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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

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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.

MSNBC’s Full Page Politics Ad

MSNBC has taken out another full page ad in the Sunday New York Times, this time tying together the Super Bowl and 2012 Election coverage.

A few weeks ago, MSNBC ran an ad — criticized by some — promoting “Morning Joe” as “The Most Influential Political Show in America.” A week later, there were dueling full page ads from MSNBC and CBS ahead of the launch of “CBS This Morning.”

Today’s ad features Rachel Maddow, who has been anchoring MSNBC’s caucus and primary nights, except last night when Michael Smerconish and Chris Matthews had Nevada duty.

The networks have not yet announced plans for Tuesday’s Colorado and Minnesota caucuses. But the ratings for Florida’s primary showed channels like Fox News and MSNBC actually perform better with regular programming, while CNN, which ranks third in primetime, has experienced significant tune in on primary nights — up 75% last Tuesday during Florida coverage, from its Monday average.

Cable Nets Plan Saturday Coverage of Nevada Caucus

The fight for the Republican Presidential nomination continues tomorrow in Nevada, and as usual, the cable networks will be there.

MSNBC’s coverage will run from 6-10:30pmET. The first two hours will be hosted by MSNBC political analyst Michael Smerconish. Chris Matthews will take over from the DC bureau at 8pmET.

CNN’s live coverage will run from 7-10pmET and will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King. At 11pmET, Don Lemon will anchor a live edition of “Newsroom.”

Fox News will stick with a regular Saturday night schedule in the early part of primetime — “Huckabee” at 8pmET, followed by “Justice with Judge Janine.” At 10pmET, Bret Baier will host a one-hour live special on the caucus results. Baier will also provide extended live cut-ins during the rest of primetime programming.