “Addict Nation,” “even this rinky-dink production.”

McHale responded by saying he’ll “feel so bad making fun of her next week…for a second.”

Joel McHale + Hoda Kotb + Kathie Lee Gifford + Scotch =…?

Thanksgiving is a day for thanks. So what are we thankful for? Moments like this:
“The Soup” host Joel McHale went on the fourth hour of the “Today” show Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to promote his NBC show “Community.” The fourth hour of “Today” has been one of McHale’s favorite targets on “The Soup.” The bottle of Scotch McHale brought helped the conversation:

Kotb: “Why do you mock our show?”

McHale: “Have you seen your show?”