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Piers Morgan Goes Out Fighting

After three years, two months and 11 days, Piers Morgan hosted his final nightly CNN show tonight. Morgan, who took over the 9pmET hour from Larry King in 2011, is expected back to host specials and other coverage for the network. He reserved his final few minutes for a topic he’s devoted many of his 1,000 episodes to: gun control.

“I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack,” said Morgan. “Now it’s down to you. It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, enough.”

Morgan ended with: “God bless America, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain, too.” WATCH:

‘Piers Morgan Live’ Prepares to Sign Off

CNN’s Piers Morgan wraps up his run as the 9pmET host on CNN tonight, one in which he was criticized at times for his nonstop tweeting, often about cricket. This morning he tweeted some farewell messages to his CNN staff:

He also teased tonight’s finale.

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Ratings Notes: O’Reilly, Morgan

  • A night after losing to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ in the demo by 4,000 viewers, “The O’Reilly Factor” was back on top Wednesday night. Bill O’Reilly almost doubled Cooper in the demo with 537,000 A25-54 viewers compared to “AC360′s” 342,000. Overall, Fox News had its third highest-rated primetime of 2014 last night.

  • Piers Morgan is having a good final week, ratings wise, on CNN. For the third night in a row, he has bested MSNBC’s No. 1 show “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the A25-54 demo. “Piers Morgan Live” still placed third in total viewers. For the majority of his three years hosting at CNN, Morgan’s show has been in third place in both total and demo viewers. He bids farewell to the 9pmET hour tomorrow night.

The Scoreboard: Friday, March 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 296 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 229 | HLN: 71
  • Primetime: FNC: 381 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 325 | HLN: 112

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

206

TheFive:

356

Baier:

308

Greta:

264

O’Reilly:

355

Megyn:

373

Hannity:

413

O’Reilly:

362

Megyn:

404

MSNBC
Wagner:

59

EdShow:

75

Sharpton:

144

Matthews:

125

Hayes:

99

Maddow:

173

Lockup:

143

Lockup.:

148

Lockup:

258

CNN
Tapper:

197

Blitzer:

273

Blitzer

318

Burnett:

303

Cooper:

410

Morgan:

348

Cooper:

218

Burnett:

207

Gupta:

176

HLN
HLNNow:

37

Files:

28

Files:

58

Jane:

63

Grace:

107

Files:

117

Files:

113

Files:

102

Files:

110

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Malaysia Air Mystery a Draw for CNN

CooperPlaneCNN’s near nonstop coverage of the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has boosted the network’s ratings to new heights. For the third day in a row the network has come in second, to Fox News, in the cable news ratings for full day viewing and in primetime.

Even more rare, the network came in first place in the in the A25-54 demo during three hours last night: Erin Burnett topping Greta Van Susteren at 7pm, Anderson Cooper beating Bill O’Reilly at 8pm and Piers Morgan topping Megyn Kelly at 9pm.

Fox News still came in first among total viewers, more than doubling CNN in the 8pm and 9pm hours. Fox News also won the demo in primetime (8-11pm) as CNN’s viewership was cut in half at 10pm when it moved on from coverage of flight 370 to the second edition of “Chicagoland.”

  • 7pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 910,000 / 366,000
FNC: 1.635M / 290,000
MSNBC: 714,000 / 143,000

  • 8pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 1.121M / 454,000
FNC: 2.692M / 429,000
MSNBC: 611,000 / 139,000

  • 9pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 1.162M / 452,000
FNC: 2.583M / 421,000
MSNBC: 873,000 / 240,000

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, March 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 148 | CNN: 191 | HLN: 68
  • Primetime: FNC: 394 | MSNBC: 223 | CNN: 325 | HLN: 74

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

246

TheFive:

318

Baier:

287

Greta:

317

O’Reilly:

458

Megyn:

350

Hannity:

370

O’Reilly:

303

Megyn:

236

MSNBC
Wagner:

109

EdShow:

189

Sharpton:

237

Matthews:

263

Hayes:

222

Maddow:

262

O’Donnell:

186

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

96

CNN
Tapper:

182

Blitzer:

250

Blitzer:

240

Burnett:

257

Cooper:

310

Morgan:

311

Weed2:

354

Weed2:

231

Cooper:

188

HLN
News:

25

Files:

22

Files:

48

Jane:

71

Grace:

95

DrDrew:

95

Minute:

32

Files:

109

Files:

242

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Chelsea Handler to Piers Morgan: ‘You’re a Terrible Interviewer’

chelsea piersLate night talk show host Chelsea Handler continued her book tour last night on soon to be ex-CNN host Piers Morgan‘s show, and had some pointed criticism for his non-stop tweeting.

“You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds…you’re a terrible interviewer,” Handler said, criticizing Morgan for tweeting during the commercial break instead of interacting with his guest.

“You just weren’t keeping my attention,” Morgan responded. “That’s not my problem…this is your show, you have to pay attention to the guest you invited on your show.”

“Maybe that’s why you’re job is coming to and end,” Handler added as Morgan laughed. “I like you when you’re being nasty,” he said.

On CNN’s end, they seem to be taking the bashing of Morgan—and his show ending—in stride.

Handler’s interviewing 101 lesson for Morgan after the jump.

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Coverage of Missing Malaysian Flight Continues on Cable News

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 2.11.21 PMThe cable networks continue coverage of downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which lost contact with  air traffic control off the coast of Vietnam enroute to Beijing Saturday morning. The search  for the aircraft, with 239 people on board, including at least three Americans, continues into the night.

Fox News began reporting the story at 7:45 last night on Greta Van Susteren‘s show. Coverage continued with Megyn Kelly and into “Hannity.” FNC’s David Piper is reporting from the region. CNN/U.S. reported the news at 7:58pm and continued through Friday primetime with Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan along with aviation expert Richard Quest and, in the overnight hours, a CNNI simulcast. MSNBC reported the news at 8:14 during Chris Hayes‘ show with further updates in primetime.

Brian Williams updated “Nighlty News” for the West Coast with aviation correspondent Tom Costello reporting from Washington. Diane Sawyer updated “ABC World News” with Cynthia McFadden reporting. McFadden also anchored a West Coast special report around 10:15pmPT. ”Nightline” lead with the news as well.

woodruffABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is in Beijing. He attended a news conference earlier today where he thought he might, in his words,” knocked over” (left) by the Chinese media during the tense newsier. Correspondent Gloria Riviera is also in Beijing for ABC, and digital correspondent Joohee Cho is in Vietnam.

NBC News is reporting that two men who had their passports stolen were on the manifest, but are alive and well. An Italian man, currently in Thailand, had his passport stolen a year ago and an Austrian citizen reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

Jeff Zucker on CNN’s Evolution and His ‘Exhilarating’ Experience Leading the Way

JeffZuckerCNN“I think a new lineup will evolve over time,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker tells TVNewser about the cabler’s much-talked-about primetime schedule. “I don’t think we’re going to have a singular day when we’re going to announce a whole new lineup.  It’ll evolve.”

TVNewser caught up with Zucker in Chicago last night, at the Windy City premiere of “CHICAGOLAND”, CNN’s eight-part documentary series debuting tomorrow night at 10pmET.  It’s part of a wave of new programing ordered by Zucker in an effort to break the mold at the network and kick-start ratings.

One of the puzzle pieces for Zucker is how to utilize Piers Morgan, whose eponymous primetime show will soon be replaced. Earlier this week, Morgan said he’ll “make a deal to do 20 to 25 shows a year, all interviews with big names.”

“I am talking with Piers about what our future will be,” Zucker tells TVNewser. “We are in conversations.”

As the network moves forward, though, one thing is clear: Zucker likes the ratings scored by series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man”.

“Certainly, there’s an appetite and an audience that’s willing to come to CNN to watch that kind of programming, and I think that you’ll see more of that this year.”  Zucker says he has  “several other series in that vein that we haven’t even announced yet.”

And Zucker says that doesn’t mean CNN is moving away from being first and foremost a news organization.

“The fact is,” he says, “CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years.  So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.”

While CNN’s evolution will take time — and patience — Zucker is keenly aware of the day-to-day ratings game.

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CNN Won’t ‘F*cking Forget’ Cate Blanchett’s Post-Oscars Press Conference

Cate BlanchettFresh off a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett felt pretty free with her words live on CNN.

“And don’t you f*cking forget it,” Blanchett answered an Australian journalist during a post-show press conference on what it means to be the first Australian actress to win over two Academy Awards.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came out of the press conference swiftly moving to entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, who was outside the Governors Ball interviewing Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

(h/t Mediaite)

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