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Hoda and Kathie Lee on New Year’s Eve

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It’s pretty much New Year’s Eve every day on the FHOTS (Fourth Hour of the ‘Today’ Show), but now Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford are bringing their schtick — and the booze — to NBC’s primetime for a New Year’s Eve special. Gifford and Kotb host “A Toast to 2013!” on New Year’s Eve at 8pmET/7pmCT.

From Pope Francis to Paula Deen, from Anthony Weiner to Prince George and from selfies to twerking, the 2-hour special will discuss the buzziest stories of the last year. Jane Lynch, Michael Buble, Sheryl Sandberg, Pharrell Williams and Questlove weigh in on some of the year’s biggest moments. They’re joined by NBC News and MSNBC hosts who remember the old and ring in the new.

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The Ticker: ITV, Summer, Castro

  • ITV has named Geoff Hill the editor of ITV News. Hill is replacing Deborah Turness, who left as editor to become president of NBC News in New York. Hill comes from Channel 5, and was previously an executive at CNN International. ITV has more.

  • Former “Good Morning America” and “Early Show” anchor Marysol Castro is getting back into the anchor chair. Castro will become the early morning co-anchor for WPIX channel 11 in New York City. TVSpy has the details.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 24

A year after Ann Curry‘s tearful departure from the “Today” show, the NBC program is seeing signs of progress in the ratings.

“Today” won last week among younger viewers for the first time in more than two months. The win, by just 6,000 viewers, included Matt Lauer‘s interview with Paula Deen,

ABC’s “Good Morning America” still took the week among total viewers, with a 437,000 lead — the narrowest since the week of March 18.

Curry’s final broadcast on June 28, 2012 came two months after the long-dominant morning program lost its first week in nearly 13 years to “GMA.” “Today’s” last weekly win in both measurements came during the London Olympics in August.

Compared to the same week last year “CBS This Morning” was up the most among total viewers jumping +19%. “GMA” was up +10% and “Today,” which, has consistently been losing viewers, actually gained +29,000 viewers from the year-ago week. In the demo, while it claims a win for the week, “Today” was down -9% vs. last year. “GMA” is up +6% and “CBS This Morning” is up +4%

The averages for the week of June 24, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.070M / NBC: 4.633M / CBS: 2.684M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.775M / NBC: 1.781M / CBS: 902,000

The Ticker: ‘The N Word,’ Curry, Blitzer

  • CNN’s Don Lemon will anchor a special program tonight at 7 PM, called “The N Word.” The special will take the recent Paula Deen controversy and the George Zimemrman trial, and use them as a starting point for discussing and debating the word in question. Erin Burnett is on vacation.

  • Ann Curry‘s primetime special on Friday delivered for NBC. It was number one in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and behind only fellow NBC News program “Dateline” in total viewers. More here.

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Here’s the Guest List for the Final ‘Reliable Sources’ With Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz hosts his final “Reliable Sources” tomorrow morning. On Monday, Kurtz, who has moderated the CNN show since 1998, joins Fox News Channel where he’ll host their media criticism show.

Starting next Sunday a rotating cast of hosts will be in the “Reliable Sources” chair. Here’s the guest list for tomorrow’s show, 11amET on CNN:

  • Topics: Glenn Greenwald Fires Back at the Media; Coverage of SCOTUS Rulings on Same Sex Marriage; Paula Deen on the Today Show

Guest: Steve Roberts, professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Guest: Terence Smith, former reporter, PBS, CBS News, New York Times
Guest: Jane Hall, associate professor, American University’s School of Communications
Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Media Reports Extensively on the Murder Trial of George Zimmerman

Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Gender Gap in Reporting in Men’s versus Women’s Magazines?

Guest: Janet Reitman, contributing editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Guest: Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, Elle Magazine

‘Today’ Wins with Paula Deen Interview

The “Today” show got its first win over “GMA” since Hurricane Sandy blew ashore last November. But because the storm knocked out power to millions in the Northeast, that day, Friday November 2, is not counted in official Nielsen records. So you’d have to go back to Monday, August 13, the day after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics for “Today’s” last outright win over “GMA.”

With Matt Lauer‘s interview with Paula Deen, “Today” beat “GMA” in both total viewers and the key A25-54, according to Nielsen preliminary numbers.

“Today” averaged 4.798 million Total Viewers, ahead of “GMA’s” 4.630 million. “Today” drew 1.876 million A25-54 viewers, ahead of “GMA’s” 1.708 million. That’s a 168,000 lead in both Total Viewers and the younger demo.

Final weekly numbers will be released next Friday.

‘Today’ Show Story on ‘Good Morning America’ Homepage

One of the top items on “Good Morning America’s” web page right now is a “Today” show story.

Paula Deen‘s first interview since revelations she used racist epithets was with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, but big news for anyone following the story. That includes the AP’s media reporter David Bauder who wrote about the appearance. ABCNews.com links to Bauder’s story which is why it now sits on GMA’s homepage.

Paula Deen Booked To Appear On ‘Today’ Wednesday

There is no going back now. After ditching her planned interview with MattLauer on “Today” last week, Paula Deen‘s career quickly spiraled. A handful of hastily edited apology videos later, and Food Network announced that it would not be renewing the southern cook’s contract.

Now, Deen has been booked to appear on “Today” Wednesday morning in an “exclusive live interview.” Lauer told viewers this morning: “We are told she will be here this time.”

“Today” ran a segment on Deen on the controversy over her firing this morning.

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Food Network Drops Paula Deen

The Food Network is dropping Paula Deen amid controversy over her use of racial slurs, the Associated Press reports.

The news comes at the end of a bizarre day for Deen, who canceled a planned appearance on the “Today” show this morning due to “exhaustion” and then released two different versions of a video apology this afternoon.

“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the network said in a statement.

Paula Deen tells Al Roker She’s Turning Diabetes Lemon into (Sugar-free) Lemonade

TV’s sugary supercook Paula Deen told Al Roker she’s been battling diabetes for three years. This morning on “Today” Roker asked Deen why it took her three years to tell her fans about the diagnosis: “I said. ‘I’m going to keep this close to my chest for the time being.’”

Roker pointed out that Deen is a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, the drug company that supplies her diabetes medicine. “I have been compensated, just as you are for your work … yes,” said Deen.

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