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25 Years After The 1987 Stock Market Crash

25 years ago today Wall Street had a massive stock market crash, nicknamed “Black Monday.” Back in 1987, there were no cable business channels, and the only real cable news channel was CNN. Update: I forgot FNN, which would go on to be acquired by CNBC.

While many things have changed, some things remain the same. Check out the coverage from CNN and the “Nightly Business Report” below, and look out for a few familiar faces at 2:20 and 2:00 into each video, respectively.

And after the jump, how CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV remembered the anniversary this morning.

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The Morning Ticker: Witness, Dobbs, Baumgartner

  • HBO is debuting a four part documentary series about war zone photojournalists in November. The series, “Witness,” airs Monday nights at 9 PM starting Nov. 5. Each special takes viewers to a different part of the world, and chronicles the challenges of photojournalists there. The locations are Juarez, Libya, South Sudan and Rio.
  • Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs talks to Boston.com about, among other things, CNN: “For those of us who were part of building it, it’s very disappointing what has happened to them.”
  • Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner gave his first one on one TV interview since jumping from space to “CBS This Morning.” You can watch it after the jump.

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Fox Business Turns Five

Five years ago this week, Fox Business Network launched in some 30 million homes, and with a big party at the Met. We thought it was time to take a look back.

Today, the channel is in nearly 60 million homes (although on digital tiers outside of New York City) Update: According to Nielsen, it is now in 68 million households, and according to News Corp. COO Chase Carey it is no longer losing money. Aside from a strong performance by Lou Dobbs at 7 PM, and some non-business specials like the political conventions, the network is far behind CNBC in just about every daypart. That said, many programs, like “Varney & Co.” have had some daily wins against the more widely-distributed CNBC competition.

While there have been stalwarts of the channel (Neil Cavuto comes to mind), there have been a flurry of changes too, as is typical in the TV universe. Alexis Glick, who was there from the beginning, left two years after it launched. “Imus in the Morning” was added to the lineup, but the relationship between the provocative radio host and FBN management has ranged from cool to sour, at least on-air. That said, Imus has never said anything negative about Roger Ailes on-air.

In 2010, the network launched a new slogan and branding campaign, promoting “The Power to Prosper.”

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The Ticker: Williams, Clinton, Dobbs…

  • The man that NBC’s Brian Williams calls his role model, local Elmira anchor Carl Proper, has died. In an interview with WETM last night, Williams remembered Proper as the “local go-to guy in so many ways.” TVSpy has more details.
  • Chelsea Clinton has been absent from the campaign trail this election season because of her role on “Rock Center.” The New York Post reports “her contract with NBC News ‘prevents her from participating in the campaign.’”
  • Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs talks politics with Investor’s Business Daily. “I’ve never seen a turn in the polls like this, and I believe it’s profound,” he said.

The Top Cable News Programs In Q3 2012 Were…

Q3 2012 was a very strong one for MSNBC, which managed to have two shows in the top 10 in the demo for the quarter. Fox News Channel led the way as usual, scoring the top 10 programs in total viewers, and the top six in the demo.

As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program on Fox News and cable news overall. The program averaged 2.83 million total viewers and 551,000 demo viewers for the quarter.

On MSNBC, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was number one in both total and demo viewers, averaging 1.18 million and 356,000 viewers, respectively. “Maddow” placed seventh overall in the demo, and 11th in total viewers.

CNN’s top show in total viewers for the quarter was “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which averaged 548,000 viewers. “AC360″ led the network in the demo with 167,000. “PMT” was 24th overall in total viewers, while “AC360″ was 25th overall in the demo.

HLN’s top program in total viewers was “Nancy Grace,” which averaged 301,000. In the demo, “Morning Express” was tops with 125,000.

CNBC’s top program in total viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 248,000 viewers, while “American greed” led the way in the demo with 114,000. Fox Business Network’s number one show was “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which averaged 104,000 viewers for the quarter. It was also number one in the demo, averaging 31,000. Note: the Dobbs numbers include a repeat airing, while Kudlow’s does not. In a head to head matchup, not counting the repeat, Dobbs beat Kudlow, as we noted on Monday.

The cable program rankers are below.

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‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ Tops ‘Kudlow Report’ Among Younger Viewers in Q3

Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs continues to make inroads against CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. In the third quarter of this year, Dobbs topped Kudlow in the 7pmET time slot among A25-54 viewers, the show’s first quarterly victory since launching in March 2011. Kudlow still has the edge in Total Viewers.

For the third quarter of 2012, “Lou Dobbs Tonight” had 141,000 Total Viewers and 41,000 A25-54 viewers, while “The Kudlow Report” had 159,000 Total Viewers and 37,000 A25-54 viewers.

CNBC still has an edge on FBN in primetime viewers: last week’s cable network ranker shows CNBC placed 55th among ad-supported cable networks in primetime, while FBN placed 86th, though it should be noted that FBN is in 2/3 fewer homes than CNBC and is on an all-digital tier.

We’ll have the third quarter ratings for the general cable networks tomorrow. In the meantime, watch Dobbs recount his first big break on MediabistroTV, after the jump. Read more

Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break

Lou Dobbs wasn’t having much fun working in commercial banking. He thought TV news would be more exciting. So he packed his bags for Yuma, Arizona and got a job covering local politics and crime for KBLU radio and TV — for $75 a week. “There was a certain downside to commercial television that I hadn’t anticipated!”

But now, almost 40 years later, Dobbs credits his days in Yuma for giving him his First Big Break.

The Ticker: Conventions, Schiller, CNBC

  • ABC News, Univision and National Journal will be partnering at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions on a pair of events called “Next America.” George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer, Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will moderate a number of panels “engaging leaders on the demographic revolution that is remaking the face of America.”
  • NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller talks to Nieman Journalism Lab. “I’m a big believer in test-and-learn model of innovation. We’re trying stuff. We’re trying lots and lots of stuff and you know going in some of it’s going to work, some of it isn’t going to work. Hey, if things don’t work, as long as you figure out quickly and stop doing them. The whole fail-fast philosophy. We want to try a lot of things.”
  • A lesson in the perils of RSS feeds: yesterday CNBC had a story on its site for a number of hours touting Lou Dobbsratings win over Larry Kudlow. CNBC’s website automatically picks up some press releases off of the wire in certain categories, creating article pages. It has since been taking down.

Dobbs Tops Kudlow In July

Fox Business Network is still far behind CNBC in total day and primetime, but it seems to be finding its groove in at least one key hour: 7 PM, where “Lou Dobbs Tonight” topped CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” in the adults 25-54 demo in July. Dobbs had 43,000 demo viewers to Kudlow’s 39,000. In total viewers, Kudlow was still on top with 158,000 viewers, to Dobbs’ 148,000.

It is the first time any FBN program has topped a CNBC show in the demo for a whole month. Dobbs and Kudlow have been in something of a see-saw ratings battle at 7 PM over the last few months, with one or the other topping the competition in any given week in total or demo viewers.

Outside of 7 PM, FBN still has a long way to go in the ratings, as it averages fewer than half as many viewers as CNBC in both primetime and total day.

What’s on Lou Dobbs’ Information Plate?

FBN’s Lou Dobbs reveals his information diet to AdWeek, about what media he consumes: TV, magazines, Apps, Twitter, etc.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
Like everybody else, I’m on a time-restricted diet. Of course, I watch Fox News and the other news networks. I watch every Fox news show and every Fox entertainment show. To relax at night, around 9 p.m. or so, my wife and I will usually watch a couple of shows. But we don’t spend a lot of time with TV. We’re still licking our wounds from the loss of House. It was a brilliant show while it lasted.

Any In Touch or Us Weekly?
My wife says I live in a box when it comes to pop culture. I rely on her for that.

Dobbs also recently sat down with mediabistroTV for our “My First Big Break,” (above) which all began at a small TV station in the lawless Southwest. Look for Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break on TVNewser in early September.

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