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Blitzer, Cooper to Lead CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’ Coverage

best_wb_ac_10.03.12CNN will turn to Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper–along with the Empire State Building–to headline the network’s election night coverage, dubbed “Election Night in America.”

The network will begin coverage at 5 p.m. ET, with Blitzer and Cooper joined by CNN’s Jake Tapper and John King, who will take his usual spot at the “CNN Magic Wall.” Election night analysis will include political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, and CNN correspondents Dana Bash and Candy Crowley. Other commentators taking a seat around the table will be Michael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

CNN also plans to “take over” the Empire State Building, which will be used to display U.S. Senate vote results. As Senate results are projected, a vertical LED-illuminated “meter” atop the building’s spire will indicate with either red or blue. Once one of those colors reaches the top of the spire, control of the Senate will be indicated.

CNN International will broadcast CNN’s coverage of the midterm elections starting at 7 p.m., and at 9 p.m. ET, CNN en Español will provide Spanish language coverage, “Voto Latino 2014″, anchored by Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

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5 Questions for… Michael Smerconish

Smerconish304CNN’s Michael Smerconish prides himself on not following party lines. He’s liberal on certain issues, conservative on others and often polarizing nonetheless. A diverse career has included substituting for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Yes, he’s filled in for both O’Reilly and Matthews.

While many people know him from radio, Smerconish has written numerous books and currently hosts “Smerconish” Saturdays on CNN.

TVNewser: The most recent Pew Research poll focused on political polarization and media habits. Where does CNN fit in today’s world of media polarization?

Smerconish: The Pew data is a total confirmation of what I’ve been saying for years – the 80% of us who are not guided by a doctrinaire ideology have ceded the debate to the 20% who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal, and it has taken the country in a hyper-partisan direction We need to take it back. Real political power in this country rests in the middle, not in the extremes, but right now, “rests” is the operative word. CNN is perfectly situated to be the go-to source for this segment of society, and indeed, in Pew’s category of those with “mixed” political views, CNN is their main source for news which is why the network is a perfect fit for me.

TVNewser: Why do some partisan political shows have a hard time making it in this landscape?

Smerconish: Hard time? I’d argue the partisan political shows that push a singular point of view have too easy of a time making it in this landscape. The rote, paint by numbers form of broadcasting gets rewarded by cultivating support from very loyal, not necessarily very numerous, supporters. Passion takes precedence. That’s the same problem we have with the electorate.

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Donald Trump Slams Media, Smerconish for ‘Dishonest’ Coverage of Sterling Comments

donald.trump.cnnOne Donald has been in the news a lot over the last two weeks, and this morning, Donald Trump hit back at the media for making it seem like he was defending embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“Reporters are really dishonest, especially political reporters,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”

The real-estate tycoon claimed reporters took his comments about V. Stiviano being “the girlfriend from hell” out of context in order to make it appear he was defending Sterling’s controversial comments. Stiviano spoke with Barbara Walters on “20/20″ Friday.

“You have some guy named Smerconish, who I’ve never even heard of…he goes on the air and says ‘Trump is defending Sterling,’” Trump said about CNN’s newest host. Last week, Trump had told “Fox and Friends” that Sterling got set up, but added that his comments were disgusting and despicable.

Michael Smerconish thanked Trump on Twitter, and then told him they’re actually on the same page.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 203 | MSNBC: 107 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 83
  • Primetime: FNC: 324 | MSNBC: 178 | CNN: 170 | HLN: 97

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

139

TheFive:

247

Baier:

281

Greta:

276

O’Reilly:

428

Megyn:

273

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

202

Megyn:

153

MSNBC
Wagner:

98

EdShow:

148

Sharpton:

130

Matthews:

157

Hayes:

150

Maddow:

219

O’Donnell:

165

Hayes:

109

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

140

Blitzer:

219

Blitzer:

175

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

200

Smerconish:

147

SpcRpt:

155

Cooper:

142

Smerconish:

126

HLN
News:

53

Detect.:

24

Detect.:

19

Jane:

39

Grace:

96

DrDrew:

92

Files:

105

Files:

113

Files:

139

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The Top Cable News Shows in April Were…

Fox News had the top 14 cable news programs in total viewers and the top eight in the key A25-54 demographic for the month of April, 2014. “The O’Reilly Factor” was number one in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,476,000 and 412,000, respectively. “The Kelly File” was second in total and demo viewers, with 1,988,000 and 370,000, respectively. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” rounded out the top five cable news shows’ list for total viewers.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 15th overall in total viewers and eleventh overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 884,000 total viewers and 210,000 demo viewers.

CNBC broke into the top ten among A25-54 viewers with “Shark Tank,” which led the network in both total viewers and the demo for the month. Reruns of the ABC program averaged 498,000 total viewers and 236,000 A25-54 viewers, placing 26th overall among total viewers and ninth overall in the demo.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 19th and 10th, respectively. The show averaged 621,000 total viewers and 221,000 A25-54 viewers in April. New CNN host Michael Smerconish‘s show, “Smerconish,” cracked the top 15 in the demo.

For HLN, “Forensic Files” led in both total and demo viewers with 328,000 and 146,000 viewers, respectively, ranking 40th and 30th overall.

The top-rated show on Fox Business in total viewers was “Imus in the Morning.” “Stossel” led the way in the demo for FBN.

The full rankers, after the jump.
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Michael Smerconish: ‘I’m the Guy Who Didn’t Get the Piers Morgan Gig’

SmerconishCNN’s Michael Smerconish talks to the Washington Post about his desire to appeal to “Americans who don’t skew to the extreme right on politics and don’t skew to the extreme left.” Smerconish says that was the impetus for his transition from MSNBC to CNN:

By the time the CNN opportunity came up, Smerconish and MSNBC were ready to part ways — it was clear he wasn’t going to be getting his own show anytime soon, though he says he could have continued as a guest host. “They made it clear that liberal and nerdy was what they want to be,” Smerconish says. “That’s not who I am.”

In an e-mailed statement, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said: “We had a wonderful, decade-long run with Michael and loved having him on MSNBC. When Michael came to us saying he wanted to go to CNN, we were supportive. We continue to wish him well.”

But even getting his own television show — something he says he’s long wanted — hasn’t been entirely smooth. His name was recently mentioned in reports as a possible replacement for Piers Morgan, who is leaving CNN. It didn’t happen. “So, I’m no longer the guy who finally got his own show,” Smerconish laments. “I’m the guy who didn’t get the Piers Morgan gig.”

‘Smerconish’ to Debut on CNN This Week

SmerconishMichael Smerconish‘s new CNN show, “Smerconish,” is set to debut this Saturday at 9amET, TVNewser has learned.

The former MSNBC contributor was announced as a CNN host earlier this month. In addition to his weekend show, which will originate from New York, Smerconish will provide analysis and commentary on CNN’s programming throughout the week.

In his new role, Smerconish will continue to host his radio show on SiriusXM Radio and write a weekly column for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In announcing the new show earlier this month, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said Smerconish’s “independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

Michael Smerconish Joins CNN

SmerconishThe staffing and programming changes continue at CNN with the hire of Michael Smerconish, who will host a weekly Saturday morning show from New York.

Smerconish, an MSNBC contributor who has served as the guest host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” for the past four years, will join CNN this month. In his new role, he will also appear across all CNN’s programming.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

The show’s name and debut date have not yet been announced. More from CNN after the jump.

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Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz, By The Numbers

When Ed Schultz moves to 5pm next week on MSNBC, he’ll be taking over a timeslot held by “Hardball” for the last 8 years (as well as an earlier stint at 5pm in 2000-2001). “Hardball” is MSNBC’s longest running show. In fact, it’s older than the network itself having first premiered on CNBC in 1997. (Matthews’ association with NBC goes back even further to 1994 when he hosted a politics show on America’s Talking.) “Hardball” now gets one airing, at 7pmET.

We wanted to know how the viewership has been for the two airings recently.

  • Matthews at 5pm is watched by more viewers than at 7pm. At 5pm the average for the quarter-to-date is 602,000 total viewers. At 7pm, the average is 533,000 total viewers. The 7pm edition is a reair of the 5pm version most nights, and there are undoubtedly repeat viewers. Still, if added together (as other hosts whose shows reair like to do — Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on Fox News among them) — the two airings make “Hardball” MSNBC’s most watched daily program.
  • While the 5pm edition scores more total viewers than at 7, the later edition of “Hardball” draws more younger viewers: 141,000 at 7 vs. 128,000 at 5, so far this quarter. And that pattern is true for all of 2013.

Schultz’s return to Monday through Friday, is — like nearly all decisions in cable news — for ratings. In his final quarter in the 8pmET timelsot (Q1 2013), the populist radio-turned-TV talker averaged 909,000 total viewers (this included a strong January for all of MSNBC). His replacement at 8pm, Chris Hayes is averaging 509,000 so far in Q3. Among younger viewers, Schultz averaged 208,000 in Q1, while Hayes is drawing 145,000 in Q3. MSNBC would be thrilled if Schultz can bring his 8pm numbers to 5pm.

The final “Harball with Chris Matthews” at 5pm has already aired — yesterday. Michael Smerconish is filling in tonight, and there will be a two-hour “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” pre-empting the 7pm edition of “Hardball.”

The Ticker: ‘Lead’ Day, Satellite Move, 60 at #5

  • The newest addition to CNN’s weekday afternoon line-up, “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” debuts at 4pmET Monday, March 18. Tapper left ABC News for CNN in December.

  • MSNBC contributor Michael Smerconish is moving his daily radio show to satellite.  Beginning April 15, The Michael Smerconish Program will cease broadcasting on terrestrial radio and move to SiriusXM.

  • For the seventh time in 10 shows, “60 Minutes” made the Nielsen Top 10. Sunday’s show drew 12.02 million viewers finishing at #5 for the week.

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