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MSNBC and Fox News Hosts Hold Affordable Care Act Live Chats

Joy Reid Live ChatMSNBC and Fox News hosts are embracing social media to discuss the Affordable Care Act as the sign-up deadline is now less than a week away.

Our sister site Lost Remote reports MSNBC’s Joy Reid held a Google+ Hangout this afternoon with New York Times correspondent and medical doctor Elisabeth Rosenthal, answering questions on the ACA.

Like many of her MSNBC colleagues, Reid has championed the ACA, saying during the live chat that any opportunity to clear up “misconceptions” about the law is one her show can’t pass up.

And Fox News “Special Report” host Bret Baier also hosted a Google+ Hangout about the ACA this past Thursday, speaking with a mother of two, the Conservative Union’s Pradheep Shanker, and a Texas man with six children and six grandchildren.

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Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid’s Week One Ratings

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A tough debut week for new MSNBC hosts Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid, as their respective shows at 1pmET and 2pmET lost ground as compared to last year.

Farrow’s program’s numbers were worse, drawing both the lowest total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers of all of MSNBC’s shows on both Wednesday (260,000/52,000) and Friday (201,000/54,000). His program’s best day was Thursday with 320,000 total viewers and 79,000 demo viewers.

Overall, “Ronan Farrow Daily” averaged 243,000 total viewers and 55,000 demo viewers for the week. Compared to the same week last year with “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1pmET, “Ronan Farrow Daily” is down -40% in total viewers and -42% in the demo.

With Farrow as a lead-in, Joy Reid’s Monday debut drew just 38,000 A25-54 demo viewers, the lowest demo for the entire network that day. On Wednesday, Reid drew the second lowest demo for the network with 56,000 viewers. Her best total viewer day was Wednesday with 312,000 viewers, while Friday was her high mark in the demo with 84,000 viewers.

Overall, “The Reid Report” averaged 286,800 total viewers and 63,200 demo viewers. Compared to the same week last year with “News Nation with Tamron Hall” at 2pmET, “The Reid Report” was down -8% in total viewers and -38% in the demo.

From past debuts, we know first week numbers have the potential to change over the course of time. Also important to note, the same week last year featured all networks covering the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

For each day’s individual scoreboards, click here.

Joy Reid: MSNBC Doesn’t Just Plug People Into Their ‘Racial Box’

Appearing on HuffPost Live yesterday, new MSNBC host Joy Reid said she’s proud of MSNBC’s on-air diversity.

“Partly, it’s our audience…this is just good constituent service,” Reid said of the network’s substantial African-American audience, adding every network should be offering the diversity MSNBC does.

Reid also said she’s proud of MSNBC for not just “plugging people into their racial box,” suggesting they don’t just book minority guests based on stories specific to them.

“We don’t just say…’ah there’s a black issue, c’mon black person, let’s go and talk about it’…people can talk about everything.”

Reid suggested that Fox News’ audience demographics doesn’t call for them to be as diverse as MSNBC. Her comments on MSNBC diversity start around seven minutes in.

Debut Ratings For Bartiromo, Farrow, and Reid

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MSNBC’s two new shows didn’t provide the spike in viewers MSNBC president Phil Griffin was hoping for.

Ronan Farrow Daily” at 1pmET drew 216,000 total viewers and 46,000 A25-54 demo viewers, shedding 7,000 total viewers and 25,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” which had NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker filling in. Compared to the same Monday last year, when Michell’s show aired at 1pm, Farrow was down -34% in viewers and down -40% in the demo.

At 2pmET, “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid built on Farrow’s hour, averaging 262,000 total viewers, but shedding demo viewers averaging 38,000, making it the least-watched show of the day on MSNBC. Compared to the same day last year, when Tamron Hall‘s show aired, Reid was down -18% in viewers and down -63% in the demo.

Over on Fox Business Network, the debut of “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” averaged 75,000 total viewers and 14,000 in the demo from 9am-11amET. Bartiromo’s first hour drew 97,000 total viewers, losing 48,000 total viewers from lead-in “Imus in the Morning’s” 8am hour, but added 2,000 demo viewers. On CNBC, where Bartiromo spent 20 years, “Squawk on the Street” from 9-11am averaged 174,000 total viewers and  29,000 A25-54 viewers.

At his new 11am-1pmET time slot, Stuart Varney‘s “Varney & Co.” averaged 117,000 total viewers and 29,000 demo viewers, falling short of “Squawk on the Street” by 13,000 total viewers but edging them by 6,000 demo viewers.

The Ronan Reviews Are In…

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Ronan Farrow Daily” is about to take to the air for its second outing. Here’s what media reporters are writing about the first:

  • Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich thinks cable news is in need of saving, but Farrow is not yet its hero. “But Farrow is also young — and looks younger, and sounds even younger — and so the debut of ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ was also an awkward mix of tones.” The EW review also suggested Farrow’s attempts at humor are part of the problem, as his joke about growing up with Murrow, Cronkite, and Colbert only emphasizes he is too young to have real newsmen to admire. Franich’s overall grade: C-
  • The New York Post’s Michael Starr notes a lack of fireworks in the premiere—particularly no mention from Ronan about father Woody Allen and sister Dylan Farrow‘s recent back and forth over Dylan’s molestation charge. Even without a buzzworthy moment to offer “something we haven’t seen before,” the Post credits the show with not embarrassing itself, and Farrow for looking quite comfortable on camera.
  • Variety‘s Brian Steinberg writes about Farrow’s “detached,” “bemused” stance toward the stories he reported on, observing that the 26-year-old did not come off as a “cheerleader” for any one cause. Noting that Farrow targeted a younger audience with numerous social media mentions, he still might have a problem reaching the youth: “Farrow’s challenge will be to gain momentum during a time slot that is not known for luring the millennials who might form his natural audience.”

MSNBC Launches ‘Deep Web’ Storytelling

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In addition to launching two new shows yesterday, MSNBC debuted a partnership with social data company Vocativ to offer a new form of storytelling from the “deep web” of the Internet.

Ronan Farrow showed it off on his first broadcast in a report about the illegal sale of marijuana—in the first state the sale of marijuana has become legal.

Our sister-site Lost Remote has all the details on the new partnership.

Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid Join the MSNBC Lineup

ReidSmokey“I grew up watching the greats of TV news…Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert,” 26-year-old Ronan Farrow said at the top of his first “Ronan Farrow Daily,” one of two new shows on MSNBC today.

An opening segment on the turmoil in Ukraine was fronted by NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and former Obama senior adviser and current MSNBC contributor David Axelrod were his first guests. Farrow openly embraced being a cable news novice: “What’s going on here, which camera do I look at? Who knows!”

Following Farrow at 2pmET was Joy Reid, host of “The Reid Report.” Reid began with domestic politics and the annual National Governors Association conference in D.C., inviting former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as her first guests. Last month, Reid told us she was looking forward to bringing on GOP voices. She also interviewed Smokey Robinson later on the show. “Congratulations on your show. I’m really happy to be on the first one,” said Robinson.

Missing from the new afternoon lineup was Andrea Mitchell, whose show moved to NoonET. MSNBC tells us Mitchell had a commitment scheduled long before news of the time slot change and will be back tomorrow. Mitchell told told TVNewser last week the move an hour earlier will give her more time to focus on NBC News reporting.

MSNBC Promotes Two to Managing Editor, Hires EP for ‘Reid Report’

MSNBCLogo304x200As two new MSNBC hosts take to the air today, there are some changes behind the scenes too.

“Jansing & Co.” EP Rashida Jones—who joined MSNBC six months ago— and “News Nation with Tamron Hall” EP Ilyas Kirmani have both been promoted to the new positions of Managing Editor, reporting to MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley.

MSNBC tells us new EPs for the 10am (Jansing) and 11am (Hall) will be named in the coming weeks.

And TVNewser has learned MSNBC has hired Larry Epstein, the senior producer of Fox Business Networks’ “Cavuto,” as EP of “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid which debuts today at 2pmET. Epstein also previously worked as a producer for Neil Cavuto‘s Fox News show  “Your World.”

Andrea Mitchell ‘Thrilled’ With MSNBC Show’s Move to Noon

andrea mitchell_304x200In addition to Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid‘s upcoming MSNBC debuts, is the timeslot change for MSNBC’s long-running daytime host Andrea Mitchell. Starting Monday, her show will start at NoonET.

“I’m thrilled about the change,” Mitchell told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. Mitchell, who has hosted a show on MSNBC since 2000, sees the move as an opportunity to get an earlier jump on newsmaking interviews with fewer interruptions from White House press briefings and speeches that would often cut into her 1pm show.

The new time slot also means more interviews with lawmakers from Capitol Hill, as they can appear before their 1pm caucus meetings.

Mitchell, who also serves as Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC News, says she likes the new MSNBC lineup. “It clusters the harder news broadcast shows together” earlier in the day, then starting with Farrow at 1pm evolves into more conversation, opinion, and advocacy. She calls Farrow “brilliant” and thinks he will “wow” his audience.

The move an hour earlier means she’ll also have more time to focus on NBC News reporting. In 2013, Mitchell was third of all evening news correspondents when measured in minutes on-air. Only her NBC colleague Tom Costello and ABC’s David Muir were used more. “I’ll finish my show at 1, and be able to be more personally involved for an extra hour in preparing my ‘Nightly News’ reports,” she says.

With strong reporting from Richard Engel in Ukraine and Brian Williams in Sochi—along with the leadership of new NBC News President Deborah Turness—Mitchell feels NBC News is on a roll.

“Deborah has energized everyone,” says Mitchell, who has been with NBC News since 1978. “I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger.”

Katie Couric Has Advice for Joy Reid

Katie Couric has some advice for incoming MSNBC host Joy Reid.

In a short backstage video, Couric told Reid the essentials.

“Be like a Boy Scout, be prepared,” Couric said.

Reid recently told TVNewser she is ready for her opportunity, and is eager to engage in debate with conservatives on her show “The Reid Report,” which debuts on February 24.

Couric recently started as Yahoo! News Global News Anchor. Her syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” wraps up in June of this year.

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