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Megyn Kelly Welcomes Piers Morgan: ‘Thanks For Being Such a Gracious Loser’

KellyMorganWhen Fox News announced Megyn Kelly would take the 9 p.m. hour, launching “The Kelly File,” CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” host Piers Morgan welcomed his new timeslot competitor with a challenging tweet: “Bring it on, @megynkelly”. Monday night, now former CNN host Morgan appeared on Kelly’s show, and conceded defeat. “The mere fact that I’m now a guest on your show indicates that you ‘brought it’,” he said.

There was a handshake, and then, the moment. Kelly, who had said earlier that she was too polite to bring up Morgan’s cancellation at CNN, said “thank you very much for being such a gracious loser.”

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Where’s CNN’s Bill Weir Been? Turns Out, Just About Everywhere


When Bill Weir left ABC News for CNN more than a year ago, the speculation immediately involved what Weir’s show would look like, and where in the CNN lineup it would land. One report hinted Weir might grab the 9 p.m. hour from Piers Morgan. Another story suggested it wasn’t 9 p.m., but possibly 11 p.m.

Last April, it seemed we had our answer when CNN launched a new newscast, “CNN Tonight”, with Weir in the debut anchor role. But insiders at the time insisted Weir was not interested in making the show his own–or, as he said in an interview with WGN last week, of being a full-time “prompter monkey.”

Instead, Weir took off, flying around the world, hitting six continents in four months. The results of his work will be a CNN series, “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”, which CNN announced today would air in 2015.
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CNN Hits New Ratings Low Monday Night

Cooper1110Monday’s 9pmET timeslot on CNN drew 181,000 total viewers, the lowest for the time period since at least Oct. 1, 1991, as far back as Nielsen electronic records go. Anderson Cooper anchored a second live hour of AC360 at 9pm. It was also the lowest rated hour of CNN’s entire day. Cooper finished fourth in the hour behind Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC and Dr. Drew Pinsky on HLN, in both total viewers and the demo.

CNN’s 9pmET hour was the longtime home of Larry King and, until earlier this year, Piers Morgan. Most nights, CNN’s new non-fiction shows from Lisa Ling, Mike Rowe and John Walsh fill the timeslot. But Mondays have included a second live hour of Cooper.

CNN Responds to Piers Morgan’s Anderson Cooper Bashing: ‘Sad’


Former CNN host Piers Morgan has been on a media tour this week. He’s touched on many subjects, but bashing current CNN host Anderson Cooper appears to be at the top of his priority list.

And now CNN is responding. Morgan has been critical of Cooper, especially for providing what he deems a lackluster lead-in to his former 9pmET show.  A CNN spokesperson shoots back saying Cooper had consistently better ratings than Morgan’s.

“For the two-and-a-half years that AC 360 served as the lead in to Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, it always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program,” spokesperson Megan Rivers tells Politico’s Dylan Byers. “And for the 7 months that Piers Morgan’s program led into AC 360, 360 always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program. It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one.”

Morgan has responded to CNN’s statement:

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Piers Morgan Tells Hannity: CNN is ‘Quite Schizophrenic’

In his first Fox News appearance, former CNN host Piers Morgan plead for gun control, criticized President Obama on foreign and domestic policy, and threw in a dig at his former network.

“The reality about CNN is it’s quite schizophrenic,” Morgan told Sean Hannity, pointing to huge ratings during breaking news situations followed by stagnation during normal news cycles. “In the quieter periods, the brand is so associated with breaking news, that when there wasn’t breaking news, and social media answers that question for most consumers, people don’t tune in very much.”

Hannity told Morgan he thought it was a mistake for Morgan, a British man, to come to America and preach on one of the country’s most hotbed cultural issues: guns. “It was never a political issue in Britain. Left and right came together, and we all campaigned…we banned all guns.” “I’d love to invite you back for it [gun debate] because it’s something I can’t argue with you quickly.”

Tapper, Blitzer to Moderate FL, NH Debates

BlitzerCNN is partnering with two local stations to simulcast two upcoming political debates.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Jake Tapper, alongside WJXT-TV anchor Kent Justice, will moderate a debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and Democratic contender (and former Republican Gov.) Charlie Crist. Two days later, on Oct. 23, Wolf Blitzer, alongside NH1 News anchor Paul Steinhauser, will moderate a debate between New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger (formerly Massachusetts Sen.) Scott Brown.

Both hour-long debates will begin at 7pmET

Piers Morgan ‘Itching to get Back in the Game’

Piers Morgan, who is five months removed from the cancellation of his primetime show on CNN, sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday.

Lauer’s first question was essentially, have you spent five months thinking about what went wrong [at CNN]?

Morgan explained that he went into CNN to conduct “big interviews, with big figures.” While Morgan says he did “many of those,” in his first two years, a series of deadly mass shootings changed the tone of the show.

Morgan told Lauer that something inside him “exploded” after the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, turning his show into a nightly battle with the NRA and gun lobbyist. Morgan’s ratings declined as his show changed, but he doesn’t have any regrets about speaking out on gun control.

“How could you let twenty first graders be shot dead in their classrooms and the reaction would be absolutely nothing [in America]. So I don’t regret standing up for trying to effect change, he said. “I wish more American media people, America news anchors stood up.”

Morgan, who is now the editor-at-large for the news website MailOnline, left a door open for an eventual return to American television. “I’m itching to get back in the game,” Morgan said.

Piers Morgan: ‘CNN Should be More Resilient to Media Criticism’ About Ratings

PiersMorganIn an exclusive interview with POLITICO, former CNN host Piers Morgan says he has no hard feelings toward his former network. He’s also got advice for network President Jeff Zucker.

“I’ve never looked back, because I never feel negative,” Morgan said in his first interview since leaving the network in September. “I’ve always felt that CNN should be more resilient to media criticism about monthly or quarterly ratings,” Morgan says. “Ted Turner once described CNN to me as The New York Times of television. We don’t care about chasing ratings or chasing readers. We care about having a brand that is so trusted that whenever anything important happens in the world, people turn us on.” “If I was running CNN, if I was Jeff Zucker, I would come out and do an interview with someone like you, and I would say, ‘I’m not going to discuss ratings again,’” Morgan continues. “Our business proposition is not predicated on ratings, our global brand is not dependent on how we rate at 9 p.m. in America.”

In the interview, Morgan tells a different story about the terms of his departure.

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Q3 2014 Ratings: CNN #2 in Primetime, Total Day

CNN rose to #2 in primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo in Q3 2014, edging out MSNBC by a razor-thin 1,000 total viewers in primetime. For the second quarter in a row, CNN was second in in total day viewers, also rising to No. 2 in the total day demo.

The ratings for Q3, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 553K Total Viewers / 185K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 447K Total Viewers / 134K A25-54

Compared to Q3 2013, CNN was up +6% in viewers and flat in the demo for total day. In primetime, the net was up +2% in viewers and down -3% in the demo. “Anderson Cooper 360” led the way for CNN’s daily programs, up +6% in total viewers and up +9% in the demo. At 9pmET, which featured both an extended hour of “AC360″ and original programming, CNN is up +3% in viewers and up +21% in the demo year-over-year. Last year, “Piers Morgan Live” ran in the timeslot.

CNN’s original series, “The Sixties,” which ended its weekly Thursday run during the quarter, was the network’s highest-rated program in total viewers, drawing 650,000 viewers. Several daytime programs were down double digits in the A25-54 demo: “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield” (down -20%), “Wolf” (down -17%), and “CNN Newsroom” (2pmET and 3pmET; down -16%, -13%, respectively).

CNN is claiming back-to-back quarterly wins over MSNBC (second to Fox News) in primetime demo viewers. They are using a blend of Nielsen data, which is explained in their press release after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Morgan & the Mail, CNBC & China, Elliott & Cho

  • Former CNN host Piers Morgan is joining MailOnline as editor-at-large. Morgan will write several times a week, while pursing new TV ventures in the U.S. He is a former editor of British tabloids The News of the World and the Daily Mirror.

  • CNBC appears to be the latest western network to be blacked out in China as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue. CNBC news assistant Seamus Conwell Vined the moment when a CNBC international channel went dark this morning.

  • NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and WABC anchor Liz Cho are engaged. TVNewser spotted the happy couple at an event in Manhattan last night just as the news was breaking in Page Six.