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The Scoreboard: Sunday, June 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 131 | MSNBC: 148 | CNN: 120 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 98 | MSNBC: 185 | CNN: 144 | HLN: 153

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

88

NewsHQ:

95

FNSunday:

89

Report:

98

Huckabee:

91

Baier:

114

Stossel:

91

Huckabee:

94

Baier:

155

MSNBC
Finney:

47

EdShow:

88

Caught:

99

Caught:

107

Caught:

177

Caught:

157

Lockup:

219

Lockup:

296

Lockup:

325

CNN
Nwsroom:

98

Nwsroom:

114

Nwsroom:

117

Bourdain:

169

Crimes:

117

Crimes:

128

Spurlock:

186

News/Crimes:

96

Crimes:

153

HLN
Mystery:

97

Mystery:

97

Mystery:

77

Mystery:

142

Mystery:

173

Mystery:

129

Mystery:

158

Mystery:

145

Mystery:

189

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Ratings: ‘Inside Man’ Second In The Demo For CNN

CNN debuted two more of its acquired series Sunday night. at 9 PM, the channel launched crime series “Crimes of the Century,” and at 10 PM it debuted Morgan Spurlock‘s “Inside Man.”

Spurlock’s series, which received a heavy marketing push from CNN, was clearly the bigger launch, and it seemed to deliver on its promise. As with Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown,” the program was reasonably strong in the key adults 25-54 demo, placing second at 10 PM, and improving CNN’s demo ratings compared to a year ago. In total viewers, “Inside Man” was third, behind Fox News and HLN’s “Mystery” block. The program did not deliver the ratings that Bourdain did in his debut in April, but the demo numbers are promising.

“Crimes of the Century” did not receive the big marketing push that “Inside Man” did, and it was reflected in the ratings. The program placed third in the demo, behind similar crime programming on HLN and MSNBC, but second in total viewers, behind Fox News.

The ratings at 9 PM and 10 PM are below.
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Morgan Spurlock’s Media Diet

While interviewing CNN “Inside Man” host Morgan Spurlock for our profile last week, we asked him about his media diet.

Spurlock may be producing and starring in a show for CNN, but cable news is not typically where he gets his information from. Rather, his media diet is very fragmented, a familiar story for many news consumers today.

“I read a lot more than I probably watch TV news,” Spurlock said. “I will get up in the morning and watch a little NY1 or CNN in the morning, just to hear what is happening local, and to get a sense of the world, and then I listen to 1010 WINS when I drive in, but then I will read the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, to kind of get more of my news.

“All day I get pop up alerts from the AP, Reuters, you name it. Wherever it is, if something pops up I am like, well, I will check it out,” he added.

Spurlock’s “Inside Man” debuts on CNN tonight.

Morgan Spurlock, CNN’s New ‘Inside Man,’ In His Element

Photo Credit: Alex Weprin

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has been busy the last few months, weaving between tales of immigrants, marijuana growers and–yes–John Stamos and English boy band One Direction. At any given moment his production office is buzzing with people juggling TV shows, films and web series.

Spurlock says he is “platform agnostic,” though he acknowledges that each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages.

“The beauty of television is deadlines, you could fuck with a movie forever,” Spurlock says, reclining in a leather chair in his New York City office. “Having deadlines forces you to make choices, and being in a position where you have to make a choice and make it now, is fantastic. With movies—Picasso once said about paintings, you never finish paintings, you merely abandon them—and that is what happens with movies, with documentary films you abandon them at some point, because you can’t work on them forever.”

Spurlock’s new CNN series, “Inside Man,” debuts Sunday at 10 PM, and all but one episode has been delivered to the channel. His production crew is hard at work on a film (in 3D) about One Direction called “This Is Us,” which will be released August 30th. They are also staffing up for a web series starring Stamos.

“For season two we will do ‘Inside Man’ in 3D!” Spurlock quips.

“Inside Man” came to fruition fairly quickly. Spurlock had been meeting with CNN for some time, including with former managing editor Mark Whitaker, but it was during a meeting with CNN development senior VP Vinnie Malhotra that the show came to life.

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The Morning Ticker: Spurlock, Bondy, Williams

  • Morgan Spurlock‘s CNN show has a name and a launch date. “Inside Man” debuts Sunday, June 23 at 10pmET. The 8-episode run explores topics ranging from migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, and drought.

  • Former NBC News and CNN executive producer Kim Bondy is joining Al Jazeera America where she will oversee a nightly newsmagazine for the new network.

  • At Elon University’s commencement Saturday, NBC’s Brian Williams tossed a baseball into the crowd of graduates, meant for his son Douglas who is among the 1,170 to receive degrees.

Morgan Spurlock’s CNN Show Pushed Back

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock‘s upcoming CNN series has been delayed until later this year, TVNewser hears. The show, “Inside Man,” has Spurlock sharing “an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.” We also hear that the format may have been tweaked slightly, resulting in the delay.

Spurlock’s “Inside Man” was announced in August, 2012 to much fanfare, as it was the second original series acquisition for the cable news channel. It was supposed to debut this month on the channel, paired with Anthony Bourdain‘s travel show “Parts Unknown.”

Rather than pair the show with Bourdain’s program, CNN may replace “Parts Unknown” with “Inside Man” once this season of “Parts” ends in a few months. With other unscripted projects still having a way to go in development, it will allow CNN to have some continuity in programming on Sunday nights.  A second season of “Parts” is slated for the Fall.

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Zucker: ‘Parts Unknown’ ‘The True Measure of What We Want This Network to Be’

Calling it a “huge part of what CNN is going to to be,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker welcomed hundreds of guests to Porter House at Time Warner Center for a launch event for the network’s newest show hosted by Anthony Bourdain. “Parts Unknown” debuts Sunday night at 9pmET/PT.

CNN is, in fact, venturing into parts unknown with what Bourdain is cooking up. Bringing in a well-known non-news talent for a weekly one-hour travel/food/cultural awareness show is a departure for the network. Still, Zucker calls “Parts Unknown,” “the true measure of what we want this network to be.”

“We have a true television star in our midst,” said Zucker, who was quickly reminded of the dozen other on air talent in the room. “Not that we don’t have great television stars at CNN …Brooke Baldwin,” said Zucker, noticing the daytime anchor in the crowd, “You’re a television star.” We also spotted Anderson Cooper, (who dropped in before his show) Piers Morgan, Ashleigh Banfield, A.J. Hammer, Christine Romans (above with Bourdain and Baldwin) and John Berman.

Zucker heaped praise on CNN’s SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra, SVP of development and acquisitions, who began courting Bourdain a year ago. Bourdain had hosted “No Reservations” on Travel Channel since 2005.

“I’m grateful to be with CNN,” Bourdain told the crowd. “I got my official CNN ID today so I guess the cavity searches are over.”

The first of 8 original episodes airs Sunday. A second season is set for the Fall. The network is also developing a show with documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and this week announced it would add a Friday night studio audience talk show with CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos.

More pictures from last night after the jump…

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Jeff Zucker’s Vision For CNN: ‘Broaden The Definition Of What News Is’

Soon-to-be CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and his new boss, Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent, held a conference call with reporters this morning to talk about Zucker’s hire. There were plenty of talking points, but reading between the lines, it was clear that Zucker had a vision–at least a general one–of what he thought CNN has to do to remain relevant in a competitive, multi-platform news environment.

“I think our competition today is anybody that competes for eyeballs and attention and produces non-fiction programming,” Zucker said. “News is about more than politics and war, we need to broaden that definition of what news is, while maintaining the standards of CNN’s journalistic excellence.”

“We have had shows about sports, fashion and technology, and some of that is going to be revisited,” Kent said. “It is all news that people need and are interested about. There is a lot of subject matter that we probably don’t give enough attention to.”

CNN is beginning to expand to other forms of non-fiction programming on the weekends with new shows next year hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock. Zucker said that “it wouldn’t be fair” to any current hosts or shows to discuss what he had planned for them.

That said, it seemed clear that two areas Zucker wanted to focus on are CNN’s primetime lineup and its morning program, where he has real-world experience having taken NBC’s “Today” show to #1 in the ’90s, where it stayed for 16 years.

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CNN Adding Morgan Spurlock Non-Fiction Series To Weekend Lineup

CNN is adding director Morgan Spurlock to the family. The “Super Size Me” star and director will host and produce a new unscripted series called “Inside Man” for CNN starting in early 2013. “Inside Man” will air alongside the new travel program hosted by Anthony Bourdain, which will also debut around that time.

As with Bourdain’s show, “Inside Man” will not be produced by CNN, but will be licensed to the network by Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets. The logline for the new show:

“Each week Spurlock will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.”

It will be a return to TV for Spurlock, who previously hosted and produced “30 Days” for FX.

“Morgan Spurlock’s name has become synonymous with creative and thought-provoking documentary story-telling,” said CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker in a statement. “Like Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series, Inside Man will carry the distinctive stamp of its host while taking viewers on colorful and informative journeys into fascinating corners of American society.”

More information below. And check out Spurluck’s video and filmmaking tips for journalists, which he shared with MediabistroTV in a Media Beat interview, also after the jump.

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Awful Announcing Final Pits James vs. Buck

Awful Announcing‘s tournament to determine who will replace former Sunday Night Baseball commentator Joe Morgan on AA‘s Mt. Rushmore of bad announcers has been narrowed down to two — ESPN college football commentator Craig James and Fox announcer Joe Buck.

As Matt Yoder of AA explains, James’ presence in the finals is due largely to the groundswell of negative publicity that the former SMU running back has generated in regards to the Mike Leach controversy at Texas Tech. To summarize, ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman was temporarily relieved of his duties — but NOT suspended — by ESPN for assisting Leach in his book, Swing the Sword, which was highly critical of ESPN in its handling of Leach’s departure from the Red Raiders – in particular, allegations that Leach mistreated Adam James, son of Craig James.

When we started this tournament July 5th, few people would have predicted ESPN college football analyst Craig James for one final slot. However, a month of horrible PR came from nowhere for the Senator thanks to stunning revelations in the new Mike Leach book combined with the #FreeBruce saga. Those stories lifted James to unprecedented heights of unlikability. In the final he meets Fox play by play man Joe Buck, who in spite of winning some sympathy through battling a vocal cord virus, has rode a wave of years of discontent from sports fans through to the final. Let’s hope the final will be just as dramatic as the Colin Cowherd-Joe Buck semifinal, where Buck passed Cowherd in the final two minutes before the clock struck midnight and won by 33 votes out of 12,635.

Either James or Buck will join Pam Ward, Dick Vitale or Tim McCarver on AA’s Mt. Rushmore. Good luck to the contestants.

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