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‘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.”

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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.

Smerconish, Uygur Filling in on MSNBC This Week

MSNBC’s early evening line-up will look a little different this summer week. Radio personality and MSNBC analyst Michael Smerconish is filling in again for Chris Matthews on “Hardball” all this week. Meanwhile, The Young Turk’s Cenk Uygur will be in for Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show.” Uygur recently filled in for Dylan Ratigan as well.

Larry King ‘a Dinosaur Bound for Extinction’

Philadelphia radio talk show host and MSNBC regular Michael Smerconish says CNN’s Larry King‘s departure reminds him of Bruno Sammartino, the 1970s WWF star who was the “ultimate good guy.”

On Saturday mornings, wrestling was a weekend fix for kids. Nobody got hurt, especially the wrestlers. The stakes are higher in Larry King’s ring. Today’s incarnation is political poison for the country. Elected officials and would-be politicians now take their behavioral cues from TV and radio hosts.

Larry King no longer fit into that equation. His outdated sense of civility and relatively nonpartisan approach made him a dinosaur bound for extinction. Like [Sammartino], the game he helped create has left him behind.


WWF star Bruno Sammartino in his heyday.

Smerconish: ‘No Room for Nuance’ on Cable News

Smerconish061110.bmp Radio and television personality Michael Smerconish writes an editorial in the Washington Post decrying the partisan state of cable news.

Smerconish argues that television and radio is shaping the partisan climate in Washington, and writes that the forthcoming departure of Campbell Brown from CNN “marks another tombstone in the graveyard of moderate, thoughtful analysis.”

CNN is rumored to be looking at a “Crossfire” type debate program to plug into Brown’s slot, though no programming decisions have been made. Eliot Spitzer has been said to be in consideration for that show, and today the New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson writes that her fellow Brit Piers Morgan has been approached about the program.

Smerconish also talks a bit about how the TV news sausage gets made, recalling calls from CNN and Fox News producers seeking guests that fit a predetermined mold.

The message of both episodes is clear: There is no room for nuance. Either you offer a consistent (possibly artificial) ideological view or you often don’t get a say.

So why is there a lack of centrist voices? The answer, according to Smerconish, is about as straightforward as it gets:

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The Snyder Saga, Where it all Began

As we continue to report on Fox News host Bill O’Reilly stepping up to assist the family of a fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder with their mounting legal bills, here’s a look back at where it all began.

In June, 2006 on Fox News Channel’s “The Big Story Prime Time,” Julie Banderas interviewed Matthew’s father Albert. In a separate interview, she talked with Shirley Phelps Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed Matthew’s funeral a few months earlier.

In a moment of must-see-TV news, Banderas takes on Phelps Roper, who fires right back, with a slew of Bible passages, taunts and eternal damnation.

> Update: An emailer reminds us that radio talk show host Michael Smerconish interviewed Fred Phelps on this case while guest hosting on MSNBC, on April 11, 2006.

And like O’Reilly, Smerconish is writing his own check to the Snyder family and encouraging his audience to as well.